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TheChat: Emanuel Cleaver calls for a study of suicide rates among black children


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▪ “The consequences for our children are more than dire—they are deadly.” — Missouri Congressman Emanuel Cleaver in a statement Thursday about a recent study that revealed that the suicide rate among black children has nearly doubled in recent years.

Cleaver wrote President Barack Obama calling for a task force to examine the issue. In his letter, Cleaver noted that the study was the first time that any national survey found a higher suicide rate for blacks than for whites of any age group.

▪ “When The Kansas City Star (report) came out, that’s when we realized, ‘Oh, crud. There was a lot more.’ It was totally inappropriate for him to send any texts like that.” — Missouri state Rep. Charlie Davis, a Webb City Republican, on the impact of The Star’s reporting on the content of messages sent between former House Speaker John Diehl and a legislative intern.

In a closed-door meeting of Republicans to determine Diehl’s fate last week, two GOPers reportedly swung the debate against the speaker: Reps. Jay Barnes of Jefferson City and Paul Curtman of Pacific. Davis acknowledged that Barnes and Curtman changed a lot of minds.

▪ “I love my brother, and people are just going to have to get over that. That’s just the way it is.” — Jeb Bush in New Hampshire addressing the “Bush issue,” meaning the suggestion that a Jeb Bush presidency would be a repeat of his brother’s eight years.

“I have a life journey, my own — one that sets me apart in some ways,” Bush told the crowd. He also said: “I’m a Bush. I’m proud of it.” The issue is proving stickier than some observers expected.

▪ “My refrigerator broke down. That was $3,000. I had to replace the air-conditioning unit in our home. My kids all go to school, and they are getting closer to college, and school’s getting more expensive.” — Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a 2016 presidential candidate, on why he cashed out nearly $70,000 in retirement funds in September, a move seen as a little desperate.

Rubio isn’t one of the most wealthy senators — not by a long shot. He’s faced allegations before over his use of a Republican Party credit card for personal expenses.