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BuzzChat Mon: Feinstein demands that Putin stand up and be heard

07/20/2014 9:00 PM

07/20/2014 4:59 PM

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“Man up.” — California Sen. Dianne Feinstein on CNN to Russian President Vladimir Putin urging him to speak out about what happened to the downed Malaysian airliner in Ukraine.

The California Democrat added: “I would say, 'Putin, you have to man up. You should talk to the world. You should say, if this is a mistake, which I hope it was, say it.’”

“Ridiculous and delusional.” — South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham on Secretary of State John Kerry’s foreign policy views.

Speaking on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Graham challenged Kerry’s contention that the U.S. has “never been more engaged in helping to lead in more places than we are now.” Graham, a Republican, insisted that the U.S. is “leading from behind” and that’s not working. “The world is adrift. And President Obama has become the king of indecision,” Graham said.

“They started this stuff.” — Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch to The Washington Post on Democrats who, Hatch said, ignited the judicial wars in connection with the confirmation of judges in the U.S. Senate. (link via johncombest.com).

Hatch, a Republican, was referring to the Democrats’ treatment of Judge Robert Bork in the 1980s who had been nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court. Hatch spoke shortly after the Senate confirmed Judge Ronnie White of Missouri to the federal bench after rejecting him the first time in 1999 following a bitter fight.

“The biggest problem was me, of course, because I was saying what I thought.” — former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean on Saturday reflecting on his losing 2004 race for the White House at Netroots Nation, the annual progressive gathering.

Dean, of course, was the front-runner for much of the Democratic primary race — until voters starting casting ballots. Dean also said, “When I first got in, I had no idea how mean everybody was going to be.”

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