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    Former Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) tore in Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) on Monday, calling her a “political hack” for recent comments she made sending two very different messages about Covid-19 safety in two different interviews – one on Fox News and the other on CNN. “She goes on Fox News and says, oh, ‘natural immunity, we have natural immunity,’ and then she goes on CNN and says, I’m all for vaccines,” McCaskill said of Mace in a discussion with MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace. “I mean, what a political hack, with no soul,” McCaskill continued, pulling no punches in her criticism of Mace. “She’s saying different things depending on which audience she’s speaking to. That kind of irresponsibility is getting people killed,” McCaskill added in her critique of the Republican Party. “And that’s what I cannot understand, how this party can be righteously indignant about ‘life’ and then be a party that is anxious to throw away science when it can save your life.” Wallace agreed, saying, “I mean, Claire, that’s a brutal but fair takedown of someone who goes on one...
    MSNBC contributor former Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) said Monday on “Deadline” that  House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was “worse” than former President Donald Trump because he “acts like” he cares about America. When asked to respond to a threatening voicemail sent to Republicans who voted for the infrastructure bill, McCaskill said, “Shame on Kevin McCarthy. Shame on him. You know, he has a member who is tweeting a cartoon showing him killing a fellow member of Congress. He has this kind of thing going on.  He’s got members tweeting out phone numbers, calling fellow Republicans traitors, and he does nothing.” She continued, “I mean, this guy is worse in some ways than Donald Trump because he dresses all up and acts like he’s normal and that he cares about America, and all he cares about is keeping Donald Trump happy so that he can be Speaker of the House.” McCaskill added, “By the way, what he’s doing right now is totally poisoning the well. It’s totally poisoning the well of democracy for anything to get done on a bipartisan...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A 22-year-old is dead and two others are in critical condition after a triple shooting in North Philadelphia. Police say the victims were shot near North 15th Street and Parish Street on Monday around 2:30 am. Twenty-two-year-old Jaden McCaskill was shot multiple times in the back. He was transported to an area hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. READ MORE: Philadelphia Police Identify Father Shot, Killed While In Car With 2 Daughters In Queen Village As Raymond LightyA 28-year-old and 22-year-old were shot multiple times in the torso. At last check, they were in extremely critical condition. READ MORE: Pedestrian Struck, Killed By SUV In Warminster, Bucks CountyNo arrests have been made and an investigation is ongoing. MORE NEWS: 2021 Election Guide: What You Need To Know To Vote In Pennsylvania, New JerseyFor a list of gun violence resources in Philadelphia, click here
    On Wednesday, Senate Republicans blocked a motion to begin debate on the Freedom to Vote Act. The bill was in part the handiwork of Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), and would end partisan gerrymandering, expand opportunities to vote, and modernize voter registration, among other provisions. Manchin opposes the more robust For the People Act, and the bill shot down on Wednesday was partly an attempt by him to notch Republican votes. Obviously, that did work out. His former Senate colleague and current MSNBC analyst Claire McCaskill took Manchin to task on Wednesday’s Deadline: White House. Asked by host Nicolle Wallace why some Democrats such as Manchin “tolerate being dominated” by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and his merry band of filibusterers. McCaskill didn’t seem to have an answer, though she did take the time to call out Manchin. “Joe Manchin was for this bill,” she said. “Joe Manchin negotiated this bill. And Joe Manchin has been given the ever-lovin’ arms of the Republican Party around him. ‘Oh, Joe’s our guy. Joe’s standing up for what’s right.’ He couldn’t get one vote...
    Former Rep. Todd Akin of Missouri, whose "legitimate rape" comment helped tank his chances to win a Senate seat, has died at 74. The former congressman's, son, Perry Akin, told the Associated Press his father had cancer for several years and died at his home in Wildwood, Missouri, near St. Louis. The conservative Republican was a House member for over a decade before losing a bid for the U.S. Senate, which was sunk by controversial remarks about rape and abortion. 'I WAS NOT SUPPOSED TO BE HERE': CONGRESSWOMAN PUSHES BACK ON CALLS TO EXPAND ABORTION ACCESS “As my father’s death approached, we had people from all different walks of life share story after story of the personal impact he had on them,” Perry Akin said. “He was a devout Christian, a great father, and a friend to many. We cherish many fond memories from him driving the tractor at our annual hayride, to his riveting delivery of the freedom story at 4th of July parties dressed in the full uniform of a colonial minuteman. The...
    Former GOP Senator candidate Todd Akin who sparked outrage by saying women's bodies have a way of avoiding pregnancies in cases of 'legitimate rape' has died aged 74 after a cancer battle.    Akin represented a Republican-leaning eastern Missouri district that included St. Louis-area suburbs for 12 years, giving up a safe seat to run for the US Senate in 2012.  In the runup to the election Akin, a strong abortion opponent, was asked during an interview by a St. Louis television station whether he supported allowing abortions for women who have been raped.  He answered that 'from what I understand from doctors' such pregnancies are 'really rare' and added: 'If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.' The comments ended Akin's political career, sparking Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to immediately rebuke him and causing him to lose the Senate election.  Former GOP Senator candidate Todd Akin who sparked outrage by saying women's bodies have a way of avoiding pregnancies in cases of 'legitimate rape' has died aged 74 after a...
    FORMER US Representative Todd Akin died late on Sunday aged 74. Akin had cancer for several years, his son, Perry, said in a statement. He died at his home in Wildwood, a St. Louis suburb. 1FILE - In this Aug. 24, 2012, file photo, U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., gives a news conference where he confirmed his plans to remain in Missouri's U.S. Senate race despite a political uproar over remarks he made about rape and pregnancy. Akin, whose comment that women's bodies have a way of avoiding pregnancies in cases of "legitimate rape" sunk his bid for the U.S. Senate and became a cautionary tale for other GOP candidates, has died. He was 74. (AP Photo/Sid Hastings, File)Credit: AP:Associated Press “As my father’s death approached, we had people from all different walks of life share story after story of the personal impact he had on them,” Perry Akin said in a statement to The Associated Press. "He was a devout Christian, a great father, and a friend to many. We cherish many fond memories from him driving the tractor...
    Former U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, a conservative Missouri Republican whose comment that women's bodies have a way of avoiding pregnancies in cases of "legitimate rape" sunk his bid for the U.S. Senate and became a cautionary tale for other GOP candidates, died late Sunday. He was 74. Akin had cancer for several years, his son, Perry, said in a statement. He died at his home in Wildwood, a St. Louis suburb. "As my father’s death approached, we had people from all different walks of life share story after story of the personal impact he had on them," Perry Akin said in a statement to The Associated Press. CARJACKING VICTIM ATTACKED WITH SCREWDRIVER SAYS ST. LOUIS DEPUTY CHARGED WITH MURDER SAVED HIS LIFE Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., speaks during a news conference on the new Health and Human Services Department abortion rule on Wednesday, March 21, 2012. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) "He was a devote Christian, a great father, and a friend to many. We cherish many fond memories from him driving the tractor at our annual...
    Freshman Alton McCaskill scored a career-best three touchdowns — all in the first half — and Clayton Tune passed for 241 yards and a pair of scores as Houston defeated Tulsa 45-10 on Friday night. McCaskill, who gained 77 yards on 17 carries, scored twice from the 1-yard line and added a 27-yard burst up the middle that included a pirouette at about the 15 as he broke through the final defenders. He had previously scored two touchdowns each in wins over Rice and Grambling. Houston (4-1, 2-0 American Athletic Conference) scored three straight possessions early, leading 21-0 less than a minute into the second quarter. Tune was 17 of 24 passing with touchdowns to Jeremy Singleton early and Seth Green late. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM Tulsa's first four possessions resulted in two punts, a turnover on downs and an interception. The Hurricanes never got on track, with 27 yards rushing, three turnovers and 11 penalties for 119 yards. Two plays after a pass interference penalty on Houston kept a Tulsa drive alive, Davis Brin found...
    HOUSTON (AP) — Alton McCaskill ran for 114 yards and two touchdowns as Houston rolled to a 45-0 victory over Grambling on Saturday night. McCaskill ran 16 times and scored on 17- and 34-yard runs for Houston (2-1). Ike Ogbogu completed 14 of 22 passes for 196 yards and threw a pair of touchdown passes to Nathaniel Dell, who finished with eight catches for 134 yards. Marcus Jones scored on a 48-yard punt return for the Cougars. Ta’Zhawn Henry also had a touchdown run. Grambling (1-2) was held to 102 yards of offense and was 0 of 14 on third-down conversions. Darqueze Brutton and CJ Russell each ran for 18 yards. __ More AP college football: https://apnews.com/hub/college-football and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25. Sign up for the AP’s college football newsletter: https://apnews.com/cfbtop25 Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    MSNBC contributor and former Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) on Tuesday defended Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley, saying he was trying to “defend democracy” by subverting former President Donald Trump. Opining in a segment on Morning Joe on the revelation that former Vice President Mike Pence conferred with one of his predecessors, Dan Quayle, for advice on whether he could follow the law while appeasing Trump’s demand that he try to overturn the 2020 presidential election, McCaskill said, “Trump started calling him out to the insurrection crowd, and they marched on the Capitol with flag poles to gouge out the eyes of police officers, shouting to hang Mike Pence. “After it was revealed … that our top general was calling to defend democracy, as Joe said, to an undemocratic leader in the world to make sure that a war didn’t break out, to make sure they knew our strength was much stronger than the nonsense that Donald Trump was creating — what does Trump say? Fire him for treason,” McCaskill said. “I mean, this is really something that these...
    HOUSTON (AP) — Clayton Tune completed 22 of 30 passes for 236 yards and a pair of touchdowns, Alton McCaskill rushed for two TDs and caught a third as Houston walloped crosstown rival Rice 44-7 on Saturday night. The victory marked Houston’s sixth straight in the Bayou Bucket game, the longest win streak by either team in the long-running series. McCaskill opened the scoring by pulling in a 35-yard pass from Tune at 10:08 of the first quarter. After a 38-yard Dalton Witherspoon field goal, Tune found Jake Herslow from 11 yards out as the Cougars (1-1) staked themselves a 17-0 lead with 2:19 left in the opening frame. Rice (1-1) answered with an 11-play, 81-yard drive capped by Luke McCaffrey’s 5-yard pass to Jordan Myers. But Houston scored the next four touchdowns to win going away. McCaskill had TD runs of 1 and 2 yards, Chandler Smith added a 14-yard touchdown run, and Alex Hogan returned an interception 91 yards into the end zone as time expired. McCaffrey finished 9-for-19 passing for 86 yards with three interceptions that led...
    Former Democratic Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill said Sunday that the new abortion law Texas passed would likely hurt Republicans. McCaskill joined “Meet the Press” to discuss the Texas law, which bans abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, and she argued that it would probably help more Democrats get elected. (RELATED: Former Democratic Senator Says Her New 4th Of July Tradition Is Watching Film On Capitol Riot) WATCH: Anchor Chuck Todd began the segment by noting that the Supreme Court had not moved to block the Texas law, and he asked McCaskill what President Joe Biden’s administration and Democrats in Congress should be doing in response to that. “Well, I’m not so sure there’s a huge role for Biden and/or Congress right now other than shouting from the rooftops that this law that the Supreme Court blessed — and you can try to dress it up and put a bow on it, but they blessed a law that embraces vigilantism, that embraces the most extreme position, no exception for a 13-year-old who has been repeatedly raped by...
    Former Democratic Senator of Missouri and current MSNBC analyst lashed out on the Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling over Texas “Heartbeat Act” Thursday on “Meet The Press” during a debate. The Supreme Court ruling rejected an emergency request to block the Texas bill banning abortions after six weeks of pregnancy. (RELATED: Supreme Court Allows Texas 6-Week Abortion Ban To Take Effect) Clarie McCaskill claimed the abortion bill went “beyond the pale extreme” that would open the gates “to private bounty police going after women”  and would seek “to terminate a pregnancy as soon as they find out they’re pregnant.” I’m not sure people…in their shock at what TX actually did…realize how radical this law is. And what the Supreme Court unleashed on our legal system by not stopping it immediately. Waiting for a D state legislature to do something similar on guns. — Claire McCaskill (@clairecmc) September 2, 2021 “I just gotta tell you, my heart is beating so fast right now,” McCaskill told MSNBC host Chuck Todd. “It is very hard for me to stay calm.” Any person may bring...
    MSNBC analyst Claire McCaskill said she was having heart palpitations during a debate over the new Texas abortion law on Thursday's "Meet the Press Daily." The Texas Heartbeat Act, enacted on Wednesday, bans abortions after six weeks, when a fetal heartbeat can be detected, and allows individuals to sue abortion clinics or anyone who helps women obtain abortions in the state. The law's critics ripped the measure, arguing many women don't even know they're pregnant at six weeks, and it was challenged in court. But the Supreme Court rejected attempts to halt the measure this week. National Review editor Rich Lowry told host Chuck Todd that while critics may be fuming over the Supreme Court's decision, the law did not overturn Roe v. Wade, as some have suggested. Instead, Texas has found a way to restrict abortion by "working around Roe," he noted. McCaskill was visibly upset by his remarks. MEDIA FEAR THE WORST AFTER TEXAS ABORTION LAW: ‘WHO IS GONNA INVADE TEXAS TO LIBERATE WOMEN AND GIRLS’ "I got to tell you my heart is beating so fast right...
    MSNBC contributor and former Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) went off on Thursday over the Supreme Court declining to intervene late Wednesday night to stop the Texas abortion law. “I think Texas has ignited the vast majority of Americans in this country with what they’ve done,” she said during a segment alongside National Review editor Rich Lowry on Meet the Press Daily. “Let’s be clear here. This isn’t about polarization as it relates to the Texas law, this is about that 15 percent that wants abortion illegal in all cases, including a young girl who’s been repeatedly raped by her father who has no idea she’s pregnant until after six weeks.” The 15 percent figure appears to refer to a Pew poll in 2013 that had that percentage for those who think abortion should be illegal in all cases. “And in Texas, they put out private bounty hunters for her. I mean, that is beyond the pale extreme,” continued McCaskill. “I bet if you took a poll on that factual scenario … it would be 90-10 that that is wrong. That’s what the Supreme Court said was okay last night. I think this...
    President Biden is facing a crisis of confidence in his ability to serve as commander in chief due to the overwhelming negative fallout he is receiving over the botched Afghanistan withdrawal, but MSNBC analyst Claire McCaskill was a big fan of his first address to the nation since troops fully withdrew.  Biden pinned partial blame on former President Donald Trump for some of the chaos that unfolded during the withdrawal during a widely criticized Tuesday speech.  "I thought it was slightly defensive but brutally honest," McCaskill said Wednesday on "Morning Joe."  MSNBC analyst Claire McCaskill was a big fan of President Biden’s first address to the nation since troops fully withdrew from Afghanistan. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) EXPERTS WARN BASIC FREEDOMS AT STAKE IN TALIBAN-CONTROLLED AFGHANISTAN: ‘THAT'S THE LEGACY THAT WE'VE LEFT’ "He laid out exactly why he made in decision, and why he’s standing behind it. In many ways, I found it refreshing," McCaskill said. "Nobody really believed that the Afghan government would melt away as quickly as it did."  Former "View" co-host Meghan McCain was among the...
    Former Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), now an NBC News contributor, said Monday on MSNBC ‘s “Deadline” that the speed at which the Taliban took over Afghanistan once President Joe Biden withdrew the U.S. military validated his decision to leave the country. McCaskill said, “I think it’s hard to draw away from the heartbreaking chaos we’ve witnessed and the tragic deaths of our men and women that were on the front lines trying to evacuate people friendly to America and others who wanted to get out. If you back up and really look at this with a cold eye, and I think that’s what President Biden did, for the last ten years, our mission has primarily been to build an army in Afghanistan and to build security forces that could respect the rule of law. As someone who sat on the Armed Services Committee for 12 years during this period of time, as someone who did oversight and saw the rampant waste of money and corruption that was so endemic in our involvement in Afghanistan, what you really need to realize...
    Former Democratic Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon will not be entering the open Senate race in the midterm elections, likely diminishing Democrats' chances for an upset next November. Nixon, who served as governor from 2009 to 2017, announced his decision Thursday in a social media post. "I always thrived on policy more than politics. My post-Governor involvement on a myriad of matters is not filtered through a partisan lens — that is liberating and I want it to continue," he said in a statement. "I am not running for U.S. Senate. I choose a different path." REPUBLICANS OPPOSED TO ERIC GREITENS LAMENT GROWING STRENGTH IN MISSOURI GOP SENATE RACE The 65-year-old was considered a possible candidate to fight for the seat of retiring GOP Sen. Roy Blunt. A planned appearance at a fundraiser for the Clay County Democratic Party next week increased speculation of a possible return to the political arena, according to the Missouri Independent. "While I deeply appreciate the many people who have reached out and acknowledging folks' angst about the track of our country's divisive politics,...
    Even for a Donald Trump speech, his 2020 election rant this past weekend was particularly “looney tunes” for former Senator Claire McCaskill. The former president continued to push his false election claims during a Saturday rally, including a bizarre extended riff about getting “the routers.” huh? pic.twitter.com/ddj1fqtkZD — Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 24, 2021 McCaskill told Nicolle Wallace Monday, “He has this new rant about the routers that are just crazy. Clearly he has no idea what a router is! He doesn’t have any idea what it does. Somebody just said something about the routers, and it’s, of course, been debunked thoroughly that somehow the votes were switched on the internet. It’s so nutty.” “He mentioned the word router like 11 times in two minutes, like he found a new best friend and it was the routers that they can’t get,” she continued. McCaskill went on to say Republicans should all be shown this rant: I wish somebody would play that tape of Trump losing it, looney tunes, and make the Republican caucus in the Senate watch it...
    Former Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill caught MSNBC host Nicole Wallace off guard during a segment on the liberal network Monday when she admitted that the Texas Democratic lawmakers who fled the state to prevent Republicans from passing a voting bill were employing the same filibuster-type tactics Democrats seek to abolish. The current MSNBC analyst deviated from the network's fawning coverage of the Texas walkout late Monday, acknowledging that her perception of the Democrats' ‘hide and seek’ strategy may be "painful" for far-left viewers to hear.  HERE'S WHAT'S ACTUALLY IN THE TEXAS ELECTIONS BILLS DEMOCRATS KEEP COMPARING TO JIM CROW "I know this is painful for people to hear, but the minority in Texas is using a procedure to block what they’re trying to do in Texas, just as the minority in the Senate is using a procedure to try to block what the Democrats are trying to do in Washington," she said. "Except, it's a much closer body in Washington. It's 50/50." Texas state lawmakers fled the state for Washington in an effort to shut down a special session where...
    Former Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) suggested Tuesday she believed January’s unrest was worse than the 2012 attack on the American embassy in Libya — though she said she didn’t “want to minimize” the deaths that took place. “I have one word: Benghazi,” McCaskill said in a morning interview on MSNBC. “Benghazi had, in the House alone, six investigations, including a select committee. And it was — if you compare and contrast, I don’t want to minimize the loss of life in Benghazi or the problems around the security of those locations. I don’t want to minimize that. But let’s compare and contrast those two events and which is more foundation-shaking to our democracy. “I mean, the fact that the heart of our government was attacked and that these people were beating police officers — Americans were beating police officers at the heart of our government trying to protect the members — elected members of our democracy that carry out the functions of that democracy, it is astounding to me that these same people who pounded the podium for years...
    MSNBC contributor and former Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) said Friday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that she is starting a “new family tradition” of watching videos of the January 6 Capitol Hill riot on the Fourth of July. Co-host Joe Scarborough said, “Let’s also remember the words that Jim Clyburn told us this morning. He said America is a great country. We must extend its promise to all and remain in constant pursuit of its perfection. A good reminder, Willie, on this Fourth of July weekend.” Co-host Willie Geist said, “It is. On the Fourth of July, so much over the years has felt like a throwback looking backward to the urgency of all those core, fundamental democrat issues and ideals. But they feel more urgent now today, in the last several years in particular. After what we saw around the election, a shaking of the foundation of one of our core, democratic institutions, and that is the peaceful transfer of power. Claire McCaskill, I’m interested in your thoughts your thoughts as we head into this Fourth of July weekend?” McCaskill said, “We’re...
    More On: capitol riot Trump riddles followers with strong message: ‘Who shot Ashli Babbitt?’ Capitol fence coming down July 8, six months after riot: report Liz Cheney defies GOP leaders, joins Pelosi’s Capitol riot commission House votes to create committee to probe Jan. 6 Capitol riot Former Sen. Claire McCaskill said Friday that she believes last January’s Capitol riot was worse than the 2012 attack on US personnel in Benghazi. “Joe I have one word: Benghazi. Benghazi had in the House alone six investigations,” the Missouri Democrat told MSNBC host Joe Scarborough. “If you compare and contrast, I don’t want to minimize the loss of life in Benghazi or the problems around the security of those locations, but lets compare and contrast those two events and which is more foundation shaking to our democracy.” McCaskill’s comments come on the heels of Congress voting to create a select committee to investigate the violence of January 6th. Her reference to Benghazi was intended to point out alleged GOP hypocrisy regarding that committee. Only two Republican members voted for the creation...
    Former Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillJoe Manchin's secret Supreme Court battle could wreak havoc with Biden's 2020 agenda The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Uber - Jan. 6 commission vote delayed; infrastructure debate lingers into June MORE (D-Mo.) said she and her family will start a new Fourth of July tradition on Friday — watching video of the attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. McCaskill, an MSNBC contributor, told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” that her family would watch The New York Times’ 40-minute in-depth visual investigation of what led to the riots that led to five deaths. “We’re going to start a new family tradition in my family,” McCaskill said. “On the Fourth of July and every Fourth of July going forward, we’re going to watch that video The New York Times put together of January 6.” The Time’s investigation, called “Day of Rage: An In-Depth Look at How a Mob Stormed the Capitol,” provided a deep look into what happened on Jan. 6. The former senator shared the project to Twitter on Thursday with...
    MSNBC political analyst and former Democratic Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill announced her family’s new Fourth of July tradition will be watching The New York Times’ newly released documentary on the Jan. 6 riot. The New York Times released a 40-minute documentary on June 30 titled “Day of Rage: An In-Depth Look at How a Mob Stormed The Capitol.” The documentary compiled footage of the events that took place at the Capitol riot. The Times investigated and collected footage and police radio communications connected to the events of Jan. 6 over a six-month period, according to the Times. McCaskill said her family will watch the Times’ documentary every Fourth of July on MSNBC Friday. “We’re going to start a new family tradition in my family: on the Fourth of July and every Fourth of July going forward, we’re going to watch that video the New York Times put together of January 6,” she said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” Former Sen. Claire McCaskill: “We’re going to start a new family tradition in my family: on the Fourth of July and every Fourth...
    MSNBC contributor and former Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) said Friday she planned to start a “new family tradition” of watching the footage of January’s unrest in Washington, D.C. “We’re going to start a new family tradition in my family,” McCaskill said in the closing segment of MSNBC’s Morning Joe. “On the Fourth of July and every Fourth of July going forward, we’re going to watch that video that The New York Times put together of January 6.” McCaskill was referencing 40 minutes of documentary-style footage The Times compiled of the January events that led to a breach of the Capitol complex in Washington, D.C. She served as a two-term senator from Missouri before Republican Josh Hawley toppled her in 2018, which led to her new career several months later as a political analyst for NBC. Watch above via MSNBC. Have a tip we should know? tips@mediaite.com
    When you think of Independence Day traditions, you probably think about fireworks, barbecues, and parades. Former Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill has a new family tradition, she claimed Friday. On "Every Fourth of July going forward" she will watch the 40-minute New York Times video about the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. Asked by Willie Geist on "Morning Joe" for her thoughts heading into the Independence Day weekend, the MSNBC analyst raised eyebrows online and even a moment of awkward silence from Geist with her response. CAPITOL RIOT INVESTIGATION: PELOSI TAPS REPUBLICAN LIZ CHENEY TO SIT ON NEW COMMITTEE "We’re going to start a new family tradition in my family. On the Fourth of July and every Fourth of July going forward, we’re going to watch that video that The New York Times put together of January 6," she said. "Morning Joe" devoted extensive coverage Friday to the formation of a House Select Committee to investigate the Jan. 6 riot, when a mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building during certification of President-elect Joe Biden's victory. The Times edited together news...
    Former Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) on Friday claimed that the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol was worse than the 2012 Benghazi attack. McCaskill said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that she does not want to “minimize the loss of life in Benghazi” but argued the Capitol riot was “more foundation-shaking to our democracy.” She noted that Benghazi had numerous investigations and called into question why Republicans are refusing to investigate the riot the same way they did Benghazi. “I have one word: Benghazi,” McCaskill said during a segment about the January 6 commission to investigate what happened at the Capitol. “Benghazi had, in the House alone, six investigations, including a select committee. And … if you compare and contrast, I don’t want to minimize the loss of life in Benghazi or the problems around the security of those locations. I don’t want to minimize that, but let’s compare and contrast those two events and which is more foundation-shaking to our democracy. I mean, the fact that the heart of our government was attacked and that these people were beating...
    Former Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) said Tuesday on MSNBC’s “All In” that she was optimistic the Democratic Party would retain control of the Senate in the 2022 midterm elections because American voters will reject the Republican Party’s “darkness” and “white supremacy.” McCaskill said, “If someone would have told me when I came to the United States Senate in 2007 that in a mere short 15 years that the Republican Party’s big tent would be catering to Holocaust deniers, Nazi sympathizers, White supremacists, I would have said, you know that is not a realistic plot for a movie that is not going to happen. There are too many Republicans that would stand up for what is right and good in this country. The fact that they are not shows you how far they have fallen. I don’t think they are going to come back until they suffer even bigger defeats down the road.” She continued, “They are going to go too far, and there will be ramifications.” McCaskill added, “Interesting polling out of Arizona since we are talking about elections and politics....
    Former Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) is under consideration for a plum ambassadorship in Europe, according to a report. Axios reported President Joe Biden’s consideration of McCaskill, which marks another example of Biden’s willingness to tap his political allies within the Democratic Party instead of donors. Biden could start naming his political ambassadors within the next week, Axios also noted. On Monday, Business Journal reported, McCaskill and her husband, Joseph Shepard, sold their condominium at CityCenterDC. The condo went for $2.75 million, roughly $450,000 less than its original list price, according to public records the Journal accessed. McCaskill was a two-term Senator from Missouri, and was the first woman from that state elected to the office, though not the first to hold it. In 2018, Republican candidate Josh Hawley ousted her. Axios also reported the Biden White House is trying to secure picks for political appointees that “reflect the diversity of the country, meaning that many wealthy white male donors will see their ambassadorial ambitions quashed after a lifetime of giving.” Additionally, the report added, Biden will most likely put his political allies and donors into “roughly 30% of the...
    Former Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) said Monday on MSNBC’s “Deadline” that the Republican goal of making abortion illegal by electing presidents that appoint conservative Supreme Court justices will not be complete until “a rape victim is put in prison for taking the morning-after pill.” Anchor Nicolle Wallace said, “All eyes on the dramatically altered makeup of the United States Supreme Court as the court announced it will take up Mississippi’s restrictive abortion law. The law has been struck down by lower courts who claim it is plainly unconstitutional. But the 6-3 conservative majority on the Supreme Court is made up of three justices picked by an ex-president who explicitly said his qualification for making those selections was his opposition to Roe v. Wade. The Mississippi law is viewed by abortion rights advocates as a clear assault on protections for women’s freedoms. Nancy Northup, the president of Center for Reproductive Rights, saying in a searing statement today, ‘Alarm bells are ringing loudly about the threat to reproductive rights. The Supreme Court just agreed to review an abortion ban that unquestionably violates...
    MSNBC analyst Claire McCaskill suggested a “prize drawing” to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky as a way to encourage vaccinations during a Wednesday interview. “Have you guys seriously considered working with not-for-profit or other health organizations to maybe provide some kind of prize drawing for people who come and get their vaccination at this point?” McCaskill said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” Nearly 150 million people in the country have received their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine while over 106 million are completely vaccinated, according to CDC data. (RELATED: ‘A Matter Of Privacy’: Pelosi Says House Can’t Make Someone Receive Coronavirus Vaccine) “Doctor, you know, this is America, where everyone wants a Groupon, coupon or they want to compete for a prize,” McCaskill said. McCaskill suggested money or “a coupon for a free Big Mac” as possible prizes. “Have you guys thought about that? Because it seems to me sometimes the carrot in the United States of America is more effective than the stick,” McCaskill said. Walensky said the CDC has “a cohort of...
    A man wanted in connection with an alleged home invasion in which an area resident was stabbed, has been nabbed by authorities. Jamel McCaskill, of New York City, was arrested in New Jersey on Friday, April 16, for the n Orange County incident which took place in Washingtonville on Saturday, Jan. 30. According to felony complaints filed with the Washingtonville Village Court, on Jan. 30, McCaskill entered a residence in the village and used a large kitchen knife to stab an individual inside.  McCaskill fled the scene and was at large. The Washingtonville Police Department, together with the assistance of the New York State Police, investigated the incident and later filed charges in Village Court.  McCaskill was arrested on the night of Friday in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey, on charges of aggravated assault on a police officer and weapons charges, for an unrelated incident, Washingtonville Police Chief Brian Zaccaro said. Extradition proceedings are underway to return McCaskill to Orange County to answer the charges in the indictment, the chief said. “Violent crime doesn’t happen often in Washingtonville, luckily,” said Zaccaro, “but when...
    Hasbrouck Heights police had to fight a combative ex-con to get a gun away from him after he was followed to a Route 17 gas station by the victim of a hit-and-run crash in Washington Heights, authorities said. A drunken Jamel McCaskill, 44, also had $20,000 in banded cash in his totaled car, police said after Friday night's arrest. McCaskill was known to authorities, having been shot by a rival gang member in Harlem six years ago. The case made international headlines six years ago after the judge who sentenced the shooter for attempted murder said: "Black lives don’t matter to black people.” A caller told Hasbrouck Heights police following Friday’s late-night hit-and-run in the city that he’d couldn’t get McCaskill to stop, Detective Lt. Michael Colaneri Jr. said. So he followed McCaskill over the George Washington Bridge and, eventually, into the lot at the Shell Station off southbound Route 17 at Henry Street shortly before midnight, the lieutenant said. Officer Michael Renna was the first to arrive. Officers James Ciccarelli, Michael DeSimone and John Cambridge instantly backed him up. The officers...
    MSNBC analyst Claire McCaskill omitted key details Wednesday while discussing the criminal charges against Daunte Wright, a man who was killed by police during a traffic stop in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. McCaskill, a former Democrat senator, claimed that Wright’s former charge of “carrying a gun without a permit in America” is “sickening.” “You know why he had a warrant?” McCaskill said. “He had a warrant because he didn’t get a notice for a hearing. And you know what he was charged with? Carrying a gun without a permit in America. Are you kidding me? In most states, you don’t even have to have a permit to carry a gun.” The former senator did not mention that Wright had a warrant relating to an open case of armed robbery using a firearm. In that case, Wright was also charged with fleeing from police, according to Fox News. (RELATED: Brooklyn Center Mayor Says He Doesn’t Think Police Officers ‘Need To Necessarily Have Weapons Every Time They’re Making A Traffic Stop’)   McCaskill claimed that once people are targeted by police...
    Former Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) said Wednesday on MSNBC’s “Deadline” that in her home state of Missouri, people who used to call themselves evangelical Republicans now refer to themselves as “Trump Republicans.” McCaskill said, “The Republican Party has become calcified in this echo chamber where they are both seduced by and afraid of the Trump base, the Trump Republicans.” She continued, “In my state, the majority of Republicans call themselves Trump Republicans. They used to call themselves Evangelical Republicans. They now call themselves Trump Republicans. So I don’t think this is a growth trajectory for the Republican Party to be so closely associated with what Donald Trump stands for. And by the way, they’re very confused right now. They’re so busy on these cultural wars, they have lost their principles of fiscal responsibility, small government, they’ve embraced federalism.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN
    Former Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) speculated Thursday on MSNBC that President Joe Biden’s press conference was well received by everyone but rabid partisans. McCaskill said, “I know he said he’s for filibuster reform, making the senate work more like it worked for decades and decades prior to the last 10, 15 years. You know what really strikes me about this press conference? His opponents keep setting the bar so low on Joe Biden that he sails above it. He was normal. He was competent. He was humble. He clearly was prepared. He had technical answers at times, and he also had empathetic answers at times. I think it’s hard for anybody to watch that press conference, if you’re a rabid partisan, and not think, you know, I feel ok about this guy being on the Oval Office.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN
    On Tuesday a U.S. intel report was released detailing attempts by other nations to influence the 2020 election. And there was one very notable passage in the ODNI report that read, “A key element of Moscow’s strategy this election cycle was its use of people linked to Russian intelligence to launder influence narratives including — misleading or unsubstantiated allegations against President Biden — through US media organizations, US officials, and prominent US individuals, some of whom were close to former President Trump and his administration.” While it didn’t name any names, it’s likely referencing, in part, the shenanigans of Rudy Giuliani. On MSNBC’s The 11th Hour Tuesday night, former Senator Claire McCaskill roasted Giuliani over the report and called him a “treasonous traitor clown.” McCaskill told Brian Williams that “there was a time not too long ago when this would’ve been an earthquake” in Washington. “Let’s just say what Rudy Giuliani is: he’s a treasonous traitor. I mean, he’s also a clown. But he’s a treasonous traitor clown,” she said. “This is a guy who was working directly with our...
    After nearly a decade, the highly anticipated rematch between WBC and The Ring super flyweight champion Juan Francisco Estrada and WBA (Super) titleholder Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez will take place Saturday night as they meet in a unification showdown at American Airlines Center in Dallas. The two first met in 2012, with Chocolatito defeating the up-and-coming Estrada by unanimous decision in a light flyweight bout. But Estrada (41-3, 28 KOs) proved in that fight that he would be a force in the boxing world for years to come. Estrada would go on to win 15 of his next 16 fights, with his lone loss coming to Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, who was fresh off of back-to-back victories over Chocolatito. Estrada avenged that loss with a unanimous decision victory to claim the WBC and The Ring championships.  Gonzalez (50-2, 41 KOs) was once recognized as the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world after Floyd Mayweather retired from the sport. His run was relatively short-lived as he bit off more than he could chew against Sor Rungvisai and dropped a decision before being knocked out in the...
    After nearly a decade, the highly anticipated rematch between WBC and The Ring super flyweight champion Juan Francisco Estrada and WBA (Super) titleholder Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez in a unification showdown will take place on Saturday, March 13 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. The two first met back in 2012 with Chocolatito defeated the up-and-comer by unanimous decision in a light flyweight showdown. But it was in that fight that Estrada (41-3, 28 KOs) proved that he would be a force in the boxing world for years to come. Estrada would go on to win 15 of his next 16 fights, with his lone loss coming to Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, who was fresh off of back-to-back victories over Chocolatito. Estrada would avenge that loss with a sound unanimous decision victory over Sor Rungvisai to claim the WBC and The Ring super flyweight championships.  Gonzalez (50-2, 41 KOs) was once recognized as the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world after Floyd Mayweather retired from the sport. His run was relatively short-lived as he bit off more than he could chew against...
    The super flyweight unification bout Saturday between Juan Francisco Estrada and Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez has been getting a great deal of attention, and rightfully so. But the co-main event, which features another rematch — this one between Cecilia Braekhus and Jessica McCaskill — is more than worth your time. Why? Because this is women’s boxing at its finest. MORE: How the first McCaskill-Braekhus fight unfolded For those who have been clamoring for the women of the sweet science to get more visibility, McCaskill-Braekhus 2 is in about as good a position as it can be as the co-main event of one of the most anticipated fights of the year. With the women’s undisputed welterweight titles on the line, this isn’t just any fight. It’s a clash between a woman who was once considered the queen of boxing in Braekhus (36-1, nine KOs) and the hard-charging McCaskill (9-2, three KOs), who pulled off the major upset last summer.  Here are four reasons why this high-stakes fight is a must-see event: Show and prove for McCaskill  When McCaskill steps into the ring, she’s not...
    2 more jurors picked for Derek Chauvin case, 1 says trial may delay his wedding MEPs back law to hold firms to account for environment and human rights abuses © File photo McCaskill (right) threw many more punches than Braekhus did. JESSICA MCCASKILL WAS ABLE TO UPSET CECILIA BRAEKHUS ONCE TO WIN ALL THE 147-POUND BELTS. CAN SHE DO IT AGAIN THIS SATURDAY? *** JESSICA MCCASKILL (9-2, 3 KOs) VS. CECILIA BRAEKHUS (36-1, 9 KOs) Date: Saturday, March 13 Time: 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT (main event later in show) Where: American Airlines Center, Dallas Stream / TV: DAZN and pay-per-view via cable or satellite Cost: DAZN: $19.99 per month or $99 annually. Pay-per-view: $24.99. Includes unlimited access to stream DAZN through the end of April 2021 at no extra charge. Division: Welterweight (145-pound catchweight) At stake: McCaskill’s IBF, WBA, WBC and WBO titles Pound-for-pound ranking: None Odds: Braekhus 1½-1 favorite Also on the card: Juan Francisco Estrada vs. Roman Gonzalez, junior bantamweights (for Estrada’s WBC and Gonzalez’s WBA titles; Hiroto Kyoguchi vs. Axel Aragon Vega,...
    Former Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillThe Memo: Punish Trump or risk a repeat, warn Democrats GOP senators criticized for appearing to pay half-hearted attention to trial Hawley watches trial from visitor's gallery MORE (D) ruled out the possibility of running to replace Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntBiden gets involved to help break Senate logjam Top Republican: 'Outrageous' to extend National Guard deployment at Capitol Five takeaways from dramatic Capitol security hearing MORE (R-Mo.) on Monday after he announced that he would not seek reelection in 2022. In a tweet shortly after Blunt's announcement, McCaskill said that she would not seek public office again. Following her 2018 defeat by Sen. Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyDeSantis, Pence tied in 2024 Republican poll Chamber of Commerce clarifies stance on lawmakers who voted against election certification Crenshaw pours cold water on 2024 White House bid: 'Something will emerge' MORE (R-Mo.), McCaskill took a job as a political analyst with MSNBC and NBC News. "To all that are asking: thank you to the many who have said kind things. But I will never run for...
    MSNBC contributor and former Democratic Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill gave a scathing rebuke Wednesday of Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s apology for sexual comments toward former female staffers, which he has described as “misinterpreted.” McCaskill appeared on “Morning Joe” and discussed with host Joe Scarborough Cuomo’s apology for the alleged actions towards the women who’ve accused him of sexual harassment, as well as similar accusations leveled against former President Donald Trump and former Democratic Minnesota Sen. Al Franken. (RELATED: Fox & Friends Hammers Chris Cuomo’s Choice Not To Cover Brother’s Sexual Harassment Allegations) Scarborough began by noting an “interesting” op-ed by Michelle Goldberg in The New York Times claiming that Cuomo will “survive” the allegations of sexual harassment that he’s currently facing because “Democrats are still angry” about Franken, who left office after his own allegations of sexual misconduct in 2018. Before turning to McCaskill for her thoughts, Scarborough noted there were “21 claims of sexual harassment” against Trump while he was in the White House and “Republicans never once demanded investigations” into him. “The prosecutor in...
    MSNBC analyst and former Senator Claire McCaskill blasted New York Governor Andrew Cuomo for explaining his conduct towards multiple women that was reportedly deemed as inappropriate was “misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation.” McCaskill joined her colleagues Wednesday on Morning Joe to talk about the political firestorm surrounding Cuomo. Not only is the governor still facing massive public outrage over his nursing home scandal, but also three women have now accused him of sexual harassment. Joe Scarborough asked McCaskill for her thoughts on whether Cuomo will politically survive his scandals. She responded by calling out the “nerve” of Cuomo’s public statement where he apologized more for how his actions were “misinterpreted” than for his actions themselves. “I got news for you. If you have a position of power over a young woman…and you ask her if she has sex with older men, you ought to be man enough to say you did something terribly wrong,” McCaskill said. “It’s infuriating! That wasn’t an apology! That was a rationalization.” McCaskill further went on by saying things for Cuomo would be a lot better...
    Former CIA director John Brennan expressed dismay at his fellow white males for their incessant grievance mongering and fact-challenged complaints at the annual CPAC conference over the past weekend. During an appearance on MSNBC’s Deadline: White House, Brennan offered up his apparently serious demographic shame in response to former Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) calling out the event’s mostly white, male audience indulging in victimology and obsessing over “cancel culture.” After host Nicolle Wallace asked the senator why CPAC attendees were so adamant about rewriting history about the Capitol insurrection on January 6th. “Because they want to be the victims, not the perpetrators,” McCaskill replied. “I have never seen so many whiny white men calling themselves victims as I saw over the weekend at CPAC. These are all people that think they have a huge grievance from a position of significant privilege.” McCaskill then hit at a number of false claims pushed during the Florida event, including Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) speculating that Speaker Nancy Pelosi turned down a request for readying National Guard reinforcements in the days before January 6th. “So it has really become the norm for the...
    MSNBC analyst Claire McCaskill said Monday that prosecuting former President Donald Trump or his family for any crimes they may have committed “would merely be following the instructions of Mitch McConnell.” “Deadline: White House” host Nicolle Wallace asked McCaskill about the attorneys at the Department of Justice (DOJ) who removed themselves from cases they saw as political under the Trump administration, as well as what Attorney General nominee Merrick Garland’s task will be regarding workforce morale at the DOJ. “Well, there’s a lot of muscle memory there. I mean, the ethos of a prosecutor is you don’t try your cases for political reasons, you don’t charge cases for political reasons, you don’t avoid charging cases for political reasons. You keep your head down. You do the investigation. You get the facts, you apply the law and you go forward. Sometimes that means no case. Sometimes it means a case.” McCaskill said. “I think Merrick Garland is going to just reassure them they can all just go back to work and not look over their shoulder,” she continued. Garland...
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