Washington correspondent, St. Louis Post-Dispatch; former National reporter, USA Today; bylines from 49 states and 4 continents; Re-tweets not an endorsement

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.

Specialties: Writing, editing, political analysis, demography, cultural commentary, column writing

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Unused 'earmarks' being re-directed into St. Louis area roads projects

stltoday.com — WASHINGTON * A change pushed in Congress by Sens. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., has redirected unused appropriations from old "earmarks" into about $20 million for transportation projects in the St. Louis area. It's part of about $72.6 million in redirected money statewide, taken from what McCaskill called "politicians' pet projects" earmarked more than 10 years that never got spent.

Boeing jet deal means big boost for St. Louis jobs

stltoday.com — WASHINGTON * The administration of President Barack Obama has approved $7 billion in long-stalled sales of Boeing Co. fighter jets to Kuwait and Qatar, a decision that could preserve thousands of jobs in the St. Louis area. The deal had been delayed for more than two years, amid concerns by Israel that the planes posed a threat to that nation's security.

Raasch: 'Bigly" stakes in next prez debate at Washington University

stltoday.com — WASHINGTON * That next debate at Washington University is going to have some real bigly stakes. No matter if you heard Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump say he had "bigly" or "big league" tax-cut plans in the first debate (social media has been afire with that argument), the showdown in St.

Without waiting for federal aid, Missouri takes steps to prevent Zika outbreak

stltoday.com — JEFFERSON CITY * Missouri's Department of Health and Senior Services is developing a statewide plan for handling the Zika virus, despite federal aid being held up to assist states in fighting the possibility of an outbreak. Zika is a mosquito-borne virus linked to birth defects, putting pregnant women in particular at risk.

McCaskill to defend Clinton in post-debate 'spin room'

stltoday.com — WASHINGTON * Sen. Claire McCaskill, who once had a rocky relationship with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and who endorsed President Barack Obama over Clinton in the 2008 primaries, will be one of seven Clinton surrogates arguing Clinton's case in the post-debate spin room Monday night at Hofstra University.

Companion House push could boost McCaskill's bill to help WW II mustard gas victims

stltoday.com — WASHINGTON * A bill granting more help to soldier-victims of mustard gas experiments during World War II got a boost when a bipartisan contingent of members of the House of Representatives on Wednesday introduced legislation similar to that in the Senate by Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.

Raasch: The politics of youthful optimism in a nasty presidential year

stltoday.com — WASHINGTON * Pessimism might be the easiest emotion if this year provides your first chance to cast a vote. The name-calling, the prevaricating. Republican Donald Trump's labeling of whole classes of people as criminals because of their race or ethnicity. Democrat Hillary Clinton's "basket of deplorables" describing Trump supporters.

Florissant letter carrier to get hero award for stopping attacker wielding a cinder block

stltoday.com — WASHINGTON * Florissant mail carrier Michael Murphy, who in 2014 rescued women in two cars from a man wielding a cinder block, will be among eight honored Wednesday for saving lives or helping people on their routes. Murphy, of Troy, Ill., will be named the Central Region Hero of the Year by the National Association of Letter Carriers at a luncheon here.

Florissant letter carrier to get national hero award for stopping attack on several women

stltoday.com — WASHINGTON * Florissant mail carrier Michael Murphy, who in 2014 rescued women in two cars from a man wielding a cinder block, will be among eight honored Wednesday for saving lives or helping people on their routes. Murphy, of Troy, Ill., will be named the Central Region Hero of the Year by the National Association of Letter Carriers at a luncheon here.

Monsanto and industry execs defend wave of agribusiness mega-mergers

stltoday.com — WASHINGTON * Bayer's pending $66 billion acquisition of Monsanto got a going over at a Senate hearing probing concentration in the seed and farm chemical industries, with officials of the companies saying it would allow them to spend more on research and that mergers and acquisitions are necessary in a stressed farm economy.
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Sep 30, 2016

My book, "Imperfect Union," was in good company this week:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/books/2016/09/25/books-new-and-noteworthy/90499280/  Non-fiction, about NYT correspondent at Gettysburg

Sep 30, 2016

@DonnaLeinwand Non endorsement endorsement. Says between lines as much about other candidates as Trump

Sep 30, 2016

@CHueyBurnsRCP demonstrating why Twitter has been both Trump's best friend and worst enemy. THAT would have been far more effective

Sep 30, 2016

@hochman And keep hinting phantom not-ground-rule-doubles.

Sep 30, 2016

RT @jmannies: MoDems issue snarky "bingo" card with @EricGreitens go-to phrases, right before MoPressAssoc forum with @Koster4Missouri


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