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August 20, 2014

McCaskill on Obama: Schmoozing politicos isn’t his thing

And ... U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, recalls being stopped by police, and the anger he felt, in a visit to Ferguson

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“For him, eating his spinach is schmoozing with elected officials. This is not something that he loves. He wasn’t that kind of senator.” — Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat and early supporter of the president’s, on President Barack Obama’s lack of interest in back slapping.

Leave it to the very verbal McCaskill to come up with a great analogy. Her point: Don’t expect Obama to morph into President Lyndon Johnson in a second term.

“I remember how humiliating that was and how angry I was and the impact it had on me.” — Attorney General Eric Holder in Ferguson recounting how he was twice stopped while driving in New Jersey and how officers searched his car.

This is a big moment for the administration as it tries to get a handle on the ongoing crisis in the Missouri town. Holder said he hopes to have a calming influence.

“Based on my personal observations and the testimony of residents detailing years of abuse, it seems the nearly all-white police department holds an institutional bias against the city’s predominantly black population.” — Missouri state Rep. Brandon Ellington, a Kansas City Democrat, talking about Ferguson.

In a statement, Ellington called for the Justice Department to investigate the Ferguson Police Department. He also said this: “When an institution that is supposed to protect and serve a community is instead seen as an occupying force intent on subjugating the local population, there can be no trust. The Ferguson Police Department must be held accountable for its actions.”

“End the Pickpocket Politics and spending shell game in county government.” — Johnson County Commission chair Patricia Lightner in an e-mail invitation to a reception.

Lightner is starting to pick up the pace in her uphill race against incumbent chair Ed Eilert. She says she’s convinced that Eilert is guilty of favoritism in the way he’s run the county, a charge Eilert denies. She carries the burden of having to prove the charge.

“I'm a cop. If you don't want to get hurt, don't challenge me.” — the headline over a Washington Post piece written by Sunil Dutta, a 17-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department.

“Do what I tell you,” Dutta wrote. His comments have stirred up more outrage in the wake of Ferguson by those who ask, “Whatever happened to the police motto of serve and protect?”

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