April 2014

  • April 30, 2014

    “If you are passed out drunk or if there is a gun to your head, it is the same crime. It is a crime where there is not consent. It is a felony. And we need to start making sure victims understand that, so they don’t do the self blame.”

    -Claire McCaskill, US Senator (D-MO), discussing sexual assault on college campuses. CBS Face The Nation, April 27, 2014

  • April 29, 2014

    “I think actual death will be a lot easier than dying on stage. Cause – you know – if you do : ‘I loved everybody.’ But dying on stage…Oh, God!”

    -Joan Rivers, American actress, comedian, and TV personality. On failing in comedy vs dying. CBSSunday Morning, April 27, 2014

  • April 28, 2014

    “If you come to me and say, ‘Hey look I’m a racist,’ or ‘I discriminate against blacks,’ or ‘I don’t like you because you’re African American,’ I respect that. I can respect you more by doing that. But don’t smile in my face, shake my hand, and then you don’t really respect me, or want me to be around, or come to your games as the owner of the Clippers.”

    -Magic Johnson, Retired professional basketball player – played point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers. Discussing LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s racist comments. Interview withKCAL/CBS2 Los Angeles, April 27, 2014

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    • April 27, 2014

      “I think Hillary Clinton has juggled so many jobs in her life that adding grandmother to her bio would not deter her from running.”

      -Radhika Jones, Deputy Managing Editor of Time Magazine. NBC’s Meet The Press, April 20, 2014

    • April 26, 2014

      “I work very physically as an actor. The biggest thing for me has been the challenge of how to be this person with the personal transformation that’s going on for me physically… That hasn’t been easy. It’s been an awesome challenge for me… because so much of how I access character is through my body.“

      -Kerry Washington, Lead actress in the TV Show “Scandal,” On filming her show while pregnant. Hollywood Reporter interview, April 16, 2014

    • April 25, 2014

      “In colleges, there are no gender separations in courses of study, and students can freely choose their majors. There are no male and female math classes. But women generally choose college courses that pay less in the labor market. Those are the choices that women themselves make. Those choices contribute to the pay gap…”

      -Phyllis Schlafly, American constitutional lawyer, conservative activist, author, and founder of the Eagle Forum. Article in the Christian Post, April 15, 2014

    • April 24, 2014

      “I’m just a guy who got asked to do something for his country by people at the highest level of government, and I did the best that I could.”

      -James Mitchell, Psychologist who designed CIA’s post-9/11 torture program. Interview with The Guardian, April 18, 2014

    • April 23, 2014

      “If I had to take my family to court and convict them of being followers of Christ, I am not sure where I would find the evidence.”

      -Mark Phelps, excommunicated son of Fred Phelps, Founder of the Westboro Baptist Church. Christianity Today interview, April 16, 2014

    • April 22, 2014

      “My mother saved our home with a minimum wage job. But in the 1960s, a minimum wage job would support a family of three above the poverty line. Not today. Not even close. I understood right then that people can work hard, they can play by the rules, and they can still take a hard smack.”

      -Elizabeth Warren, US Senator from Massachusetts (Democrat). CBS SundayMorning, April 20, 2014

    • April 21, 2014

      “You can’t treat Russia like a guilty schoolboy who has to put a cross on a piece of paper to show he has done his homework. That kind of language is unacceptable.”

      -Dmitry Peskov, Press Attaché for Russian President Vladimir Putin, discussingU.S. threat to impose sanctions. Russia’s First Channel interview, April 18, 2014

    • April 20, 2014

      “I gotta tell you, I do not envy whoever they try to put in David Letterman’s chair. Folks those are some huge shoes to fill, and some really big pants.”

      -Stephen Colbert, on David Letterman’s retirement, The Colbert Report, April 10, 2014

    • April 19, 2014

      “It’s time to create an organization that’s fully devoted to safeguarding the security of Internet users – even if that might make life harder for government hackers.”

      -Julian Sanchez, research fellow at the Cato Institute and a founding editor of the blog Just Security. Discussing the NSA and the Heartbleed internet hack, Guardian article, April 12, 2014

    • April 18, 2014

      “Everyone wants a slim figure. Everyone gets breasts done. Everyone fixes up their face if it’s not ideal, you know? Everyone strives for the golden mean. It’s global now.”

      -Valeria Lukyanova, “The Human Barbie,” discussing her decision to change her body to look like a doll. GQ interview, April 2014

    • April 17, 2014

      “Prostitution thrives in the United States. We focus in this country on punishing the girls. For every brothel owner or pimp or male customer, there are 50 girls who are arrested for being prostitutes. Other countries have tried the other way around, and it works beautifully…they bring the charges against the brothel owners and the pimps and the male customers, and they do not prosecute the girls, who quite often are brought into that trade involuntarily. It works quite well, by the way.”

      -Jimmy Carter, Former US President, TIME interview, April 10, 2014

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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

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        • 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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          • April 9, 2014

            “ is a bully. And bullies only understand when we punch them in the nose, but we need to do that economically.”

            -Kelly Ayotte, US Senator (Republican, New Hampshire), on Russian sanctions by US. CBS Face The Nation, March 23, 2014

          • April 8, 2014

            “I’ve got to admit, I don’t get it. Why are folks working so hard for people not to have health insurance? …Many of the tall tales that have been told about this law have been debunked. There are still no death panels. Armageddon has not arrived. Instead, this law is helping millions of Americans, and in the coming years it will help millions more.”

            -Barack Obama, President of The United States, Statement on Obamacare Enrollments. Rose Garden, April 1, 2014

          • April 7, 2014

            “The huge thing about mental health treatment and mental health care is that you’re encouraged to suck things up and deal…There’s a lot of attention on injury or physical problems, but when they’re invisible wounds or mental health issues, then it’s a personal issue.”

            -Greg Jacob, policy director of Service Women’s Action Network, discussing the Fort Hood Shooting. MSNBC, April 6, 2014

          • April 6, 2014

            “ is a humble man. He lives the faith out in his own personal life. … He’s here to be a shepherd; he isn’t here to be a
            scold. I think that’s a good thing for the church and for the world, frankly.”

            -Rick Santorum, Former US Senator (Republican, Pennsylvania). NBC’s Meet The Press, March 30, 2014

          • April 5, 2014

            “On the first day, God created the navy blue blazer with brass buttons and khakis. And I looked and saw that it was not good. On the second day, He made the ill-fitting all-black suit. And I looked and saw that it was kinda bland. On the third day he created the boxy grey suit — and things were starting to get bleak. On the fourth day, I cried. The hunt for my bar mitzvah suit was failing miserably.”

            -Zeke Winitsky, commenting on the lack of “snazzy” outfits available to him as a 13-year-old for his bar mitzvah, Esquire, March 21, 2014

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            • April 4, 2014

              “In an interview, former vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan said he does not have a racist bone in his body. However, he admitted he has three sexist bones and his spine is homophobic. ”

              -Conan O’Brien, The Conan O’Brien Show, March 26, 2014

            • April 3, 2014

              “Trust me, when they read the results, my face was…frozen. But then I thought about it, and I just decided just to…let it go.”

              -Pharrell Williams, American singer-songwriter, on losing the Oscar for “Best Original Song.” GQ Interview, March 2014

            • April 2, 2014

              “To be honest, I expected there to be controversy , I think all Biblical adaptations carry the weight of that, because it is something that is so personal to people.”

              -Emma Watson, British actress, on her controversial new film, “Noah.” TIME interview, March 27, 2014

            • April 1, 2014

              “ and I are fine. Are we going to be besties for the rest of our lives? No.”

              -Claire McCaskill, US Senator (Democrat – Missouri), on rumors of a sour relationship between herself and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. At a meeting with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch editorial board, March 24, 2014