April 2016

  • April 24, 2016

    “Yes. I think it’s an obscene amount of money. I think that, you know, we had some protesters last night when we pulled up in San Francisco and they’re right to protest. They’re absolutely right. It is an obscene amount of money. The Sanders campaign when they talk about it is absolutely right. It’s ridiculous that we should have this kind of money in politics. I agree completely.”

    Actor and Political Activist George Clooney, remarking on his decision to host a Clinton fundraiser for $1000 a plate at his home. NBC, April 17.

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    • April 23, 2016

      “You’re not going to have a government that represents all of us, so long as you have candidates like Secretary Clinton being dependent on big money interests.”

      Bernie Sanders. Politico, April 17.

    • April 22, 2016

      “I’m having the greatest time still. I mean, I’ve eaten my way across every single part of New York.”

      John Kasich, describing the current status of his campaign. Politico, April 17.

    • April 21, 2016

      “I voted for Rubio in 2010, and this time around I decided to support the conservative who went to Washington and did what they said they were going to do,”

      Ted Cruz’s campaign director in Miami, Manny Roman, describing his reasoning for supporting Cruz this election cycle. CNN

    • April 20, 2016

      “The U.S. tells us to give up our nuclear program, is preparing a nuclear attack against us, and on the other hand would tell its allies to have nuclear weapons. Isn’t this (a) double standard?”

      Ri Jong Ryul, deputy-director general of the Institute of International Studies in Pyongyang, North Korea. CNN, April 17.

    • April 19, 2016

      “I’m not a sailing or mountaineering expert; I’m just an ordinary guy, a guy who happened to choose these challenges in order to reach my own potential,”

      Martin Frey, who has sailed the seven seas and climbed the seven summits. CNN, April 17.

    • April 18, 2016

      “It was the worst experience of my life. Everybody in my neighborhood was screaming saying it was going to be the end of the world.”

      Ecuador Earthquake survivor Jose Meregildo, about the tremors that violently shook his house in Guayaquil, 300 miles away from the quake’s epicenter. CNN, April 17

    • April 17, 2016

      “I guarantee that there is no political influence in any investigation conducted by the Justice Department, or the F.B.I. — not just in this case, but in any case.” Full stop. Period.”

      President Barack Obama, responding to the notion that his administration had any influence over the current Hillary Clinton email investigations. New York Times, April 10.

    • April 16, 2016

      “I didn’t take the job for adulation. We had tremendous responsibilities to try to address these terrible risks.”

      Ben Bernake, former chairman of the Federal Reserve, reacting to the notion that his position was one that allowed him to be “like a God”. CNN, April 10

    • April 15, 2016

      “Where’s my husband? Where’s my husband?”

      Racquel Smith, wife of former New Orleans Saints football player Will Smith, after they were both shot after a city festival. Will Smith did not survive. CNN, April 10

    • April 14, 2016

      “Hillary would beat him from jail. I’m telling you. That’s how unpopular he is. It’s crazy.”

      Republican operative Tim Miller, discussing Trump’s chances against Hillary in a general election. Politico, April 10

    • April 13, 2016

      “I decided to leave the army when my dead and injured comrades lay in our base, and nobody took them to hospital. My army training is very useful now, as I am training Taliban fighters with the same knowledge.”

      Anonymous former Afghan Army soldier, describing his decision to change sides and fight for the Taliban. CNN, April 9

    • April 12, 2016

      “I’m asking friends, government, that we need help in our community. I have relatives that have attempted to take their own lives … cousins, friends.”

      Attawapiskat Chief Bruce Shisheesh, discussing a recent suicide epidemic in the Ontario First Nation of Attawapiska of Northern Canada. CNN, April 10

    • April 11, 2016

      “Probably failing to plan for the day after what I think was the right thing to do in intervening in Libya.”

      Barack Obama, describing what he considers the biggest mistake of his presidency. Fox News, April 10

    • April 10, 2016

      “We don’t need the empire to give us anything.”

      Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, rejecting the idea that Cuba needs U.S. assistance to stay afloat economically. USA Today, March 28.

    • April 9, 2016

      “Legislators have gone out of their way to stigmatize and marginalize transgender North Carolinians by pushing ugly and fundamentally untrue stereotypes that are based on fear and ignorance and not supported by the experiences of more than 200 cities with these protections.”

      Sarah Preston, acting executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina, stating her disapproval for House Bill 2, the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, which puts in place a statewide policy that bans individuals from using public bathrooms that do not correspond to their biological sex. CNN, March 24

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      • April 8, 2016

        “It remains a priority for the government to ensure that law enforcement can obtain crucial digital information to protect national security and public safety, either with cooperation from relevant parties, or through the court system when cooperation fails. We will continue to pursue all available options for this mission, including seeking the cooperation of manufacturers and relying upon the creativity of both the public and private sectors.”

        Melanie Newman, a spokeswoman for the Justice Department, reacting to criticism over the dispute with Apple in regards to unlocking the San Bernardino shooter’s phone. NY Times, March 29.

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        • April 7, 2016

          “I’m free and I’m unbound and there are no shackles on me now.”

          Ismael Rosa, a salsa singer serving a lifetime prison sentence for drug crimes, after President Obama granted him clemency. NY Times, March 30

        • April 6, 2016

          The woman is a victim in this case as is the life in her womb. My position has not changed — like Ronald Reagan, I am pro-life with exceptions.”

          Donald Trump, clarifying his opinion on abortion after declaring that women should be punished for getting illegal abortions. CNN, March 30.

        • April 5, 2016

          “It’s not five people, it’s not ten people, it’s not 1000 people. We are talking about millions of people arriving in bulk numbers in Greece. Who is going to feed them? Who is going to establish all the mechanisms so they can survive safely? So, I think the United States should intervene, not only the European nations.”

          Paul Kotrotsions, a Washington DC resident and publisher of the Hellenic News of America, reacting to the Greece migrant crisis. VOA News, April 2.

        • April 4, 2016

          “We can’t be the policeman to the world and have $19 trillion in debt, going up to $21 trillion.”

          Donald Trump. CNN, April 2