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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Clinton emails include appeals for meetings with Peabody Energy from St. Louis political operative Joyce Aboussie

stltoday.com — WASHINGTON * The latest trove of Hillary Clinton emails includes a push in 2009 for a meeting between then-Secretary of State Clinton and top officials of St. Louis-based Peabody Energy, the now-bankrupt company that was trying to expand its global footprint at the beginning of the Obama administration.

Republican Senate candidates honing in on Iran nuclear deal and ransom questions

stltoday.com — WASHINGTON * In attempting to keep control of the United States Senate, Republicans have seized upon a $400 million payment to Iran that critics say amounted to ransom to four Americans held in Iran who were released at about the same time the payment was made in January.

ITC rules for steel pipe makers, including those in Missouri

stltoday.com — WASHINGTON * The International Trade Commission has ruled in favor of U.S. steel pipe and tubing manufacturers, including those in Missouri, in an anti-dumping dispute. The 4-2 vote means additional duties will be placed against foreign steel pipe and tubing producers who illegally dump in the international market. Sen.

Raasch: For McCaskill, with friends like these...

stltoday.com — WASHINGTON * "McCaskill," the email reads, "has no backbone." In the context of today's politics, the slam against Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill was pretty standard stuff. Pejoratives about politicians come a lot harsher out of the Beltway's never-ending spin cycle - or out of the unhinged crassness of a world wide web that was supposed to connect us all together.

Clinton emails include one noting McCaskill, others, wary of Obamacare costs

stltoday.com — WASHINGTON * Sen. Claire McCaskill has long been a supporter of Obamacare, and remains so today. But when the massive overhaul of the nation's health insurance system was being debated late in 2009, she and other senators were expressing concerns about its costs to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Biden, in fund-raising appeal, compares Kander to himself

stltoday.com — WASHINGTON * Vice President Joe Biden says Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander reminds him of himself. Biden put out an email appeal to potential donors to Kander's campaign against Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo. "I was around Jason's age when I first ran for U.S. Senate," Biden says.

Donald Trump and Usain Bolt share one (very fast) thing in common

stltoday.com — WASHINGTON * Usain Bolt and Donald Trump just passed by one another in a flash of history. The Jamaican super-speedster Bolt won the Olympics men's 100-meter track-and-field sprint for the third-consecutive time, this time in 9.81 seconds.

Kander's attacks on Blunt's lobbying connections: On mark, or hypocrisy?

stltoday.com — WASHINGTON * Since announcing his challenge to Sen. Roy Blunt, Secretary of State Jason Kander has tried to make an issue out of Blunt's family and professional connections to lobbyists and Washington political donors. Kander's first negative TV ad attacking Blunt, launched Friday, is focused on that subject.

Raasch: During chaotic '16 presidential campaign, a lesson in political stability

stltoday.com — WASHINGTON * Amidst the chaotic presidential campaign of 2016, with one candidate's truthfulness in doubt and the other's stability challenged, it's easy to overlook an underlying condition of the body politic: The United States has been in a relatively stable political era.

Debate planning for St. Louis, other sites, continues despite Trump's balking

stltoday.com — WASHINGTON * The commission sponsoring the presidential debates is "full speed ahead on planning and counting on a full schedule" despite Donald Trump hinting he may not participate, Janet Brown, the organization's director, told the Post-Dispatch Wednesday.
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Dream job: Covering #Nats Mgr. Dusty Baker's press conferences every day. His long-season perspective is a philosophy on life, too.

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