Senator Mitch McConnell, the Kentucky Republican and majority leader, on Capitol Hill on Monday.

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On this week’s episode:

Carl Hulse spoke with Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, about why the Democrats didn’t strike as good of a spending deal as they let on, his non-reaction to Steve Bannon’s attacks, DACA and more.

For more coverage and analysis of the conversation, check out these articles:

McConnell Says Democrats’ Glee on Debt Limit Deal Was Premature

The Senate majority leader said Democrats “spiked the ball in the end zone a little too early” when they claimed they would have maximum leverage in a December fiscal showdown.

As G.O.P. Moves to Fill Courts, McConnell Takes Aim at an Enduring Hurdle

Mr. McConnell said that individual senators should no longer be able to block federal appeals court nominees by withholding so-called blue slips, a major break with Senate practice.

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