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Iran Deal Jeopardizes National Security

Posted July 23, 2015 at 11:49 am

This week was underscored by the President’s announcement that he had reached an agreement with Iran regarding its nuclear capabilities. By his own admission, the deal that was struck did not meet the administration’s desired objectives. I spoke on the House floor this week to bring light to the downfalls of this agreement. I pointed out it jeopardizes our national security and that of our allies, it doesn’t allow for “anytime, anywhere” inspections, and relies far too heavily on the hope that Iran, which has proven itself untrustworthy in the past, adheres to the confines of an agreement that will, in time, allow Iran to gain nuclear capability.

Congress now has 60 days to review the deal before voting on approval or disapproval.

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    Parson’s Community Health Liaisons Bill signed into law

    Senate Bill 426, sponsored by Sen. Mike Parson, R-Bolivar, was recently signed into law. The measure allows community health liaisons (CMHLs) to access information regarding Missourians who have been civilly committed in order to improve and quicken communications between public safety officials and the courts.

    “The goal of this legislation is to form better community partnerships and save valuable resources that might otherwise be expended on unnecessary jail, prison and hospital stays for individuals with behavioral or mental health issues,” said Sen. Parson. “This bill not only benefits those who suffer from

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    Sen. Parson calls on AG to investigate harvesting dead baby organs

    In response to a video in which one of Planned Parenthood’s senior executives discusses the gruesome procedures used to harvest organ tissues from dead babies and the costs paid by medical researchers to obtain these tissues, State Senator Mike Parson will call on Attorney General Chris Koster to investigate Planned Parenthood’s Missouri operations to ensure laws are not being violated.

    “The video showing Dr. Deborah Nucatola discussing the costs associated with tissues acquired from aborted babies and the barbaric procedures used to obtain these tissues is absolutely sickening. Whether these costs are

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    MO Department of Conservation to allow permit images through mobile devices

    The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) announces that Missouri hunters, anglers, and trappers may use electronic images of permits on mobile devices as legal, valid permits beginning July 30. Prior to this, hunters, anglers, and trappers had to have paper copies of permits on them when pursuing these activities.

    For fishing permits and most hunting permits, an electronic image of the permit — such as a PDF (Portable Document Format) — on a mobile device will be sufficient. The exceptions are for deer and turkey permits.

    Use free

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    How to choose the best place to retire

    Dear Savvy Senior

    My wife and I will both be retiring in a year or two and are interested in moving to a smaller house in a better climate but could use some help. What resources can you recommend for locating and researching good places to retire in the U.S.?

    Looking To Relocate

    Dear Looking,

    If you’re interested in relocating when you retire, like millions of

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    Health trumps wealth in importance to retirees’ well-being

    Whoever said, “If you have your health, you have everything,” must have been retired.

    That’s because retirees feel more financially secure when they’re in good health according to new research. And when they feel financially secure, retirees also report they’re enjoying retirement more, they feel fulfilled and are less likely to experience negative emotions.

    The study, Health, Wealth and Happiness in Retirement ( is part of a larger research project conducted on behalf of MassMutual by Greenwald & Associates.

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    What you think you know about Soc. Sec. may be totally wrong

    Americans may have faith in the Social Security system, but many still don’t really understand how it works. That’s a key take-away from a recent survey of Americans’ knowledge of Social Security retirement benefits. While 63 percent of respondents said they do believe Social Security benefits will be available to them when they retire, many were confused about who qualifies for benefits, how much they’ll be eligible to receive, and when they can start drawing benefits without penalty.

    The survey, by Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual), included a true/false quiz about

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    Vicky Hartzler column

    The U.S. Army announced the results of its Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Assessment (SPEA), announcing cuts of 774 uniformed personnel at Fort Leonard Wood by the end of fiscal year 2017. The SPEA originally proposed cutting 5,400 jobs. Thanks to an enormous outpouring of support from the local community, alongside our Congressional delegation and state leaders, we were able to save over 4,600 jobs.

    The fact that the Army cut only a fraction of

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    Gov. Nixon signs Macks Creek law update

    Gov. Jay Nixon today joined legislators, civil rights advocates, and business, civic and faith leaders at the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Eastern District to sign Senate Bill 5, legislation to reform the well-publicized abuses of the municipal court system in the St. Louis region and ensure all municipal courts in the state operate fairly, ethically and transparently. The Governor’s Office worked closely with legislators to develop the legislation, which follows recommendations made by Gov. Nixon in a speech to the Missouri Bar earlier this year.

    “Making things better is what

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    Veto gives municipalities power to override state laws

    One day after taking control away from municipal governments through a law that limits the amount of fines local communities can levy, Gov. Nixon gave local municipalities the power to override state laws governing Missouri workplaces, ironically citing the importance of local control as his reason for vetoing House Bill 722.

    “Out-of-state activist groups who have been unsuccessful in eroding Missouri’s workplace laws in the Missouri Legislature have successfully applied pressure on local Missouri municipalities to take up their causes,” said Dan Mehan, Missouri Chamber president and CEO. “Missouri has seen a

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