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** FILE ** Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. speaking on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., followed by Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., left, and Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., arrives for a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, after their weekly policy luncheon. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. returns to his Capitol Hill office in Washington, Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, after speaking on the floor as the Farm Bill is considered. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., center, speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, after a weekly policy luncheon. From left are, Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo.; McConnell, Sen. John Thune, R-S.D.; Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn of Texas. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell fired a major shot Thursday, taking to the chamber floor to say the rules amount to a declaration of war on free speech and vowing the GOP will try to block them. "Every American needs to know about this abuse of power," said Mr. McConnell, Kentucky Republican. "Let me be clear: What the administration is proposing poses a grave threat to the ability of ordinary Americans to freely participate in the Democratic process."

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Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell fired a major shot Thursday, taking to the chamber floor to say the rules amount to a declaration of war on free speech and vowing the GOP will try to block them. "Every American needs to know about this abuse of power," said Mr. McConnell, Kentucky Republican. "Let me be clear: What the administration is proposing poses a grave threat to the ability of ordinary Americans to freely participate in the Democratic process."

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Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, second from left, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid head to the front of the chamber before President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union speech on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Larry Downing, Pool)

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From left, Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., and Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., meet with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, prior to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address. McConnell continued to assail the Affordable Care Act, as well as Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear who will be a guest of the Obama’s sitting in the first lady’s box for the speech. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)