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On the record: Quotes from the news (or non news)

“I believe that the church not only should apologize to the person who is gay whom it has offended but has to apologize to the poor, to exploited women, to children exploited for labor; it has to ask forgiveness for having blessed many weapons.”

— POPE FRANCIS in a groundbreaking statement on June 26.

“I think you can call this the cautious generation.”

— BILL ALBERT, spokesman for the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, responding to a government survey showing U.S. teens are having a lot less sex, are drinking and using drugs less often and aren’t smoking as much.

“The way in which much of the EU debate was shaped was based on the idea of ‘ordinary people’ being threatened by ‘the other,’ meaning people who don’t look like you.”

— DAVID GILBORN, a race relations expert at the University of Birmingham, pointing to the racist and xenophobic factors underlying the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union. Many political experts say the “Brexit” movement reflected the mindset of Donald Trump’s followers.

“I’d seriously like to congratulate FOX News for keeping their entire audience from knowing that GW Bush set the Iraq withdrawal date.”

— Comedian JOHN FUGELSANG in a tweet.

“The problem is — the problem has always been — that feminism is not fun. It’s complex and hard and it pisses people off. It’s serious because it is about people demanding that their humanity be recognized as valuable.”

— ANDI Zeisler, writing about what she calls “marketplace feminism” in the new book We Were Feminists Once.

“For the gays out there — ask the gays and ask the people — ask the gays what they think and what they do in, not only Saudi Arabia, in many of these countries, with the gay community, just ask, and then you tell me — who’s your friend, Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton?”

— DONALD TRUMP in a speech during which he claimed to be a greater ally to LGBT Americans than Hillary Clinton.

“Those who defend the easy accessibility of assault weapons should meet these (bereaved Orlando) families and explain why that makes sense.”

— PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA commenting on NRA-backed lawmakers who refuse to adopt any restrictions on the purchase of military assault weapons.

“As someone who has used marijuana, I do not agree with that.”

— Libertarian presidential candidate GARY JOHNSON responding to Mitt Romney’s stance against legalizing marijuana because it “makes people stupid.”

“Go f**kin make my tortilla bitch, and build that f**kin wall. For me! You’re lucky all these cops are here, bro.”

— An unidentified DONALD TRUMP SUPPORTER caught on video screaming at protesters outside a Trump rally in Phoenix.

On the record: Boehner said what?

“I have Democrat friends and Republican friends. I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life.” — Former House Speaker JOHN BOEHNER sharing his feelings about GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz in a talk hosted by Stanford University. Boehner referred to Cruz as “Lucifer in the flesh.”

“Nothing is more stunning than having the words ‘serial child molester’ and ‘speaker of the House’ in the same sentence.”

— JUDGE THOMAS DURKIN in sentencing former House Speaker Dennis Hastert to 15 months in federal prison for paying hush money to a man he allegedly abused. Prosecutors allege Hastert molested at least four boys during his time as a wrestling coach in west suburban Chicago.

“We’re just thrilled that Andrew Jackson has had a removal of his own. The constant reminder of Andrew Jackson being glorified is sad and sickening to our people.”

— Country singer/songwriter BECKY HOBBS commenting on the U.S. Treasury’s decision to replace Jackson, who owned slaves and displaced Native Americans from their land, with African-American abolitionist Harriet Tubman on the face of the $20 bill.

“Prince was very proudly black and a lot of the music that he played — you’ve got to remember the rock ‘n’ roll that some people said that was the ‘white’ side — no, rock ‘n’ roll was black music. Funk is black music. Ballads is black music. Prince was playing music that was true to his soul and true to his core.”

— STEPHEN HILL, president of programing for Black Entertainment Television, talking about Prince’s legacy as an African-American entertainer.

“I’ve never seen such a combo of simplistic slogans and contradictions and misstatements in one speech.”

— Former Secretary of State MADELINE ALBRIGHT assessing Donald Trump’s foreign policy vision, which he laid out in a speech in Washington.

“If Hillary Clinton were a man, I don’t think she’d get 5 percent of the vote. The only thing she’s got going is the woman’s card and the beautiful thing is, women don’t like her.”

— DONALD TRUMP in a speech following his five-state win April 26.

“The other day, Mr. Trump accused me of playing the woman card. Well, if fighting for women’s health care and paid family leave and equal pay is playing the woman card, then deal me in.”

— HILLARY CLINTON responding to Donald Trump’s critique of her on the campaign trail.

“This seems to be a solution in search of a problem.”

— Fox News host CHRIS WALLACE sharing his assessment of North Carolina’s so-called “bathroom bill,” which essentially prevents transgender people from using public restrooms.

On the record: Tommy Thompson said what?

“I don’t think any candidate between now and the Republican convention is going to get the necessary number of 1,188 delegates to get the nomination. …  I think we’re going to have a convention in which nobody has enough votes.”

— Former Wisconsin GOV. TOMMY THOMPSON telling Milwaukee right-wing radio personality Charlie Sykes that he believes Republicans will end up having a brokered convention next year.

“I’m just getting started.”

— PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA telling listeners at a fundraiser about his post-presidential plans.

“Instead of celebrating Columbus, who is more accurately credited with initiating the trans-Atlantic slave trade than with discovering America, this bill observes the importance of indigenous peoples to our society. Our children especially deserve a state that recognizes the truth so our schools can teach the same.”

— State REP. DAVID BOWEN, D-Milwaukee, in a statement announcing that he’s circulating legislation to recognize Oct. 12 as Indigenous Peoples Day rather than Columbus Day.

“Racism exists because we have a sin problem in America, not a skin problem. #DemDebate”

— MIKE HUCKABEE live tweeting during the first Democratic presidential debate.

“White supremacists post to social media and studies now posit that mass killings are contagious. Violence begets violence, and through the power of the Internet, a meeting hall is no longer needed. Formal organizational structures are unnecessary. Connections are made, and messages spread, through the push of a button.”

— JOHN CARLIN, assistant attorney general in charge of the U.S. Justice Department’s National Security Division, speaking  at George Washington University.

“It is scary that people believe this, but it’s not unusual. Human beings have this propensity to believing, falling for every single apocalyptic doom that they are told is happening. It’s just absurd and it’s all based on bogus, bohunk computer modeling. There’s not one shred of scientific data.”

— RUSH LIMBAUGH mocking climate change as an outrageous apocalyptic conspiracy theory to his radio audience.

“I saw something on Facebook (that said), ‘How about every time somebody wants to buy a gun, we put them through what we are talking about putting women through with having an abortion?’ So it’s like, ‘Are you really sure? Are you really sure? Watch the short film on what could happen if you get a gun. It’s like, come on.”

— AMY BRENNEMEN, star of HBO’s The Leftovers, talking to HuffPost Live.

“(Republicans) don’t mind having big government to interfere with a woman’s right to choose and to try to take down Planned Parenthood. They’re fine with big government when it comes to that. I’m sick of it.”

— HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON during the first Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas. 

On the record, February 26, 2015

“Politics used to be about where you stood. Now, it’s about what you stepped in.”

— ERIC DEZENHALL, professional crisis manager, commenting on recent gaffes and missteps by Republican presidential hopefuls.

“After much prayer following your prenatal, I felt that I would not be able to develop the personal patient-doctor relationship that I normally do with my patients. Please know that I believe that God gives us free choice and I would never judge anyone based on what they do with that free choice. Again, I am sorry for the hurt and angry feelings that were created by this. I hope you can accept my apology.”

— DR. VESNA ROI, a pediatrician in Roseville, Michigan, telling two lesbian moms via letter that his religion prevented him from caring for their 6-day-old infant. Only 22 states have laws banning such discrimination by medical providers. 

“He spent 17 years in the church of Jeremiah Wright, and this is the guy who said ‘God damn America, not God bless America.’ … (Obama) doesn’t talk about America the way John Kennedy and Ronald Reagan did, about America’s greatness and exceptionalism. He was educated by people who were critics of the U.S. And he has not been able to overcome those influences.”

— Former New York City Mayor RUDY GIULIANI critiquing President Barack Obama at a New York fundraiser for Scott Walker. Giuliani’s inflammatory depiction of the president drew swift condemnation from Democrats and Republicans.

“I’ve never asked the president so I don’t really know what his opinions are on that one way or another.”

— SCOTT WALKER responding to a reporter’s question about whether he believes former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s assertion that President Barack Obama is anti-American. 

“It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America. We talk about equal rights for women in other countries … we don’t have equal rights for women in America, because when they wrote the Constitution, they didn’t write it for women.” 

— PATRICIA ARQUETTE speaking up for women’s rights during her Oscar acceptance speech.

“It seems like any man that goes to college could randomly be accused of committing rape.”

— RUSH LIMBAUGH speaking to his radio audience. Limbaugh went on to suggest that Gov. Scott Walker tell the media that he quit Marquette University to avoid being charged with rape in order to annoy liberals.

“I would not blame Scott Walker for not believing in evolution, since it’s clearly let him down.”

— Satirist ANDY BOROWITZ commenting on Gov. Scott Walker’s refusal to answer a reporter’s question about whether he believes in evolution.

For the record: Who said what?

“Last week, this week, maybe next week, (Mo’ne Davis) owned the sports conversation. How often do you get to say this about a 13-year-old girl? It’s the easiest type of story to identify as a cover story.”

— CHRIS STONE, managing editor of Sports Illustrated, explaining his decision to make Davis the first Little League player to appear on the cover of SI this week. The eighth-grade pitcher for Philadelphia’s Tancy Dragons became the first girl to throw a shutout in World Series history in her first game.

“The district court broadened the definition of the ‘existing right to marry’ as one that includes the right of people to ‘select the partners of their choosing’ for marriage, without regard to sex. If the right to select ‘partners of their choosing’ is the criterion used to invoke marriage as a fundamental right, then marriage restrictions on age, polygamy, and consanguinity are also ripe for challenge.”

— The TEXAS CONSERVATIVE COALITION, a 63-member caucus of the state Legislature, writing in an amicus brief filed with the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in a marriage equality case. The Texas legislators contend that the legalization of same-sex marriage could provide legal justification for incest and sex with children.

“Jesus teaches us to put the needs of the poor ahead of our own. Our needs, even if legitimate, will never be so urgent as those of the poor, who lack the necessities of life.”

—POPE FRANCIS speaking out yet again against materialism in an Angelus message that was quoted by the National Catholic Register.

“The militarization itself is part of a larger trend. … That is a willingness or a policy among domestic police in the United States of using more force more often for increasingly petty offenses. It is a mentality that sees the people they are supposed to be serving not as citizens with rights but as potential threats.”

— RADLEY BALKO, Washington Post reporter and author of Rise of the Warrior Cop, talking to NBC’s Chris Hayes about the use of military weaponry against protesters in Ferguson, Missouri.

“To put it in perspective, the sales we’re seeing now are like what we see around Christmastime.”

— STEVE KING, owner of Metro Shooting Supplies in Bridgeton, Missouri, which is 9 miles from Ferguson, telling the Huffington Post that gun sales are eight to 10 times higher than at the store’s other locations. The boost in sales followed the police shooting of unarmed black teen Michael Brown and the subsequent protests in Ferguson.

“Dad was, is and always will be one of the kindest, most generous, gentlest souls I’ve ever known, and while there are few things I know for certain right now, one of them is that not just my world, but the entire world is forever a little darker, less colorful and less full of laughter in his absence. We’ll just have to work twice as hard to fill it back up again.”

— ZELDA WILLIAMS, daughter of Robin Williams, in a public statement following the actor’s death at the age of 63. 

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On the record: So Paul Ryan said…

“Friends and colleagues often ask my wife how she balances her job and motherhood. Somehow, the same people don’t ask me. A few months ago, I decided the only way to balance was by stepping back from my job.”

— MAX SCHIRESON, former CEO of Mongo DB software company, explaining his decision to resign and spend more time with his family.

“I’m not a scientist either, but I can use my brain, and I can talk to one.”

— Former Florida Gov. CHARLIE CRIST, who’s campaigning to win back his old job, talking about climate-change deniers at a Florida State University presentation on greenhouse gases and rising sea levels.

“If I own stock in your company and you move offshore for tax reasons I’m selling your stock. There are enough investment choices here.”

— Dallas Mavericks owner MARK CUBAN, tweeting his new strategy of investing in the nation’s future.

“I would have to say no. But the justices continue to think and change. So I am ever hopeful that if the court has a blind spot today, its eyes will be open tomorrow.”

— Supreme Court Justice RUTH BADER GINSBURG answering Katie Couric’s question, “Do you believe that the five male justices truly understood the ramifications of their decision (in the Hobby Lobby case)?”

“Climate change occurs no matter what. (Efforts to reduce power plant emissions) are outside of the confines of the law (and) an excuse to grow government, raise taxes and slow down economic growth. (What those efforts) end up doing is making the U.S. economy less competitive.”

— U.S. REP. PAUL RYAN, R-Wisconsin, speaking out against carbon emission regulations during a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor.

“Every law-abiding, blind individual should be able to have whatever guns they want. And if you disagree with that statement or you haven’t thought it all the way through, you don’t take your rights seriously enough.”

— DOM RASO, commentator for NRA News, making a case for allowing blind individuals to purchase or carry guns as an extension of their Second Amendment rights.

“(The) most f**ked up, disgusting, worst, most insulting things anyone has ever said about me — hands down, in my entire life, came out of (Glenn Beck’s) mouth. So what I wanna know, does he regret that? Do you regret barfing into the camera and pretending to barf for 15 minutes at the idea of me doing a PSA for skin cancer?”

— MEGHAN MCCAIN, political commentator for social advocacy TV network Pivot and daughter of Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, referring to Beck’s recent acknowledgement that he said “stupid things” while at Fox News. McCain went on to list Beck and fellow pundit Ann Coulter as examples of the kind of people dividing the Republican Party over the last few years.

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