* “The world expects us to be concerned with the condition of humanity. We should be proud of that reputation. I’m not sure the president understands that.”–Excerpt from Sen. John McCain’s forthcoming book, “The Restless Wave.”
* “(Trump) sees this (North Korean negotiation) as a Nixon-in-China moment, and he will want to move quickly, where patience is the order of the day.”–Kurt M. Campbell, former assistant secretary of state for East Asian affairs during the Obama Administration.
* “We give the very best information that we have at the time.”–White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
* “Mr. Giuliani and Mr. Trump are making it up as they go along. How stupid do they think all of us are?”–Michael Avenatti, attorney for Stormy Daniels.
* “So it comes down to this: The $130,000 that Stormy Daniels got to keep quiet during the campaign was from Trump. But it was not an illicit campaign contribution. Nonono, it was simply a charitable attempt to protect Melania from a broken heart.”–Gail Collins, New York Times.
* “Republicans on the Hill are bracing for a blue wave. Some have gotten out of the way, some have hunkered down. Mr. Trump is their problem. Whatever magic he has is not transferable. The base continues to shift under your feet.”–Peggy Noonan, Wall Street Journal.
* “We cannot get complacent. We have to win the midterms.”–Donald Trump.
* “We are both dragon energy. He is my brother.”–Rapper Kanye West, in reference to his relationship with Donald Trump.
* “In the beginning of each great electronic media transformation–radio and television and now social media–there have been anxieties that mass communication would enable demagogy and trivialize governance.”–Historian Jon Meacham.
* “There have been times in this office when I’ve wondered how you could do the job if you hadn’t been an actor.”–President Ronald Reagan.
* “There is still a lot of thinking on the right that if big corporations are happy, they’re going to take the money they’re saving and reinvest it in American workers. In fact, they bought back shares, a few gave out bonuses; there’s no evidence whatsoever that the money’s been massively poured back into the American worker.”–Sen. Marco Rubio.
* “Anybody who wants to talk about impeachment in this election, you’re giving a gift to the Republicans, because that’s just all they want to hear, that we want to win because we want to impeach. … It’s about a more positive agenda–better jobs, better pay, better future.”–U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
* “Ending the Trump presidency will not fix, or even substantially ameliorate, most of the problems plaguing the American political system.”–Dylan Matthews, Vox.
* “We must resolve this (China) trade dispute without resorting to job-killing tariffs and retaliation.”–National Retail Federation CEO Matthew Shay.
* “If the intention of our (immigration) admissions program is to provide ‘durable solutions to the most vulnerable refugees,’ then tackling the English proficiency should be the number one goal. Those who don’t learn our language are doomed to live in the shadows with very little chance of rising out of poverty.”–Mitchell Rolling, American Conservative.
* “This will be the most expensive driving season since 2014.”–Tom Kloza, global head of energy analysis for Oil Price Information Service, in noting that crude oil prices are at the highest level in more than three years.
* “When he was in his 20s, he was in elective office. When I was in my 20s, I was serving in Iraq.”–Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis, in portraying Adam Putnam as a career politician.
* “Right now, we’re waiting for Godot.”–Tampa city Councilman Mike Suarez, a candidate for mayor, on the need for a proactive approach to transit, including the extension of the city’s streetcar line.
* “We’re 35 years behind. We’ve got to get cars off the road. We need a regional system run by an independent agency with bonding power.”–Tom Hall, chairman of the Tucker/Hall PR firm.
* “We’re aggressively looking for private capital, private developers, to build a stadium.”–Hillsborough County Administrator Mike Merrill.
* “I think for most officers, the chances of a camera helping you are far greater than the chances of it hurting you.”–Gulfport Police Chief Robert Vincent.