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Female senators grill military brass over arrest of sexual assault prevention officer

Female senators lashed out at top military brass on Tuesday following a damning Pentagon report on sexual assault and the arrest of U.S. Air Force sex abuse prevention officer. At a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) pressed the military…

U.S. female senators press Saudi king on driving ban

WASHINGTON — Fourteen US women senators pressed Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah in a letter Tuesday to lift his country’s unique ban on women drivers, calling it a big step forward on human rights. “We strongly believe it is time to abolish the prohibition on women driving once and for all,…

Senate report: The Latin American war on drugs has ‘largely failed’

A U.S. Senate subcommittee report this week called into question efforts to curb drug exports from Latin America, suggesting that billions in tax dollars had been wasted in no-bid contracts with no oversight on how the money was being spent or whether efforts were succeeding. The report comes just a…

McCaskill fails to pay $287K in taxes on ‘damn plane’

In a quickly arranged conference call with reporters Monday, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) admitted that she had failed to pay $287,283 in personal property taxes on a private plane. McCaskill said that she would immediately send a check to St. Louis County to cover the back taxes not paid between…

White House backs online ‘privacy bill of rights’

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The White House urged Congress on Wednesday to approve a “consumer privacy bill of rights” that would regulate the collection and use of personal data on the Internet. Assistant Commerce Secretary Lawrence Strickling called for the legislation at a hearing on online privacy held by the Senate…

Congress to investigate Pentagon’s decision to deny coverage for brain injured troops

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A key congressional oversight committee announced Friday that it was opening an investigation into the basis of a decision by the Pentagon’s health plan to deny a type of medical treatment to troops with brain injuries. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), the chairman of the subcommittee on contracting oversight,…

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