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Rand Paul's Staff Calls Ted Cruz 'Chief of Wacko Birds'

November 5, 2013

Steve Kraske, The Kansas City Star

The political yak on this Monday morning:

-- "Chief of the wacko birds." -- the staff of Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul referring to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a fellow Republican, according to a piece by Jonathan Martin of The New York Times.

Martin's story chronicled the growing rivalry between the two conservative senators as Republicans start to look toward 2016.

-- "This is not about conspiracy, this is about transparency." -- Jefferson Morley, a former Washington Post reporter and author who's neck-deep in a decade-long lawsuit against the CIA, seeking release of the closed documents related to the assassination of President Kennedy.

Thousands of pages of documents about the 50-years-ago assassination remain closed, and historians, conspiracy buffs and others are puzzled why the government -- seemingly inexplicably -- won't release them.

-- "I don't think there's any shame in saying we didn't anticipate this one glitch." -- former White House senior adviser David Axelrod on NBC's "Meet the Press" refusing to acknowledge that President Barack Obama erred when he said Americans could keep their health care plan if they liked it.

A simple admission that he made a mistake could get this latest Affordable Care Act controversy behind the president. But Axelrod and the administration refuse to budge on that point.

-- "Run Hillary run." -- New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, a Democrat, urging his fellow New Yorker during a speech in Iowa to run for president in 2016.

Schumer, who was relentless in his successful pursuit of Claire McCaskill to run for Senate in 2006 two years after her loss for Missouri governor, painted Hillary Clinton as the Democrats' best hope for defeating the tea party.


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