Government & Politics

BuzzChat Mon: Albright sums up the world in a single word

It’s a new week, and we’re off to a great start.

“The world is a mess.” — Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on Sunday’s “Face the Nation.”

Israel. The Palestinians. Ukraine. Russia. Putin. Syria. Libya. How’s that for a list? Albright praised one of her successors, John Kerry, for his hustle around the globe and added, “There are an awful lot of things going on that need understanding and explanation.”

“We’re not urging people to smoke pot anymore than we are for them to drink alcohol or smoke cigarettes. It’s just that making it illegal was creating a social cost for the country that was absolutely unacceptable.” — New York Times Editorial Page Editor Andrew Rosenthal on Sunday during an interview on ABC's “This Week.”

On Saturday, the Times editorial board endorsed the end of the federal ban on marijuana. The board called for federal restrictions on those under 21 and for states to determine their own policies for those 21 and older.

“Let’s trim me up here.” — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon to 86-year-old Larry Horstdaniel, a Jefferson City barber and Korean war veteran.

Nixon recognized Horstdaniel with a medal on the 60th anniversary of the Korean war. Horstdaniel spent 30 minutes filling in Nixon on his sometimes harrowing war experiences. (link courtesy of

“There’s been a lot of discussion, and I don’t think anybody’s come up with any great answers about why the number is growing.” — Bruce Linhos, executive director of the Kansas Children's Alliance, on the record number of children in state custody.

Some say state policies are straining poor families while a Department of Children and Families spokesman blamed heightened awareness and reporting of child abuse and neglect.