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‘Today we see a much weaker Mitch McConnell’: CNN historian says GOP leader is struggling to keep his caucus in line

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made it clear days before the trial that he had the votes to pass the rules package he wanted. But after receiving sharp blowback over his proposal, which included requiring all opening arguments occur over a two-day span and allowing the Senate to reject evidence from the House, McConnell caved and loosened some of these rules.

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On CNN’s “OutFront” Tuesday, historian and former Nixon Presidential Library director Tim Naftali noted that this is a sign McConnell’s hand is weaker than it appeared.

“Robert Caro called Lyndon Johnson ‘master of the Senate,'” said Naftali. “Many people who looked at Mitch McConnell — the way he handled the Merrick Garland matter, preventing President Obama’s nominee from even being considered — thought he figured how to control the Senate. Today we see a much weaker Mitch McConnell.”

“Mitch McConnell assumed yesterday he had all the votes he needed for his resolution,” continued Naftali. “He presented a very different resolution … that means that he could not keep his caucus together, because he had to make two hand-written changes. That’s huge. For Mitch McConnell, that’s not how he does business. So, this is a very interesting and important day. We see that this is much more fluid than people thought.”

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At Joe Biden’s eleventh-hour rally in Nevada, many union members remain uncommitted

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On the eve of the Nevada caucuses, former Vice President Joe Biden, who has referred to himself as "middle-class Joe," had a last-minute chance to connect with middle-class Nevada voters before Saturday's caucuses. At a barbecue with burgers, hot dogs, and ice cream sandwiches, attendees that included firefighters and iron workers gathered for what was advertised as a precinct captain training — or to simply hear Biden's pitch. Indeed, many attendees of the barbecue were still undecided a mere day before caucusing.

This article first appeared in Salon.

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WATCH LIVE: New Hampshire Democratic primary election results

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The first-in-the-nation primary finally arrived Tuesday as New Hampshire voters went to the polls.

Going into election night, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) was expected to win as a neighbor to the Granite State.

New Hampshire isn't the best at predicting the ultimate Democratic winner. In 1992, Bill Clinton came in second, as did Barack Obama in 2008 and Hillary Clinton in 2016. All went on to become the party's nominee.

CNN is expected to release exit polling at 5 p.m. EST and polls close at either 7 p.m. or 8 p.m., depending on the municipality.

Unlike the Iowa Caucus, New Hampshire does a simple ballot vote, and results are expected to come in like a normal election.

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Greece elects first woman president

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Greece's parliament on Wednesday elected the first woman president in the country's history, a senior judge with an expertise in environmental and constitutional law.

A cross-party majority of 261 MPs voted in favour of 63-year-old Ekaterini Sakellaropoulou, parliament chief Costas Tassoulas said.

"Ekaterini Sakellaropoulou has been elected president of the republic," Tassoulas said.

The new president, until now the head of Greece's top administrative court, the Council of State, will take her oath of office on March 13, he added.

The daughter of a Supreme Court judge, Sakellaropoulou completed postgraduate studies at Paris's Sorbonne university.

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