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Rep. Lacy Clay: Too many black men are killed after interacting with police

Fair warning: If you’re a Democrat, don’t read the final two quotes today.

“Across America today, we have too many Michael Browns; we have too many unarmed young black men who interact with police and wind up dead.” — Missouri Congressman Lacy Clay, a Democrat, speaking on the House floor about the unrest in Ferguson. (link via

Clay said there are too many communities in this country like Ferguson, and he hoped the events there spark a “long overdue national conversation” on race.

“What I’m hoping to hear from the president today is a strategy that goes after ISIS, and destroys them.” — House Speaker John Boehner at a news conference Tuesday about the need for military action against ISIS.

CNN reported Tuesday that senior lawmakers of both parties were saying that a congressional vote on launching military action isn’t in the cards. Get a load of the reason: Taking a vote on a hot issue like this before the mid-term elections is dangerous politically. The president is to address ISIS tonight in a speech to the nation.

“Americans indicate that these negative attitudes will increase their probability of voting this fall, and history suggests it is more likely that Democrats than Republicans will suffer as a result, given Democratic control of the White House.” — a Gallup poll analysis of new findings that showed that only 14 percent of Americans approve of the job Congress is doing.

This all amounts to yet another reason why Democrats should be nervous about this fall’s elections.

“I am now expecting a substantial Republican Senate wave in November, with a net gain of at least seven seats. But I wouldn’t be shocked by a larger gain.” — political analyst Stu Rothenberg writing in Roll Call.

The reason: The combination of Barack Obama’s unpopularity and a midtern election, which almost always portends bad news for the sitting president’s party.