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Barbara Boxer takes on Dick Cheney over Iraq

California Sen. Barbara Boxer
California Sen. Barbara Boxer

“That is sick.” — California Sen. Barbara Boxer, a Democrat, responding to Vice President Dick Cheney’s recent criticism of how President Obama has handled Iraq.

Speaking on CBS, Boxer placed the blame back on Cheney and former Secretary of State Condi Rice. She said this country has “no appetite” for more military involvement in Iraq. “The American people don’t want it, the president doesn’t want it, the saner voices in the Senate and the House don’t want it,” she said.

“Lots of people still have the memory of 1992. MoDOT asked for a second chance with the statewide transportation implementation plan, and they have delivered so far. Now, they are asking the public for another opportunity to deliver on these new promises.” — Missouri state Sen. Mike Kehoe, a Jefferson City Republican.

Kehoe was addressing recent history, which suggests that MoDOT fell short of delivering on its promises in a 1992 campaign to expand and improve the state’s highway network. The department is back this year seeking a three-quarters-cent boost in the sales tax to fund the highway program, and Kehoe is backing the proposal. (link courtesy of

“If we've gone from $700 million down to $300 million, now we're essentially back up to $700 million, is in fact the fiscal situation of state deteriorating?” — Kansas Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, a Topeka Democrat.

Hensley was commenting on the state’s recent decision to borrow $675 million to better manage cash flow during the budget year starting in July. He said last year state officials made a big point of saying the state only had to borrow $300 million and that was viewed as a sign the state was headed in the right direction.

“The United States would like to see the Iraqi people find leadership that is prepared to represent all of the people of Iraq.” — Secretary of State John Kerry in Cairo Sunday signaling that the U.S. is open to the selection of a new prime minister there.

Kerry stressed in a session with reporters that the U.S. is not in the business of picking new leaders. But he said that too many people are unhappy with the country’s leadership. That includes the Kurds, Sunnis and some Shiites as well as some religious leaders.