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Clinton notes that he never exactly DENIED smoking dope

12/05/2013 4:00 AM

12/05/2013 7:39 AM

The hot political talk, and what it means, this Thursday morning:

•  “This project has brought together the governor’s office, lawmakers, labor and the business community — working together for a valuable and meaningful goal. These unified efforts are how we win projects like this one.” — Dan Mehan, Missouri Chamber president and CEO on the state Senate’s quick action Wednesday to approve an incentive package to lure a new Boeing production line to Missouri. The House must now review the plan.

Whether you like this project or not, you’ve got to admit that Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon and Republicans found a way to work together despite months of sniping. You wonder why this can’t happen more often in Washington.

• “It is said that a society is judged by how it treats its weakest members. If that is the barometer by which America is to be judged, then America is failing because millions of defenseless unborn children and mothers that have fallen victim to abortion.” — Kansas Congressman Tim Huelskamp, a Republican, announcing that he plans to attend an anti-abortion rally Friday outside the former Wichita clinic of abortion provider Dr. George Tiller.

If a conservative Republican like Huelskamp says the benchmark should be how society treats its weakest members, then he should be on the hook for hundreds of millions more for welfare, education, jobless benefits and other social service programs that have suffered in recent years.

• “The big grand bargain is not going to happen. We’re going to take this with baby steps if we get anything and explain how we’re slowly solving the problem.” — Oklahoma Congressman James Lankford, a Republican and member of House Republican leadership.

Lankford was talking about the news that fellow GOP Congressman Paul Ryan, who heads the House Budget Committee, and Washington Sen. Patty Murray, a Democrat who leads the Senate budget panel, appear to be closing in on a bipartisan budget deal. This is a significant development indeed, even if it’s “baby steps” instead of a landmark proposal.

• “I didn’t say I was holier than thou. I said I tried. I never denied that I used marijuana.” — former President Bill Clinton on Fusion TV resurrecting an old issue that’s dogged him for years.

Clinton, of course, famously once said he never inhaled, which produced guffaws from Boston to San Diego. In the Fusion interview, Clinton said he told the truth and that he thought his remarks were funny. So, there ya go.


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