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McConnell: Only 'Local Boots on the Ground' Fighting in Iraq

McConnell doesn't support sending U.S. troops back into combat in Iraq. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says despite the failings of the Iraqi army, he won't be among those calling for a return of U.S. troops to the battlefield.  

"I think all we can do at this point is provide the kind of training that should've been done on an ongoing basis for the Iraqi military, which especially seems to be throwing down its weapons and running," McConnell told WGTK radio in Louisville.  

Could Obama-McConnell Liquor Choice Invite Look at Bourbon Laws?

Could bourbon laws get another look after an Obama-McConnell summit? (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

There was no sign of brown liquor President Barack Obama's Friday lunch meeting with bipartisan political leaders, but the bourbon industry is using renewed attention to press its own lobbying interests.  

At the top of that list is the issue of the tax treatment of the whiskey that's aging in barrels in warehouses.  

McConnell: Obamacare Repeal Will Take 60 Votes (Updated)

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Updated 9:35 p.m. | Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says Republicans won't be able to repeal Obamacare anytime soon.  

Tempering the expectations of conservatives a week before the elections that could install him as the first Republican majority leader in eight years, the Kentucky Republican said in a Fox News interview Tuesday a repeal of the health care law simply wasn't in the cards for now.  

Senators Watching as Kerry Visits Myanmar

McConnell and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, met with Suu Kyi during a 2012 visit to the Capitol. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

When Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in Myanmar Saturday to meet with government officials there along with ASEAN Regional Forum and other meetings, the Senate will be watching.  

The week before the chamber left for August recess, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell provided one of his periodic updates on the current political climate in the country, formerly known as Burma. The Kentucky Republican has long been one of the Senate's leading voices, along with Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, against a repressive military junta that long ruled the country with an iron fist.  

Good Friday News Dump Riles Keystone Supporters on the Hill

Landrieu has been, perhaps, the biggest Democratic advocate of the pipeline. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Reaction to news that the State Department would take more time to approve the Keystone XL pipeline project was swift and predictable.  

"On April 18, 2014, the Department of State notified the eight federal agencies specified in Executive Order 13337 we will provide more time for the submission of their views on the proposed Keystone Pipeline Project," the State Department said. "State Agencies need additional time based on the uncertainty created by the on-going litigation in the Nebraska Supreme Court which could ultimately affect the pipeline route in that state."  

Would McConnell Have a Governing Majority?

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Sen. Mitch McConnell has long coveted the chance to be Senate majority leader, and while he could get the job come 2015, it may be more than he bargained for.  

The Kentucky Republican and current minority leader could end up with the narrowest of majorities, with tea party firebrands such as Ted Cruz of Texas holding the power to sink, for example, a Republican budget blueprint if they aren't satisfied.  

McConnell Responds to Cruz on Debt Limit, Takes Credit for Avoiding Default

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Responding to sharp criticism from Sen. Ted Cruz, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said he voted to protect the country from default when he cast the decisive vote advancing the suspension of the debt limit this week.  

"My job is to protect the country when I can, and step up and lead on those occasions when it's required," McConnell told reporters at a campaign event in Kentucky on Friday. "That's what I did."  

Senate Votes to Send Debt Limit to Obama With Help From Republican Leaders (Updated)

Updated 4:14 p.m. | The Senate voted to send a one-year debt limit suspension to President Barack Obama's desk Wednesday, after a high-drama cliffhanger that ended when Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Minority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, voted "aye" to end a filibuster.  

The Senate voted 67-31 to end a filibuster on the legislation threatened by tea party firebrand Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in a vote that took nearly an hour to complete as senators wrestled with their decision. The Senate then voted 55-43 to pass the bill with a simple majority threshold.