February 2016

  • February 29, 2016

    “America didn’t become the richest country in the world by practicing socialism, or the strongest country by denigrating its governing institutions, or the most talent-filled country by stoking fear of immigrants.”

    Thomas Friedman in a op-ed about how many of the 2016 candidates are not speaking to America’s strengths. The New York Times, February 17, 2016.

  • February 28, 2016

    “He had the name, he had the legacy, he had the money. Perhaps that was the problem.”

    Andrea Mitchell comments on the suspension of Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign. NBC News, February 21, 2016

  • February 27, 2016

    “A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not of building bridges, is not Christian.”

    Pope Francis calls Donald Trump “un-Christian.” The Daily Beast, February 20, 2016.

  • February 26, 2016

    “I get it, and we’re not a monolith.”

    Michael Steele, former Republican National Committee chairman, said he liked the running joke about black Republicans being a monolith. Huffington Post, February 20, 2016.

  • February 25, 2016

    “There were so many AAPI who had no clue what a caucus was. I frankly did not expect to see the numbers, but said, ‘Hooray, people are participating!'”

    Rozita Lee, a grassroots political leader and a former member of the White House Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islanders, talks about the importance of the Asian American vote. NBC News, February 21, 2016.

  • February 24, 2016

    “In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.”

    Joe Biden, in an interview with Politico, comments on the Republican candidates and the “angry, populist chord” Trump has tapped in to. Politico, February 19, 2016.

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  • February 23, 2016

    “She is a tremendously flawed candidate.”

    Hugh Hewitt, talk show radio host, discusses Hillary Clinton on Meet the Press. Meet the Press, February 21, 2016

  • February 22, 2016

    “I was sent a picture to share on social for Fallon that was altered without me knowing to make my arms look smaller. I won’t say by who – I know it was done with severely misplaced positive intentions – but this goes against everything I believe.”

    Ronda Rousey on social media about a photoshopped picture of her appearance on The Tonight Show. Instagram, February 17, 2016

  • February 21, 2016

    “This is football, not Hollywood, and I thought it was really outrageous that she used it as a platform to attack police officers who are the people who protect her and protect us, and keep us alive.”

    Rudy Giuliani criticizes Beyonce’s Black Panther reference during the Super Bowl halftime show. Time, February 8, 2016.

  • February 20, 2016

    “These are responsibilities I take seriously, as should everyone. They’re bigger than any one party. They’re about our democracy.”

    President Barack Obama on nominating a successor to Supreme Court Justice Scalia. The Huffington Post, February 13, 2016.

  • February 19, 2016

    “The focus was to deal with the litany of issues that African-American and Latino voters are facing.”

    -Al Sharpton discusses his meeting with Bernie Sanders following the senator’s New Hampshire win. CNN, February 10, 2016

  • February 18, 2016

    “Steve Martin said, ‘Be so good they can’t ignore you.’ I love that.”

    Megyn Kelly in an interview with Vanity Fair. Vanity Fair, January 4, 2016

  • February 17, 2016

    “Article II Section 2 of the Constitution says the President of the United States nominates justices to the Supreme Court, with the advice and consent of the Senate. I can’t find a clause that says ‘… except when there’s a year left in the term of a Democratic president.'”

    Elizabeth Warren comments on the GOP’s fight to bar a supreme court nominee until after the 2016 election. Politico, February 14, 2016.

  • February 16, 2016

    “I write this to you my brothers while still 53 million dollars in personal debt… Please pray we overcome… This is my true heart.”

    Kanye West takes to Twitter to discuss his financial troubles. Twitter, February 13, 2016.

  • February 15, 2015

    “We wish those in happy relationships a very happy Valentine’s Day… and encourage everyone else to clean out their closets, donate to Goodwill and start fresh!”

    Veronica Brandon Miller, Goodwill Manasota vice president, talks about the organization’s “Donate Your Ex’s Stuff” campaign. Fox News, February 12, 2016.

  • February 11, 2016

    “The cover-up can be worse than the crime, though in this case there may be no underlying crime.”

    David Uhlmann, a professor at the University of Michigan Law School and former chief of the Justice Department’s Environmental Crimes section, on the FBI investigation of the Flint water crisis. NBC News, February 2, 2016.

  • February 10, 2016

    “I promise if I run a touchdown on Sunday, I will celebrate.”

    Peyton Manning prepares to celebrate during the Super Bowl. The Huffington Post, February 2, 2016.

  • February 9, 2016

    “And tonight while the results are still not known, it looks like we are in a virtual tie.”

    Bernie Sanders addresses the crowd on the night of the Iowa caucus. The Des Moines Register, February 2, 2016.

  • February 8, 2016

    “Voters are sick of me.”

    Mike Huckabee as he withdraws from the Republican presidential race. USA TODAY, February 2, 2016.

  • February 7, 2016

    “Humans have the power to change the climate on geological timescales.”

    Andrey Ganopolski, scientist and author, warning about the severity of human-cause global warming. NBC News, Jan 16.

  • February 6, 2016

    “I am now declaring that a recent cluster of microcephaly and other neurological abnormalities reported in Latin America following a similar cluster in French Polynesia in 2014 constitute a public health emergency of international concern.”

    WHO director general Dr. Margaret Chan told a news conference. NBC News, Jan 31.

  • February 5, 2016

    “Those who served our country even when it didn’t support them deserve our utmost respect and honor, and we owe it to them to make upgrading their discharge status as easy and efficient as possible.”

    U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio commenting on an 82-year-old Ohio veteran who has been granted honorable discharge more than six decades after he was “undesirably” discharged from the Army for being gay. MSNBC Jan 29.

  • February 4, 2016

    “Today I was shown a piece of literature from the Cruz for President campaign that misrepresents the role of my office, and worse, misrepresents Iowa election law.”

    Paul Pate, Iowa Secretary of State remarking on a controversial mailer from Ted Cruz before the hotly contested Iowa Caucus. CNN Jan 31.

  • February 3, 2016

    “January was a schizophrenic month — in the extreme.”

    Wall Street Veteran Peter Kenny remarking on plummeting stocks and unstable markets in the month of January. CNN Jan 31.

  • February 2, 2016

    “First of all they, they don’t know what they’re talking about.”

    Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates criticizing the Republicans for their strategies for defeating ISIS. Politico Jan 19.

  • February 1st, 2016

    “As I’ve worked with Congress and governors, I’ve heard that fighting this epidemic is a top priority, no matter their home state or party affiliation.”

    HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell discussing an increased budget proposal to help combat the growing opioid epidemic in the U.S. Politico, Jan 31.