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TheChat: Pat Roberts just said the president is acting like a what?

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▪ “The president is acting like a spoiled brat.” — Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts on President Barack Obama speaking on Laura Ingraham’s radio show about immigration reform and the expectation that the president will sign an executive order allowing for some forms of amnesty for illegal immigrants.

Roberts said the president is trying to pick a fight with Congress not only about immigration, but also over the environment, the Internet and the Keystone XL pipeline. Said Roberts: “We cannot back down. That was the message of the election.”

▪ “Public safety demands that we are fully prepared for any contingency, regardless of what the St. Louis County grand jury or the U.S. Department of Justice decides.” — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon announcing Monday that he had activated the National Guard to help protect Ferguson in the wake of an expected grand jury decision on whether to indict the police officer who shot Michael Brown.

Nixon is working hard to be seen as proactive on the upcoming grand jury decision. The grand jury is not expected to formally charge Officer Darren Wilson. If that’s the decision, many expect violence to return to the streets of Ferguson.

▪ “I am not crazy about it.” — Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill on CBS’ “Face the Nation” about Obama’s expected executive order on immigration.

But McCaskill, a Democrat, also noted that 18 months ago, the Senate passed by a two-thirds majority a sweeping immigration bill that the House has refused to consider. Said McCaskill: “All (Speaker John Boehner) has to do... if he doesn't want the president to act, is take up the Senate bill, amend it, change it, put up your own bill. Let's get back to doing our work instead of just blaming the president for everything.”

▪ “What it demonstrates is that women across the state recognize that the Republican Party is the party of economic and educational opportunities.” — incoming Missouri House Speaker John Diehl on the rising number of women serving in the state House.

That number has grown from 11 in 2004 to 23 come January. Even with the increase, women make up just 26 percent of the General Assembly. (link courtesy of