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▪ “Confident.” — outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder, saying he expects his office to announce the findings of a Justice Department investigation into the shooting of Michael Brown before he steps away from the job. (link courtesy of

Lots of powerful people, including Gov. Jay Nixon, Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder and Sen. Roy Blunt, have called for the release of those findings since Brown was shot to death in August. It’s expected that the Senate will confirm his likely successor, Loretta Lynch, within a few weeks, meaning that the release of Holder’s report isn’t far off.

▪ “We are not at war with Islam. We are at war with people who have perverted Islam.” — President Barack Obama speaking at his summit Wednesday on countering violent extremism.

Obama insisted that al Qaeda and ISIS do not count religious leaders among their members. “They are terrorists,” he said. He also said the U.S. is not at war with Islam. “We are at war with people who have perverted Islam.”

▪ “We have to develop a strategy that’s global that takes them out.” — Republican Jeb Bush outlining his plans for taking on the Islamic State.

Speaking in Chicago Wednesday, Bush insisted that he was his “own man,” a reference to his father and brother who were presidents. But unlike his father and brother who took very hawkish stands on Iraq, Bush stopped sort of offering a specific solution for how to proceed in the region.

▪ “You're not raising taxes on the liquor industry. You're raising the taxes on all your constituents.” — Tuck Duncan, a lobbyist for the Kansas Wine and Spirits Wholesalers Association. on Wednesday at a hearing on Gov. Sam Brownback’s plan to increase liquor taxes.

Only two people backed the idea while a wave of people opposed it, including Duncan. Even a normally staunch Brownback ally, the Kansas Chamber of Commerce, came out in opposition.