JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Senate supports Senator McCaskill’s proposal to make unit commanders responsible for prosecution of military sex assault cases in their units. Another Senator had proposed letting a special prosecutor decide if the case should be filed.
(CNN) -- Modern-day peeping Toms in Massachusetts, the sorts who get their thrills snapping "upskirt" photos on crowded subways, now have their behavior criminalized.
(CNN) -- Massachusetts' highest court ruled Wednesday that it is not illegal to secretly photograph underneath a person's clothing -- a practice known as "upskirting" -- prompting one prosecutor to call for a revision of state law.
CBSNews -- President Obama on Wednesday traveled to Connecticut to call for an increase of the federal minimum wage, part of the Democrats' 2014 economic agenda that remains stalled in Congress.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The state House has passed legislation to reinstate caps on the amount that could be awarded to plaintiffs for non-economic damages in medical malpractice lawsuits. The bill would limit those damages to $350,000.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon announced an agreement between Missouri and Québec to sell $3.2 billion in Missouri goods Wednesday.
Washington (CNN) -- The battle over the budget often revolves around politically partisan issues of taxes and spending. But President Barack Obama's proposed spending plan for the next fiscal year totals $3.9 trillion so there's a lot that can be overlooked. We read the budget plan so you didn't have to.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The third expected candidate to run for governor makes it official. Former Congressman Mike Ross filed paperwork at the state capitol.
PHOENIX - In a decision watched across the nation, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said Wednesday she has vetoed a controversial bill that would have allowed businesses to refuse to serve gays on religious grounds.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The House Committee on General Laws spent an hour-and-a-half Tuesday afternoon hearing five different proposals that all take different approaches at ethics reform. Lawmakers left that hearing appearing to agree that ethics reform is needed.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Former Missouri senator Kit Bond says he believes the state should accept federal money to expand Medicaid, during a Chamber-sponsored panel discussion in Jefferson City on Tuesday.
(CNN) -- Arizona's SB1062 has pulled off a sort of political magic trick, in that warring sides can read the bill's text and have not only different reactions, but completely opposite ones.
CBSNews -- Vice President Joe Biden, working the talk show circuit this week, said Tuesday he is "uniquely qualified" to be president.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Everywhere you look a candidate, a campaign ready to start. Out of hundreds expected to file, only one can be first in line.
CBSNews -- Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is joining with a conservative group and Virginia’s former attorney general to sue President Obama and other top administration officials.
CBSNews -- The House voted Tuesday to lift the debt ceiling and avert the threat of a U.S. default until March 15, 2015 with a bill that broke a trend for the GOP by seeking no spending cuts or additional policy items.
CBSNews -- President Obama on Friday signed a five-year farm bill into law, marking the hard-fought legislative accomplishment with eight Democratic members of Congress by his side.
CBSNews -- The latest effort by Senate Democrats to extend emergency unemployment benefits failed on a procedural vote again on Thursday by a vote of 58 to 40, with 39 Republicans objecting to moving ahead with a vote on the measure.
CBSNews -- President Obama hailed the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and private companies for committing money and technology to help meet his goal of expanding high-speed broadband access to 99 percent of American students in the next five years.
WASHINGTON D.C. -- Given the new incentives offered by the Affordable Care Act, people will choose to work less in the coming years, nonpartisan budget analysts say -- shrinking the workforce by the equivalent of 2 million full-time workers by 2017 and by 2.5 million by 2024.
CBSNews -- An Army National Guard recruiting program that allegedly was gamed by hundreds of soldiers to the tune of millions of taxpayer dollars is under criminal investigation and is the subject of a Senate Homeland Security subcommittee hearing on Tuesday, CBS News has confirmed.
Washington (CNN) -- It may be the most overlooked mega-bill of the past 12 months.
CBSNews -- Excerpts from President Obama's 2014 State of the Union address, scheduled for 9 p.m. ET Tuesday evening.
Washington (CNN) -- You can set your watch by it. Within minutes of the start of a State of the Union address, the President will offer his assessment -- almost always positive -- of where America stands.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- After a Kansas City woman was faced with a $500 fine for contempt of court for bringing her breastfeeding infant to jury duty, some called for a change in Missouri law to exempt breastfeeding women from jury duty. The judge in that case has delayed fining her $500 until the end of the legislative session, to see whether lawmakers approve a specific exemption.
WASHINGTON -- A House plan to make major cuts to food stamps would be scaled back under a bipartisan agreement on a massive farm bill, a near end to a more than two-year fight that has threatened to hurt rural lawmakers in an election year.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A Senate Committee has endorsed two proposals for a tax cut for individuals and small businesses that legislative staffers say would cost the state about $900-million a year if fully implemented.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Check out the text and audio of the 2014 State of the State address.
CBSNews -- Lawmakers in at least two states say they should conduct executions by firing squad if opposition to capital punishment by pharmaceutical companies makes it hard to obtain drugs for lethal injections.
(CBS News)-- President Obama on Friday announced a series of reforms to the nation’s surveillance apparatus, including steps to add more privacy safeguards to a controversial National Security Agency program that collects Americans’ phone records in bulk. The reforms, however, leave a number of open questions for Congress and other government officials to resolve.
CBSNews -- By the time they leave town Friday for a one-week work period in their home states, senators are expected to pass a $1.1 trillion, 1,582 page spending bill that will avert the threat of a government shutdown for the next several months and help Congress get back to the normal process of budget and spending money that preceded the gridlock of recent years.
(CNN) -- The September 2012 attack that killed four Americans at a diplomatic compound in Libya was "likely preventable" based on known security shortfalls there and prior warnings that the security situation in that country was deteriorating, the majority of the Senate Intelligence Committee concluded in a report released Wednesday.
CBSNews -- The Supreme Court on Wednesday will hear arguments in cases relating to two of the nation’s most controversial and politically dynamic issues, gun possession and abortion rights.
Washington (CNN) -- Shaking off three years of partisan freeze, Republicans and Democrats unveiled a $1.012 trillion spending deal Monday night that would roll back some spending cuts, raise federal worker pay and have a surprisingly broad effect on Americans' everyday lives, from the light bulbs in lamps to the lines at airport security.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The House will have at least three different approaches to tax reform to consider in this legislative session.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The mid-term elections are coming up later this year and a new Gallup poll found that 42 percent of Americans identify themselves as politically independent.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- House Democrats have their own version of legislation seeking to change Missouri’s school transfer law. It will be sponsored by Representative Margo McNeil (D-Florissant), a former educator who served on the House Interim Education Committee.
CBSNews -- President Obama on Thursday will unveil another facet of his plan to combat income inequality, this time focusing on a theme embraced by Democrats and Republicans alike: economic mobility.
CBSNews -- The Senate confirmed Janet Yellen to lead the Federal Reserve Monday, capping off a tug-of-war between Democrats and Republicans over President Obama’s nominees that dominated the Senate in its final weeks of 2013.
CBSNews -- After over two weeks away for the holidays, President Obama is back at the White House and the House and Senate return to the Capitol this week. They’ll have just months to work on the full slate of issues facing them before attention turns to the 2014 midterm elections and the already unproductive legislative branch slows to a crawl.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A report by St. Louis Public Radio says the Department of Corrections obtained the drug used in the execution of Joseph Paul Franklin in November from a compounding pharmacy in Oklahoma that is not licensed in Missouri. At least one state lawmaker, Representative Paul Wieland (R-Imperial), believes that could violate state law and merits an investigation by a House legislative committee.
CBSNews -- The Justice Department on Friday issued its case against Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s New Year’s Eve decision to temporarily block the implementation of the Obamacare mandate for certain religious groups to provide health insurance for employees that includes birth control coverage.
CBSNews -- The White House is coming under pressure from some of its closest allies on health care reform to name a chief executive to run its federal health insurance marketplace and allay the concerns of insurers after the rocky rollout of Obamacare.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The head of a House subcommittee on child abuse says the top issue he wants to deal with in the 2014 session is how the state’s child welfare caseworkers are trained.
CBSNews -- Of the many issues left unfinished by Congress when they left town for the holiday break, an overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws is one that is certainly not going away.
CBSNews -- It’s official: the least- popular Congress in recent history is also the least productive, according to a new analysis from the Pew Research Center.
CBSNews -- Like many Christmas shoppers, President Obama waited until close to the deadline to sign up for health insurance on the Washington, D.C. marketplace.
WASHINGTON -- A comprehensive defense bill that cracks down on sexual assault in the military and adds protections for victims -- but doesn't include the most controversial proposals concerning new rights for victims -- was overwhelmingly approved by the Senate late Thursday.
CBSNews -- The Senate approved a two-year budget agreement Wednesday that will lift the threat of another government shutdown next month and undo $63 billion of the budget cuts mandated by the sequester.
CBSNews -- One million dollars to build a bus stop in Virginia. Five million for customized crystal stemware. Those are just some of the items paid for by the federal government last year. A new report out Tuesday by a prominent Republican senator, called the "Wastebook," details $30 billion in questionable spending.
CBSNews -- The House passed a plan to set the federal budget for the next two years, sending it to the Senate and bringing the Congress one step closer to avoiding a repeat of the October 2013 shutdown.
Washington (CNN) -- Congressional negotiators reached a bipartisan budget compromise on Tuesday that would prevent another government shutdown, if approved by the House and Senate.
CBSNews -- The chairs of the House and Senate Budget Committees, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., have announced a budget deal that will set spending levels for the next two years, preempting another government shutdown in January.
CBSNews -- The Senate returns from a two-week Thanksgiving recess Monday facing a growing pile of work to wrap up before the end of the year and just two weeks to get it all done before lawmakers head home for Christmas.
CBSNews -- As part of an unfolding administrative effort to curb U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, President Obama announced an executive order on Thursday that would nearly triple the share of energy federal agencies obtain from renewable sources.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Thousands of new jobs in Missouri are at stake and billions of dollars are on the line.
CBSNews -- The 113th Congress this year has been exceptionally unproductive -- in fact, it's on track to be one of the least productive ever, in terms of bills passed and signed into law. Now, with just two weeks left on the legislative calendar this year, lawmakers are hard-pressed to renew a series of laws set to expire in the new year and meet other looming deadlines.
CBSNews -- President Barack Obama signed into law Wednesday a bill that grants the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) more regulatory powers over drug compounding pharmacies, the type of drug manufacturer involved in a 2012 meningitis outbreak that resulted in 60 deaths.
CBSNews -- The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to referee another dispute over President Barack Obama's health care law, whether businesses can use religious objections to escape a requirement to cover birth control for employees.
CBSNews -- Growing up, there were lots of political arguments at Thanksgiving dinners – that was part of the fun - but it rarely got personal. We found something else to bond over, if only through a shared little nod and side whisper; yes, the turkey’s dry again.
CBSNews -- As President Obama's job approval rating plunges to the lowest of his presidency and Americans' sour on his handling of health care, also taking a hit is confidence in his management of the government as well as a number of personal qualities.
CNN -- Obamacare is intended to make health care affordable for the masses. But so far, most of those who have signed up are paying full price.
Washington (CNN) - The Obama administration has set a goal of 80% of HealthCare.gov users being able to successfully enroll in an insurance plan by the November 30 deadline, a source familiar with the project told CNN.
(CBSNews) -- Luci Baines Johnson, the daughter of Lyndon Johnson, was just 16 years old when her father became president in the wake of President John F. Kennedy's death. She was in Spanish class at the National Cathedral School in Washington when she heard that Kennedy had been shot - but she had no idea if her own parents were alright.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The filing period for county candidates in the 2014 elections isn't until early next year. But one Springfield businessman is already committing to a race.
WASHINGTON, DC -- The White House is working on a report which will show just how many people signed up for health insurance under the affordable care act in its first month. It will be released this week and CBS News has learned the numbers will be very low.
Virginia and New Jersey are the only two states that hold elections for governor in the year after a presidential contest. And Virginia's race provided the only real drama as votes were counted.
Washington (CNN) -- The Senate will take up an anti-discrimination bill to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees from workplace discrimination.
(CNN) -- Ways to sign up for Obamacare are expanding, The first Obamacare retail store is up and running in Connecticut.
WASHINGTON D.C. -- U.S. Senator Roy Blunt says recent cyber attacks by criminals, foreign intelligence and military services, as well as terrorists have shown the need for the United States to implement new reporting requirements.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A House Committee is going to look into reports of a hostile workplace in agencies in the Nixon Administration.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder has decided he will not run for the 8th Congressional District in 2014. Kinder on October 1 formed an exploratory committee for a possible run.
WASHINGTON, DC --The three members of Congress who represent southwest Missourians all voted against the Senate budget and debt deal Wednesday.
WASHINGTON D.C. -- The U.S. Senate has voted to re-open the government, prevent default, and protect the spending reductions in the Budget Control Act.
WASHINGTON D.C. -- The Senate passed a bill Wednesday evening to fund the government and avert a default on the U.S. debt more than two weeks after the shutdown began.
Congressman Jason Smith issues a statement in reference to the government shutdown and the House vote that might end it.
WASHINGTON D.C. -- The government shut-down looks to be lifting today. House Speaker John Boehner has said fighting the Senate deal that is expected to be passed later today will not be a tactic used by the GOP.
WASHINGTON, DC -- Senate Republicans and Democrats worked through the night on a bill to reopen the government and avoid a default. But time is just about up.
CBSNews -- The House is preparing to put to a vote Tuesday evening their plan to reopen the government and extend the U.S. borrowing authority while making some modifications to the health care law. The measure will set down a marker that is different from a bipartisan deal negotiated by Senate leaders on Monday and is unlikely to receive any Democratic votes.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- According to Politico.com new numbers are in for four of the key Senate races of the 2014 cycle.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid sounded optimistic about a deal to end the shutdown and to head off a debt default. But will the GOP-dominated House agree?
Washington (CNN) -- Negotiations heated up Monday on a Senate compromise to end the partial government shutdown and avoid a possible U.S. default, with congressional leaders heading to the White House after talks cited as progress toward a deal.
CBSNews -- It is the economic calamity that no one expects and everyone fears. Experts agree that failing to raise the nation's debt ceiling by Oct. 17, when U.S. officials say the government will run out of money to pay its bills, would gravely wound the economy, and perhaps even throw it back into recession.
CBSNews -- With a government shutdown beginning its 13th day and a potential default on the nation's debt arriving in mere days, you could be forgiven for thinking that lawmakers might have some semblance of an idea about how they'll eventually resolve the crises they face.
CNN -- Fed up with Congress? CNN's Jeanne Moos says give 'em a piece of your mind - after a couple of beverages
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Harry Bozoian has been named as acting director of the Department of Agriculture by Gov. Jay Nixon. Nixon’s office reports Hagler will remain with the Department through Oct. 31 to assist with the transition. Bozoian will take over as acting director immediately.
WASHINGTON, DC -- Today is just one week away from the date when the Treasury Department says the country will run out of money to pay its bills. There are reports of a possible breakthrough in negotiations to avoid a default.
CNN -- President Obama made what he called "one of the most important appointments that any president can make" Wednesday, nominating Janet Yellen to serve as the first female head of the Federal Reserve.
WASHINGTON, DC -- On Day 9 of the federal government shutdown, the blame game continues and there is still no deal in sight. But as Congress continues to fight, families of fallen service members are feeling the impact.
Washington (CNN) -- President Barack Obama sounded a stern warning Tuesday about the consequences to the nation if Congress fails to raise the debt ceiling. He also urged members of Congress to end the partial government shutdown.
WASHINGTON, DC -- Currently, there are limits to the amount of money an individual can give to political campaigns. But today, those limits are being challenged in the Supreme Court.
WASHINGTON, DC -- It's day eight of a government shutdown. While the stalemate continues, global fears over the looming debt ceiling crises are rising.
A majority of Americans say the government shutdown is causing a crisis or major problems, a new CNN/ORC Poll shows.
WASHINGTON, DC -- Whenever we get the chance, we invite our local lawmakers to join us for a segment we call "Straight Talk." Rep. Billy Long (R-Mo) joins us live from Washington tonight to discuss chances for ending the government shutdown stalemate.
WASHINGTON -- As the partial shutdown of the federal government enters its seventh day Monday, the countdown to a government debt default drops to ten days.
(CBS News) "Nothing good" will come if Congress fails to raise the debt ceiling, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew warned Sunday on "Face the Nation," calling on House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, to "give the majority a chance to vote."
WASHINGTON D.C. -- The Pentagon is ordering most of its approximately 400,000 furloughed civilian employees back to work.