* “The distribution of risks around Brexit
outcomes is widening.”–Goldman
Sachs, in a report that places the odds that Brexit will be delayed at
* “We never really had a trade deal with China,
and now we’re going to have a great trade deal with China if it all works
out.”–President Donald Trump.
* “(By) radiating authority.”–The way a
female politician earns credibility, according to German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
* “Some U.S. allies and partners are seeking
greater independence from Washington in response to their perception of
changing U.S. policies on security and trade.”–Excerpt from the
“Worldwide Threat Assessment” report from U.S. intelligence agencies.
* “Perhaps Intelligence should go back to
* “The risk of miscalculation or
misunderstanding is already higher than at any point since the end of the Cold
War, and this decision only makes it worse.”–Democratic Rep. Adam Smith of Washington, chairman of
the House Armed Services Committee, on Trump’s announcement that the U.S. would
be pulling out of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty with Russia.
* “For the first time, you
have an opposition leader (Juan Guaidó)
who is clearly signaling to the armed forces and to law enforcement that he
wants to keep them on the side of the angels and with the good guys.”–William Brownfield, former American ambassador
* “Reading about the indictment of Donald
Trump’s longtime pal Roger Stone, you can’t help thinking that we’ve got a
president whose circle of associates closely resembles the guys Tony Soprano
used to hang around with outside the pork shop in New Jersey.”–Gail Collins, New York Times.
* “Despite Trump’s claims, the main challenge
for coal is not regulation. It’s technology. Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking,
in particular, has made natural gas a much cheaper alternative.”–Catherine Rampell, Washington Post.
* “(Government shutdowns) hurt federal
employees and their families, disrupt critical government services and increase
the cost to taxpayers. This shutdown confirmed what we already knew about
shutdowns. Let’s do something about it now while the pain and inefficiency of
this moment is fresh on our minds.”–Ohio Republican Sen. Rob Portman, who has re-introduced
legislation to prevent government shutdowns.
* “The moment when we reach a compromise on the
(border security) vocabulary is the moment when we will reach a compromise on
the policy.”–Jeh Johnson,
former homeland security secretary under President Barack Obama.
* “It will be interesting to see how primary
voters wrestle with these questions: Is America too racist and sexist right now
to elect a black woman? Or would nominating a black woman in fact be the
perfect rebuttal to Trump?”–David
Brooks, New York Times.
* “(Howard Schultz’s) immediate problem is the
Democratic Party. … Democrats will never forget … what Ralph Nader’s Green
Party candidacy in 2000 did to Al Gore. … They feel they are this close to
taking out Mr. Trump. They are not going to let another independent get in
their way.”–Peggy Noonan, Wall Street Journal.
* “Grateful patient programs.”–Wealth
screenings by nonprofit hospitals to
gauge which patients are most likely to be the source of large donations.
* “A sunny place for shady people.”–How Roger Stone characterized Florida.
* “In a twisted way, the Florida dateline might
have blunted the shock of last week’s (Sebring bank murders) crime. We live in
a notorious firing range, the Gunshine State, where the rush of
blood-splattered headlines seldom lets us catch our breath.”–Carl Hiaasen, Tribune Content Agency.
* “Nothing is ever settled if it’s science,
because people are always questioning science. If you look at the history of
human learning, for a long time the official worldview was that the world was
flat.”–State Sen. Dennis Baxley,
* “A study of a book of creation by its creator
is absolutely essential. … In the world there is one book that is the
ultimate authority on mankind. That is the Holy Bible. I think it should be
studied in our schools.”–State Rep. Brad
Drake, R-Fort Walton Beach, the co-sponsor of a bill that would require
high schools to offer an elective course on the Bible and religion.
* “We want to be nimble. We want to be
responsive to how the economy changes.”–Gov. Ron DeSantis, in
advocating for better workforce and technical training programs during an
appearance at Tampa Bay Tech.
* “Though skeptical, I’m willing to wipe the
slate clean and judge him on his environmental record going forward. Florida is
in desperate need of a new environmental hero. I’d be thrilled if DeSantis
turned out to be one.”–Former Republican state legislator Paula Dockery.
* “I believe it’s a good idea. We need access
to our rural communities. We need to improve access so prosperity can return
there.”–Florida Senate leader Bill
Galvano, R-Bradenton, in announcing that one of his top priorities is
pushing legislation to extend the (lightly traveled) Suncoast Parkway to the
Georgia state line.
* “The story of Tampa is really quite
remarkable but not surprising. You had the vision to take the waterfront and do
something with it. You have a live-work-play that’s the envy of other
co-author of the 2019 “Emerging Trends in Real Estate Report.”
* “The greatest feeling in the world is winning
(a Super Bowl). The absolute worst feeling in the world is when the confetti is
coming down on them, and you’ve got to walk through it.”–New Bucs head
coach Bruce Arians.