Claire McCaskill

Military sexual assault changes fall short in Senate

Military sexual assault changes fall short in Senate

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has secured public support from nearly half the Senate, but not enough votes, for her proposal to give victims of rape and sexual assault in the military an independent route outside the chain of command for prosecuting attackers. Gillibrand’s solution for a problem the military calls an epidemic appears to have stalled […]

Anger erupts over another military sexual abuse scandal

Anger erupts over another military sexual abuse scandal

Lawmakers say they’re outraged that for the second time this month a member of the armed forces assigned to help prevent sexual assaults in the military is under investigation for alleged sexual misconduct. The back-to-back Army and Air Force cases highlight a problem that is drawing increased scrutiny in Congress and expressions of frustration from […]

Angered lawmakers demand change in flawed military justice system

Angered lawmakers demand change in flawed military justice system

Outrage over an Air Force officer‘s decision to overturn a jury’s guilty verdict in a sexual assault case has Republicans and Democrats joining forces on ambitious legislation to change the military justice system. On both sides of the Capitol, lawmakers have interpreted Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel‘s recent proposal to essentially strip commanding officers of their […]

Cops have suspect in ricin mailing to Senator

Police have a suspect in mind as they investigate a letter mailed to Sen. Roger Wicker that tested positive for poisonous ricin, a Senate colleague said. “The person that is a suspect writes a lot of letters to members,” Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., said Tuesday as she emerged from a classified briefing. Authorities declined to […]

Congress will be a problem for Obama or Romney

Congress will be a problem for Obama or Romney

No matter who is elected president, he’s likely to find that the next Congress will remain what the current one has been for President Barack Obama — a headache. Months of speeches, saturation TV advertising, uncountable events and more than $2 billion in campaign spending are coming together to produce a new Congress strikingly similar […]

Can Todd Akin rebuild his Senate campaign after rape remark?

Can Todd Akin rebuild his Senate campaign after rape remark?

Written off by many in his own party a mere month ago, Republican Rep. Todd Akin has been slowly rebuilding his Senate campaign after apologizing for inflammatory remarks about pregnancy and rape. Now Akin is approaching a critical week that could determine whether his re-emerging campaign can gain enough momentum to put Missouri back in […]

Akin mess keeps Republicans in chaos

Akin mess keeps Republicans in chaos

For Republicans, it could be another lost week in their effort to keep November’s election focused on President Barack Obama’s handling of the weak U.S. economy. After much of the summer news cycle was dominated by immigration, Obama’s healthcare overhaul, Medicare and a gaffe-ridden foreign trip by Mitt Romney, the Todd Akin controversy is further […]

Todd Akin on leaving Senate race: Hell no, he won’t go

Todd Akin on leaving Senate race: Hell no, he won’t go

Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) Tuesday ignored mounting pressure from his own party to drop out of the Senate race against incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill. A 5 p.m. deadline to remove his name from the ballot in Missouri came and went Tuesday as Aiken vowed to stay in the race, claiming he “represents a conservative movement […]