A new day, a new batch of fascinating yak:
By STEVE KRASKE
The Kansas City Star
• I sit at the counter in jeans and a ball cap. House Speaker John Boehner describing his morning ritual of eating bacon and sausage at a diner not far from his Washington basement apartment.
Writing in Esquire, Boehner said the joint, as he called it, reminds him of his fathers bar in Carthage, Ohio. Its an anchor to my day, a way to feel like Im home in Ohio no matter where I am, Boehner said. Thats why I endorse breakfast at a diner. Best idea weve heard in awhile.
• This is really a statewide icon. Bob Murray, events planner and special assistant to Gov. Sam Brownback, about the Kansas Statehouse and a big celebration planned for Jan. 29 to mark the completion of more than a decade of renovations.
Murray is spot-on. The total cost of the renovation ballooned from an original estimate of $135 million to more than $320 million. Thats because governors and legislatures over the years kept putting off necessary remodeling work. The call from here is that the money was well spent. Jan. 29 would be a great time to visit YOUR Capitol.
• Senator McCaskill understands that no one party holds a monopoly on good ideas. It has been a pleasure to work with her, across the aisle, on many issues. Maine Sen. Susan Collins, a Republican, praising the Missouri Democrat in a column on Politico.
Collins, a three-term veteran, wrote this piece as part of a series in which dozens of women reveal what women they most admire. This is the kind of ink that politicians crave.
• This agreement isnt everything Id hoped it would be, and it isnt what I would have written. But sometimes the answer has to be yes. The reality is that Republicans only control one-half of one-third of government. Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch on the bipartisan budget agreement.
A Senate vote on the package is expected Tuesday, and Hatchs announcement of his support appears to give it the 60 votes the bill would need to overcome a filibuster threat and bring it to a final vote. Consider this a glimmer of bipartisanship in this holiday season. Does this signal a new era of cooperation in D.C.? Ha! Fat chance. Dont spoil the moment.