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Mitch McConnell: Remembering John S. McCain as a statesman, a family man, a hero, a gentleman . . .

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks Monday on the Senate floor regarding the passing of his dear friend and colleague, U.S. Senator John S. McCain (R-AZ): “On Saturday evening, a great loss echoed through our country. Six decades of patriotic service came to an end. We’ve suspected for some time that we’d bid farewell to our colleague, the senior...

Bill Straub: It’s well past time for McConnell, GOP to stand up to an increasingly erratic Trump

BELMONT, Maine – There comes a moment in the old Marx Brothers movie A Day at the Races where a man confronts Groucho, as Dr. Hugo Z. Hackenbush, and demands to know if he is a man or a mouse. “You put a piece of cheese down there and you’ll find out,’’ Hackenbush responds. Well, President Trump just tossed a whole slab of cheddar at the feet of Senate Republican Leader Mitch “Root ‘n...

Bill Straub: From dangerous windbag to beauty, Paul’s view of Trump has evolved since primary battle

WASHINGTON – Sen. Rand Paul is, as the famous line from Oliver Stone’s JFK put it, “a mystery wrapped in a riddle inside an enigma,’’ a man who now seems eager to ditch his vaunted reputation for independence to wrap his arms and plant a wet kiss on the cheek of a man he once condemned as “a delusional narcissist and an orange-faced windbag.’’ That man, of course, is President Donald...

Rick Robinson: John McCain is an American hero and ‘The Donald’ is, well, anything but

On my list of “Game Show Hosts I’d Like to See as President,” Donald Trump is now near the bottom. I’d walk door-to-door with Draft Alex Trebek petitions, before I’d consider voting for a grown man who refers to himself in the passive third-person.   Until this week, though, I really didn’t have such strong feelings about The Donald. His flip-flopping positions on choice, Hillary Clinton...

Rick Robinson: John McCain is an American hero and 'The Donald' is, well, anything but

On my list of “Game Show Hosts I’d Like to See as President,” Donald Trump is now near the bottom. I’d walk door-to-door with Draft Alex Trebek petitions, before I’d consider voting for a grown man who refers to himself in the passive third-person.   Until this week, though, I really didn’t have such strong feelings about The Donald. His flip-flopping positions on choice, Hillary Clinton...

Bill Straub: Paul’s digs at Rogers unusual strategy for someone with eye on presidency

Here’s a bit of advice: Don’t invite Rep. Hal Rogers and Sen. Rand Paul to the same dinner party, or BBQ, or picnic or any other sort of social event.   Rogers, the Somerset Republican who was rarely seen roaming the Capitol without a cigar clenched between his teeth before the no smoking rules were imposed, and Paul, his fellow Republican from Bowling Green who faithfully avoids what used...

Bill Straub: Paul's digs at Rogers unusual strategy for someone with eye on presidency

Here’s a bit of advice: Don’t invite Rep. Hal Rogers and Sen. Rand Paul to the same dinner party, or BBQ, or picnic or any other sort of social event.   Rogers, the Somerset Republican who was rarely seen roaming the Capitol without a cigar clenched between his teeth before the no smoking rules were imposed, and Paul, his fellow Republican from Bowling Green who faithfully avoids what used...