1. SHOCKER

    McConnell Accused of 'Kentucky Kickback'

    WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 29:  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) answers reporters' questions after the weekly Senate Republican policy luncheon at the U.S. Captiol November 29, 2011 in Washington, DC. The Senate Democratic and Republican caucuses met separately behind closed doors to discuss the annual $226 billion Defense Authorization legislation. The White House has threatened to veto the military spending bill over parts of the bill requiring that al-Qaeda members captured on US soil be held by the military and not civilian authorties. Senate Armed Services Committee ranking member U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said there was a robust debate on the detainee issue during the GOP luncheon, but Cheney did not join the discussion.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

    Chip Somodevilla

    Oh the irony. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, whose party castigated Democrats over the so-called Cornhusker Kickback in the Obamacare negotiations, is now being accused of his own sweetheart deal—the Kentucky Kickback. The Senate Conservatives Fund is arguing that an earmark in the final deal to end the shutdown and lift the debt ceiling for a water project on the Ohio River between Kentucky and Illinois was exchanged for McConnell’s acquiescence to Democrats. McConnell’s office claims they had no part in the earmark.

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