Missouri lawmakers begin 2016 legislative session

(KTRS/AP) – Missouri lawmakers are sitting down this hour to begin the 2016 legislative session. This year’s session starts with new leadership. House Speaker Todd Richardson says an ethics overhaul is a top priority. He took over after then Speaker John Diehl resigned after it was discovered he exchanged sexually explicit text messages with an intern.…

Benghazi panel to interview former CIA Director Petraeus

WASHINGTON (AP) – A House committee looking into the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya is interviewing former CIA Director David Petraeus as the investigation enters its third calendar year – and a presidential election year. Petraeus is the first of four former Obama administration officials the Republican-led committee is interviewing in the next week.…

US sees Assad staying in Syria until March 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration’s best-case scenario for political transition in Syria does not foresee Bashar Assad stepping down as the country’s leader before March 2017, outlasting Barack Obama’s presidency by at least two months, according to a document obtained by The Associated Press. An internal timeline prepared for U.S. officials dealing with the…