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TheChat: Emanuel Cleaver hails new recognition for World War I soldiers


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▪ “It has taken far too long for us to adequately honor the more than 4 million men and women from the United States who served during World War I.” — Kansas City Congressman Emanuel Cleaver on the creation of a series of commemorative stamps to be issued in memory of World War I.

World War I has special significance to Kansas City given the location of the National World War I Museum here.

▪ “It is bizarre that Congress can limit what an individual can contribute to a candidate, but, according to the Supreme Court, it cannot limit what an individual or corporation contributes to a super PAC.” — former Missouri Sen. Jack Danforth on Wednesday coming out in opposition to the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling, which allows corporations to spend unlimited sums on politics.

Danforth, a Republican made a little news in his speech at the Truman Library. His is yet another voice in a rising chorus of opposition to the court ruling.

▪ “As we have stated many times, our campaign finances were conducted in full compliance with applicable law and ethics regulations.” — a joint statement from Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer.

The federal government walked away from an investigation involving loans from Colyer to Brownback’s re-election campaign. The result: “No federal charges are expected to be filed,” a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s office said.

▪ “The fact is, she was there when this thing was launched and she was extolling it when she left.” — David Axelrod, a former senior adviser to President Barack Obama, on Hillary Clinton’s flip on the trade deal now before Congress.

Clinton now faces challengers in her bid to win the Democratic nomination. So the trade bill she once backed is a trade bill she now opposes. Clinton could‘ve helped Obama in recent days rally Democrats to the bill’s cause. She didn’t do that.