BuzzChatter Monday: Kerry believes Jack Kennedy died as part of a conspiracy

11/10/2013 6:33 PM

11/10/2013 6:33 PM

A happy new week to you. Here are today’s snappy quotes:

• “I just have a point of view. And I'm not going to get into that. It's not something that I think needs to be commented on, and certainly not at this time.” — Secretary of State John Kerry on “Meet the Press” Sunday on his view that the assassination of President John F. Kennedy was part of a broader conspiracy.

Kerry wouldn’t say more even when pressed by host David Gregory. With the 50th anniversary of the shooting just a few days off, the conspiracy question will get another thorough airing. Kerry was wise not to say more because any further comment would have exploded into a major news story.

• “The newly completed Consensus Revenue Estimate now forecasts a larger drop and provides further evidence that the state’s revenue stream does not support the current level of programs and services.” — former Kansas budget director Duane Goossen

pointing out

that approved spending in the current Kansas budget exceeds estimated revenue by $108 million.

Goossen, who worked for both Democratic and Republican governors, pointed out the state has a solid savings account that can handle the revenue deficit. “But not for long,” he said.

• “Defying them is a possibility.” — Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle, a Wichita Republican, explaining that the Legislature could defy a potential state Supreme Court order to spend hundreds of millions more on public schools. A decision is expected late this year or early 2014.

This is the mega-question facing Kansas government and politics as 2013 winds down: How will the generally conservative Legislature react to an expected ruling demanding higher spending for schools? Wagle is one of those conservatives. A constitutional crisis is wide considered to be a possibility.

• “She has...a sense of destiny.” — Noam Scheiber, a senior editor at The New Republic, on whether Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren might run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016 even if that means running against Hillary Clinton. Scheiber just published a long profile of Warren.

A Warren candidacy truly would be a nightmare scenario for Clinton and would threaten to divide the party the same way the GOP could be split if Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie both run.

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