* “When it comes to China, Germany has to walk
a very thin line in a rapidly changing international environment. The
trans-Atlantic relationship has been rattled since Donald Trump took office;
Germany suddenly finds itself agreeing with China more on certain issues, like
climate change, than with the United States, its longtime ally. As a consequence,
German diplomats have to play a tricky game: partnering with an ideological
adversary against its close ally on some issues, while sticking with that
suddenly difficult ally against its most important trading partner on
deputy editor in chief of Der
* Sheldon Adelson now has more influence on American
foreign policy than even the secretary of state, the Koch (brothers) tool Mike
Pompeo.”–Timothy Egan, New York Times.
* “Drones and all of the rest are wonderful and
lots of fun, but it is only a good old fashioned Wall that
works!”–President Donald Trump.
* “Our president is behaving like an autocrat.
His willingness to fabricate a national crisis and subvert constitutional
checks and balances to avoid legislative defeat places him closer to Ferdinand
Marcos than Ronald Reagan.”–Steven
Levitsky, co-author of “How Democracies Die.”
* “Usually, rhetorical (campaign) promises are
vague enough where they can be effective but not cost the president any real
capital. Whereas this (border wall and Mexican underwriting) promise was very
specific, and we’re seeing where that gets us.”–University of Houston
political science professor Brandon
* “How would a president who is willing to
fabricate a national emergency over a simple legislative impasse behave during
a real security crisis?”–Daniel
Ziblatt, co-author of “How Democracies Die.”
* “Democrats who demanded new leadership in the
House should be thankful they didn’t get their wish. It is hard to imagine
anyone better matched to the moment and this task. … Trump is being knocked
around by Nancy Pelosi and, even more hurtful, the attention for now is on
her.”–Eugene Robinson, Washington Post.
* “Directing a subordinate to lie to Congress
is a federal crime.”–House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y.
* “If we undercut the president, that’s the end
of his presidency and the end of our party.”–South Carolina Republican
Sen. Lindsey Graham.
* “I don’t need you (mainstream media) guys
anymore.”–What Donald Trump
told Ted Koppel in a July 21, 2016 interview just hours before accepting the
Republican presidential nomination.
* “Instead of covering Trump’s tweets on a
live, breaking basis, just cover them in the last five minutes of a news show.
They’re presidential statements, but we can balance them.”–Amanda Carpenter, author of
“Gaslighting America: Why We Love It When Trump Lies To Us.”
* “Female (presidential) candidates are
battered by professional consultants who claim to understand voters, and who
tell them to be strong but approachable, warm but steely, mom but dad, young
and bouncy but wise and grave. These operatives are the swarming locusts of
politics, eating all in their path.”–Peggy
Noonan, Wall Street Journal.
* “Swooping toward 2020, the moment of truth
for Donald Trump that is also aptly the centennial of women’s suffrage, the
women are gathering force at a giddy speed. … His greatest shock will be that
his election woke up the wrath of the Furies, who are unceasing until they get
their man.”–Maureen Dowd, New York Times.
* “We face the greatest crisis of leadership
we’ve seen in our lifetimes, and powerful voices are filling the void, sowing
hate and division among us. … We know America is better than this–but it’s
on us to build it. We’re going to have to fight for it.”–California Sen. Kamala Harris, in announcing her 2020
* “Ignorance more frequently begets confidence
than does knowledge.”–Charles
* “The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression
and cruelty by the bad people, but the silence over that by the good
people.”–Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
* “We’re not an activist company. If you don’t
like what we’re making better than cigarettes, then have a cigarette, that’s
co-founder and chief product officer of Juul, in 2014.
* A healthy business needs to be part of a healthy
community. And a healthy community must have housing within the economic reach
of every part of the community, including the many dedicated people who provide
the vital services on which we all rely.”–Microsoft President Brad Smith, in announcing the company’s
$500 million pledge to address affordable
housing in the Seattle area.
* “The quality of our water and environmental
surroundings are foundational to our prosperity as a state. It doesn’t just
drive tourism; it affects property values, anchors many local economies and is
central to our quality of life.”–Gov.
* “Whether they (patients) have to smoke
(medical marijuana) or not, who am I to judge that? I want people to be able to
have their suffering relieved. I don’t think this law is up to snuff.”–Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is pressuring
the legislature to repeal a law that prohibits smokable medical marijuana.
* “When there’s insurance for medical
marijuana, that’s when we’re really going to put a dent in the opioid and
Oxycontin industry.”–Attorney John
* “The mayor of Tampa is the single-most
important political position in the region.”–Tampa City Council member Mike Suarez, a mayoral candidate.
* “They (pirates) come in here, think I’m gonna
surrender the key to the city, and they realize that one Irishman against 600
krewe members is pretty much a fair fight.”–Mayor Bob Buckhorn, on the Gasparilla invasion.