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TheChat: Does the White House Easter Bunny give you the willies?

The president and the bunny
The president and the bunny

Good morning:

▪ “Why is the White House Easter Bunny always so creepy?” — headline on a Washington Post story about the human-sized Easter Bunny that’s always hanging around the president.

The Post apparently was creeped out by the bunny’s “perma-smile” and “wide, unseeing eyes.”

▪ “Were it not for the transformative love of Jesus Christ, I would've been raised by a single mom without my father in the house.” — Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz in the first ad of the primary season.

Turns out that Cruz’s father abandoned the family, but later returned after he “gave his life to Jesus,” Cruz once said. The ad will air on Fox.

▪  “Four billion dollars of federal tax dollars — those are the taxes you paid that Missouri is entitled to — has been turned away. The Missouri Legislature has said, ‘No, we don’t want our $4 billion.’” — Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, at a town hall meeting in Farmington, Mo.

The General Assembly’s unwillingness to expand Medicaid was one of the first issues mentioned at the forum. McCaskill said she was frustrated by the reticence of Republican lawmakers to accept the money because rural hospitals are closing and jobs have been lost.

▪ “It's improper. And it violates the strict interpretation of the constitution.” — deputy Missouri state Auditor Harry Otto about an audit that found that the state Transportation Department misspent $7 million in highway funds.

Money meant to be spent on fixing highways was instead spent on safety grants and to settle employee discrimination lawsuits. That’s a no-no, Otto said.