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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.

To learn more about Reverend James B. Simpson and his collection of quotations, please visit his page at American University.

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  • September 20, 2014

    “We’re aware of where our dollars are going. We’re aware of the power of our dollars. We’re aware of the cultural significance of the way that we choose to wear our hair. There’s been a lot of taking back the power, and a lot of that is from the Internet.”

    -Patrice Grell Yursik, founder of Afrobella – a popular natural-hair blog. On the recent boost in African American ownership of African American hair care businesses. New York Times, September 8, 2014

  • September 19, 2014

    “We are the biggest buyer of cocoa in the world, and one of the biggest buyers of coffee in the world. Both of those commodities have gotten more expensive as a result of climate change.”

    - José Lopez, Nestle S.A.’s Vice President and global head of operations – also often described as Nestle’s head of sustainability, though they do not have a staff member with that title. Washington Post, September 5, 2014

  • September 18, 2014

    “In the NFL, apparently seeing is believing. If the NFL and the Ravens had to see that video to be moved to significant action, then shouldn’t those who support the league demand the same? To see action – to see change – before believing? As we all wait on the answer to this central question: ‘What exactly does the NFL stand for?’”

    -Hannah Storm, TV sports journalist and co-anchor of ESPN’s “SportsCenter.” On the NFL’s handling of a domestic abuse situation involving now-former Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice. ESPN’s “Sportcenter,” September 14, 2014

  • September 17, 2014

    “We only have one commander in chief. He laid out his plan. I would never tell the enemy what I was willing to do, or unwilling to do. But he is the commander in chief – he made that decision. At this point in time, it’s important that we give the president what he’s asking for. And we gotta keep our eye on the ball. The issue here is about defeating a terrorist threat that is real and imminent.”

    -John Boehner, US Congressman (R-Ohio) and Speaker of the House, response to the president’s plan for how to defeat terrorist group ‘ISIL.’ Speaking to reporters in the Capitol, September 11, 2014

  • September 16, 2014

    “Now let’s make two things clear: ISIL is not ‘Islamic.’ No religion condones the killing of innocents, and the vast majority of ISIL’s victims have been Muslim. And ISIL is certainly not a state. It was formerly al Qaeda’s affiliate in Iraq, and has taken advantage of sectarian strife and Syria’s civil war to gain territory on both sides of the Iraq-Syrian border. It is recognized by no government, nor the people it subjugates. ISIL is a terrorist organization, pure and simple. And it has no vision other than the slaughter of all who stand in its way.”

    -Barack Obama, President of The United States, televised speech to the American public describing how the US will handle the terrorist organization ‘ISIL’ going forward. September 10, 2014

  • September 15, 2014

    “I think what the audience didn’t fully appreciate – and I don’t think that we did until later – is how much we didn’t know. It was the only time in my experience in which you’re on the air for hours and hours and hours without any indication of what may happen next.”

    -Tom Brokaw, American TV journalist, author, and the only person to host all three major NBC News programs. He now serves as a Special Correspondent for NBC News. Discussing his memory of reporting the 9/11 attacks 13 years ago. The Today Show, September 11, 2014

  • September 14, 2014

    “If we work hard, we shouldn’t have to struggle. There are millions of us working hard who are struggling…We’ve got kids we have to take care of, and it’s really depressing when you can’t buy the proper shoes you need for your kids.”

    -Ken Blackman, cook at Popeye’s fast food restaurant, on why and thousands of other fast food workers nationwide planned to strike– seeking wage increases and unionization. CBS MoneyWatch, September 4, 2014

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