January 2016

  • January 31, 2016

    “It took me a moment to realize what was going on, that he was hitting me because I was a Jew. I turned around and realized it was somebody I didn’t know. I realized he was there to kill. I said, ‘Stop, stop, stop!’ but he heard nothing.”

    Benjamin Amsellem, a teacher at a local Jewish school in Marseille, France who was attacked by a man armed with a machete. New York Times, Jan 24.

  • January 30, 2016

    “We’ve seen him enriching his friends, his close allies, and marginalising those who he doesn’t view as friends using state assets. Whether that’s Russia’s energy wealth, whether it’s other state contracts, he directs those to whom he believes will serve him and excludes those who don’t. To me, that is a picture of corruption.”

    Adam Szubin, overseer of US Treasury sanctions, regarding the recent scandal around the wealth of Russian President Vladimir Putin. BBC, Jan 24.

  • January 29. 2016

    “I would certainly not bathe a newborn or infant in Flint water.”

    Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, remarking on the severity of the Flint, Michigan water crisis. FoxNews, Jan 24.

  • January 28, 2016

    “The 71 days alone on the Antarctic with over 900 statute miles covered and a gradual grinding down of my physical endurance finally took its toll today, and it is with sadness that I report it is journey’s end — so close to my goal.”

    British explorer Henry Worsley declaring his intentions to abandon an attempt to be the first person to cross the Antarctic unaided. CNN, Jan 24.

  • January 27, 2016

    “It rolled on its side. Everything went flying. It was pretty intense.”

    American Airlines passenger Karen Case after severe turbulence forced an emergency landing on a flight from Miami to Milan. CNN, Jan 24.

  • January 26, 2016

    “Of those individuals who have a chance to win the Republican primary, at this juncture, from my perspective, Ted Cruz is by far the most consistent conservative in that crowd.”

    Former Texas Governor Rick Perry endorsing Ted Cruz. Politico, Jan 24.

  • January 25, 2016

    “My bet is that the candidate who can project hope still is the candidate who the American people, over the long term, will gravitate towards.”

    Barack Obama discussing this election cycle. Politico, Jan 24.

  • January 24, 2016

    “I’ve seen over the last couple of days, or couple of years, actually, that I hate the media. I actually do love you guys.”

    NBA player Kevin Durant, regarding his perceived disliking of the media. ESPN, Jan 17.

  • January 23, 2016

    “If you’re a criminal alien, no, you can’t stay. If you’re someone that hasn’t been here for a very long time, you can’t stay. I don’t think you’re gonna round up and deport 12 million people.”

    Marco Rubio, enforcing his belief that people who immigrated to the U.S. illegally but haven’t committed any major crimes could be allowed to stay. Politico, Jan 17.

  • January 22, 2016

    “We will never kill our way out of the Daesh problem. We cannot bomb our way to peace here. The key to defeating this enemy and making it stick is the reconciliation and the stabilization process.”

    U.S. Army Col. Steve Warren, discussing the situation in Ramadi, Iraq. Fox News, Jan 17

  • January 21, 2016

    “Our enemies are laughing at us.”

    Texas Senator Ted Cruz, discussing the prisoner swap this weekend between the U.S. and Iran. Fox News Jan 17.

  • January 20, 2016

    “I have a very good relationship with god, a great relationship with evangelical (Christian voters).”

    Donald Trump. CNN Jan 17

  • January 19, 2016

    “One of my biggest differences has been on guns, and I’m very pleased that he flip-flopped on the immunity legislation. Now I hope he will flip-flop on what we call the ‘Charleston loophole’ and join legislation to close that.”

    Hilary Clinton, when asked about the differences between her and Bernie Sanders. CNN Jan 17.

  • January 18, 2016

    “We never could have believed that this nightmare would go on for so long, but I’m just overjoyed that it’s about to be over.”

    Doug Jehl, The Washington Post’s executive editor and foreign editor reacting to the news of U.S. citizens being released from prison in Iran. CNN, Jan 17.

  • January 17, 2016

    “The whole thing is on me and I accept that. It’s shameful. I’ve got to do better.”

    Minnesota Vikings place kicker Blair Walsh after missing what would have been a game winning 27-yard field goal against the Seattle Seahawks. January 10, ESPN

  • January 16, 2016

    “It is the legitimate right of a sovereign state and a fair action that nobody can criticize.”

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, discussing his decision to test a nuclear bomb in North Korea. Reuters, January 10

  • January 15, 2016

    “She so clearly understands and supports women equality. The stakes have never been higher.”

    Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, endorsing Hillary Clinton for president. MSNBC January 10

  • January 14, 2016

    “This appears to be part of a pattern of behavior by Hillary Clinton where protocols designed to protect national security and our diplomatic efforts were cast aside. Serious legal questions are raised by these emails.”

    Republican National Committee spokesman Michael Short reacting to the ongoing investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails. Fox News January 9.

  • January 13, 2016

    “The son of a U.S. citizen born abroad is a natural-born citizen. The internet has all sorts of fevered swamp theories.”

    Presidential candidate and Texas Senator Ted Cruz discussing his eligibility to be the next U.S. President. January 10. Fox News

  • January 12, 2016

    “I supply more heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana than anybody else in the world. I have a fleet of submarines, airplanes, trucks and boats.”

    Mexican drug lord and crime boss Joaquin (El Chapo) Guzman, bragging about his power shortly before being captured and sent back to prison. January 10. New York Daily News

  • January 11, 2016

    “There are very clear distinctions. He can say whatever he wants about me. Let the voters judge that. But I am not going to let him or any of the other Republicans rip away the progress that we have. It has been too hard fought for. And I am going to stand up and make it clear there is a huge difference between us.”

    Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton speaking on insults by Donald Trump. January 10, CNN

  • January 10, 2016

    “It’s the best thing that’s happened to incidental sales since, I don’t know, Tickle Me Elmo.”

    Ted Potrikus president and CEO of the state Retail Council, on how Star Wars is benefiting retail sales in malls. Dec 30 2015. Times Union.

  • January 9, 2016

    “We’re racist, we’re racist, and that’s the way we like it, we like it, we like it.”

    Chelsea Football Club supporters chanting on a metro, while not allowing a black passenger to board, in Paris after a Chelsea vs PSG match. Feb 17, 2015. DailyMail UK

  • January 8, 2016

    “The healing process, the restoration process has begun.”

    Chris Greenhagen, pastor of the Central Baptist Church in Eureka, Missouri, one of the communities hit by flooding along the Meramec River earlier this week, said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. Jan 3.

  • January 7, 2016

    “My New Year’s resolution is to move forward on our unfinished business as much as I can. That’s especially true for one piece of unfinished business: our epidemic of gun violence.”

    Barack Obama, in a taped New Year’s Day address in preparation for his upcoming executive actions on gun control. Politico, Jan 3.

  • January 6, 2016

    “Doubtlessly, unfairly-spilled blood of oppressed martyr #SheikhNimr will affect rapidly & Divine revenge will seize Saudi politicians.”

    Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in response to Saudi Arabia’s execution of Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr. CNN, Jan 3

  • January 5, 2016

    “What we’re doing is not rebellious. What we’re doing is in accordance with the Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land.”

    Ryan Bundy, part of the Bundy ranching family in Oregon, explaining their armed takeover of a federal building in response to grievances against his family dating back to the early 1990s. January 3, 2015. Washington Post

  • January 4, 2016

    “They’ve created ISIS. Hillary Clinton created ISIS with Obama.”

    Donald Trump. January 2 2015. CNN

  • January 3, 2016

    “It meant so much. It was amazing. … They set a good example for children. For them to see what the officers have done for me, it means a lot. … I had anxiety about getting the door and the tires fixed. It uplifted me.”

    Kristal Christ, mother, in a statement to Fox News after her local police officers rallied together to replace the damaged passenger door of her car to make it safer to drive her three children. Fox News Insider. December 28, 2015

  • January 2, 2016

    “ most excruciating for me, because I wanted to be an actor and if I wanted that career, I had to be closeted.”

    George Takei, American actor, discussing his decision to stay in the closet as long as he did. Huffington Post. December 26, 2015

  • January 1, 2016

    “We kind of learned from the past we didn’t want to shock and scare and judge the group of people we were talking to.”

    Louie Moses, President and creative director of Moses Inc., the company behind Arizona’s Department of Health’s latest HIV awareness campaign. New York Times. December 27, 2015