Detente between Gillibrand and McCaskill?

Several weeks ago we wrote about a rift among women members of the Senate over competing bills to improve the way the military handles sexual assault cases. A bill by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) went down to defeat, while one push by Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) passed overwhelmingly, resulting in grumbling from both sides about whether the best measure won.

Fellow senators and their aides fretted that the competition for support had strained relationships between the two principal sponsors, as well as the 20 female members of the Senate, who up until then had been lauded for their ability to forge consensus and get things done.

Our colleague Ed O’Keefe, writing Tuesday for The Fix, has an update on the relationship between the Gillibrand and McCaskill.

Here’s a hint:


Vanessa Williams is a deputy national editor at The Post. She has covered and edited local and national politics for the paper. Contact her at
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