Speaking outside of Kansas City Friday, President Barack Obama called out House Republicans for their vote on a plan to avoid a partial government shutdown. Obama was in Ford Motor's new stamping plant in Liberty, which is located near the company's assembly in Claycomo.
The House voted to keep the federal government running beyond the end of the month. The catch? It also defunds the Affordable Care Act.
In Missouri, the vote fell across party lines with all GOP members voting for it.
A 65-year-old Vietnam War veteran from St. Louis County received a Purple Heart medal more than 44 years after he was wounded overseas.
U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill's office says it helped secure the award for Walter Sitzwohl after his wife contacted the senator's office this summer. McCaskill is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Sitzwohl was first assigned to the A Company, 158th Assault Helicopter Battalion and deployed to Vietnam with that unit. He later transferred to D Company, 101st AHB in March 1969, based out of Phu Bai.
U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri says one of her priorities when Congress reconvenes in September is to approve legislation reducing sexual assaults in the military. While McCaskill explained accomplishing the task is a team effort, she said there is one primary disagreement with her fellow Democratic colleagues.
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillebrand from New York wants to take prosecuting decisions away from commanders while McCaskill, on the other hand, wants it to be handled through the chain of command, with more accountability.
Defense officials say the Pentagon's inspector general will investigate allegations of waste and misuse taxpayer funds by a military-led unit that's responsible for accounting for POWs and MIAs.
The investigation comes in response to an internal Pentagon report that said the Joint POW-MIA Accounting Command's search for remains on old battlefields is so inept, mismanaged and wasteful that it risks descending from dysfunction to total failure.
Missouri's Democratic Senator, Claire McCaskill, wrote a response to a series of Wall Street Journal columns alleging she was "criminalizing male sexuality" in her efforts to restrict sexual assault in the military.
After Air Force Capt. Matthew Herrera was court-martialed and convicted of the aggravated sexual assault of a female second lieutenant, his conviction was reduced by Lieutenant General Susan Helms to an indecent act. Helms- who did not watch the trial-was reportedly urged by her own legal adviser to reject the request to dismiss the sexual assault verdict.
The contracting firm that handled the background check of a now-famous NSA leaker is under active criminal investigation. On Thursday, Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) held a hearing on how security clearances are granted.
If you're having a sense of déjà vu after reading national headlines about Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill endorsing Hillary Clinton's potential run for president, you're not crazy. The Democratic Senator actually endorsed Clinton when she stepped down as Secretary of State in February.
Back then, McCaskill wrote, "I know that Hillary will succeed in whatever comes next for her—and if her future plans include seeking the Presidency, which I hope they do, then I look forward to being on her team and working my heart out to see her elected.”
The Pentagon estimates that as many as 26,000 service members were sexually assaulted in the military last year. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) introduced new legislation Thursday in response.
There have also been several high profile cases of a member of the military being convicted of sexual assault by a jury, only to have it overturned by a superior officer. McCaskill’s hopes her bill would change that.
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