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Bill Straub: ‘Moscow Mitch’ has a ring (of truth) to it, but what’s one more notch in McConnell’s belt?

One of the items on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s massive to-do list, before he left office in May, was to determine the extent of Russia’s finagling in the 2016 election that landed President Extremely Stable Genius in the White House and just how effective those efforts might have been. Mueller found that the Kremlin was, indeed, involved up to its eyeballs in the campaign. asserting in his...

McConnell lashes out at critics on Senate floor, citing ‘absurd smears’ from ‘hyperventilating hacks’

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell fired back on his critics from the Senate floor Monday, angrily calling them “hyperventilating hacks” and saying they engaged in “absurd smears” against him. 
McConnell blistered MSNBC “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough, who last week dubbed McConnell “Moscow Mitch,” and Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank, who...

Bill Straub: McConnell turning a blind eye to Russian interference in elections goes beyond party loyalty

His report passed on charging President Extremely Stable Genius with illicitly coordinating with Russia on the 2020 presidential election and left the question of obstruction of justice to other authorities, but Robert Mueller, the special counsel responsible for diving into the whole sordid mess, made one thing perfectly clear – Russia “launched a concerted attack on our political system’’...

Bill Straub: In rear-guard action, McConnell declares ‘case closed,’ while plenty of questions remain

Senate Republican Leader Mitch “Root-‘n-Branch’’ McConnell took to the chamber floor this week and did everything but croon the lyrics from an old Stevie Wonder standard – “Ooo baby, here I am, signed, sealed, delivered, I’m yours’’ – in dedication to the true object of his current affections, President Donald J. Trump (ACK!). In so doing, McConnell, of Louisville, firmly established...

Commentary: Tim Ortman: Goal of real fake news is to create distraction, disrupt election process

Today, the term ‘Fake News’ is firmly entrenched in our lexicon. It seems everyone from Trumpite retirees, to neo-political millennials, freely toss around the phrase. The term was even recognized as, “The Word of the Year” by UK-based Collins Dictionary. Ortman Candidate Trump didn’t actually invent the term. He copied it from political satirists who were using the term a decade prior to...

Bill Straub: Given yet another chance to be a statesman, McConnell chooses party over country

WASHINGTON – A few months back, when word about the Trump administration’s all-too-close ties to the Kremlin started percolating, Sen. Rand Paul clearly stated what has come to pass as the Republican Party’s unofficial position on scrutinizing President Trump’s often disturbing activities. Fahgetaboutit. “I just don’t think it’s useful to be doing investigation after investigation,...

Bill Straub: Trump’s volatile first two weeks — a word of advice — better steel yourself and get used to it

WASHINGTON – There comes a time in the affairs of man, as W.C. Fields once put it, when he must take the bull by the tail and face the situation. Now is such a time. Things aren’t going to get better, at least for four years. No, the situation will not improve over a few months. Hoping that the administration of President Donald J. Trump comes to a screeching halt through resignation, impeachment...