* “I would say that the North Koreans do one
thing a lot, and that’s bluff.”–David
R. Stilwell, assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific
* “Russia’s successful attempt to co-opt the
Republican Party closely parallels its broad campaign to compromise right-wing
populist politicians in Europe with offers of cooperation, loans, propaganda
and disinformation campaigns. … It is highly likely that Russian money played
a significant role in the successful pro-Brexit campaign to withdraw the U.K.
from the European Union.”–Kenneth
F. McCallion, author of “Treason & Betrayal: The Rise and Fall of
* “We’re going to stay until such time as we
have a deal, or we have total victory, and they want to make a deal very badly.”–President
Donald Trump, in his unannounced
visit to American troops in Afghanistan.
* “The Republicans in the Senate and in the
House think they’re in a Parliament, and their responsibility is to a prime
minister to whom they owe party loyalty.”–Stuart Gerson, a member of the conservative group Checks &
Balances and a former campaign adviser to President George H.W. Bush.
*”Salem witches got a better deal than
this.”–South Carolina Republican Sen.
Lindsey Graham, in denouncing the House impeachment inquiry.
* “Our separation of powers, the guard rail of
our Constitution, fails when half the legislative branch abdicates its duty to
hold the executive branch accountable. The cost of this failure will endure
long beyond this presidency and is already signaling that our democracy is not
only diminished but also increasingly dysfunctional.”–Susan Rice, the national security
adviser under President Barack Obama.
* “(Trump’s) performance as president has
confirmed my worst fears: trade wars, denial of climate change, huge budget
deficits, attacks on the Federal Reserve, a chaotic White House and betrayal of
our allies abroad. Worse yet, Congressional Republicans have done little to
check Mr. Trump’s egregious behavior.”–Harvard economics Professor N. Gregory Mankiw.
* “A Moscow-loving grifter is on the loose in
the White House. Shame on the Vichy Republicans who constantly enable
(Trump).”–Republican consultant Michael
* “I think sometimes the populist left is
overrepresented in places where reporters sometimes spend a lot of time. Like
on Twitter.”–David Axelrod,
Democratic strategist and former White House aide to President Obama.
* “Undecideds almost always break toward the
challenger. It happened in 2016 to Trump.”–Amy Walter, national
editor of the Cook Political Report.
* “Any scenario where an impeached president is
trying to jam through a Supreme Court pick in an election year, in direct
defiance of the precedent Mitch McConnell set with Merrick Garland in 2016,
would rightly spark a war.”–Brian
Fallon, the co-founder and executive director of Demand Justice, a
progressive judicial nominee advocacy group.
* “It’s time to put term limits on the Supreme
Court.”–John Fund, the National Review.
* “The ugliness my jokes help reveal is why I’m
so worried about our pluralistic democracies. … Social media platforms make
it easier for people who share the same false premises to find one another, and
then the technology acts as an accelerant for toxic thinking. … Fake news
outperforms real news on social media; studies show that lies spread faster
than truth.”–Comedian Sacha Baron
Cohen in an Anti-Defamation League speech.
* “He’s the intellectuals’ James
Bond.”–How James Baldwin once
referred to William F. Buckley Jr.
* “We’re in a race right now to save the
Florida citrus industry.”–Michael
Rogers, director of the University of Florida’s Citrus Research and
* “That was an unintended consequence. I don’t
think any of us saw that coming.”–Former Florida Republican minority
leader Curt Kiser, on how term
limits resulted in the process of picking the leaders of the two chambers years
* “The most powerful man in the
state.”–That’s what U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fl., may be, according to Rep. Gus Bilirakis, because of Gaetz’s
friendships with Gov. Ron DeSantis and President Donald Trump.
* “Just because Ron DeSantis is no longer the
tip of the (Fox) spear on impeachment doesn’t mean he’s not advancing the Trump
agenda in Florida.”–Rep. Matt
* “Our obligation to the public is to put this
into context and make them realize this could affect you, your children, your
grandchildren, if we don’t start now, becoming more adaptive and mitigated through
sustainability and resiliency process.”–John Bennett, Mayor Jane Castor’s chief of staff, on climate-change
impact. Tampa is currently in the midst of a national search for a chief
* “The market demand in Tampa has been strong from
the start. Ybor City is also home to a budding film and creative industry,
which makes it the perfect place for this unique movie theater
conversion.”–Industrious Florida manager Jen Reilly Kelmer, on the conversion of the Centro Ybor AMC movie
theater into 45,000 square feet of flexible working space. Industrious, which
has 90 locations nationwide, is partnering with the investment firm Third Lake
* “I’ve always said that the only way to be
successful in politics is to compromise, and right now we’re not there. I’m
going to try my best, with the Lord’s help and prayers, to try to bring some
collegiality back to this board and back to this county before I leave. Our
success depends on that.”–Outgoing Hillsborough County Commission Chairman Les Miller.
* “I fully support the decision to reorient our
football program in a new direction.”–New USF President Steven C. Currall, on the firing of head football coach