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12:35 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Senator Mitch McConnell Urges IRS Commissioner to Resist Proposed Changes

Calling it a war on free speech, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky is urging the head of the Internal Revenue Service to resist rule changes regarding politically active groups that are tax-exempt.

The Obama administration is tightening the tax code for non-profits under section 501(c)4 to curb the influence of "social welfare" groups, which are often involved in political campaigns and activities.

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Politics
5:01 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

John Yarmuth Wants Obama to Focus on Income Inequality Over Executive Authority

Congressman John Yarmuth, D-Ky.,
Credit U.S. Congress

Kentucky Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth is hoping President Obama's State of the Union address focuses on economic fairness rather than executive power.

The president is set to deliver his fifth address before a joint session of Congress on Tuesday.

Supporters are hoping the speech can revive the administration's second-term agenda as Obama faces near record-low approval ratings and gridlock in Washington.

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Politics
5:12 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Congressman John Yarmuth Unconvinced by Obama Administration's Argument to Attack Syria

Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth
Credit U.S. Congress

The Obama administration's case to take military action against Syria after its government allegedly used chemical weapons against civilians has yet to convince Kentucky's lone Democratic congressman to support intervention.

Speaking on a WFPL News special, Congressman John Yarmuth, D-Ky., says the country's international reputation is not enough to launch a strike.

President Obama is seeking congressional authorization before launching strikes against Balshar al-Assad's regime, which is engaged in a two-year long civil war with rebel forces.

The Obama administration is making its case to lawmakers beginning with a presentation before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee this week.

Over 100 lawmakers attended a confidential briefing with national security experts on Sunday.

Yarmuth was among those lawmakers, and while he believes in the evidence presented by the administration showing the Syrian government used chemical weapons against civilians, the congressman isn’t convinced the U.S. should get involved.

"The general public probably considers national security interest any direct threat to the United States homeland, embassies, troops or property. The administration has a much vaguer I would say definition of national security interest, and they’re talking about the security of our allies and certain esoteric interests that I don’t think most Americans would agree is our national security interest," says Yarmuth.

Yarmuth says he is also concerned because the U.S. is acting alone without many allies who are willing to join the fight against Syria.

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Politics
12:52 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Rand Paul on Syria: 'Congress Should Come Into Session and Debate This'

Rand Paul
Credit U.S. Senate

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul spoke to Kentucky Public Radio about the possibility of U.S. military action against Syria following the regime's alleged use of chemical weapons.

The Republican from Bowling Green talked about what the Constitution says about war powers, how the Syria issue is united people on the left and right, and he took a not-too-subtle jab at Hillary Clinton, in what could be a preview of a possible 2016 presidential contest.

Here is the part what Paul told WKU Public Radio's Kevin Willis:

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Local News
3:35 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

President Obama Honors Louisville Cardinals at White House

University of Louisville/Kenny Klein

The University of Louisville men’s basketball team was honored at the White House today for winning the 2013 NCAA championship.

President Obama commended the team for its 16 game winning streak that ended with a victory over Michigan in the title game in Atlanta.

"Today we’re here to celebrate a Louisville team that always played hard, that always worked together, that stayed focused on one singular goal, and that is to bust my bracket," Obama joked. 

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