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AUG 2019

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ymcalouisvillechildcare.org LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 8.19 23 The words "former Marine fighter pilot" attached to a candidate of either party ought to almost guarantee electoral success. But if you want to see why the Democrat who car- ries that appellation, Amy McGrath, still has a fight on her hands in the 2020 U.S. Senate race in Kentucky — even without her Brett Kavanaugh flip-flop — check out the newest season of NPR's Embedded podcast. The five episodes trace the rise of six-term U.S. Senator Mitch McCon- nell, first with the help of Louisville union leaders who are still kicking themselves, to become the most powerful man in the Senate. The series is a study of the big causes close to McConnell's heart, including unlimited corporate election spending and dogged support for the tobacco industry. Those achievements are crowned by his marriage of convenience to President Trump, McConnell's temper- amental opposite, if not his political foil. The final episode, a friendly chat with the 77-year-old senator, doesn't add much, unless it's to show how the skilled politi- cian is Teflon in the hands of even serious reporters. They ask all the right questions, but never land a blow. — Jenni Laidman LOU NEWS Follow us on Social Media LouisvilleMagazine @LouisvilleMag @LouisvilleMag

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