Marlow Cook: Mitch McConnell's Political Pathfinder

Cook, who was elected in 1968, provided the electoral template for McConnell's path to the Senate. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Shortly after he got the news that former Sen. Marlow Cook, R-Ky., had died, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell spoke on the floor about the man who showed him the political blueprint to success in Washington.  

"Marlow Cook gave me my first real opportunity in politics, gave me a chance to be a state youth chairman in his successful campaign for the U.S. Senate in 1968," McConnell said. "He also gave me an important opportunity in government. He won his election, and I came to Washington with him, and I was what they called the chief legislative assistant. I think the term we use now is legislative director."  

Clinton, Rubio Tussle on Abortion

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If drawing the attention of the Democratic front-runner is a sign of strength, then Sen. Marco Rubio is rising in stature.  

Hillary Rodham Clinton hit the Florida Republican's stance on abortion Monday at an event in New Hampshire, an outlook he'd voiced during last week's Republican presidential debate. Clinton went so far as to compare Rubio's comments to those Donald Trump made about women before, during and after the debate — comments she called "offensive" and "outrageous."  

Hatch Calls ADA One of His Most Important Achievements

Clockwise from right, Hatch, Harkin, Hoyer and Dole commemorated the passage of ADA. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Lawmakers across the political spectrum have celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act over the past week — none more than Sen. Orrin G. Hatch.  

The Utah Republican is one of the few who can offer a first-hand account of the tumultuous path the law took through Congress. Hatch commemorated the act at a July 27 news conference with former Sens. Tom Harkin and Bob Dole, former Rep. Steve Bartlett, House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer and Equal Opportunities Commission Commissioner Chai Feldblum, who all worked to get the ADA signed in 1990.  

Edward Brooke Honored at Funeral Service

Brooke, second from right, stands for the presentation of the colors during his Congressional Gold Medal ceremony, along with Obama and Senate leaders Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell on Oct. 28, 2009. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Sen. Edward W. Brooke, the first African-American senator elected by popular vote, was honored at a funeral service Tuesday as a trailblazer, a remarkable legislator and an inspiration to future generations.  

Lawmakers, dignitaries and family members gathered at the National Cathedral in D.C. to pay tribute to the Massachusetts Republican, who died on Jan. 3 at the age of 95. Brooke, a World War II veteran, was buried at Arlington Cemetery. He was born in the District of Columbia on Oct. 26, 1919. Before the funeral service, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., honored Brooke during a speech on the Senate floor.  

Packwood Returns to Talk Taxes, Not Scandal (Updated)

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Updated 3:17 p.m. | The Finance Committee was in a mood to reminisce Tuesday morning about the good old days, when Sen. Bob Packwood played a key role in negotiating a bipartisan overhaul of the tax code.  

The Oregon Republican was back Tuesday at the committee he once chaired to testify about that bipartisan success, where lawmakers in both parties worked with President Ronald Reagan on the 1986 tax deal. Packwood's successor, Oregon Democrat Ron Wyden, was on the dais as the ranking member of the Finance panel, having held the gavel last Congress with Democrats in charge.  

Wendell Ford, Longtime Kentucky Senator, Dies at 90

Ford, left, made sure to attend Grimes' election eve rally in November. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Kentucky political legend and purveyor of Southern wit Wendell H. Ford has died.  

Ford, 90, had been undergoing treatment for lung cancer.