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TheChat: Donald Trump reveals just how challenging his life has been


No more hot dogs for this boy.

▪ “My whole life, really, has been a `no,’ and I fought through it. And, you, know, I talk about it. It’s not been easy for me, it has not been easy for me. You know, I started off in Brooklyn. My father gave me a small loan of a million dollars. I came into Manhattan, and I had to pay him back, and I had to pay him back with interest. But I came into Manhattan and I started buying properties, and I did great.” — Donald Trump, at a town hall-style event in New Hampshire hosted by the “Today” show when asked if he’s ever been told “no.”

‘Nuf said.

▪ “That’s what Doanld Trump is.” — former Missouri Sen. Jack Danforth comparing Trump to reality TV.

Danforth, a Republican, isn’t a huge fan. A member of the Commission on Presidential Debates, Danforth can’t take part in presidential politics. But in the past, he’s expressed support for Jeb Bush and John Kasich.

▪ “Disturbed.” — Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill on a report that a Navy admiral allegedly retaliated against whistleblowers and faced no reprisal.

Rear Adm. Brian Losey was investigated five times by the Defense Department’s inspector general who recommended that the Navy discipline him for violating whistleblower-protection laws. The Navy reviewed the findings, but didn’t believe they rose to the level of misconduct. So Losey is about to be promoted to two-star admiral. McCaskill has become a champion of whistleblowers because they bring accountability to government.

▪ “It’s hard enough sometimes with one complex bill to understand the implications and consequences. Try multiplying that by 10 when you don’t know what’s in any of the bills. The likelihood that most members are even marginally well-informed on the votes we are asked to cast on these multi-bundled bills is slim.” — Kansas state Rep. John Rubin, a Shawnee Republican, who’s battling the legislative tactic of “bundling” popular bills with those that likely can’t pass on their own.

Rubin is trying to reform what he believes are out-of-date legislative practices, such as bundling and floor debates that run past midnight. He’s met with stiff opposition.