11/23/2010 01:45 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Mitch McConnell's Earmark Position-Switch Makes Waves Back Home

The messy, massive business of appropriations and bailouts during a prolonged recession has deepened public distrust, claimed political scalps and hardened the partisan divide. Rhetoric against Washington runs hot.

But here on the ground, where federal money has helped a river city of 722,000 become more vibrant and livable, people live with their contradictory feelings about government and its challenges, and their own senior senator.

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