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January 2015
The New York Times: U.S. Suddenly Goes Quiet on Effort to Bolster Afghan Forces

The United States has spent about $65 billion to build Afghanistan’s army and police forces, and until this month the American-led coalition regularly shared details on how the money was being put to use and on the Afghan forces’ progress.

The Washington Times: Senate approves Keystone pipeline as 9 Democrats buck party leaders

Senators approved the Keystone XL pipeline in a momentous vote Thursday as nine Democrats bucked their party leaders and joined Republicans in backing the long-stalled project, setting up an eventual showdown with President Obama, who has vowed a veto.

KYTV: McCaskill calls to stop Pentagon budget cuts

Missouri’s senior senator wants to take a closer look at planned cuts for the Defense Department.

KMOX News: McCaskill Issues Statement: ‘The Keystone Pipeline – A Commonsense Approach’

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill issued the following statement after voting to approve the Keystone Pipeline: During my career, I’ve never been afraid to pick a fight—including with the leaders of my own party—because we can’t let politics trump good policy.

Kansas City Star: Claire McCaskill defies Obama, helps Senate pass Keystone XL pipeline bill

Helped along by Missouri’s Claire McCaskill, the U.S. Senate on Thursday approved construction of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline.

Huffington Post: The Biggest Check On U.S. Investment In Afghanistan Just Got Classified

The new NATO mission in Afghanistan has classified its assessments of how more than $60 billion in U.S. aid is being used to bolster the Afghan army, leaving hidden one of the best assessments of U.S. taxpayer-funded investment in Kabul.

The Hill: US classifies spending, stats on Afghan forces

Previously public information on the U.S. taxpayer-funded salaries, training and equipment costs for Afghan security forces is now considered classified. Basic details that have been reported for years, such as the number of Afghan troops in uniform or the cost of U.S.-funded infrastructure projects, will as of this month no longer be publicly available, officials say.

Associated Press: New Push on Capitol Hill for More Oversight of US Aid Agency

Key U.S. senators said they want more oversight of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the federal government's development finance agency that was the subject of an Associated Press investigation earlier this week into a failed $217 million energy project in western Africa marked by insider connections and questionable due diligence.

Washington Post: Ex-DHS secretaries warn Congress not to ‘risk funding for the operations that protect every American’

The three former heads of the Department of Homeland Security are warning Congress not to hold up funding for the sprawling department as lawmakers continue fighting over immigration reform.

KMOV-TV: Doctor Oz linked to weight loss supplement that may not work

A company that worked with Doctor Oz is now paying $9 million dollars in settlements after many people say the weight loss pills they endorsed didn’t work.

The Columbus Dispatch: Portman backs bill to simplify permitting process

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, joined a leading Democrat to introduce a bill that would make it easier for private contractors to swiftly obtain federal approval that often bogs down many projects.

KCUR Radio: Kansas City Program Focuses On ‘Healthy Women, Healthy Babies’

Faced with a surprise pregnancy – and then feeling the pressure of transitioning from an independent woman to a new mom – Erica Hardin struggled mentally and financially after the birth of her daughter. Much to her relief, Kansas City had a program aimed at reducing disparities in infant mortality and post-birth complications between minorities and the general population.

Springfield News-Leader: Blunt, McCaskill land powerful committee posts

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., meanwhile, will be the top Democrat on a key Senate investigations subcommittee — a Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs panel that can probe everything from tax-dodging by multinational corporations to government waste and malfeasance.

KOLR-TV: McCaskill 'Thrilled' to be Top Democrat on Investigatory Panel

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (D/Mo) is getting to work this year by serving as the top democrat on a committee that investigates federal agencies.

Kansas City Star: McCaskill steps up to top-ranking role on the Senate panel once known as Truman Committee

It’s a Missouri tradition. On Thursday, Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill stepped up to a new leadership role as the top ranking minority member of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.

The Hill: Markey, McCaskill join Booker's municipal Internet bill

Sens. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) signed onto the bill meant to encourage cities to expand high-speed Internet access around the country.

Associated Press: McCaskill named top Democrat on Senate investigatory panel

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill says she has been named the top Democrat on a committee that investigates federal agencies.

Government Executive: Defense Employees Used Fake Website to Net Millions in Recruiting Bonuses

A retired Army sergeant and his wife, both of whom work for the Defense Department, remain on the payroll after exposure of their scheme to collect Army recruiting bonuses using a ghost website, Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., announced on Tuesday.

KMOX News: Army Referral Scheme Makes Couple Millionaires

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill announced a scheme revealed to have deprived the U.S. Army of nearly $4 million.

Kirksville Daily Express: Sen. Claire McCaskill's staff coming to Kirksville to meet one-on-one with constituents

Staff members of U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill will be taking her office on the road and meeting one-on-one with Kirksville residents this week.

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