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PunditWire’s daily quotes are furnished by American University School of Communication’s Simpson Fellow, Rachel Coyle, who is continuing the mission of Rev. James Simpson on contemporaryquotations.org.

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  • October 23, 2014

    “The most common occupation for women in G rated films is royalty – which is a great gig, if you can get it.”

    -Geena Davis, American actress, film producer, and writer. Speaking at the American University Kennedy Political Union, October 18, 2014

  • October 22, 2014

    “I would rather die than be in the United States Senate. I would be bored to death. Could you imagine me, banging around that chamber with 99 other people, asking for a motion on the amendment in the subcommittee? Forget it…You’d watch me just walk out and walk right into the Potomac River and drown. That would be it.”

    -Chris Christie, Governor of New Jersey and former 2016 presidential frontrunner. Speech at the annual New Jersey NAACP conference, October 11, 2014

  • October 21, 2014

    “We want to believe that diversity can transform the relationship of police to the communities they serve. But odds are good that it doesn’t, and it won’t. Given the fraught history of blacks and law enforcement, blue—it seems—is the only color that matters.”

    -Jamelle Bouie, Slate staff writer, Slate, October 13, 2014

  • October 20, 2014

    “In the middle of a crisis, pulling Dr. Frieden away from the work he needs to do so Congress members could all make their little press statements — it was shameful.”

    -Janet Napolitano, current University of California president and former US Secretary of Homeland Security, Discussing the Congressional Ebola Hearing. Speaking to The WorldPost at a Pacific Council on International Policy conference, October 18, 2014

  • October 19, 2014

    “We’re coming into flu season. Is every flu patient going to be a possible Ebola case? If so, it’s going to be a nightmare. At some point we’ll reach saturation. But right now, we just need to take a deep breath.”

    -Ashish K. Jha, MD, MPH, K.T. Li Professor of International Health & Health Policy at Harvard School of Public Health, and Director of the Harvard Global Health Institute. Forbes, October 11, 2014

  • October 18, 2014

    “The Court is making the preposterous assumption that the People of the United States somehow silently redefined marriage in 1868 when they ratified the 14th Amendment.”

    -Ted Cruz, US Senator (R – Texas), criticizing the US Supreme Court for their refusal to hear gay marriage cases this term. Statement released to the public, October 6, 2014

  • October 17, 2014

    “If you ask a Saudi Imam why women in Saudi Arabia can’t drive, he’ll say, ‘Because Islam demands it.’ But that’s absurd, because – first of all – Islam demands no such thing; and secondly, the only country in the world in which women can’t drive is Saudi Arabia. The inability to understand the difference between a cultural practice and religious belief is shocking among self-described intellectuals.”

    -Reza Aslan, religious scholar and author of the best-selling “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth,” responding to Bill Maher’s recent criticisms of Islam. Salon, October 10, 2014

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