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BuzzChat Friday: Clinton’s costly speaking fee has students in a lather

“The students are outraged about this.” — Elias Benjelloun, the student body president at UNLV, speaking about Hillary Clinton’s upcoming $225,000 speech at the school.

It didn’t help matters that UNLV officials plan to raise tuition by 17 percent over the next four years. Benjelloun called the $225,000 fee “reckless spending.” Student leaders have asked Clinton to return the money. No comment from Clinton's office.

“From trade to workplace flexibility, there’s no shortage of common ground where he can push his party’s leaders in the Senate to work with us. Until he provides that leadership, he is simply part of the

problem.” — House Speaker John Boehner on the June unemployment report that saw the jobless rate fall to 6.1 percent.

Believe it or not, these were relatively mild comments from Boehner, who had no choice but to be more conciliatory toward the president in the wake of the robust jobs report Thursday. The speaker typically blasts the president in the wake of these monthly findings. Not this time.

“The undisputed fact is we just haven't been growing fast as a state for a couple of decades.” — Joe Haslag, an economist at the University of Missouri-Columbia on the lower-than-expected fiscal 2014 revenue totals for the state.

Yep, revenues were down by 1 percent, and that’s never a good thing for a state government. Another measure showed that the real gross domestic product in Missouri rose by 0.8 percent in 2013, a full point lower than the national rate. Missouri's growth rate ranked 45th in the country. Ouch.

“We appreciate them.” — Mark Dugan, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s campaign manager, on how he felt about a group of Paul Davis supporters standing in the next yard as Brownback filmed a campaign commercial Wednesday in Topeka.

Dugan may not have been sincere, but it was a politically appropriate remark because it didn’t fan

the flames further.

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