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▪ “He’s one of the prolific voices in social justice ministries in America. He really sets the bar for what it looks like to do social justice ministries.” — Cassandra Gould, an organizer of the African American Clergy Coalition of Mid-Missouri conference in September that’s bringing in President Obama’s former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

Wright, of course, became a polarizing figure when Obama was running for president in 2008 for a series of controversial statements, one of which included the idea that America had practically invited the Sept. 11th attacks because of its actions overseas.

▪ “You know what’s happening to Jeb’s crowd just down the street? They’re sleeping!” — Donald Trump jabbing Jeb Bush in New Hampshire as the two GOP presidential candidates held dueling rallies.

The Washington Post’s headline on the twin events says it all: “Bush and Trump face off in N.H. — and The Donald is winning.” But for how much longer?

▪ “This whole hearing process is based on a series of lies. It drives me insane that our legislature would spend their time in this blatant witch hunt rather than just make the policy decisions that they want to make.” — Ed Weisbart, a doctor at Washington University, questioning why Missouri General Assembly committees were investigating Planned Parenthood based on unreliable video evidence concerning fetal tissue sales.

But Republicans held their ground, saying there was nothing wrong with asking questions. (link courtesy of

▪ “A letter from the board was sent in late July. I recall it states the matter is now closed. It would be an error to report that there is no such correspondence.” — Mark Stafford, the lawyer for Dr. Milton Wolf, the 2014 U.S. Senate candidate in Kansas who’s flirting with another run in 2016, on whether Wolf was cleared of allegations by the state’s Board of Healing Arts.

The allegations have to do with Facebook posts Wolf made years ago that involved gruesome images of patients. A standoff is underway here. The media is looking for proof that Wolf has been cleared. The board apparently is prohibited by law from providing that proof. And Wolf isn’t releasing the letter that Stafford mentions. The Buzz’s two cents: This matter needs to be cleared up if Wolf is going to proceed with a second Senate campaign.