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Claire McCaskill | College Student Stressors

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Scott Olson
Claire McCaskill is now a regular political analyst for MSNBC and NBC.

The former U.S. Senator from Missouri on recent events in Washington, and student leaders highlight the struggles facing college attendees.

Segment 1, beginning at 5:17: When it comes to the events of January 6, 2021, "I go from boiling rage to incredibly sad and heartbroken," says Claire McCaskill.

After losing her 2018 reelection bid for the U.S. Senate, McCaskill wasted little time in becoming a popular political analyst. She offered her thoughts on why President Trump's base is so faithful, congressional attempts to hold the president accountable for the assault on the Capitol building and her Senate successor's conduct last Wednesday: "Hawley was more interested in gaining that national platform" than following his party's leadership advice.

  • Claire McCaskill, political analyst and former Democratic U.S. Senator from Missouri

Segment 2, beginning at 32:26: What made 2020 such a different and difficult year for college students.

Getting through a pandemic year in higher education wasn't easy, and those in campus leadership positions had added worry about the people and organizations they were overseeing. Two student leaders highlighted the stress and mental health struggles that comes with college life these days.

  • Brandon Henderson, a senior at UMKC and former Student Government Association president
  • Gracie Wrinkle, a senior at UMKC and former sorority president of Alpha Delta Pi
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