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Democrats want Amy McGrath to take on McConnell

Amy McGrath smiles before campaign crowd.
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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has been trying to encourage Amy McGrath, the first female U.S. Marine to fly in an F-18 during combat, to challenge Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky next year, Politico reports.

Yes, but: McGrath failed to win her House bid last year, and Kentucky Republicans believe they have a playbook for how to defeat her again in 2020. Politico reports that McConnell's team is already conducting opposition research against McGrath while senior Republicans are set to meet in Washington about a potential campaign against her.

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Guest list: Lawmakers' plus-ones at Trump's State of the Union

	The State of the Union address. Photo: Donaldson Collection
Last year's State of the Union address. Photo: Donaldson Collection/Getty Images

Members of Congress and the White House often choose their State of the Union guests to provide a human face to hot-button political issues — and this year is no different.

The big picture: In the wake of the 35-day government shutdown over President Trump's demand for a border wall, many members of Congress on both sides of the aisle have chosen immigration as their focus, inviting members of families who were separated at the border or border patrol officials. But individuals impacted by gun control, the opioid crisis, and criminal justice reform are expected to be in the House chamber on Tuesday night as well.

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