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Claire McCaskill Reports for Jury Duty

McCaskill said serving on a jury was on her bucket list. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., kept constituents entertained on Monday when she was called in for jury duty.  

Around 9 a.m. Missouri time, she tweeted photographs of her arrival to the jury assembly room and said it is on her bucket list to serve as a juror.

Claire McCaskill's Book Party a Holiday Tradition for Group of Senators

The U.S. Capitol Christmas tree is seen on the West Front of the  Capitol. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

When the Christmas tree arrives on Capitol Hill and the large wreaths are hung at Union Station, the senators who remain from the 2006 elections know it is time for a book party at Sen. Claire McCaskill's place.  

Each December since 2007, the Missouri Democrat has hosted the entire group of members with whom she was elected in 2006 — a group that began with eight Democrats, Vermont independent Bernard Sanders and Tennessee Republican Bob Corker — for dinner and a secret book exchange.  "They pick out one of the favorite books they read that year, wrap it without a label, and when they arrive they put it in basket by the front door," McCaskill said. “The fun part of the evening is you have to guess who brought that book.”  

The Schumer and McCaskill World Series Bet

Schumer, in the Royals blue tie, has joined McCaskill in a friendly wager on the World Series. (Tom Williams/Roll Call File Photo)

As the New York Mets prepare to face off against the Kansas City Royals for the first game of the World Series Tuesday night in Missouri, the senior senators from both states engaged in a contest of their own.  

New York Sen. Charles E. Schumer and Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill announced a “friendly wager" on the outcome of the annual series, joining the tradition of politicians betting against each other on sports.  While Schumer pledged to tweet a photo of himself wearing a Royals T-shirt while riding a bike through the Big Apple if the Royals win, McCaskill promised to tweet a photo of a Mets flag flying outside her home if the Metropolitans prevail.  

5 Things We Learned From Claire McCaskill's Memoir

McCaskill's new book, "Plenty Ladylike: A Memoir," was released on Tuesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill's new memoir, "Plenty Ladylike: A Memoir," dropped on Tuesday, revealing anecdotes from her career in politics in Missouri's state capitol and the nation's.  

Aside from deeply personal anecdotes and some local intrigue, McCaskill shed light on the inner workings of two nationally watched U.S. Senate campaigns and her dealings with other women in politics.

GM PAC Keeps On Giving Before Congressional Hearings

The political action committee of a major auto maker continues to make contributions to members of Congress, at the same time they are facing Congressional hearings next month on the company's recalls of vehicles for safety issues.  

The General Motors Company PAC  reported  today it gave out $76,000 during February to members of Congress and political committees. The GM PAC raised $63,525 during February, raising their election cycle receipts to $896,884. This 14-month total already exceeds the full 24-month 2011-2012 cycle receipts of $755,178. GM CEO Mary Barra contributed $400 during February, and will probably reach the maximum $5,000 limit by the end of the year.