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The New York Times: Opinion: Sex Assault in the Military

Your editorial questions my opposition to the Military Justice Improvement Act in the Senate. It isn’t just my prosecutorial experience informing my opposition to the bill; after testimony from hundreds of witnesses, a congressionally created expert panel — majority civilian, majority women — rejected the bill because it would do nothing to reduce assaults or retaliation against survivors.

McClatchy: New federal budget bill lets political parties cash in

A provision in the $1.1 trillion omnibus budget bill that President Barack Obama is expected to sign into law this week will open up new sources of cash for the nation’s two political parties.

St. Louis Public Radio: Area Lawmakers Make Mark On Budget, Policy Bills -- Growler Funding, Sexual Assault Prosecution

Were area members of Congress to sum up this session in a single word, that word would most likely be “Growler.”  The funding for 15 of Boeing’s high-tech E/A 18G Growlers, which are built in St. Louis, is included in the $1.1 trillion government funding package approved by the Senate over the weekend.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Blunt going back on Intelligence Committee; McCaskill ranking on Aging

Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., is returning to the Senate Intelligence Committee while Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., will be the top-ranking Democrat on the Aging Committee in the new Congress that convenes next year.

Kansas City Star: Missouri’s Blunt gets spot on Intelligence Committee, McCaskill named top Democrat on Aging panel

Blunt’s fellow senator from Missouri, Democrat Claire McCaskill, was named to the top Democratic position on the Senate’s Special Committee on Aging.

Associated Press: Bill upping status of World War I museum advances

Missouri's Liberty Memorial in Kansas City is one step closer to gaining ramped up national status.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: The 113th Congress had positives for the St. Louis region, members say

Think Congress has its critics? Some of the fiercest have just left the building, closing the door on the republic's 113th version of the people's houses.

NBC News: After 'Year of the Recall' Auto Watchdog Needs an 'Enforcer'

Barring a last-minute hitch, Mark Rosekind is about to step in as the nation's top auto safety regulator. He'll be filling a post that has been empty for the better part of 2014 -- a year that has seen some of the biggest safety controversies in automotive history.

eMissourian: Congress: St. Clair Airport Can Close

The city was given a huge, early Christmas present topped with a big red bow this week by the 113th session of the United States Congress when both legislative chambers passed the bill that closes the St. Clair Regional Airport.

KSHB-TV: National WWI Museum at Liberty Memorial receives designation from Congress

The National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial will soon be designated as the National World War I Museum and Memorial.

Detroit Free Press: Levin says farewell to Senate

In speech after speech this morning, U.S. senators stood to praise the 36-year career of Michigan’s Carl Levin, referring to him as a “senator’s senator” who taught many of them how a legislator should act and cheering a bipartisan approach many said should be a model for the chamber.

WGEM-TV: Hannibal elementary school gets computers thanks to federal program

Some Hannibal students at Eugene Field Elementary now have more technology to help them in the classroom.The school accepted five used HP Compaq computers from U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill.  The computers were donated through a federal program promoting technology in the classroom.  

Politico: Senators: Don't let Rolling Stone article get in way of fixing 'broken' system

It didn’t take long for Rolling Stone’s disputed article describing an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia to come up at a Senate hearing on campus sexual assault Tuesday that featured testimony from Sens. Claire McCaskill and Kirsten Gillibrand.

The Hill: McCaskill's book party giveaway: Signed copies of 'Gone Girl'

WE HEAR: Guests at Sen. Claire McCaskill’s annual “Chili, Books & Beer” get-together will be going home with a bookworm’s dream: a copy of Gone Girl personally signed by author Gillian Flynn.

CBS News: Fighting sexual assault on campus

Congress is grappling with how to combat sexual assault on college and university campuses, and held a Senate hearing Tuesday on the Campus Accountability and Safety Act (CASA). The focus: the relationship between local police departments and school authorities, amid a rising tide of statistics indicating sexual violence on campuses is growing.

Springfield News-Leader: McCaskill: Obama climate change plan is too aggressive

Sen. Claire McCaskill is pushing the Obama administration to give states more time and flexibility to reduce carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants.

Springfield News-Leader: Blunt, McCaskill push Postal Service to delay closure of local mail center

Missouri's two U.S. senators have asked the U.S. Postal Service to delay closing 82 mail processing facilities -- including one in Springfield scheduled to shutter next month.

Politico: Senate removes judge from office, Dec. 8, 2010

On this day in 2010, for the first time in more than two decades, the Senate voted to oust a federal judge. All 96 senators present found Louisiana District Judge G. Thomas Porteous guilty of having betrayed the legal profession by soliciting cash payments from attorneys with business before his court.

Associated Press: Missouri lawmakers tout bill for World War I coin

Some Missouri lawmakers are touting a bill headed to President Barack Obama that would create a commemorative coin honoring veterans of World War I.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: McCaskill: Release CIA torture report

On CBS "This Morning," Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., said that a report on whether the CIA tortured al Qaida suspects should be released publicly as a "gut-check moment" to show that Americans hold their government accountable.

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