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▪  “There’s a quiet and consistency there I like, and I generally agree with his views.” — Jeb Bush talking about Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas who was his father’s controversial pick in 1991.

Speaking at the conservative National Review Institute's ideas summit in Washington last week, Bush described another conservative jurist, Antonin Scalia, as “far and away the most interesting opinion writer" on the court.

▪ “We’re continuing to see a decrease in incidents, an increase in reporting, and increased confidence in commanders—all indicators of victim confidence that are very encouraging.” — Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill on the Pentagon’s latest Annual Report on Sexual Assault in the Military.

A Democrat, McCaskill championed sweeping reforms of military sexual assault. The report shows that the nation is now on the right track, she said, although concerns remain over retaliation against victims.

▪ “They’re both trying to pitch themselves as candidates who will be agreeable to all factions of the party. They’re both trying to pull off the same trick.” — University of New Hampshire political scientist Dante Scala on the battle between Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio in the 2016 race for the GOP presidential nomination.

Both men are trying to emerge as the “bridge” candidate who can appeal to both conservatives and more traditional Republicans.

▪ “They’ll do whatever they can to put the load on low and moderate income Kansans. They’ll want them to carry the load so that they can keep tax breaks for the wealthy.” — Kansas Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, a Topeka Democrat, on the news that Republican may lower a key tax break for poor Kansans.

GOP lawmakers are looking at a sharp cut to the Earned Income Tax Credit, although one leading Republican said current proposals probably cut too much and won’t pass in their current form.