Mitch McConnell http://www.kunc.org en Lawmakers Welcome President Asking For Their OK On Syria http://www.kunc.org/post/lawmakers-welcome-president-asking-their-ok-syria <em>(This post last updated at 4:10 p.m. ET)</em><p>Lawmakers, many of whom had urged President Obama to seek authority from Congress before going ahead with a military strike against Syria, were largely positive about his decision to do just that.<p>The president, in a Rose Garden address on Saturday, said that <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/08/31/217574150/president-obama-to-speak-on-syria">the U.S. should respond militarily to Syria's Aug. Sat, 31 Aug 2013 19:08:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 49059 at http://www.kunc.org GOP Debate: Is Obamacare Fight Worth A Government Shutdown? http://www.kunc.org/post/gop-debate-obamacare-fight-worth-government-shutdown Congressional Republicans agree that the new federal health care program should be ended. But they are finding themselves bitterly divided over how.<p>They have tried dozens of times to repeal it. Now, some GOP lawmakers want to block all money for Obamacare in a stopgap spending bill that must be approved next month to prevent the government from shutting down on Oct. 1. But other Republicans say that won't work and may well backfire.<p>Back home in Texas for the August recess, Republican Rep. Wed, 14 Aug 2013 20:55:00 +0000 David Welna 48355 at http://www.kunc.org IRS Chief Says 'Mistakes Were Made' But Weren't Partisan http://www.kunc.org/post/irs-chief-says-mistakes-were-made-werent-partisan "Mistakes were made, but they were in no way due to any political or partisan motivation," the acting commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2013/05/13/irs-exempt-organizations-editorials-debates/2156991/" target="_blank">writes in <em>USA Today</em>'s op-ed pages</a>.<p>In his first public comments <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/05/13/183588713/irs-targeted-additional-conservative-groups-probe-shows" target="_blank">on the growing controversy</a> over the extra scrutiny the agency admits it gave in recent years to conserv Tue, 14 May 2013 15:18:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 44287 at http://www.kunc.org IRS Chief Says 'Mistakes Were Made' But Weren't Partisan McConnell Tries To Show He's Still At Home In Kentucky http://www.kunc.org/post/mcconnell-tries-show-hes-still-home-kentucky Republican Mitch McConnell has been the Senate minority leader since 2007, and he's the longest-serving senator in the history of Kentucky. He's up for re-election next year — and <a href="http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/senate-races/292673-poll-mcconnell-vulnerable-for-reelection" target="_blank">polling in the state</a> shows his popularity is suffering.<p>If the Republicans can snag a half-dozen more seats in the Senate in 2014, McConnell could finally become majority leader. Mon, 06 May 2013 07:46:00 +0000 43884 at http://www.kunc.org McConnell Tries To Show He's Still At Home In Kentucky Giffords Group's Radio Ads Hit McConnell, Ayotte On Gun Vote http://www.kunc.org/post/giffords-groups-radio-ads-hit-mcconnell-ayotte-gun-vote After the Senate failed to pass bipartisan legislation to expand background checks for gun purchases, the superPAC created by shooting victim and former Rep. Wed, 24 Apr 2013 21:58:00 +0000 Frank James 43372 at http://www.kunc.org Giffords Group's Radio Ads Hit McConnell, Ayotte On Gun Vote