▪ “Go nuclear now.” — Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie on what might happen in the next GOP presidential debate on Sept. 16 if moderators pass him over for too many questions in a row.
Christie, the New Jersey governor who’s languishing in the polls, said he may take a more aggressive approach in the next forum. He’s got to do something.
▪ “Now with a shrinking construction budget, the number of bad bridges is on the rise again.” — Missouri bridge engineer Dennis Heckman on the rising number of bridges in critical condition.
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The number is up by 50 this year to 641 spans. MoDOT is pressing lawmakers hard for more funding.
▪ “A louche, alcoholic, lazy, and without any commitment to any principle.” — long-time Clinton family adviser and liberal writer Sidney Blumenthal on House Speaker John Boehner.
Blumenthal shows up regularly in Hillary Clinton’s latest e-mail dump.
▪ “Half my family can’t even sleep at night. We’re all just so anxiously waiting. The time can’t go by fast enough.” — Chris Mizanskey of Sedalia whose father was to be released from the Jefferson City Correctional Center Tuesday after serving more than 20 years on marijuana-related charges.
In a rare move, Gov. Jay Nixon commuted the sentence of Jeff Mizanskey, which made him eligible for parole. “I’ve got an extraordinary cruel and unusual punishment,” Jeff Mizanskey said.