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TheChat: McCaskill rips National Guard 'betrayal'

Welcome to Monday.

“This kind of betrayal of the public trust is outrageous, and dishonors the uniform of our brave National Guardsmen.” — Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill on the decision by two retired Army National Guard officials and a civilian to plead guilty in a bribery scheme involving millions of dollars in contracts for marketing and recruiting.

McCaskill has held hearings on the Guard's recruiting efforts. She said the indictments fit into a pattern of wasteful spending by the Guard.

“We never bend. We never break. We never stop. And we always rebuild. That's why I'm here with you today.” — Vice President Joe Biden in Joplin Friday for the dedication of a new high school.

The ceremony celebrated new beginnings and recalled the city’s sad chapter following a killer May 2011 tornado that destroyed the old school and a big swath of the city. Also on hand for the emotional event was Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon. (link via

“She is working to help Democrats win in order to help protect core Democratic values. That is the goal.” — Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill about a mid-term campaign blitz that Hillary Clinton has planned for this month.

Clinton plans a major focus on the Senate where she served for eight years. The objective is to keep the chamber in Democratic hands. And yes, this is another sign of an impending Clinton presidential campaign. Thanks for noticing.

“I may just jump in to get to make these arguments.” — South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham to the Weekly Standard on his interest in running for president in 2016.

Graham, a Republican and a foreign policy hawk, has called for air strikes in Iraq and Syria to fight terrorism and is frustrated with President Barack Obama’s less aggressive approach. Graham is close to Arizona Sen. John McCain who made his own presidential run in 2008.