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dem. senator mccaskill nailed for falsely claiming she’s never met with russia’s


sen. claire mccaskill took to twitter on thursday to slam attorney general jeff sessions, her former colleague in the senate, for failing to disclose having two meetings with russian ambassador sergey kislyak last year.but mccaskill apparently went too far when she asserted that she had never once met with the russian ambassador during her tenure on the senate armed services committee.“i’ve been on the armed services committee for 10 years,” she wrote. “no call or meeting with russian ambassador. ever. ambassadors call members of foreign relations committee.”i've been on the armed services com for 10 years.no call or meeting w/russian ambassador. ever. ambassadors call members of foreign rel com.— claire mccaskill (@clairecmc) march 2, 2017as national review writer charles c.w. cooke point






dem. senator mccaskill nailed for falsely claiming she’s never met with russia’s


sen. claire mccaskill took to twitter on thursday to slam attorney general jeff sessions, her former colleague in the senate, for failing to disclose having two meetings with russian ambassador sergey kislyak last year.but mccaskill apparently went too far when she asserted that she had never once met with the russian ambassador during her tenure on the senate armed services committee.“i’ve been on the armed services committee for 10 years,” she wrote. “no call or meeting with russian ambassador. ever. ambassadors call members of foreign relations committee.”i've been on the armed services com for 10 years.no call or meeting w/russian ambassador. ever. ambassadors call members of foreign rel com.— claire mccaskill (@clairecmc) march 2, 2017as national review writer charles c.w. cooke point






why ‘lie about something that you don’t have to lie about?’


msnbc’s joe scarborough was baffled why attorney general jeff sessions failed to disclose his meetings with the russian ambassador while he was a senator and campaign surrogate for donald trump.the washington post reported late wednesday that sessions had met twice with the ambassador, which contradicted claims he made during his confirmation hearings before the u.s. senate.scarborough asked his co-host mika brzezinski why sessions would conceal those meetings, which wouldn’t have necessarily been unusual for his role on the senate armed services committee.“what does it say, mika, when you lie about something that you don’t have to lie about,” scarborough said. “there is a multiplying effect — when you have your nsa, your national security adviser, lying and having to resign. and then you






senators rip top marine over online nude photo sharing


closeskip in skipxembedxshare marine corps commandant gen. robert neller testified before the senate armed services committee, telling lawmakers a nude photo scandal shows the marine corps "has a problem, and we intend to fix it." (march 14) apmarine gen. robert neller, the commandant of the marine corps, and acting secretary of the navy sean j. stackley, right, wait to testify before the senate armed services committee on the tuesday.(photo: j. scott applewhite, ap) 1218 connectlinkedinemailmorewashington - declaring “enough is enough,” the top u.s. marine on tuesday told senators that he intends to fix the problem that led to current and former corps members sharing nude photos of female marines online and making lewd or threatening comments about them.but angry and skeptical members of






ap fact check: mccaskill wrong about contacts with russian


washington — sen. claire mccaskill was one of many democrats taking umbrage at the revelation that attorney general jeff sessions had twice met with the russian ambassador to the u.s. during last year's presidential campaign, during a furor over that country's alleged interference in the election, and misled his colleagues about it during his confirmation hearing.but the missouri lawmaker went too far when she said she'd had no similar contacts in the decade that she'd been, like sessions, a member of the senate armed services committee.mccaskill: in a statement, said, "i've been on the senate armed services committee for 10 years, and in that time, have had no call from, or meeting with, the russian ambassador. ever. that's because ambassadors call members of the foreign relations committ






democratic senator oversteps in criticism of sessions


washington (ap) — missouri sen. claire mccaskill was one of many democrats taking umbrage thursday at the revelation that attorney general jeff sessions had twice met with the russian ambassador to the u.s. during last year’s presidential campaign, during a furor over that country’s alleged interference in the election, and misled his colleagues about it during his confirmation hearing.but she went too far when she said she’d had no similar contacts in the decade that she’d been, like sessions, a member of the senate armed services committee.mccaskill: in a statement, said, “i’ve been on the senate armed services committee for 10 years, and in that time, have had no call from, or meeting with, the russian ambassador. ever. that’s because ambassadors call members of the foreign relations co






ap fact check: mccaskill wrong about contacts with russian


washington (ap) — sen. claire mccaskill was one of many democrats taking umbrage at the revelation that attorney general jeff sessions had twice met with the russian ambassador to the u.s. during last year’s presidential campaign, during a furor over that country’s alleged interference in the election, and misled his colleagues about it during his confirmation hearing.but the missouri lawmaker went too far when she said she’d had no similar contacts in the decade that she’d been, like sessions, a member of the senate armed services committee.mccaskill: in a statement, said, “i’ve been on the senate armed services committee for 10 years, and in that time, have had no call from, or meeting with, the russian ambassador. ever. that’s because ambassadors call members of the foreign relations co






ap fact check: democrat forgets her own russian meetings


washington (ap) — missouri sen. claire mccaskill was one of many democrats taking umbrage thursday at the revelation that attorney general jeff sessions had twice met with the russian ambassador to the u.s. during last year’s presidential campaign, during a furor over that country’s alleged interference in the election, and misled his colleagues about it during his confirmation hearing.but she went too far when she said she’d had no similar contacts in the decade that she’d been, like sessions, a member of the senate armed services committee.mccaskill: in a statement, said, “i’ve been on the senate armed services committee for 10 years, and in that time, have had no call from, or meeting with, the russian ambassador. ever. that’s because ambassadors call members of the foreign relations co






lawmakers condemn explicit photos of female marines posted on social media


closeskip in skipxembedxshare the marine corps is investigating, after nude photos of female members were reportedly distributed through social media. veuer's emily drooby (@emilydrooby) has the story. buzz60house armed services committee chairman mac thornberry, r-texas, speaks during a news conference oct. 21, 2015.(photo: chip somodevilla, getty images) 23 connectlinkedinemailmoremembers of congress condemned the alleged posting of sexually explicit photos of female marines on a private social media site.rep. adam smith, d-wash., the ranking democrat on the house armed services committee, called the online behavior “degrading, dangerous and completely unacceptable.”“the military men and women who proudly volunteer to serve their country should not have to deal with this kind of reprehen






lawmakers condemn explicit photos of female marines posted on social media


closeskip in skipxembedxshare the marine corps is investigating, after nude photos of female members were reportedly distributed through social media. veuer's emily drooby (@emilydrooby) has the story. buzz60house armed services committee chairman mac thornberry, r-texas, speaks during a news conference oct. 21, 2015.(photo: chip somodevilla, getty images) 12 connectlinkedinemailmoremembers of congress condemned the alleged posting of sexually explicit photos of female marines on a private social media site.rep. adam smith, d-wash., the ranking democrat on the house armed services committee, called the online behavior “degrading, dangerous and completely unacceptable.”“the military men and women who proudly volunteer to serve their country should not have to deal with this kind of reprehen






lawmakers condemn explicit photos of female marines posted on social media


closeskip in skipxembedxshare the marine corps is investigating, after nude photos of female members were reportedly distributed through social media. veuer's emily drooby (@emilydrooby) has the story. buzz60house armed services committee chairman mac thornberry, r-texas, speaks during a news conference oct. 21, 2015.(photo: chip somodevilla, getty images)connectlinkedinemailmoremembers of congress condemned the alleged posting of sexually explicit photos of female marines on a private social media site.rep. adam smith, d-wash., the ranking democrat on the house armed services committee, called the online behavior “degrading, dangerous and completely unacceptable.”“the military men and women who proudly volunteer to serve their country should not have to deal with this kind of reprehensibl






marine leaders vow to combat online nude photo sharing


marine gen. robert neller, the commandant of the marine corps, and acting secretary of the navy sean j. stackley, right, wait to testify before the senate armed services committee on the tuesday.(photo: j. scott applewhite, ap)connectlinkedinemailmorewashington - declaring “enough is enough,” the top u.s. marine on tuesday told senators that he intends to fix the problem that led to current and former corps members sharing nude photos of female marines online and making lewd or threatening comments about them.but angry and skeptical members of the senate armed services committee demanded more, saying the military hasn’t done enough to combat sexual assault and harassment despite years of complaints and problems. a house panel hearing on the issue next week will include representatives from






john mccain is calming world leaders in the trump era


senate armed services chairman john mccain, r-ariz., speaks to reporters on capitol hill on march 8, 2017.(photo: j. scott applewhite, ap) 1 connectlinkedinemailmorewashington — president trump has blasted nato as “obsolete,” tweeted about sensitive foreign policy situations and taken an unorthodox approach to his calls with foreign leaders. these early foreign policy moves have raised concerns among u.s. allies.enter sen. john mccain. the arizona republican has used his perch as head of the senate armed services committee to shape national security and influence foreign policy. but he’s also acted like a diplomat of sorts, making calls and taking trips to reassure foreign leaders concerned about where they stand with the white house.mccain's post as head of the armed services committee re






john mccain is calming world leaders in the trump era


senate armed services chairman john mccain, r-ariz., speaks to reporters on capitol hill on march 8, 2017.(photo: j. scott applewhite, ap) 2 connectlinkedinemailmorewashington — president trump has blasted nato as “obsolete,” tweeted about sensitive foreign policy situations and taken an unorthodox approach to his calls with foreign leaders. these early foreign policy moves have raised concerns among u.s. allies.enter sen. john mccain. the arizona republican has used his perch as head of the senate armed services committee to shape national security and influence foreign policy. but he’s also acted like a diplomat of sorts, making calls and taking trips to reassure foreign leaders concerned about where they stand with the white house.mccain's post as head of the armed services committee re






sessions was more than trump surrogate in meetings with russian envoy


president trump shakes hands with attorney general jeff sessions, accompanied by his wife, mary, after he was sworn in by vice president pence on feb. 9, 2017.(photo: pablo martinez monsivais, ap) 2049 connectlinkedinemailmorewashington — at the time jeff sessions met with the russian ambassador to the united states during the midst of last year's bitter campaign, the alabama senator was not only serving as a surrogate for candidate donald trump but had been named chairman of the campaign's national security advisory committee.justice department officials have said that sessions' contacts, which he did not disclose during questioning during his confirmation hearing as president trump's attorney general nominee, had nothing to do with the campaign and were confined to his service as a membe






sessions was more than trump surrogate in meetings with russian envoy


president trump shakes hands with attorney general jeff sessions, accompanied by his wife mary, after he was sworn-in by vice president pence on feb. 9, 2017.(photo: pablo martinez monsivais, ap)connectlinkedinemailmorewashington — at the time then-sen. jeff sessions met with the russian ambassador to the united states during the midst of last year's bitter election campaign, the alabama senator was not only serving as a surrogate for candidate donald trump but had been named chairman of the campaign's national security advisory committee.justice department officials have said that sessions' contacts, which he did not disclose during questioning during his confirmation hearing as president trump's attorney general nominee, had nothing to do with the campaign and were confined to his servic






‘you don’t have to recuse yourself – you’ve already f*cked yourself’


stephen colbert was full of mockery thursday night, as he walked his audience through the inability of the white house to get out from under the russian scandal. “there’s big news today out of the kremlin,” colbert said. “i’m sorry. i misread that. i meant the white house.” colbert explained that donald trump’s administration has tried to explain that there’s nothing to see with regard to the russian connections. “well i spy with my little eye,” he said before rolling the clip of the news breaking that attorney general jeff sessions met with the russians after saying that he didn’t. when colbert played the video clip of sen. al franken (d-mn) asking about sessions’ ability to be impartial about a russian investigation, his audience booed loudly. sessions explained in a statement that he di






how much is jeff sessions worth?


after revelations came out wednesday evening that attorney general jeff sessions had spoken to a russian ambassador while on the senate armed services committee last year — but did not disclose that information during his confirmation hearing in january — sessions’ name has dominated the news cycle. but this isn’t the first time he’s been in…






military leaders say budget caps are crippling armed forces


washington — a panel of four-star u.s. military officers is delivering lawmakers a bleak picture about the state of the armed forces.during testimony tuesday before the house armed services committee, they say mandatory caps that strictly limit defense spending are crippling the military's ability to respond to threats around the world.adm. william moran, the vice chief of naval operations, says more than half of all navy aircraft can't fly because they're awaiting maintenance or lack needed spare parts.gen. daniel allyn, the army's vice chief of staff, says only three of the army's more than 50 brigade combat teams have all the troops, training and equipment needed to fight at a moment's notice.the officers are pleading with congress to repeal the 2011 budget law that imposed the spending






trump attorney general jeff sessions met russian ambassador


image copyrightafpimage caption jeff sessions was a member of the senate armed services committee last year attorney general jeff sessions met russia's ambassador twice during donald trump's presidential campaign last year, the us government has confirmed.mr sessions, a senator at the time, did not disclose the contacts at his january confirmation hearing.but he stressed on wednesday he had "never met any russian officials to discuss issues of the campaign".democratic house minority leader nancy pelosi accused mr sessions of "lying under oath" and demanded he resign.other democrats called on him to step aside from an investigation by the fbi - which he oversees as attorney general - into the alleged russian interference. the news broke just after a congressional committee agreed an investi






trump attorney general jeff sessions met russian ambassador


image copyrightafpimage caption jeff sessions was a member of the senate armed services committee last year attorney general jeff sessions met russia's ambassador twice during donald trump's presidential campaign last year, the us government has confirmed.mr sessions, a senator at the time, did not disclose the contacts at his january confirmation hearing.but he stressed on wednesday he had "never met any russian officials to discuss issues of the campaign".democratic house minority leader nancy pelosi accused mr sessions of "lying under oath" and demanded he resign.other democrats called on him to step aside from an investigation by the fbi - which he oversees as attorney general - into the alleged russian interference. the news broke just after a congressional committee agreed an investi






top marine general asks victims of nude photo scandal to come forward


washington -- fewer than 10 women victims have come forward so far in the investigation into nude photos of female service members that were posted online without their permission, the top marine general said friday. he pleaded with female marines to “trust us” and reach out to make complaints or seek help. “i need their help,” said lt. gen. robert neller, the marine commandant. “i’m going to ask them to trust us. i understand why that might be a bit of a reach for them right now. but i can’t fix this. ... the only way there is going to be accountability in this is somebody comes forward and tells us what happened to them.” heller will appear before the senate armed services committee on tuesday to testify about the scandal. cbs news national security correspondent david martin reported on






senate confirmation hearing for alex acosta


james n. mattis, center, nominee for secretary of defense, arrives with former senator sam nunn, left, and former senator william cohen on jan. 12, 2017, prior to the start of his confirmation hearing before the senate armed services committee.  jack gruber, usa todayfullscreen






rand paul and john mccain trade jabs, as paul calls mccain 'past his prime,' 'un


sen. john mccain appears during a senate armed services committee hearing on march 14, 2017, on capitol hill. (photo: tasos katopodis, afp/getty images)rand paul thinks it might be time for john mccain to retire from the senate because “maybe he's gotten a little bit unhinged.""i think he makes a really, really strong case for term limits,” the kentucky republican said thursday morning on msnbc. “i think maybe he's past his prime.”mccain, a republican from arizona, is 80 years old and was just elected to his sixth term in the senate in november.paul’s comments followed mccain’s accusation wednesday that paul was working for the president of russia."the senator from kentucky is now working for vladimir putin," mccain said on the senate floor after paul blocked a bipartisan attempt to vote o






rand paul and john mccain trade jabs, as paul calls mccain 'past his prime,' 'un


sen. john mccain appears during a senate armed services committee hearing on march 14, 2017, on capitol hill. (photo: tasos katopodis, afp/getty images)rand paul thinks it might be time for john mccain to retire from the senate because “maybe he's gotten a little bit unhinged.""i think he makes a really, really strong case for term limits,” the kentucky republican said thursday morning on msnbc. “i think maybe he's past his prime.”mccain, a republican from arizona, is 80 years old and was just elected to his sixth term in the senate in november.paul’s comments followed mccain’s accusation wednesday that paul was working for the president of russia."the senator from kentucky is now working for vladimir putin," mccain said on the senate floor after paul blocked a bipartisan attempt to vote o






rand paul and john mccain trade jabs, as paul calls mccain 'past his prime,' 'un


sen. john mccain appears during a senate armed services committee hearing on march 14, 2017, on capitol hill. (photo: tasos katopodis, afp/getty images)rand paul thinks it might be time for john mccain to retire from the senate because “maybe he's gotten a little bit unhinged.""i think he makes a really, really strong case for term limits,” the kentucky republican said thursday morning on msnbc. “i think maybe he's past his prime.”mccain, a republican from arizona, is 80 years old and was just elected to his sixth term in the senate in november.paul’s comments followed mccain’s accusation wednesday that paul was working for the president of russia."the senator from kentucky is now working for vladimir putin," mccain said on the senate floor after paul blocked a bipartisan attempt to vote o






rand paul and john mccain trade jabs, as paul calls mccain 'past his prime,' 'un


sen. john mccain appears during a senate armed services committee hearing on march 14, 2017, on capitol hill. (photo: tasos katopodis, afp/getty images)rand paul thinks it might be time for john mccain to retire from the senate because “maybe he's gotten a little bit unhinged.""i think he makes a really, really strong case for term limits,” the kentucky republican said thursday morning on msnbc. “i think maybe he's past his prime.”mccain, a republican from arizona, is 80 years old and was just elected to his sixth term in the senate in november.paul’s comments followed mccain’s accusation wednesday that paul was working for the president of russia."the senator from kentucky is now working for vladimir putin," mccain said on the senate floor after paul blocked a bipartisan attempt to vote o






rand paul and john mccain trade jabs, as paul calls mccain 'past his prime,' 'un


sen. john mccain appears during a senate armed services committee hearing on march 14, 2017, on capitol hill. (photo: tasos katopodis, afp/getty images)rand paul thinks it might be time for john mccain to retire from the senate because “maybe he's gotten a little bit unhinged.""i think he makes a really, really strong case for term limits,” the kentucky republican said thursday morning on msnbc. “i think maybe he's past his prime.”mccain, a republican from arizona, is 80 years old and was just elected to his sixth term in the senate in november.paul’s comments followed mccain’s accusation wednesday that paul was working for the president of russia."the senator from kentucky is now working for vladimir putin," mccain said on the senate floor after paul blocked a bipartisan attempt to vote o






trump attorney general jeff sessions under fire over russia meetings


image copyrightafpimage caption jeff sessions was a member of the senate armed services committee last year attorney general jeff sessions met russia's ambassador twice during donald trump's presidential campaign last year, the us government has confirmed.mr sessions, a senator at the time, told his january confirmation hearing that he had had no contacts with the russians during the campaign.he stressed on wednesday he had "never met any russian officials to discuss issues of the campaign".the democrats accused him of "lying under oath" and said he must resign.they have also called on him to step aside from an investigation by the fbi - which he oversees as attorney general - into alleged russian interference in the us election, including contacts with russian officials by those involved






trump attorney general jeff sessions under fire over russia meetings


image copyrightafpimage caption jeff sessions was a member of the senate armed services committee last year attorney general jeff sessions met russia's ambassador twice during donald trump's presidential campaign last year, the us government has confirmed.mr sessions, a senator at the time, told his january confirmation hearing that he had had no contacts with the russians during the campaign.he stressed on wednesday he had "never met any russian officials to discuss issues of the campaign".the democrats accused him of "lying under oath" and said he must resign.they have also called on him to step aside from an investigation by the fbi - which he oversees as attorney general - into alleged russian interference in the us election, including contacts with russian officials by those involved






trump attorney general jeff sessions under fire over russia meetings


media captionjeff sessions at his confirmation hearing: "i did not have communications with the russians"attorney general jeff sessions met russia's ambassador during donald trump's presidential campaign, despite telling his confirmation hearing he had "no communications with the russians".the justice department confirmed he met sergei kislyak in july and september last year as part of his role on the senate armed services committee.mr sessions on wednesday said his comments at his confirmation related to his role on the trump campaign team.democrats accused him of lying on oath.they said he must resign, and also called on him to step aside from an investigation by the fbi - which he oversees as attorney general - into alleged russian interference in the us election, including contacts bet






mcmaster will need senate confirmation to serve as national security adviser


an esoteric, but legally significant, point is being raised by the senate armed services committee regarding lt. gen. h.r. mcmaster’s appointment as national security adviser.even though the president can install anyone he wants in the post without getting consent from the senate, the law requires a confirmation vote for any three- or four-star general. all generals of this rank are appointed to their posts by the president and senate-confirmed, so a change in post -- in this instance from director of the army capabilities integration center to national security adviser -- requires that the senate reconfirm mcmaster’s rank as a three-star general. an aide to the armed services committee says that in order for mcmaster to keep his current rank, he “would have to be reappointed by the presid






top marine general wants thorough investigation into nude photo scandal


washington -- the top marine general said friday that an investigation into reports that nude photos of female service members are being secretly posted online without their permission has an effect on the entire marine corps and must be done carefully. “we don’t want to be in a hurry. we want to make sure we’re thorough and we’re within the law,” lt. gen. robert neller told a pentagon news conference. “this affects our entire organization.”lt. gen. robert neller takes his seat during his confirmation hearing before the senate armed services committee july 23, 2015, on capitol hill in washington, d.c. alex wong, getty images heller will appear before the senate armed services committee on tuesday to testify about the scandal.cbs news national security correspondent david martin reported on






rep. maxine waters blasts wells fargo for meeting with republicans but stonewall


rep. maxine waters on friday chided wells fargo chief executive timothy sloan, saying he and others at the bank met months ago with republican staff of the house financial services committee but have given democratic staff the runaround.in a letter sent to sloan and to one of the bank’s attorneys, the los angeles democrat and ranking member of the committee said her staff has repeatedly tried to schedule meetings with the bank’s top executives, but to no avail.she said the bank’s failure to meet with the committee’s democratic staff is one of several factors that could prolong her interest in investigating the bank’s practices.“the countless revelations in the press of wells fargo’s egregious behavior and your failure to participate in interviews with democratic staff tell me that this com






thousands more troops needed in afghanistan, top u.s. commander tells senate pan


washington—a few thousand more troops are needed to help end the stalemate in afghanistan, according to a senior u.s. military commander who also told lawmakers that russian meddling was complicating the counterterrorism fight.army gen. john nicholson, commander of u.s. forces in afghanistan, didn’t provide the senate armed services committee with an exact number of additional forces. however, he said thursday they could come from...






top trump security adviser faces questions in rare hearing


washington (ap) — the senior army officer tapped by president donald trump to be his national security adviser faces questions from senators during a rare closed-door meeting amid intense scrutiny of the white house for alleged trump campaign contacts with russian officials.lt. gen. h.r. mcmaster’s appearance before the armed services committee, slated for tuesday, is unusual because national security advisers aren’t subject to senate confirmation and typically don’t testify on capitol hill. but mcmaster’s situation is different. he elected to stay on active duty rather than retire from the military and generals of his grade need the chamber’s approval when they’re promoted or get new assignments.sen. john mccain of arizona, the committee’s republican chairman, said members will vote at th






2 scary acronyms in a military town: brac and rif


two acronyms have popped up in the news that are scary for a military town like san diego: brac and rif. two heavy-hitter congressmen say they want to put base closures back on the table. adam smith, a washington state democrat on the house armed services committee, said he’ll introduce a bill...






female officers in high demand at st. paul police department


allison rogers knew she wanted to be a police officer, but others had their concerns: did she consider teaching instead? had she seen the most recent news articles about officers who were killed in the line of duty?so rogers pursued a degree in corrections instead.“i had a lot of people telling me i wouldn’t want to be in the profession,” said rogers. “more out of fear than that it wasn’t a noble profession. i’m a pretty small … i’m 5-foot-1. with my boots, i’m 5-3.”in her second year at minnesota state university, mankato, she gained the confidence to switch tracks to law enforcement after speaking with an officer from her hometown of waseca, minn., where she served as a police reserve. on a recent urday morning, rogers, 23, was among 88 people who packed an informational meeting at the n