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Gillibrand recalls union leader calling her “fat”

Good morning.

“I've just had a baby, I've just been appointed [to the Senate], I have a lot to learn, so much on my plate, and this man basically says to me, `You're too fat to be elected statewide.’” — New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on HuffPost Live about a conversation with a male labor leader.

These are the comments Gillibrand made shortly before she said she wasn’t in a place to tell him to go f*** himself. She hasn’t identified the man.

“Consumers in every corner of the country share common experiences about fending for themselves against confusing, deceptive billing practices by cable, satellite and other pay-TV companies—and it’s time these millions of customers had a measure of protection.” — Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill on an amendment she’s introduced aimed at bringing more transparency to pay-TV billing practices.

This is another in a growing line of the senator’s targeted moves aimed at helping regular folks. Frankly, we find our cable bill confusing, too.

“I don't think the majority in Missouri wants a billionaire buying the Legislature.” — McCaskill was talking about wealthy financier Rex Sinquefield who she said wants no income taxes and “really high sales taxes.”

McCaskill also said she was not considering another run for governor in 2016 and would be backing the Democratic nominee.

“Democrats are now (very slightly) favored to hold the Senate majority on Nov. 4, according to Election Lab, the Post's statistical model of the 2014 midterm elections.” — the lead on a Washington Post story that examined the political outlook of the country on Tuesday.

This is a BIG shift from what the Post’s model — and other models — were predicting just a few months ago. Among the states being watched is Kansas where Sen. Pat Roberts has a 68 percent chance of winning re-election, according to The Post.