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TheChat: President Obama picked Wall Street over families, Elizabeth Warren says

Good morning.

“His economic team picked Wall Street.” — Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren criticizing President Barack Obama for siding with bankers and brokers over average citizens in the wake of the 2008 economic meltdown.

Her comments echoed remarks she made in her book this year. She also praised the president for protecting the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which she once proposed.

“`Republicans for Orman’ is nothing but a sham and an attempt to dupe Kansas voters.” — Corry Bliss, the campaign manager for Republican Sen. Pat Roberts, dismissing independent Senate candidate Greg Orman’s new ad that touts Orman’s GOP support.

We’re getting into campaign crunch time, and Bliss’ over-the-top rhetoric reflects that. Dupe Kansas voters? It is what it is, Corry.

“What we have said is that the experience will be better. It will not be perfect.” — Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell on the goal of providing a positive experience for potential Obamacare customers this year.

Burwell and other HHS officials are focusing on downplaying expectations, which is the opposite approach taken by former HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and other Obama administration officials in the past. Given Sebelius’ experience, this is undoubtedly a smart move.

“There are worrying signs that climate change will create serious risks to stability in our own hemisphere.” — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, speaking Monday at a summit meeting of defense ministers in Peru.

Hagel said the risk involves strained water supplies and further devastation from hurricanes.