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July 17, 2014

BuzzChatter Fri: Don’t worry too much about Jay Carney

And...one of the great thinkers about leadership, James MacGregor Burns, has died

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The facts, faces and hum of local politics with Steve Kraske and Dave Helling

Happy Friday.

“I’d venture to say he’s not going to be starving.” — former CNN correspondent Bob Franken on former White House press secretary Jay Carney’s future job prospects.

Carney should be just fine. He just signed on with the Washington Speakers Bureau and should command $100,000 a speech to share White House anecdotes and analysis of the 2016 presidential race.

“Leadership, in short, is power governed by principle, directed toward raising people to their highest levels of personal motive and social morality. Power is different. Power manipulates people as they are; leadership as they could be. Power manages; leadership mobilizes. Power impacts; leadership engages. Power tends to corrupt, leadership to create.” — political scientist and historian James MacGregor Burns who died Tuesday.

Burns was a giant, and his words are well worth reading. Besides books on leadership, Burns wrote presidential biographies and meaty books about the U.S. political system.

“Is the only immigration bill we’re going to have one that hurts children?” — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in an interview with The New York Times opposing President Barack Obama’s plans to make the deportation of children flowing into the southern United States easier.

The influx of 57,000 children from Central America is forcing the president to recalibrate his plans to use executive action to reshape the nation’s immigration system.

“Hell to pay.” — Arizona Sen. John McCain vowing that’s what will happen if it’s learned that the Russian military or separatists shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 on Thursday.

He added that it’s also too early to leap to conclusions. But he’s right. If this act was intentional, look out.

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