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With short-term highway bill fix likely, split in Republican ranks exposed

stltoday.com — WASHINGTON * The Senate is expected to pass a short-term extension of highway funding that was approved by the House this week, a move critics say amounts to kicking a crucial decision about federal highways and bridges down the road.

Wagner on Washington Post list of '40 most interesting women in politics'

stltoday.com — WASHINGTON * Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Ballwin, is on the Washington Post's list of "40 most interesting women in politics." Wagner was one of the final 10 released Wednesday by the "The Fix" blogger Aaron Blake. The Post Web-scribe, obviously wise to the ways of multi-day click potential, parsed out the list over three days.

McCaskill blasts officials who OK'd $36 million command center in Afghanistan

stltoday.com — WASHINGTON * The inspector general over military spending in Afghanistan has released a scathing report on a $36 million, 64,000 square-foot command-and-control building in that country that was never used, and says that its efforts to investigate it were hampered by "slow roll" responses from a few Pentagon officials. Sen.

Wagner, Kirk sex trafficking legislation on way to Obama for signature

stltoday.com — WASHINGTON * The House on Tuesday passed legislation and sent it to President Obama that protects victims of sex trafficking and bans advertisements of sex with minors, key provisions sponsored by two St. Louis-area members of Congress. Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Ballwin, and Sen.

Obama unveils police reforms similar to those proposed by McCaskill, Clay

stltoday.com — WASHINGTON * President Obama Monday unveiled a police-reform package with similar tenets to those in bills before Congress sponsored by Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-St. Louis. But Obama's plan goes further in banning acquisition of certain kinds of equipment, and it could provoke more resistance from a police group that has already pushed back on the McCaskill-Clay legislation.

Obama unveils police reforms similar to those proposded by McCaskill, Clay

stltoday.com — WASHINGTON * President Obama Monday unveiled a police-reform package with similar tenets to those in bills before Congress sponsored by Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-St. Louis. But Obama's plan goes further in banning acquisition of certain kinds of equipment, and it could provoke more resistance from a police group that has already pushed back on the McCaskill-Clay legislation.

Votes in Congress by St. Louis-area members of Congress

stltoday.com — WASHINGTON * How St. Louis-area members of Congress voted in the week of May 11-15. The votes and descriptions are compiled by "Voterama in Congress" a legislative tracking organization. House Government Spy Powers * The House on May 13 voted, 338-88, to bar the National Security Agency from collecting bulk data on Americans' telecommunications under laws such as the USA Patriot Act.

McCaskill's recurring dream: 'What do you think you are doing here?'

stltoday.com — WASHINGTON * Previewing her upcoming book, Sen. Claire McCaskill told a women's empowerment conference Friday that she has a recurring dream of being on the floor of the United States Senate and being asked by an "imposing man: What do you think you are doing here?"

Blunt, McCaskill support bill pushing back rail-safety system deadline

stltoday.com — WASHINGTON * Sens. Roy Blunt, R-Mo, and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., are co-sponsoring legislation to push back by at least five years an implementation deadline for a railroad speed control system that a federal safety official said could have prevented Tuesday's Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia.

Senate committee, following House, pushing for 12 new Super Hornets built in St. Louis

stltoday.com — WASHINGTON * The Senate Armed Services Committee, following on the heels of its House counterpart, has also recommended that fiscal year 2016 funding for 12 new Navy F/A-18 Super Hornets built in St. Louis be in the final national defense bill. Armed Services Committee member Sen.
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May 21, 2015

A man identified on local news as #Wint's former lawyer is Robin Ficker, known for loudly heckling NBA players twitter.com/WTOP/status/60…

May 21, 2015

#ThanksDave #Letterman says after his heart surgery he asked the Foo Fighters to play on first show back and they canceled So. America tour

May 21, 2015

#ThanksDave Letterman says first time he asked mom to be on the show, she said, "You have a show?" Self-deprecation will be missed.

May 21, 2015

RT @DougHeye: How Letterman and politics are the same: researchers "work in some kind of subterrainian pit. There is no natural light." True!

May 21, 2015

#ThanksDave blesses #Biff Henderson. Letterman seems to get most emotional when introducing people behind-the-scenes.

May 21, 2015

#ThanksDave Biggest legacy of Letterman? Self-deprecation inevitably gets to best comedy, gives the edge a little more meaning when needed

May 21, 2015

#Letterman recounts all his network bosses, jokes that one is now running a bunch of nail salons. He ends with self-deprecation

May 21, 2015

#ThanksDave opens with politicians, including Obama, but his finale quite devoid of the many pols who sat next to him for 33 years.

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