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McCaskill chews on college group for slowing her campus sexual assault review

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• “I am extremely troubled by the fact that the American Council on Education provided counsel to its member institutions which may have had the opposite effect.” — Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill on reports that the council retained a private law firm to advise schools on whether and how they should respond to McCaskill’s survey on how universities are handling reports of sexual assaults.

McCaskill is in the midst of a nationwide survey — the first congressional review of its kind — that looks at how schools deal with reports of sexual assaults on their campuses. She said she’s promised anonymity, but that hasn’t stopped the council from raising questions. The senator on Monday didn’t sound happy about this latest development.

• “As long as I’m here, no earmarks.” — House Speaker John Boehner on reports that Senate Democrats want to bring back the controversial budget line items.

Earmarks went away in 2010, and Boehner noted in an interview with Fox that there’s always a movement to bring them back. Boehner said he’s not changed his mind about them. “We are not going back to the nonsense that went on before then,” he said.

• “Columba is not in any way power-ambitious.” — Rafael A. Peñalver Jr., a Miami lawyer and long-time Bush family friend, on the wife of Jeb Bush,

who is said to harbor

an intense distaste of the public arena.

Jeb Bush is said to be weighing family considerations as he considers a 2016 presidential candidacy. Friends say Columba Bush would not stand in her husband’s way and would adapt to a new role. Still, Jeb Bush apparently has some thinking to do.

• “Most people ... believe that the economic situation is going to be improving. And I hope it does.” — House Budget Committee Chairman Rick Stream, a Kirkwood Republican, on Missouri’s revenue picture.

Stream was quoted in a story by the AP’s David Lieb that analyzed the one-third increase in the number of spending items in the latest state budget. That increase comes despite a recent dip in state revenue that has some lawmakers worried. (link via