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Topic - Claire Mccaskill
Investigations into the U.S. Secret Service sexual misconduct scandal have been undercut by resistance from a key Democratic senator, missteps by her Republican counterpart and nepotism allegations against an embattled inspector general.
Sen. Claire McCaskill, Missouri Democrat, said Thursday that people are able to "window shop" for health care on the federal government website at this point, but that "the store is open and we've locked the front door."
The bipartisan leaders of a key Senate panel have taken the rare step of calling for the resignation of the Homeland Security Department's inspector general, saying they have documented through whistleblowers several allegations of inappropriate behavior, including accusations he soft-pedaled an internal probe of the Secret Service prostitution scandal.
Reid's abuse of power is more than a matter of injustice
Washington loves the blame game, and President Obama most of all. He woke up Tuesday morning with his finger primed to point at "one faction of one party in one house of Congress" for the partial government shutdown. He was, of course, talking about the conservative House Republicans he can't criticize often or harshly enough, but his words apply more accurately to the red-state Democrats in the Senate.
A Republican senator is raising questions about whether there was "improper contact" between the former general counsel and the acting inspector general of the Department of Homeland Security in its review of the Secret Service's 2012 prostitution scandal.
With little more than a week before a budget stalemate over Obamacare sets off a government shutdown, Democrats and Republicans dug in deeper Sunday, with lawmakers increasingly looking, pre-emptively, to pin blame on the other side.
A Senate panel is investigating whether former Homeland Security Secretary Janet A. Napolitano's close allies pushed the department's inspector general to tread lightly in its investigation of the prostitution scandal involving the U.S. Secret Service.
At a recent news conference, Republican Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Chuck Grassley of Iowa teamed up with Sen. Barbara Boxer, California Democrat, to support Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's bill to radically revise the military's legal procedures for prosecuting sexual assaults.
The official who's supposed to watch the Department of Homeland Security and report misdeeds on behalf of the American taxpayer is now himself under fire, facing congressional investigation for suspected nepotism and covering up a Secret Service prostitution scandal.
Sen. Claire McCaskill, an early supporter of President Obama in 2008, has officially thrown her support behind an independent group urging former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to run for president in 2016, becoming the first sitting member of Congress to do so.
Representatives of "durable medical equipment" companies accused of badgering senior citizens into obtaining scooters and other equipment "at little or no cost to you" — with the rest picked up by taxpayers — hid from scrutiny by a Senate oversight committee Wednesday.
In damage control on multiple fronts, the White House on Tuesday struggled to contain a series of escalating scandals that likely will test President Obama's willingness to hold administration officials accountable.
Capitol Hill lawmakers said Sunday that the U.S. must take a tough stance against Syria for reportedly using chemical weapons against its own people but stopped short of calling for troops to intervene inside the country.
"I don't like the idea. I certainly acknowledge [the Pentagon has] some really difficult choices ahead, and I'd want to look at it. But I think an independent editorial voice like Stars and Stripes provides is pretty darned important for transparency and accountability and oversight in the military," she said.
In June, Mr. Johnson and Ms. McCaskill wrote to Mr. Edwards and cited numerous whistleblower allegations against him, including that he was susceptible to improper influence in issuing an auditors' report that "did not contain relevant and damaging information" contained in the ROI.