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U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., criticized President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday for his criticism of U.S. intelligence experts.
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Less than two months after president-elect Donald Trump  won in November, some of his allied groups are zeroing on U.S. Senate Democrats like Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri.

She’s among 10 Democrats in the Senate  who represent so-called “red states” where Trump won big – and who will be on the 2018 ballot.

A new TV ad is airing on cable stations in the St. Louis and Kansas City markets this week that seeks to pressure McCaskill to support Trump’s agenda, notably his calls for tax cuts and his promise to repeal the health-insurance program known as Obamacare.

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Representative democracies are rarely models of gentility. Their elected officials, motivated by self-interest and a certain belief system, often see their views as right and proper and those of their opponents as wrong-headed and dangerous. The U.S. system, based on separation of powers and checks and balances at all levels, has necessitated a certain need for compromise and the importance of being able to govern. The result has usually been country above party -- although that did not eliminate some hyperbolic rhetoric or using the system for personal gain.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 8, 2011 - Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies (Crossroads GPS), an independent conservative group with ties to former Bush adviser Karl Rove, left) is back on television with a new ad attacking U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 10, 2011 - Crossroads GPS (Grassroots Policy Strategies), an independent group with ties to Republican consultant Karl Rove, has begun running a new TV ad today in Missouri that attacks U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 29, 2008 - As Election Day 2008 came to a close, one thing Republicans and Democrats could rejoice in was an end to the relentless stream of negative political ads. As candidates at the national and state level vied for power, these TV and/or Internet spots illustrated Hobbes' dictum that life is nasty and brutish – if not, in this case, short.