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BuzzChatter Wednesday: Ol’ Harry might not like the idea of a Truman Union Station

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“I can picture him grimacing at hearing such a proposal, just a really pronounced grimace.” — Lee’s Summit historian Dennis Giangreco on how President Harry Truman would react to the idea, proposed by Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, that Washington’s Union Station be renamed after him. (link via

Giangreco is co-author, with his wife, Kathryn Moore, of “Dear Harry: Truman’s Mailroom 1945-1953: The Truman Administration Through Correspondence with Everyday Americans. Giangreco quotes Truman as once saying he hoped that roads, bridges or buildings would never be named after him.

“What he revealed in the course of violating important laws included violations of the United States Constitution that were way more serious than the crimes that he committed.” — former Vice President Al Gore on Tuesday when asked whether Edward Snowden was a traitor or a hero.

Gore, who put some distance between himself and other top Democrats on this issue, concluded that Snowden provided an important public service. Few Democrats have gone so far as to defend Snowden.

“An American tragedy that must be fixed.” — Kansas Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins, a Republican, on the House’s unanimous vote Tuesday to allow veterans to receive private-sector care if they’ve been forced wait more than 30 days for a doctor’s appointment.

How hot is this issue? The measure Jenkins is talking about, the Veterans Access to Care Act, passed 421-0.

“Looks like someone is not tending to the store at the Schodorf campaign and allowed this illegal activity to go on for several weeks.” — Clay Barker, Kansas Republican Party executive director, on allegations that the campaign of Democrat and secretary of state candidate Jean Schodorf solicited political contributions from lobbyists during the legislative session via social media. If true, that would break the law.

The state Ethics Commission met on May 28 and decided the allegations warrant an investigation. Barker was mimicking similar rhetoric that Schodorf leveled Monday against Republican incumbent Kris Kobach.