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TheChat: Mike Pompeo says the U.S. does not need a king


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▪ “It’s time that the president finally realize that our founding fathers did not want a king, and the American people don’t want a president who acts like one.” — Kansas Congressman Mike Pompeo of Wichita on President Barack Obama who is threatening to move prisoners from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to the U.S. and possibly Fort Leavenworth.

Pompeo, a Republican, insists that such a move is illegal. He pointed out that Obama’s own attorney general, Loretta Lynch, also regards the move as against the law.

▪ “Everybody's on edge in the whole world....but being on edge doesn't mean we should change our basic values — doesn't mean we should change what makes American great.” — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon defending his opposition to closing the state to Syrian refugees.

Nixon, a Democrat who’s not seeking re-election, is bucking a trend that has swept up 30 others governors, mostly Republicans, who are attempting to prevent the Obama administration from allowing Syrian refugees from settling within their states in the wake of the Paris attacks.

▪ “For too long the Americans who live in and visit their nation's capital have been prevented from defending themselves and their loved ones. No longer should our citizens have to choose between safety or visiting Washington, D.C.” — GOP presidential candidate Rand Paul on the need to loosen gun laws in the District of Columbia.

Paul on Thursday said he would introduce a bill to remove existing firearm laws in the District, and require the District to issue and grant reciprocity for concealed weapons permits for residents and non-residents.

▪ “We definitely need to secure those funds (so) that we are not leaving that money on the table.” — Missouri state Rep. Glen Kolkmeyer on his plans to file a bill to increase the gasoline tax by two cents a gallon.

If that doesn’t happen, the state is in danger of losing federal matching funds, Kolkmeyer said. (link courtesy of