Quoteworthy

* “The world economy … is facing high inflation and slow growth at the same time. Even if a global recession is averted, the pain of stagflation could persist for several years—unless major, supply increases are set in motion.”–World Bank President David Malpass.

* “We have the tools and team who can help us improve our understanding of the unknown. That’s the very definition of what science is. That’s what we do.”–Thomas Zurbuchan, the head of NASA’s science mission directorate, on NASA joining the hunt for UFOs.

* The expansion of NATO (Finland and Sweden) is based on the theory of deterrence—including nuclear deterrence.”–Heikki Patomaki, The Nation.

* “Russian power, it’s worth remembering, has gone through fitful cycles of stagnation, decline and resurgence; it would be wise to avoid triumphalism and complacency.”--Michael Kofman, director of Russia studies at CNA, a research institute focused on national security.

* “A politician thinks of the next election. A statesman, of the next generation.”–American theologian and author James Freeman Clarke.

* “Republicans used to advocate fidelity to the rule of law and the plain text of the Constitution. In 2020, Mr. Trump convinced many to abandon those principles. … The Jan. 6 investigation isn’t only about the inexcusable violence of that day: It is also about fidelity to the Constitution and the rule of law, and whether elected representatives believe in those things or not.”–Rep. Liz Cheney, vice chair of the House Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.

* “If the MAGA crowd has a beef with the (Jan. 6 Committee) facts, they will need to take it up with Republican witnesses including William Barr, former White House adviser Ivanka Trump, Trump campaign adviser Jason Miller and others.”–Jennifer Rubin, WaPo.

* “This was SeditionGate.”–Harvard constitutional law professor Laurence Tribe.

* “The number of ‘crazy’ white people in America fearing ‘replacement’ appears to be growing—and they seem ready to do whatever it takes to stay at the pinnacle of American life.”–Jonathan Capehart, WaPo.

* “The more deeply people are invested in the comfort of their lies, the less use they have for the challenges of truth.”–Leonard Pitts, Miami Herald.

* “Fed Chair Jerome Powell and his colleagues would love to unclog supply chains, alleviate food shortages and lower oil prices, but they can’t do any of those things. What they can do is raise short-term interest rates. That will help, but don’t expect miracles.”–Alan S. Blinder, Princeton economist and former vice chairman of the Federal Reserve, 1994-96.

* “A hero of the new cultural right and a prospective 2024 presidential front-runner, the governor (of Florida) is nominally Catholic and is politically friendly to conservative Christians.”–Nate Hochman, National Review.

* “America has come a long way from poll taxes, literacy tests and open intimidation and suppression of minority groups. But in the Sunshine State, what were whispers of Jim Crow-era voter suppression have become a foreboding roar.”–Gubernatorial-candidate Congressman Charlie Crist, D-St. Petersburg, who recently wrote Attorney General Merrick Garland that Florida’s laws have disenfranchised citizens and created a “hostility” around the constitutional right to vote.

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