A slow news day Monday, but not slow enough to stop us:
• “We’ve got to get to where you can compare the two perspectives, Republican and Democrat.” — House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, a Republican from California,to The Washington Post
on the need for a united GOP voice on fixing the nation’s health-care system.
More than three years after President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law, Republicans are still working on contrasting the law with their idea for what it should be. GOP leaders are planning — for the first time — to get behind a single set of principles and present it as their vision. That this plan has little chance of becoming law suggests that it really is a mid-term election campaign issue aimed at further boosting Republican prospects.
• “He is highly intelligent, deeply, deeply patriotic in terms of Russia, but he sees it more in terms of the greatness of the state and the country than what happens to ordinary Russians.” — former President Bill Clintonon Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Clinton also described Putin as “always pretty transparent” and said he never “pretended to be what he wasn’t.” The best way to approach Putin, Clinton said, was to be brutally honest with him because that’s what Putin respected.
• “Start making the news a little nerdier.” — Nate Silver on his newly relaunchedFiveThirtyEight website
, which in addition to politics, will focus on economics, science, life and sports.
Silver made a name for himself by correctly forecasting the outcome of the last two presidential elections through his crunching of poll numbers. Under the umbrella of ESPN, Silver has broadened his staff to 20 and is branching out into new frontiers of what he calls “data journalism.’
• “Folks, I can’t handle the media on this. I literally cannot.” — conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh chastising the media for its focus on the missing Malaysia Airline Flight 370 and the “nameless, faceless experts all over every network, none of ‘em know anything, all advancing theories.”
For once, Rush may be spot on.
Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/03/rush-limbaugh-flight-370-malaysia-airlines-media-104742.html#ixzz2wFoJ2Jdf