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Rice warns of Russia
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice praised the appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller to investigate Russia’s role in the 2016 election, Bryan Lowry reports. Rice spoke at the Kansas City Public Library downtown Wednesday, where she also called Russian interference in the election a “troubling development” and a “hostile act.”
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Jason Hancock reports that while Gov. Eric Greitens had some victories in his first legislative session, he also saw his signature campaign pledge to reform ethics rules and ban lobbyist gifts collapse.
The Star’s editorial board writes that the University of Missouri’s Columbia campus sits at a critical juncture following budget cuts, declining enrollment and bad publicity. Work must be done to ensure it remains Missouri’s flagship institution.
Vargas trips up
The Royals’s Jason Vargas showed everyone he is human, Rustin Dodd writes. After lowering his ERA to 1.01 — the best start to a season in his career — Vargas was roughed up Wednesday by the Yankees.