• “The entire hemisphere has a duty.”—Former Vice President Joe Biden, while in Colombia, underscoring the need for a collective responsibility to help restore democracy in Venezuela.
  • “The summit with Russia was a great success, except with the real enemy of the people, the Fake News Media.”—Donald Trump.
  • “In my career as an undercover officer in the CIA, I saw Russian intelligence manipulate many people. I never thought I would see the day when an American president would be one of them.”—U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas.
  • “Disinformation during elections is the new normal. In democracies around the world, more and more political parties are using social media to spread junk information and propaganda to voters. The largest, most complex disinformation campaigns are managed from Russia and directed at democracies.”—Philip Howard, co-author of the Oxford University study on the global phenomenon of internet platforms spreading junk news and misinformation in at least 48 countries.
  • “Through this trip to Turnberry (Scotland), the president is forcing his foreign hosts and the United States to spend enormous amounts of money so that he can get free advertising for his resort.”—Norman L. Eisen, chairman of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.
  • “I say if people can learn to hate, they can be taught to love.”—Former President Barack
  • “Identity politics is a fundamentally undemocratic phenomenon. It assumes that vast numbers of individual human beings can be reduced to the color of their skin, their gender or their sexual orientation.”—Jonah Goldberg, editor-at-large for National Review Online.
  • “Since March a tariff of up to 30 percent on Canadian (uncoated) paper has raised the price of newsprint, making it difficult for cash-strapped newspapers to circulate their work. As if limiting economic freedom weren’t enough, the administration is also undermining Americans’ freedom of expression with this needless tax on journalism.”—Steve Forbes, chairman and editor-in-chief of Forbes Media.
  • “Three institutions do an impressive job of reducing racial disparity: the military, marriage and church.”—David Brooks, New York Times.
  • “From gun control to birth control, environmental protection to voting rights, President Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court has been a reliable conservative vote on its steppingstone, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. … But unlike the late Justice Antonin Scalia, (Brett Kavanaugh) often seeks to appease rather than aggravate the other side.”—Richard Wolf, USA TODAY.
  • “But maybe (U.S. vs. Nixon) was wrongly decided—heresy though it is to say so.”—Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh reflecting—in 1999—on the 1974 Supreme Court ruling that forced President Richard Nixon to turn over Watergate tapes.
  • “I think we will see stronger (Florida) wage growth in the second half of 2018 and 2019 as there is more competition for workers.”—Gus Faucher, chief economist at PNC financial Services.
  • “Regardless of your political beliefs, (customers) don’t want to pay higher prices.”—Chris Bush, an owner at Tampa-based Titan Metal Service, on the bottom line of tariffs imposed on imported steel and aluminum.
  • “Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.”—Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, on “Stand Your Ground” rationales.
  • “We think now is a great time to move forward because there really isn’t any product to compete with us that can get to market as quickly as we can.”—Ken Stoltenberg, a partner in Mercury Advisors, which has announced plans to break ground on the 35-story, $74 million condo tower Eleve in the Channel District early next year.

“The hope is that the ridership keeps building and the subsidy keeps decreasing.”—St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, on the return of the Cross Bay Ferry.

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