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This just in: The "Moscow Mitch" moniker is rattling Kentucky's senior senator who is famous for dismissing detrators with icy smugness.

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

Ta-ta, “Turtle Man.”

“Moscow Mitch,” is the Senate majority leader’s new moniker.

Doubtless, Democrats have plenty of homemade signs to greet Gov. Matt Bevin at Fancy Farm on Saturday. Meanwhile, it’ll probably be back to the store for more poster board and marker pens to welcome Moscow Mitch.

By DANA MILBANK

Mitch McConnell is a Russian asset.

This doesn’t mean he’s a spy, but neither is it a flip accusation. Russia attacked our country in 2016. It is attacking us today. Its attacks will intensify in 2020. Yet each time we try to raise our defenses to repel the attack, McConnell, the Senate majority leader, blocks us from defending ourselves.

Let’s call this what it is: unpatriotic. The Kentucky Republican is, arguably more than any other American, doing Russian President Vladimir Putin’s bidding.

Thanks to Liles Taylor for sending us this.

J Smith — his first name is just one letter, his grandfather’s middle initial — earned $45,000 in 2004 as a shift coordinator at the Corning Inc. glass plant in Harrodsburg. But Smith’s degree was in public health. That’s what he wanted to do. So he took a pay cut to $31,000 to work as an inspector at the Garrard County Health Department, keeping area residents safe at their homes, schools and restaurants.

By PAUL WALDMAN

“They’re doing it as we sit here,” replied Robert S. Mueller III when asked in his testimony Wednesday whether Russia will again interfere in our elections. “And they expect to do it during the next campaign.”

As Andy Beshear is focusing on expanding access to health care in eastern Kentucky today, National Journal is ranking Kentucky #2 on its "list of the 10 governor seats most likely to switch parties this year and next," writing

EDITOR'S NOTE: Sen. McGarvey, a Louisville Democrat, has earned unanimous endorsements from the Kentucky State AFL-CIO.

By STATE SEN. MORGAN McGARVEY 

There are so many cliches that fit this moment.