On Thursday, Republican senator Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire and Democratic senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri joined with several female veterans of the armed forces to speak out against a proposal that would create a new justice system for serious military prosecutions, independent of military commanders. The proposal is found in an amendment championed by Democratic senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, but McCaskill, Ayotte, and others said the chain of command must be maintained if the stated goal of the Gillibrand amendment--to reduce sexual assaults in the military--is to be achieved.
"Both of us agree that the best way to protect victims and realize more aggressive and successful prosecutions is by keeping the chain of command in the process at the beginning of a criminal proceeding within the UCMJ," said McCaskill. "We believe that there will be less retaliation. We believe there will be more prosecutions, and the numbers support that. We believe that the only way to hold command accountable is to make them responsible, not to completely remove their responsibility. We believe that's a recipe for disaster."
By now, almost everyone knows the lurid truth about the military—or they think they do. Last month, after a 2012 survey showed that sexual assault against servicewomen had risen dramatically in the last fewyears, the media went into overdrive. The Washington Post called it an “epidemic.” The New York Times blamed the rise on “the military’s entrenched culture of sexual violence.”
Senator Claire McCaskill has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president in 2016 and this is all the buzz (that is the right word, isn't it?) atMorningJoeand other places where the insiders gather and do careful, elaborate dissections of the day's essential news.
Support for Republican Todd Akin’s decision to stay in the Missouri Senate race has cratered and so has his favorability. Those findings come from two new polls conducted after Akin created a firestorm with his comment about “legitimate rape.”
Conservative congressman Todd Akin has won a tough three-way Republican primary for Senate in Missouri, the Associated Press reports. In a race that had been close between Akin, businessman John Brunner, and former state treasurer Sarah Steelman, the seven-term representative from northeastern Missouri pulled ahead with more than 36 percent of the vote. Polls showed the primary remained tight just days before the election, and each candidate had support for major conservative figures and groups.
Rep. Steve Israel, chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, is urging Democratic candidates to skip his party's national convention in September.
"If they want to win an election, they need to be in their districts," Israel reportedly said at a Reuters conference, according to Reuters.
"I don't care if the president was at 122 percent favorability right now," he said. "I think (candidates) should be in their districts," rather than spend time at the convention, which will be in Charlotte, North Carolina, September 3-6.
A new ad from Crossroads GPS ties Democratic senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri to President Barack Obama and his signature legislative achievement, Obamacare. The ad calls the pair "ObamaClaire" and reminds voters that McCaskill, who is up for reelection this November, voted for Obamacare in the Senate. Watch the ad below:
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In a conference call with reporters, Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill just disclosed that she failed to pay $287,000 in property taxes related to her co-ownership of a private aircraft. This scandal comes quickly on the heels of recent revelations that McCaskill improperly billed taxpayers for use of the same private aircraft, for which McCaskill reimbursed the Treasury $88,000:
As a Democratic Senator somehow elected last year in a state where Barack Obama has some of his lowest approval ratings, Joe Manchin is a curious bellweather. The more he has to run from Obama and the more he feels empowered to publicly criticize the head of his party, the more Obama it suggests the President is out of touch with the kind of blue collar voters and Reagan Democrats he's going to need to win the White House again.
Today on Capitol Hill, Senators Claire McCaskill and Bob Corker introduced legislation, the Commitment to American Prosperity (CAP) Act, meant to cap federal spending. The bill would require spending as a percentage of GDP to decrease over the next decade to the 40-year average of 20.6 percent.