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TheChat: Sen. Claire McCaskill warns Republicans not to go too far on Keystone


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▪ “Overreach.” — Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, warning Republicans not to do precisely that when it comes to altering the Keystone XL pipeline bill.

McCaskill, who supports the controversial measure now, told reporters that could change if Republicans go too far in amending the measure. Republicans, she said, need to make good on their promise to work with Democrats as the GOP takes control of the chamber. (link courtesy of

▪ “From a selfish standpoint, it is terrific for Missouri agriculture.” — McCaskill extolling the virtues of President Barack Obama’s decision to normalize relations with Cuba.

The senator repeated the president’s rationale for the change, saying America’s policy on Cuba “has been in place for over five decades” and “has not worked in terms of helping the people of Cuba.”

▪ “Disdain for children of color.” — Missouri state Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, a Democrat, explaining why she was calling for the resignation or impeachment of Gov. Jay Nixon.

Chappelle-Nadal, regarded as something of a loose canon, filed a legislative “remonstrance” in a bid to, as she put it, set the tone for the session. The senator has served as Nixon’s chief critic when it comes to his handling of the Ferguson crisis.

▪ “Do you have a father? Do you have a brother? Are you the same person?” — an unnamed source to Hearst Connecticut Media quoting remarks Jeb Bush made in the state Wednesday night. Bush was defending himself against charges that a Jeb Bush presidency would be just like his brother’s and father’s.

Bush also reportedly said, in a shot at Hillary Clinton, that a campaign “based about ‘90s nostalgia” won’t be successful. Here we go again, folks...