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Mitch McConnell: Democrats need to ‘grow up’ and confirm Trump nominees despite ethics questions

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell -- (CBS screen grab)

Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) left no doubt on Sunday morning that he intends to force the Senate to begin hearings on President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees despite the fact that many of them have not been cleared of possible conflicts of interest.

On Friday, Walter M. Shaub Jr., director of the Office of Government Ethics complained that his  department was being put under “undue pressure” to “rush through these important reviews.”

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Appearing on Face the Nation, McConnell insisted that Trump won and that unanswered questions about the nominee’s backgrounds and financial interests were mere “procedural complaints”

Asked about calls from Democrats, including Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren, to slow down the hearing process so the candidates can be fully vetted, McConnell dismissed it as no big deal.

“The Democrats are really frustrated that they lost the election,” McConnell told CBS host John Dickerson,” before adding that Republicans found themselves in similar territory eight years ago when President Obama was elected.

“What did we do? We confirmed seven Cabinet appointments the day President Obama was sworn in. We didn’t like most of them, either. But he won the election,” McConnell explained. “So all of these little procedural complaints are related to their frustration at having not only lost the White House, but having lost the Senate. I understand that. But we need to, sort of, grow up here and get past that.”

Among the nominees facing hearings is McConnell’s wife, Elaine Chao, who was nominated to serve as Trump’s transportation secretary.

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GOP bracing for ‘a string of defeats’ as Dems crush them in ad spending: report

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With one week to go in the 2020 presidential election, House Republicans are staring at the possibility that their numbers might get even smaller.

Politico reports that the GOP is "bracing for a string of defeats" next week after watching Democrats crush them in ad spending.

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MSNBC’s Morning Joe demands producers take down White House whitewash of Jared Kushner’s ‘racist’ remarks

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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough didn't want to hear the White House attempt to clean up Jared Kushner's "racist" comments.

President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior White House adviser told Fox News on Monday the administration's policies could help Black Americans who wanted success, and Scarborough and his "Morning Joe" co-host Mika Brzezinski were appalled.

"Wow," Brzezinski said. "So the White House responded in a statement that read in part, quote, 'It is disgusting to see internet trolls taking senior adviser Jared Kushner --"

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‘He doesn’t care’: Kentucky residents bury McConnell for jamming through Barrett while millions suffer

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Monday night crowed about jamming through Amy Coney Barrett's nomination to the Supreme Court -- and then promptly adjourned the Senate until after the election.

The decision to adjourn was particularly striking because it meant that no economic relief would pass the Senate before election day during a time when millions of people are unemployed and under the threat of being evicted from their homes.

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