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Claire McCaskill: I Have Breast Cancer

Missouri senator says her prognosis is good

(Newser) - Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill said Monday she has breast cancer and would remain in St. Louis for the next three weeks to receive treatment. She announced the news on Twitter , saying, "I very recently learned that I have breast cancer." The Democratic senator said in a Tumblr post... More »

McCaskill: 'Demilitarize' Cops' Response in Ferguson

Obama calls for calm as Anonymous claims to ID officer

(Newser) - The unrelenting protests in Ferguson, Mo., after the police shooting of Michael Brown clearly have the full attention of Washington now. Both President Obama and Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill weighed in today, while Anonymous claimed to ID the officer who did the shooting. Details:
  • McCaskill: Speaking at a local church,
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2 in 5 Colleges Just Ignoring Sexual Assaults

Senator's survey reveals major failings

(Newser) - There are huge failings in how colleges and universities across America are dealing with sexual assault, according to a survey commissioned by Sen. Claire McCaskill. She says the most shocking figure is that 41% of schools haven't investigated a single alleged sexual assault in the last five years as... More »

Senators Blast Dr. Oz for Bogus Diet Claims

He defends right to use 'flowery' language

(Newser) - Celebrity TV doctor Mehmet Oz stuck up for his right to use "flowery" language to praise weight loss products after a Senate panel slammed him for encouraging scammers by endorsing "miracle cures." Sen. Claire McAskill asked him why he "cheapened" his show by saying things he... More »

Gillibrand's Sex-Assault Bill for Military Fails in Senate

She hoped to remove authority from commanders

(Newser) - New York Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand has lost her fight to dramatically change the way the Pentagon handles sex-assault cases, reports AP . For now, anyway. She needed 60 votes to overcome a filibuster but came up with only 55. And the Hill points out that this wasn't exactly a party-line... More »

Occupy DC: Vets Continue Shutdown Protests

WWII Memorial protest now in day 2, more being considered

(Newser) - Well if America's youth won't protest the government shutdown , it looks like America's veterans will. After a group of vets stormed the barricades of DC's WWII memorial yesterday, more protests are in the works, reports Buzzfeed . More veterans groups will arrive at the memorial today, while... More »

NRA: Navy Yard Lacked 'Good Guys With Guns'

Meanwhile, Manchin says he won't renew push for gun control

(Newser) - The NRA's Wayne LaPierre is taking on renewed debate over gun control in wake of the Navy Yard shooting, telling NBC today that the "outrage" of "the elite media and the politicians trying to stir this toward firearms ... ought to be placed on an unprotected naval base.... More »

2 More Dem Senators Back Gay Marriage

Warner, Rockefeller switch leaves only 11 in opposition

(Newser) - Democrats' support for gay marriage appears to be gaining momentum ahead of two key Supreme Court cases this week . Sens. Mark Warner of Virginia and Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia have joined Missouri's Claire McCaskill in endorsing gay marriage, leaving just 11 Democrat senators still opposed, Time reports. "... More »

Claire McCaskill Backs Gay Marriage

'History will agree with my children,' says Missouri Democrat

(Newser) - The latest top politician to endorse gay marriage is Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, Politico reports. The swing-state Democrat offered up a statement yesterday on her Tumblr page: "I have come to the conclusion that our government should not limit the right to marry based on who you love,"... More »

Stars, Westboro, and Scalia's Weird Hat

Diminished (but still huge) crowd sees Beyonce, poetry, and those jerks from Westboro

(Newser) - Roughly 600,000 people came out to watch President Obama's inauguration this year, which is a far cry from the 1.8 million who came out for his first one, but might nonetheless set a record for a second term inauguration. A look at what all those people saw:... More »

Boehner Blasts White House: 'Can't Be Serious'

Geithner says no deal without tax hikes

(Newser) - John Boehner is still grousing about the White House's opening bid in the fiscal cliff talks, lambasting it this morning as a "non-serious proposal" in a pre-taped interview with Fox News, picked up by Politico . "I was just flabbergasted. I looked at (Tim Geithner) and I said:... More »

How the GOP Will Avoid Another Akin

Party seeks more local support for candidates

(Newser) - Election 2012 was supposed to hand Republicans control of the Senate, but thanks to candidates like Todd Akin, things didn't work out according to plan. Now, the party is scrambling to realign itself for future victories. A key strategy: Go local. "We ought to make certain that if... More »

Democrats Keep Senate: Warren, McCaskill Win

Tim Kaine, too; Democrats coast as Mourdock, Akin, McMahon lose

(Newser) - Democrats had a banner night in the Senate, starting with Elizabeth Warren knocking off GOP incumbent Scott Brown in Massachusetts. Meanwhile, Tim Kaine beat George Allen in Virginia, and Chris Murphy did the same to Linda McMahon for Connecticut's open seat—despite her huge personal influx of cash . It... More »

Todd Akin Closes In on Claire McCaskill

Missouri voters really don't like either candidate

(Newser) - Todd Akin has dramatically cut into Claire McCaskill's lead in the hotly watched race for her Missouri Senate seat, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch . In a new poll commissioned by the paper, McCaskill holds a slim 45% lead among likely voters, with Akin polling just behind at 43%. Akin'... More »

Todd Akin: McCaskill Is a 'Dog'

She 'fetches' higher taxes. Get it?

(Newser) - Apparently, it's tough to teach an old, gaffe-prone politician new tricks, because Todd Akin just cannot seem to stop with the zingers, reports PoliticMO . Opponent Claire McCaskill "goes to Washington, DC, it’s a little bit like one of those dogs, 'fetch,'" he said at... More »

Women Favor Obama By 18 Points

Quinnipiac gives president a small lead overall

(Newser) - President Obama still holds a small lead over Mitt Romney, and it's thanks entirely to his popularity with women and minorities, according to a new Quinnipiac poll . The poll has Obama ahead 49% to 45% overall, but his support among women is especially strong at 56% to 38%, and... More »

Akin Slams 'Unladylike' McCaskill

She was like a 'wildcat' in debates, Senate candidate complains

(Newser) - Todd Akin, the GOP Senate candidate whose comments on rape united his own party against him, doesn't seem to be trying too hard to win back women voters. Sen. Claire McCaskill, who attacked his "legitimate rape" remark when the pair debated last week, "was much more ladylike"... More »

Santorum, DeMint Throw Weight Behind Todd Akin

'Simply put, we cannot afford six more years of Senator McCaskill.'

(Newser) - Seems like only last month that Republicans were fighting each other over who got to throw Todd Akin under the bus first, but today the embattled Senate candidate has picked up endorsements from Jim DeMint and Rick Santorum. The über-conservatives are throwing their support to Akin, urging supporters to... More »

Akin's New Logic: McCaskill Should Drop Out

Camp says McCaskill's 10-point lead shows weakness

(Newser) - The "legitimate rape" controversy has turned conservative Todd Akin from frontrunner to a 10-percentage-point trailer—48% to 38%—in the Missouri Senate race, reports ABC News . But despite the pounding in the polls and losing the support of the Republican Party, Akin is not about to drop out. In... More »

Akin's New Battle: Fundraising

Senate candidate lost a promised $10M in funding, has $500K in bank

(Newser) - Shunned by his own party, Todd Akin has a month to decide if he is capable of going it alone and winning Missouri's Senate race, reports USA Today . Under Missouri law, a candidate has until Sept. 25 to withdraw from the ballot and allow state party committees to select... More »

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