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TheChat: Sen. Pat Roberts vents his fury over the possible closing of Gitmo

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▪ ”I have gone head to head with this administration on many issues but none, are as close to my core as my strong belief and commitment to protecting the United States, the people of Kansas, and all Americans.” — Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts on new signals that the Obama administration wants to close the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba.

Prisoners could be moved to Leavenworth, and Roberts is vigorously fighting that possibility. President Obama reportedly has not ruled out the option of using executive action to close the prison and transfer its remaining detainees to the U.S. Said Roberts, a Republican, in a statement Thursday: “I will not stand for this president or any future president to threaten our security that way. The only conscientious way forward on this issue is to maintain detention at Guantanamo Bay. To do otherwise would be a violation of U.S. law and a violation of the will of the American people.”

▪ ”It’s just good police work.” — Missouri Highway Patrol spokesman Lt. Paul Reinsch explaining one reason why crime continues to drop in Missouri.

In fact, crime has fallen by nearly 20 percent from 2010-2014. Another factor, Reinsch said, is education and asking for the public’s help to solve crimes.

▪ ”He was so excited for KC. He loved the way we played & said how fun of a team we were to watch.” — Royals manager Ned Yost on Twitter describing the congratulatory phone call he received from Obama.

Count the 44th president among the legions of Royals fans that stretch from sea to shining sea.

▪  “We’re talking about increases in price that range from 5,000 percent to 625 percent, with the only thing that has occurred is changing the label that is put on the drug.” — Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill on why the Senate Special Committee on Aging is investigating drug pricing.

A Democrat, McCaskill said some of the most dramatic price increases occurred when companies acquired a particular drug and dramatically increased the price. Seniors account for 13 percent of the population and 34 percent of all prescription medication used, the senator’s office said.

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