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Reporter, writer, author, editor. Washington correspondent for St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Currently writing book. Previously: Previously, national correspondent, USA TODAY. Previously: Senior correspondent and columnist for Gannett News Service. Knight Fellow at Stanford, 1989-1990. Have had bylines from 49 states and four continents. Covered and analyzed six presidential elections.. One of five original cover story writers for USA Today.

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Raasch: Trump-Clinton is the 'unpopularity contest' for the ages

Raasch: Trump-Clinton is the 'unpopularity contest' for the ages
stltoday.com — WASHINGTON * After Donald Trump virtually clinched the Republican presidential nomination, after Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton stumbled and lost Indiana near her party's finish line, the Cook Political Report's David Wasserman tweeted this of Americans' presidential choices in November: "This will be an unpopularity contest."

Missouri following a trend: the most interesting congressional elections are often intramural

Missouri following a trend: the most interesting congressional elections are often intramural
stltoday.com — WASHINGTON * More and more, the elections that count most in the makeup of your U.S. House of Representatives don't happen in November, they happen in primaries in the months prior to them. Such is the case in Missouri this year, where all eight of the House incumbents are heavily favored to win re-election, with many facing only nominal, third-party general election challengers, or none at all.

Local congressional members' votes on school vouchers, financial advisers, sexual orientation

Local congressional members' votes on school vouchers, financial advisers, sexual orientation
stltoday.com — WASHINGTON * How St. Louis-area members of Congress voted in the week of April 25-29. The votes and descriptions are compiled by "Voterama in Congress" a legislative tracking organization. House DC School Vouchers * The House on April 29 voted, 224-181, to renew the District of Columbia 13-year-old school-voucher program on a budget of $60 million annually through fiscal 2021.

Wagner also gives Hastert donation to kids' charity

Wagner also gives Hastert donation to kids' charity
stltoday.com — WASHINGTON * Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Ballwin, became the second Missouri Republican to donate to a children's charity money that she received from a political action committee of the disgraced former House Speaker Dennis Hastert.

Blunt says 'comprehensive look' at military draft registration is due

Blunt says 'comprehensive look' at military draft registration is due
stltoday.com — WASHINGTON * Sen. Roy Blunt has not gone as far as his Missouri colleague in calling for women to register for the draft, but Blunt said Friday that he believes there should be a "comprehensive look" at the entire Selective Service System, which now calls for only men to register.

McCaskill pushing new military sexual assault reforms, but new report questions basis for previous ones

McCaskill pushing new military sexual assault reforms, but new report questions basis for previous ones
stripes.com — WASHINGTON (Tribune News Service) - Sen. Claire McCaskill is trying to toughen policies on military sexual assaults, in the wake of a new report that says that the Pentagon may have misled Congress during debate over the current policy three years ago.

McCaskill pushing new military sexual assault reforms, but new report questions basis for previous ones

McCaskill pushing new military sexual assault reforms, but new report questions basis for previous ones
stltoday.com — WASHINGTON * Sen. Claire McCaskill is trying to toughen policies on military sexual assaults, in the wake of a new report that says that the Pentagon may have misled Congress during debate over the current policy three years ago.

Blunt, McCaskill, just below 50 percent approval in new poll

Blunt, McCaskill, just below 50 percent approval in new poll
stltoday.com — WASHINGTON * The job approval ratings of Missouri's two senators are just below 50 percent in a new national poll rating all 100 United States senators. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., was approved by 49 percent of Missourians and disapproved by 29 percent, with 22 percent saying they either did not have an opinion or did not know enough about him to have one.

Raasch: This is what bipartisanship looks like in Congress

Raasch: This is what bipartisanship looks like in Congress
stltoday.com — WASHINGTON * This is what bipartisanship sometimes looks like in Congress: symbolic gestures, and press-conference prods to move legislation deemed important, but moving glacially. This Congress has moved on some major issues, passing legislation on energy, primary and secondary education, highways, and federal airline traffic, among others.

Tentative House defense bill contains 14 new Super Hornets built in St. Louis

Tentative House defense bill contains 14 new Super Hornets built in St. Louis
stltoday.com — WASHINGTON * The defense funding bill that's been worked through the House Armed Services Committee contains $3 billion to fund an additional 14 F/AS-18E Super Hornets built by Boeing in St. Louis. But the $610 billion proposal has become controversial, as Republicans are proposing to take $18 billion from a separate fund now dedicated to overseas wars, called open contingency operations, to pay for new weapons purchases.
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RT @JohnJHarwood: Trump edge over Clinton in April NBC/WSJ poll: getting things done +2%; bringing real change +15; being honest/straightforward +16 2/2

May 04, 2016

RT @tonymess: Tired of being shamed over its failure to fund public schools, the #moleg is instead just changing the rules. That's some serious hubris.

May 04, 2016

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@LynneMarek @romenesko @TribPub @Gannett Wind coming from windy city today may be collective exhaling in Trib newsroom

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RT @LynneMarek: .@TribPub's board unanimously rejected the $815 mln acquisition offer from @Gannett, the #Chicago newspaper publisher said…


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