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TheChat: Jeb Bush defends his brother against Donald Trump

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Welcome to the 292nd day of the year.

▪ “How pathetic for @realDonaldTrump to criticize the president for 9/11. We were attacked & my brother kept us safe.” — Jeb Bush in a tweet refuting Donald Trump’s charge that President George W. Bush was responsible for the Sept. 11th attacks.

Trump was adamant. “The World Trade Center came down during his reign,” he said. The problem for Jeb Bush: Once again, he’s forced to defend the actions of his brother. That’s not where he wants to be.

▪ “More than a hundred million taxpayer dollars have for years been collecting dust at the EPA.” — Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill telling the Environmental Protection Agency to return $137 million of previously earmarked —but unspent — taxpayer dollars to the U.S. Treasury.

McCaskill, a Democrat and former state auditor, is working with Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, a Republican, on the matter. McCaskill is a long-standing opponent of earmarks. She said returning the money to the treasury would assure taxpayers that their money isn’t being wasted.

▪ “In Kansas we recognize that the problem of aliens registering and voting is a serious one.” — Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach defending his office against criticism (scroll down to last quote) from Democrat Hillary Clinton for what she said was his office’s “harsh” voting restrictions.

Kobach said his crackdown on illegal voters is working and justifies the tougher voter registration identification requirements he’s helped put in place. Kobach said his office has already identified more than 30 illegal immigrants who had successfully registered to vote or were in the process of registering. “And that’s just the tip of the iceberg,” he said. The Buzz’s two cents: He’ll need a lot more than 30 to justify his actions.

▪ “They’re very involved.” — Heather Stancil, co-chair of the Madison County Iowa Republicans, on Donald Trump’s field operation.

The point: Trump has built a modern-day campaign even in small-town Iowa. The infrastructure he’s established is designed to help him stay the course in a race that he continues to lead.