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Today in History, Monday, Dec. 15

Today is Monday, Dec. 15, the 349th day of 2014. There are 16 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlights in History:

On Dec. 15, 1944, the U.S. Senate approved the promotions of Henry H. Arnold, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Douglas MacArthur and George C. Marshall to the five-star rank of General of the Army and the nominations of William D. Leahy, Ernest J. King and Chester W. Nimitz as Admirals of the Fleet. U.S. forces invaded Mindoro Island in the Philippines, encountering little resistance from the Japanese. A single-engine plane carrying bandleader Glenn Miller, a major in the U.S. Army Air Forces, disappeared over the English Channel while en route to Paris.

On this date:

In 1791, the Bill of Rights went into effect following ratification by Virginia.

In 1814, the “Hartford Convention” began as New England Federalists opposed to the War of 1812 secretly gathered in the Connecticut capital. (America’s victory in the Battle of New Orleans and the war’s end effectively discredited the Convention.)

In 1864, the two-day Battle of Nashville began during the Civil War as Union forces commanded by Maj. Gen. George H. Thomas attacked Confederate troops led by Gen. John Bell Hood; the result was a resounding Northern victory.

In 1890, Sioux Indian Chief Sitting Bull and 11 other tribe members were killed in Grand River, South Dakota, during a confrontation with Indian police.

In 1938, groundbreaking for the Jefferson Memorial took place in Washington, D.C. with President Franklin D. Roosevelt taking part in the ceremony.

In 1939, the Civil War motion picture epic “Gone with the Wind,” starring Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable, had its world premiere in Atlanta.

In 1964, Canada’s House of Commons approved dropping the country’s “Red Ensign” flag in favor of a new design, the “Maple Leaf” flag.

In 1965, two U.S. manned spacecraft, Gemini 6A and Gemini 7, maneuvered to within 10 feet of each other while in orbit.

In 1974, the horror spoof “Young Frankenstein,” starring Gene Wilder and directed by Mel Brooks, was released by 20th Century Fox.

In 1989, a popular uprising began in Romania that resulted in the downfall of dictator Nicolae Ceausescu (chow-SHES’-koo).

In 1991, an Egyptian-registered ferry, the Salem Express, hit a reef and sank in the Red Sea; at least 470 people died, although some estimates are much higher.

In 2001, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy, was reopened to the public after a $27 million realignment that had dragged on for over a decade.

Ten years ago: Time Warner Inc. agreed to pay over $500 million to resolve federal securities fraud and accounting investigations of its America Online unit. American telecommunications giants Sprint Corp. and Nextel Communications Inc. announced they would merge in a $35 billion deal. Pauline Gore, mother of former Vice President Al Gore, died in Carthage, Tennessee; she was 92. The boxing drama “Million Dollar Baby,” starring Clint Eastwood (who also directed) and Hilary Swank, was put in limited release by Warner Bros.

Five years ago: World leaders formally opened a U.N. climate change conference in Copenhagen. The Washington, D.C. City Council voted to legalize same-sex marriage. Boeing’s new 787 “Dreamliner” jet went on its long-delayed first test flight, lifting off from Paine Field in Everett, Washington. Evangelist Oral Roberts died in Newport Beach, California, at age 91.

One year ago: Nelson Mandela was laid to rest in his childhood hometown, ending a 10-day mourning period for South Africa’s first black president. Michelle Bachelet easily won Chile’s presidential runoff. Academy Award-winning actress Joan Fontaine, 96, died in Carmel, California. Harold Camping, 92, a California preacher who’d used his radio ministry and thousands of billboards to broadcast the end of the world and then gave up when his date-specific doomsdays did not come to pass, died in Oakland, California.

Today’s Birthdays: Actor-comedian Tim Conway is 81. Singer Cindy Birdsong (The Supremes) is 75. Rock musician Dave Clark (The Dave Clark Five) is 72. Rock musician Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge) is 68. Actor Don Johnson is 65. Actress Melanie Chartoff is 64. Movie director Julie Taymor is 62. Movie director Alex Cox is 60. Actor Justin Ross is 60. Rock musician Paul Simonon (The Clash) is 59. Movie director John Lee Hancock (Film: “Saving Mr. Banks”; “The Blind Side”) is 58. DNC Vice Chairwoman Donna Brazile is 55. Country singer Doug Phelps (Brother Phelps; Kentucky Headhunters) is 54. Movie producer-director Reginald Hudlin is 53. Actress Helen Slater is 51. Actress Molly Price is 49. Actor Michael Shanks is 44. Actor Stuart Townsend is 42. Figure skater Surya Bonaly is 41. “Crowd-hyper” Kito Trawick (Ghostown DJs) is 37. Actor Adam Brody is 35. Actress Michelle Dockery (TV: “Downton Abbey”) is 33. Actor George O. Gore II is 32. Actress Camilla Luddington (TV: “Grey’s Anatomy”) is 31. Rock musician Alana Haim (HYM) is 23. Actress Stefania Owen is 17.

Thought for Today: “Silence is more musical than any song.” — Christina Rossetti, British poet (1830-1874).

On the record: So so and so said …

“I think a lot of people want to be able to walk into a grocery store, particularly, a lot of the women, want to go and buy a bottle of wine for dinner, go down, buy a six-pack or two six-packs, buy dinner and go home rather than what I described as three stops in Pennsylvania.”

— Pennsylvania GOV. TOM CORBETT telling a local talk show host that his plan to reform the state’s liquor laws will benefit women by saving them time buying alcohol while they’re shopping and preparing dinner. The comment was the latest in a series of remarks by the unpopular tea party governor that have alienated female voters.

“I am so hungry.”

— Breaking Bad actor AARON PAUL speaking after the popular AMC show won the night’s final Emmy award, meaning that he could finally leave and get something to eat. The series finale garnered six wins, including best drama, best actor (Bryan Cranston), best supporting actress (Anna Gunn) and best supporting actor (Paul).

“It’s a wonderful night.”

— Former GOP Florida Gov. CHARLIE CRIST after winning the Democratic primary to run for governor this year. Crist, who has liberalized his position on many issues, has thrown his support behind marriage equality.

“Self-flying vehicles could open up entirely new approaches to moving goods, including options that are cheaper, faster, less wasteful and more environmentally sensitive than what’s possible today.”

— GOOGLE in a pamphlet outlining its efforts to build a fleet of drones designed to bypass earthbound traffic.

“I’m only trying to do one thing: preserve what’s there for the public’s benefit. I thought about doing what Rosa Parks would want. I doubt that she would want to have her stuff sitting in a box with people fighting over them.”

— HOWARD G. BUFFETT, billionaire Warren Buffett’s son, commenting on his foundation’s purchase of items that belonged to the civil rights icon and have been sitting unseen for years in a New York warehouse. He plans to give them to an institute or museum.

“Gay men have terrible taste in music.”

— Singer/songwriter RUFUS WAINWRIGHT telling a reporter why he’d glad that he doesn’t have more gay fans.

“Law enforcement, from the FBI to state and local police, are obligated to respect and uphold the human rights of our communities. The U.S. cannot continue to allow those obligated and duty-bound to protect to become those who their community fears most.”

— Steve W. Hawkins, executive director of Amnesty International USA, responding to police reaction in Ferguson, Missouri. 

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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On the record: John Oliver said what?

“Our main story tonight, is income inequality. A good way to figure out which side of it you’re on, is whether you are currently paying for HBO, or stealing it.”

— JOHN OLIVER, host of HBO’s Last Week Tonight, addressing income inequality on his show. He went on to say that most Americans overwhelmingly believe that the system favors the rich, but they accept it because they think that they too will somehow be rich someday.

“The demonization of carbon dioxide is just like the demonization of the poor Jews under Hitler. Carbon dioxide is actually a benefit to the world, and so were the Jews.”

— Princeton professor and climate-change denier professor WILLIAM HAPPER telling CNBC host Andrew Ross Sorkin that all climate models showing the Earth getting warmer are preposterous.

“I would much prefer to go on living and enjoy my beloved wife and grandchildren and others. But I have come to believe that only my self-immolation will get the attention of anybody and perhaps inspire some to higher service.”

— The REV. CHARLES MOORE, 79, explaining in a suicide note that he decided to set himself on fire to draw attention to racism in his Texas hometown of Allen. Moore died after dousing himself in gasoline and then lighting himself in a Dollar General parking lot on June 23. 

“Men do tend to talk about things on a much higher level. Many of my male colleagues, when they go to the House floor, you know, they’ve got some pie chart or graph behind them and they’re talking about trillions of dollars and how, you know, the debt is awful and, you know, we all agree with that. We need our male colleagues to understand that if you can bring it down to a woman’s level and what everything that she is balancing in her life — that’s the way to go.”

— U.S. REP. REMNEE ELLMERS, a second-term congresswoman from North Carolina and chair of the Republican Women’s Policy Committee, explaining to her GOP colleagues that the best way for the party to appeal to women is by talking down to them. She added that women want more time, especially time in the morning to get dressed and put on their makeup properly.

“We should round up all the gays, send them to an island, and then nuke it until it glows.”

— Vikings special teams coach MIKE PRIEFER criticizing the team’s former punter Chris Kluwe about his advocacy for gay rights. When Kluwe asserted in a January article for Deadspin that Priefer had made the statement, Priefer denied it. But an independent investigation by the law firm representing the Vikings concluded that Kluwe’s quote was accurate. The Vikings announced Priefer would be suspended for the first three games of this season and the team would donate $100,000 to LGBT organizations. 

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On the record: Ann Coulter said what?

“This is a personal matter between him and his pollster. It is none of the public’s business what Walker decides in the privacy of his own governor’s mansion.”

— STEPHEN COLBERT mocking Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker for refusing to articulate his views on same-sex marriage.

“I’m pretty traditional guy, almost 60 years old. I think marriage is between a man and a woman. But again if the voters decide that they want gay marriage I’m not going to oppose it.”

— U.S. SEN. RON JOHNSON telling CNBC’s Squawk Box that Republicans must stop focusing on social issues such as same-sex marriage in order to win elections.

“An interracial gay couple, I mean that’s just weird for America right now. We f**k and friends don’t f**k. I have never f**ked one of my friends. Once I see you in that way, it doesn’t happen. But we do f**k.”

— Rapper ANGEL HAZE telling the The Independent newspaper she and Ireland Baldwin, the model daughter of Kim Bassinger and Alec Baldwin, are lovers, not friends. Haze expressed annoyance with the media for refusing to recognize their interracial intimate relationship.

“Any growing interest in soccer can only be a sign of the nation’s moral decay. Individual achievement is not a big factor in soccer.”

— Far-right pundit ANN COULTER writing that soccer is not a real sport. A real sport, she said, requires individual achievement and “the prospect of either personal humiliation or major injury.” Coulter blamed the nation’s interest in soccer on the late Sen. Edward Kennedy’s 1965 immigration law.

“It is just a building and Culver’s of Platteville is much more than that. It is the people and not the building and we didn’t lose the people and so why should we allow the fire to cause that to happen?”

— BRUCE KROLL, owner of the Culver’s Restaurant in Platteville, explaining why he paid 40 employees $144,000 out of his own pocket while they waited six months for the restaurant, which was destroyed by fire, to be rebuilt. All he asked in return was that they volunteer their time to help the community. 

“In the voting booth, economic perception beats economic statistics every time.”

— Republican pollster WHIT AYRES predicting that his party’s advertising and the right-wing spin machine will easily convince voters that the economy is still in the tank, despite the recent release of the best job-creation report since the peak of the dot.com boom of the 1990s.

“There’s less partying. There’s less sex. Everyone’s interested in politics and no one is having sex.”

— Californian LARRY PETTIT commenting on the San Francisco Gay Pride Parade, which took place on June 29.

On the record: Quotes from the news

“Why can’t a legislator press for legislation that benefits a person who has contributed to their campaign? Isn’t that the essence of representative government?

BRAD SCHIMEL, GOP candidate for Wisconsin Attorney General, answering a question posed by the liberal group One Wisconsin Now.

“We discard a whole generation to maintain an economic system that no longer endures, a system that to survive has to make war, as the big empires have always done. But since we cannot wage the Third World War, we make regional wars. And what does that mean? That we make and sell arms. And with that the balance sheets of the idolatrous economies — the big world economies that sacrifice man at the feet of the idol of money — are obviously cleaned up.”

— POPE FRANCIS telling La Vanguardia’s Vatican reporter the world economy is on the verge of collapse due to income inequality and limitless greed. 

“(We’d) get back (to the Hattiesburg area of Mississippi) as often as we could because it was fun — it was an adventure to be out there in the country and see what goes on. Picking up pecans, from that to all kind of indecent things with animals. I know some of you know what that is.”

— MISSISSIPPI U.S. SEN. TAD COCHRAN in a campaign speech. His campaign tried to duck calls asking for clarification about the “indecent things” with animals. “I’ll check with my political correctness department and get back to you,” a campaign representative told the Daily Caller. 

“So now you flash back 10 years ago. Maybe no single issue divided our country more than same-sex marriage. In fact, the Republican Party built their entire strategy for 2004 around this issue.  They calculated that if they put constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriage on state ballots, they’d turn out more voters, they’d win.  And they, frankly, were right. Those amendments were on the ballots in 11 states.  They passed in every single one. Now here’s a good bet: They’re not going to try the same strategy in 2014.”

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA speaking to the Democratic National Committee’s LGBT fundraising gala in New York on June 17.

“Anybody who does not believe gay marriage is going to be the law of the land hasn’t been observing what’s going on.”

— U.S. SEN. ORRIN HATCH, R-Utah, the most senior Republican in the Senate.

“We have to find the sin in your life that caused your rape.”

—BOB JONES UNIVERSITY’S DEAN OF STUDENTS responding to student Katie Landry when she sought counseling after being raped by a co-worker several times. Landry shared the reaction to her rape during an interview with Al Jazeera’s program America Tonight, which has an ongoing investigation into the persecution of rape victims at the fundamentalist Christian university.

On the record… Reaction to the marriage equality ruling in Wisconsin

U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb on June 6 issued a ruling that Wisconsin’s constitutional amendment against same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. “Quite simply, this case is about liberty and equality, the two cornerstones of the rights protected by the United States Constitution,” she wrote in her 88-page opinion.

The responses:

“Today I join my lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender friends in Wisconsin and across the nation as we celebrate a profound victory towards giving the LGBT community the fairness they have long deserved. No one should be barred from marriage due to sexual orientation or gender identity. This is a great day in Wisconsin history, as we have officially declared that love is love.”

— Democratic U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore of Milwaukee

“The federal district court in Madison took another step toward ensuring full equality for every American. It is clear the growing momentum of support for marriage equality will put an end to discriminatory laws that treat LGBT couples as second-class citizens. In ruling after ruling, it has become unmistakable that the promise of America is everyone should be treated equally and with dignity.  Today’s ruling brings us one step closer to fulfilling that promise.”

— openly gay U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, who married his husband in 2006

“I have been waiting decades for this day to finally arrive and we won’t make loving couples wait longer than they want to to get married.”

— Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele

“I am proud of today’s decision that ends the ban that has kept LGBT couples from legally expressing their love for one another. Wisconsin has finally joined the wave of states across the country who have maintained the freedom to marry. My own brother, Jacob, was recently married to his husband because of the overturning of the ban in Oregon. I hope the ruling is maintained, as our state must never stand in the way of love.”

— Jonathan Brostoff, candidate for the 19th Assembly District

“Today is a great day for Wisconsin and committed couples who love each other across the state. Every loving couple should have the freedom to marry whomever they choose, and the fact that this freedom is now available in Wisconsin is something we all can and should be proud of.”

— Mary Burke, Democratic candidate for governor

“In our country’s history, the courts have often been the place oppressed citizens go for justice. Usually, the system works, because, as a wise civil rights leader once said, ‘the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.’ Today, we see justice.”

— Ron Zerban, Democratic candidate for Congress in

“Across the country, the courts agree: same-sex couples and their families need the dignity of marriage, and anti-marriage laws are indefensible. With over 70 marriage cases now making their way through the courts, today’s decision in Wisconsin underscores that all of America is ready for the freedom to marry. It’s time now for the Supreme Court to bring resolution nationwide.”

— Evan Wolfson, founder of Freedom to Marry

“I always felt like we were second-class citizens in not being able to get married. And now I feel good about my state in a way I haven’t before.”

— the Rev. Andrew Warner, who married Jay Edmundson in Milwaukee

So they said … Quotes in the news

“Hillary Clinton, whether you agree with her policies or not, whether you want to vote for her — she’s a quality person. She is also a great American, works as hard as anybody and is dedicated to this country. You can’t ask somebody to do more than she has done for her country. I thought his remarks just were outrageous.”

— Former New York Mayor MICHAEL BLOOMBERG responding on Face the Nation to Karl Rove’s suggestion that Hillary Clinton was brain-damaged as the result of a concussion suffered in 2012. Pundits on Fox News Sunday also blasted Rove for what Juan Williams described as a “personal attack.”

 “My loyalty was to the animal kingdom. I vowed to protect them and only them.”

— PAMELA ANDERSON speaking at the launch of her animal welfare federation. Anderson made the remark after recounting a childhood scarred with multiple incidents of sexual abuse that made it difficult for her to form trusting relationships with people. 

“Republican Senate candidates bought and paid for by billionaire special interests are hell-bent on pushing an agenda that’s good for the Koch Brothers but bad for middle-class families across the country.”

— GUY CECIL, executive director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in announcing the group’s most successful April fundraising effort ever.

“Ninety-nine percent of (mass shootings) have been by Democrats pulling their guns out and shooting people.”

—  Arizona congressional candidate GARY KIEHNE speaking at a Republican primary debate on May 17.

“I believe I did use the ‘N’ word in reference to the current occupant of the White House. “For this, I do not apologize — he meets and exceeds my criteria for such.”

— ROBERT COPELAND, police commissioner of Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, acknowledging in an email to The Associated Press that he’d used a racial slur against President Obama — and was proud of it. Copeland resigned several days later.

“Your decision to reject the federal investment in our BadgerCare program put health coverage for thousands of Wisconsinites at risk, and I continue to be concerned that your plan — which covers fewer people at a higher cost to taxpayers — will result in people being uninsured.”

— U.S. SEN. TAMMY BALDWIN, D-Wis., in an open letter to Gov. Scott Walker.

“We are very honored and flattered for the (mayor’s) invitation. However, we prefer a more intimate celebration, which will be at our church.”

— STEVEN SEMINELLI politely declining Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter’s invitation to marry him and his partner Joe Parisi in city hall. Marriage equality came to Philadelphia on May 21. 

On the record: Jesus, Dolly Parton, Dustin McDaniel, Michele Bachmann, more

“If you wish to be perfect, go, sell your possessions, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.”

— JESUS, quoted in Matthew 19:21.

“I think everyone should be with who they love. I don’t want to be controversial or stir up a bunch of trouble but people are going to love who they are going to love. I think gay couples should be allowed to marry. They should suffer just like us heterosexuals. Ha ha ha!

— DOLLY PARTON speaking with Britain’s Event magazine about her support for marriage equality.

“I’m going to zealously defend our constitution, but at the same time I think it’s important to let people know where I stand on the matter.” 

— Arkansas Attorney General DUSTIN MCDANIEL telling AP that he’ll defend his state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, even though he personally opposes it. 

“Which proves that orange really is the new black.”

— PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA noting that House Republicans have grown more critical of GOP House Speaker John Boehner, who’s famous for his fake orange tan, than of him. Obama made the joke at the annual White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner. 

“I believe ultimately that this museum, which will be built on the National Mall, on federal land, will enshrine the radical feminist movement that stands against the pro-life movement, the pro-family movement and the pro-traditional marriage movement.”

— Retiring U.S. Rep. MICHELE BACHMANN warning her congressional colleagues that a National Women’s History Museum proposed for construction in the nation’s capital would become a “shrine” to “radical feminists” who believe in same-sex marriage.

“Are female breadwinners a problem? Is there a problem with men earning less in the household, and do you think that it could cause big marital problems?”

— Fox News host CLAYTON MORRIS ranting on Fox & Friends that women “breadwinners” are emasculating men’s “innate” biology.

“It would be a first-class opportunity to kick the governor for being insensitive to people with disabilities.”

— Retiring Wisconsin GOP state SEN. DALE SCHULTZ commenting on the decision to reject a proposal made by a foundation run by Scott Walker’s wife Tonette to remove the wheelchair ramp at the governor’s mansion to make the building more historically accurate. Schultz decided not to seek re-election due to the embarrassment he felt over his party’s attempts to restrict voting in a way that would disproportionately affect poor, black, elderly and student voters. 

“I think we ought to raise it.”

— Former GOP presidential candidate MITT ROMNEY expressing support for raising the minimum wage.