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Holder blames racism for opposition to Obama, himself

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“There's a certain level of vehemence, it seems to me, that's directed at me (and) directed at the President. ... There's a certain racial component to this for some people.” — Attorney General Eric Holder on ABC.

Holder, again, threw down the gauntlet on race and stood by comments he made in 2009 in which he said America was a “nation of cowards” on race. He questioned a spate of new voter identification laws and said they were aimed at disenfranchising minority voters. Reaction from the right was swift. Wall Street Journal opinion writer Jason L. Riley wrote in an editorial Monday that the willingness of the Obama administration to stoke racial divisions for political gain “is astounding.”

“I cannot condone putting firearms in the hands of educators who should be focused on teaching our kids.” — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on vetoing a bill Monday that would have allowed school districts to designate teachers as “school protection officers” authorized to carry concealed firearms in classrooms.

But lawmakers may be able to override the veto when they return to Jefferson City in September. The gun bill passed with 111 votes, and 20 legislators were absent that day. An override requires 109 votes.

“I know he’s ruffled feathers.” — former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and possible 2016 presidential candidate Rick Santorum on Monday in Olathe speaking about fellow Republican Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback.

Santorum insisted that Brownback was a warrior who slays dragons. But has the governor ruffled too many feathers? That’s the question before Kansas voters.

“It keeps life interesting,. It keeps him fresh. It gives him new ideas to think about.” — White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett on the increasing number of dinner parties crowding President Obama’s social calendar these days.

As the president’s daughters get older, Obama has more time on his schedule for get-togethers. The president prefers conversations with intellectuals to those with politicians. And he apparently is enjoying them.