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Views of the News
3:23 pm
Sat June 28, 2014

Sen. Claire McCaskill takes on Dr. Oz

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  Last week there was lots of talk about a hearing in which Dr. Mehmet Oz met his match in U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.). She's the chair of the Consumer Protection Committee.  Oz went before the committee to testify on the marketing of "miracle" weight loss cures. Missouri School of Journalism professors Jim Flink, Mike McKean and Amy Simons discuss the issue.

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Politics
1:20 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Senator McCaskill On Dr. Oz, Weight-Loss Scams And Obesity In America

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 4:32 pm

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., received a lot of attention last week for her pointed questioning of TV celebrity physician Dr. Mehmet Oz during a hearing on weight-loss scams. She spoke with St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh today about that hearing, and her concerns about obesity in America.

“I think it is irresponsible for a doctor of medicine who understands science-based research to tout anything as a miracle pill for weight loss,” said McCaskill, explaining that she thought Dr. Oz “sometimes blurs the line between entertainer and doctor.”

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Views of the News
6:30 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Views Preview: Deciding the Aereo case

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The Supreme Court of the United States found in favor of major broadcasters, and against Aereo, in a case over the streaming of copyrighted material on the Internet.

Jordan Crook, Tech Crunch: "Aereo loses in Supreme Court, deemed illegal"

Katy Bachman, POLITICO: "Aereo loses copyright fight at Supreme Court"

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Politics
8:33 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Ronnie White's Nomination Recalls Past Battles — And Hard Feelings

Judge Ronnie White

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 12:24 pm

Updated 12:22 p.m., Thurs., June 19: On June 19, the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced Ronnie White's nomination to the U.S. Senate floor. The committee's 10-7 affirmative vote makes it highly likely that White's nomination to the federal bench will be approved.

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Education
9:00 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Campus sexual assaults are focus of McCaskill survey

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Sen. Claire McCaskill says her staff is surveying college campuses to see what protections against sexual attacks are in place and how the institutions support assault victims.

McCaskill, a Democrat, told The Kansas City Star Thursday that she's determined to make college campuses safer for women. She says that could entail tying federal funding for colleges and universities to how well those institutions report rapes and deliver certain services to female students.

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Politics
4:47 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Senator McCaskill answers to Columbia residents

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Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill met with Columbia residents during a town hall meeting on Monday. She talked about the economy, boosting jobs in the state and the improvement of the nation’s deficit.

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Crime
8:03 am
Mon January 27, 2014

McCaskill Calls For Probe Into Sexual Assault/Suicide Case at Mizzou

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Originally published on Tue January 28, 2014 7:41 am

Updated 4:11 p.m, Mon., Jan. 27 with investigation by Columbia police.

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, an alum of the University of Missouri and a former prosecutor, is calling on the university to investigate the alleged sexual assault of former Mizzou swimmer Sasha Menu Courey, who subsequently committed suicide.

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Politics
8:47 am
Thu December 12, 2013

McCaskill turns down aid for health insurance plan

Sen. Claire McCaskill
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Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill says she'll be shopping for a health care policy on the new federal insurance exchange but won't be taking a subsidy.

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Politics
3:32 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

US Senators tout Missouri to Boeing for 777X

Missouri's two U.S. senators say their home state is the right place for Boeing Co. to build its new 777X commercial airplane.

In a letter Tuesday to Boeing executives, Republican Roy Blunt and Democratic Claire McCaskill noted that the company already has more than 15,000 employees in Missouri.

Blunt and McCaskill also cited Missouri's transportation network — including rail, highways and rivers — and what they called the state's "track record of success in building airplanes."

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4:46 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Sen. McCaskill plans to introduce POW legislation

US Sen. Claire McCaskill.
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Sen. Claire McCaskill says she'll introduce legislation requiring U.S. defense officials to address mismanagement in a military-led unit responsible for finding service members missing in action.

McCaskill's remarks come several months after an Associated Press story revealed an internal Pentagon report harshly critical of the Joint POW-MIA Accounting Command, which searches for missing soldiers' remains. The Pentagon report included accusations of misconduct among those responsible for overseas missions to investigate prospects for recovering remains.

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Politics
7:58 am
Fri November 1, 2013

FAA approves Kindle, iPad use on flights during takeoff, landing

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The Federal Aviation Administration announced Thursday that they would allow the use of Portable Electronic Devices, such as Kindles and iPads, on flights during takeoff and landing.

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Politics
8:31 am
Thu October 31, 2013

McCaskill: Public will eventually like health law

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Sen. Claire McCaskill says she's "embarrassed and angry" about the rollout of a key part of the new federal health care law. But the Missouri Democrat believes people will eventually come to like it.

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Education
3:25 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

MU gets $1.8M for modular nuclear reactors

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The Curators of the University of Missouri received a $1.8 million federal grant that will support research related to the production of small nuclear reactors (SMRs) at Ameren’s Callaway County plant in Fulton. The money came from a project called Make it in America Challenge, an initiative to create new jobs and encourage business in America.

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Politics
4:30 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Obama to visit Kansas City area

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Missouri's automotive industry will be getting renewed attention this week when President Barack Obama visits a Ford Motor Co. plant near Kansas City.

Obama is scheduled to travel Friday to Ford's new stamping plant in Liberty, located next to the auto maker's Claycomo assembly plant, to illustrate the comeback of the nation's auto industry.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill plans to attend the event. McCaskill says the plant is a good place to highlight the turnaround of automotive manufacturing.

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Politics
5:14 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Missouri officials speak out on the Syria situation

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Discussion over the situation in Syria continues as more Missouri officials are speaking out.

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., announced he will not support President Barack Obama's call for military action in Syria, worried about the message it sends.

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Politics
9:13 am
Thu August 8, 2013

McCaskill frustrated by farm bill "in limbo"

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U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri says she will spend much of the August congressional recess talking about the farm bill, which is hung up in a legislative impasse.

Hopes are dim for compromise on the legislation after the Senate approved a five-year plan regulating farm programs and food stamps, but the House signed off on a bill dealing only with farm programs. McCaskill says Republican efforts to make sharp cuts to the food stamp program are holding up the farm bill, which she says is unfair to farmers in Missouri.

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Politics
8:15 am
Thu July 11, 2013

McCaskill says technology creates a 'criminal sandbox' for robo-callers to play in

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U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill says phone providers should use the latest technology to crack down on the number of so-called “robo-calls.”

McCaskill chaired a hearing Wednesday of the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection exploring how to reduce the number of such calls received by consumers.

She says despite the establishment of a “Do Not Call” list 10 years ago, robo-callers have not been deterred.

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Politics
8:14 am
Wed July 3, 2013

McCaskill criticizes Missouri lawmakers for failing to pass a transportation bill

en. McCaskill is provided a tour of Springfield's Transportation Management Center by Traffic Engineer Jason Haynes Tuesday/Credit: Scott Harvey
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U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) Tuesday criticized state lawmakers for failing to pass a transportation bill, while previewing federal legislation to improve the nation’s infrastructure. KSMU’s Scott Harvey has details.

McCaskill said the U.S. transportation system is deteriorating, especially in Missouri, calling the state’s $600 million construction budget to oversee 33,000 miles of roadways a “recipe for disaster.”

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4:09 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Sen. McCaskill supports Hillary Clinton super PAC

Sen. Claire McCaskill.
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Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill says she is supporting a super political action committee encouraging Hillary Rodham Clinton to run for president in 2016.

McCaskill is the first sitting member of Congress to endorse the group, called Ready for Hillary.

The organization does not have official ties to the former secretary of state but it's trying to lay the foundation for another Clinton campaign.

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Politics
5:30 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Sen. McCaskill continues look into military justice system

Sen. Claire McCaskill.
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U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill says she continues to support a cautious approach to modifying how the military justice system and the armed forces handle the sexual assault of women.

A recent Pentagon report estimates nearly 26,000 people in the armed forces experienced unwanted sexual contact last year. McCaskill, a Democrat  sitting on the Armed Services Committee, says the military can fix its problem while supporting the victims. 

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Politics
8:51 am
Wed May 8, 2013

McCaskill holds hearing on 'Kafkaesque' credit report system

Screenshot from a Senate stream of the hearing.

Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 6:36 pm

Millions of consumers have an error on their credit report. In response, Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri held a hearing Tuesday on the consumer report industry.

One out of every five consumers has an error on at least one of their major credit reports, according to a study released a few months ago by the Federal Trade Commission. Those errors can cause consumers to pay more or be denied credit or housing.

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Politics
1:00 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Army plan would cut as many as 4,000 Ft. Leonard Wood troops

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A U.S. Army plan for possible personnel cuts could significantly affect Fort Leonard Wood and the economy in the surrounding area.

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Politics
8:51 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Blunt, McCaskill In Agreement On Internet Sales Tax

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Originally published on Thu April 25, 2013 7:35 pm

Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo) is one of many co-sponsors of a bill that would allow states to collect sales taxes for online purchases.

Under current law, states can only require stores to collect sales taxes if the store has a physical presence in the state.

As NPR's Planet Money puts it:

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6:01 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

McCaskill pushes for tougher punishments for military sexual assaults

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U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill returned to Missouri to push for tougher punishments of military sexual assaults.

The Democratic senator and former Jackson County prosecutor met Wednesday with top officials from the Missouri National Guard at the Guard's Jefferson City headquarters.

Her appearance came one month after senior military leaders were chastised at a Senate hearing because an Air Force commander dismissed the conviction of a lieutenant colonel for sexually assaulting a civilian employee at Aviana Air Force Base in Italy.

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4:53 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

McCaskill announces support for gay marriage

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Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill says she believes gay couples should be able to marry.

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Politics
9:02 am
Mon March 11, 2013

McCaskill Crafting Legislation To Allow Electronics On Flights

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Originally published on Fri March 8, 2013 5:18 pm

After receiving a tepid response from the FAA on the prospect of changing rules to allow electronic devices like iPads and Kindles to be used throughout a flight, Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) announced that she is beginning to craft legislation instead.

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Politics
8:54 am
Mon March 4, 2013

McCaskill: Why Congress should see a reduction in pay in the event of sequestration

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Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri said she's planning to introduce a bill that would cut pay for members of Congress if federal employees are furloughed because of the so-called “sequestration,” or across-the-board spending cuts.

The bill calls for a reduction in Congressional salaries once federal furloughs begin. As the sequestration goes into effect, many federal workers are expected to be subject to furloughs because Congress and the White House did not reach an agreement on a deficit reduction plan.

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9:05 am
Mon February 25, 2013

McCaskill: Sequester Cuts Likely

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Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 10:37 am

Democratic Senator from Missouri, Claire McCaskill, says the so-called sequester will likely go into place this Friday.

On Fox News Sunday McCaskill said the Senate will take action to avoid the spending cuts, she then pointed the finger at the House Republicans for not doing the same.

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5:46 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

McCaskill and Blunt to split votes on Hagel as Secretary of Defense

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U.S. Senators Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt will split their differences on former Senator Chuck Hagel’s prospects to be the next Secretary of Defense.

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