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TheChat: Claire McCaskill says Donald Trump should undergo a daily public weigh-in


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“We think a public daily weigh-in is called for.” — Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, speaking about Donald Trump in the wake of Trump’s remarks about the weight of ex-Miss Universe Alicia Machado.

McCaskill tweeted that she and the other Democratic women senators had talked and that they were “concerned about Donald’s weight. “Campaign stress?” McCaskill wrote. “We think a public daily weigh-in is called for.” (link via

▪ “64 percent.” — the percentage of Missourians in a new poll who said they backed Amendment 2, which would re-establish campaign donation limits in the state.

Just 24 percent said they opposed the move, according to the survey by a Republican political consulting company. The same poll found Democrat Chris Koster leading Republican Eric Greitens by 51-35 percent.

▪ “I think SNL — frankly, a lot of the comedy in the country — matters because my kids are in their 20s, and they don’t get traditional news.” — McCaskill talking about the influence of “Saturday Night Live” on political discourse.

Turns out the cast of SNL gathered Monday night to watch the first presidential debate together. Look for a spoof this weekend.

▪ “They’re just common folk to me.” — Kansas Statehouse snack shop manager Kathy Dawson, who plans to resign next month, speaking about lawmakers she’s served.

The operator of the third-floor snack shop is an important person in the Capitol. Said Dawson of legislators: “I know the ones I can talk to, I know the ones I can kid around with, but I also know the ones I can’t. And there are some you cannot, and I’ve stubbed my toe more than once.”