The political yak on this Monday morning:
By STEVE KRASKE
The Kansas City Star
• Chief of the wacko birds. the staff of Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul referring to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a fellow Republican, according to a piece by Jonathan Martin of The New York Times.
Martins story chronicled the growing rivalry between the two conservative senators as Republicans start to look toward 2016.
• This is not about conspiracy, this is about transparency. Jefferson Morley, a former Washington Post reporter and author whos neck-deep in a decade-long lawsuit against the CIA, seeking release of the closed documents related to the assassination of President Kennedy.
Thousands of pages of documents about the 50-years-ago assassination remain closed, and historians, conspiracy buffs and others are puzzled why the government seemingly inexplicably wont release them.
• I dont think theres any shame in saying we didnt anticipate this one glitch. former White House senior adviser David Axelrod on NBCs Meet the Press refusing to acknowledge that President Barack Obama erred when he said Americans could keep their health care plan if they liked it.
A simple admission that he made a mistake could get this latest Affordable Care Act controversy behind the president. But Axelrod and the administration refuse to budge on that point.
• Run Hillary run. New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, a Democrat, urging his fellow New Yorker during a speech in Iowa to run for president in 2016.
Schumer, who was relentless in his successful pursuit of Claire McCaskill to run for Senate in 2006 two years after her loss for Missouri governor, painted Hillary Clinton as the Democrats best hope for defeating the tea party.