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TheChat: Sen. Claire McCaskill offers Speaker John Boehner a hat tip

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Congratulations. It’s Friday.

▪ “We should reward Speaker Boehner for working with the Democrats and finding a compromise by saying, ‘Way to go.’” — Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, speaking of the GOP House speaker who worked across the aisle on a Medicare bill that deals with doctor payments. (link via

Interesting idea here, and one that we should hear more often. When leaders like Boehner reach across the aisle, there should be more acknowledgment of the feat in partisan, gridlocked D.C.

▪ “Just stupidity. I just assumed that he was Jewish.” — Missouri GOP chair John Hancock responding to a question about why he thought former Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich was Jewish.

Hancock is clinging to his chairmanship despite calls for him to resign in the wake of Schweich’s death. He continues to maintain his innocence when it comes to an alleged whispering campaign. “I didn’t do anything wrong,” he said.

▪ “Together we will build on our past success and not jeopardize funding because of flaws in the previous formula.” — Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback in a statement as he signed a bill that turns the school-funding formula into a system of block grants.

Lots of controversy over this new plan. Lots of angst. Lots of uncertainty, too, as lawmakers continue to offer contrasting visions of exactly what this bill means for schools.

▪ “In the coming days.” — a spokesman for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz on when the GOP presidential candidate will decide whether he’ll sign up for the Affordable Care Act.

As we reported here earlier this week in The Buzz, Cruz was planning to sign up for Obamacare, a law he’s vigorously opposed, because his wife is giving up the family’s health care plan to join her husband on the campaign trail. Now Cruz appears to be wavering on whether he’ll actually sign up for the federal health care program.