Thursday, June 26, 2014

June 26 roundup: McConnell decries dysfunction, media eye Warren's weekend appearances for Grimes

Sen. Elizabeth Warren's trip to Kentucky this weekend is getting much attention:
  • Sen. Mitch McConnell said the "Senate has reached a new level of dysfunction." McConnell blamed "Senate Democrats for the limited number of bills that have reached President Obama’s desk this year," Steve Benen of MSNBC reported. Benen said, "hearing McConnell complain about Capitol Hill dysfunction is a bit like hearing Uruguay’s Luis Suarez complaining about biting in soccer."
  • National news media are quite interested in Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren's plans to appear in Kentucky with Alison Lundergan Grimes this weekend. Warren "is expected to tout her student-loan bill that failed to overcome a filibuster earlier this month but is becoming a rallying cry for embattled Democrats," said Nia-Malika Henderson of The Washington Post.  "Coal will no doubt be the elephant in the room in West Virginia and Kentucky, given that Warren supports Obama’s move to curb carbon emissions."

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