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  • July 21, 2014

    “There is no safe place in Gaza right now. Bombs can land at any time, anywhere. A small metal shack with no electricity or running water on a jetty in the blazing seaside sun does not seem like the kind of place frequented by Hamas militants – the Israel Defense Forces’ intended targets. Children, maybe four feet tall, dressed in summer clothes, running from an explosion, don’t fit the description of Hamas fighters, either.”

    -Tyler Hicks, Pulitzer Prize-winning Senior Photographer for The New York Times, describing the scene on a Gaza beach after four young boys were killed by an Israeli missile. New York Times, July 16, 2014

  • July 20, 2014

    “It’s unbelievable. I could have never imagined it…at day one, we had 200 dollars, and I thought that was way too much money. I was overwhelmed at the idea of making 200 dollars worth of potato salad. So $35,000…”

    -Zack Brown, whose “Kickstarter” campaign for ingredients to make potato salad went viral. Good Morning America, July 8, 2014

  • July 19, 2014

    “…we do not simply get showered with Hollywood money because we happened to write a little story about wizards one day. It’s not winning the lottery. It’s a real job, which real people do, and they have the same real problems as other real people.”

    -Joanne Harris, bestselling author – known especially for her novel “Chocolat,” saying that J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter author – distorted the public’s image of authors. Speaking at a Parliament event on authors’ pay, reported in The Guardian July 9, 2014

  • July 18, 2014

    “I felt like it was important for me to try to connect those dots to my legislative colleagues, so that they understand that these are real lives that we’re talking about – that they’re not just words on a piece of paper. That the decisions that we make absolutely affect young people every single day. And that I very much could have been helped if things had been different for me.”

    -Lucy Flores, candidate for Nevada Lt. Governor, on her decision to disclose the abortion she had as a teenager. The Reid Report on MSNBC, July 8, 2014

  • July 17, 2014

    “We do have to treat people the way Americans always treat people, with the highest level of compassion and care. But they will have to be returned, because that is the law. If you ignore that, if you don’t apply that – as heartbreaking as it may be – you are basically telling another 80,000 people to try to come.”

    -Marco Rubio, US senator (Republican – Florida), discussing the large number of immigrant children illegally crossing the US border. The Michael Medved (radio) Show, July 9, 2014

  • July 16, 2014

    “These are children we are talking about – not just numbers, not just data, not political pawns. And, although most may not meet the refugee threshold needed to stay in the United States, many may. How are we supposed to hold our heads high on humanitarian issues if, in our haste for a fix and our fixation on deterrence, we return even a few children to a place where their lives are in danger?”

    -Charles M. Blow, Visual Op-ed Columnist for The New York Times. Discussing the large number of immigrant children illegally crossing the US border. New York Times, July 9, 2014

  • July 15, 2014

    “My relationship with Northeast Ohio is bigger than basketball. I didn’t realize that four years ago. I do now.”

    -LeBron James, Professional basketball player, on his decision to return to his hometown and play for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Sports Illustrated, July 11, 2014

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