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BuzzChatter Christmas Day: Clinton looks ahead to a busy 2014

Politicians talk so much that there are even quotes for Christmas:

• “So much to do.” — Hillary Clinton on Twitter Tuesday.

The former secretary of state also said she was looking forward to 2014, the year during which she’s said she’d decide whether to run for president again. She would be formidable, but the thinking here is that Clinton is no slam dunk for the White House in 2016, especially if Gov. Christie can wrestle the GOP nomination from a batch of conservative rivals.

• “We are sacrificing all of this on the spurious claim that it was necessary to do this to pass Boeing, which I think is demonstratively false.” — Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder

complaining about a decision

to delay approval for millions of dollars in tax credits for low-income housing apparently in exchange for approval of $1.7 billion in tax incentives to Boeing Co. over two decades.

Kinder, a Republican, was joined by Democratic Sen. Jamilah Nasheed and others who objected to the delay of the tax credits. They held a news conference in St. Louis to tell the world as much. Kinder said the staff of Gov. Jay Nixon sought the delay in connection with an apparent agreement with Republican senators who had threatened to delay passage of the tax breaks for Boeing. What’s unknown here is whether the supposed agreement with the conservative senators enabled the tax incentives for Boeing to pass. And if that’s the case, was it worth it? In theory, Kinder may be suggesting the state should not have gone ahead with the Boeing deal, although he says he supports it.

• “What the [Obama] White House communications shop has done is arguably in violation of the president’s commitment to openness and transparency and accountability. They want to control the message.” — CNN’s Jake Tapper at a POLITICO Playbook event last week.

The media continues to be in an uproar over the lack-of-access issue. The latest violation, at least according to the press: The lack of access to the president when he flew to South Africa for Nelson Mandela’s funeral. Other groups are upset over what they call incomplete Freedom of Information Act responses. The public tends to think the media is in love with the Obama crowd. The reality these days is something very different.

• “And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them; and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” — from the holiday greeting of Missouri Congressman Vicky Hartzler.

Enjoy your day.