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  • April 16, 2014

    “I got to be a leader of HHS during these most historic times. We are on the front lines of a long overdue national change — fixing a broken health system. Now, this is the most meaningful work I’ve ever been a part of. In fact, it’s been the cause of my life. And I knew it wouldn’t be easy. There’s a reason that no earlier President was successful in passing health reform, despite decades of attempts.”

    -Kathleen Sebelius, former United States Secretary of Health and Human Services,announcing her resignation. White House press conference, April 11, 2014

  • April 15, 2014

    “We’re definitely blessed to get a scholarship to our universities, but at the end of the day, that doesn’t cover everything. We do have hungry nights that we don’t have enough money to get food.”

    -Shabazz Napier, Senior guard – UConn basketball, on college players unionizing. Locker room interview, March 27, 2014

  • April 14, 2014

    “50 years later we need to have a conversation…not just about civil rights, C-I-V-I-L, but about silver rights, S-I-L-V-E-R. That is to say: economic rights, economic freedoms. Black folk lag behind in every leading economic category 50 years later, even in the Obama era. And the bottom line is this: if you don’t have economic freedom, you really ain’t free.”

    -Tavis Smiley, host of “Tavis Smiley” on PBS and “The Tavis Smiley Show” on PRI, discussing the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. CBS’ Face The Nation, April 13, 2014

  • April 13, 2014

    “I will promise you that if I can give you two good scenes — which is what I always try to do in every movie — then I feel like I’m doing my job.”

    -Nicolas Cage, American actor, CBS Sunday Morning, April 6, 2014

  • April 12, 2014

    “If I die unexpectedly, can everyone just do the right thing and pretend I was a way better person than I am?”

    -Anna Kendrick, American actress and singer, Twitter, April 1, 2014

  • April 11, 2014

    “Standardized tests are an indicator of the kind of service taxpayers are receiving — and whether schools, educators and policymakers are doing their jobs. In the United States, taxpayers spend almost $600 billion annually on public education, so it’s not unreasonable to ask what all that money is producing. In fact, it’s irresponsible not to know.”

    -Michelle Rhee, Former DC Public School Chancellor and CEO of StudentsFirst. Washington Post, April 4, 2014

  • April 10, 2014

    “I came inside of my house. My father – and the other players – was so sad, and my father was crying. It was the first time I saw my father cry. I say ‘why do you cry?’ Because my father used to say, ‘men don’t cry. You remember that.’ …and then I say ‘why you cry?’ He say, ‘Brazil lost the world cup.’ I was so depressed. I say, ‘I’m gonna win one world cup for you, don’t worry.’”

    -Pele, Retired soccer player from Brazil, 3-time World Cup champion, telling a story from his childhood. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, April 3, 2014

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