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News Roundup: The McConnell Strategy

Morning folks, and welcome back to the Alley. Here's what we're reading today:

Rep. Michele Bachmann has had a rough few weeks as Republicans such as House Speaker John Boehner have criticized her for questioning whether top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin has familial ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. But House Majority Leader Eric Cantor isn't adding to that chorus of criticism, saying simply that "her concern was about the security of the country," notes Politico.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell pulled off his don't-make-Senate-Republicans-the-focus-of-partisan-battles strategy once again this week by not blocking a vote on a Democratic tax plan. And it worked like a charm, according to The Hill, which reports McConnell told colleagues in private that he wanted to get vulnerable Democrats Sens. Claire McCaskill and Jon Tester on record as voting in favor of the Democratic bill.

And Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has entered "version three" of his political life, in which he's not a maverick bucking his party, nor as far-right leaning as he was in 2010, writes The New York Times. Oh, and "It took me three years of feeling sorry for myself," McCain said of getting over his presidential campaign loss.

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