July 2014

  • July 31, 2014

    “There are an awful lot of things going on that need understanding and explanation, but – to put it mildly – the world is a mess.”

    -Madeline Albright, Former Secretary of State, CBS Face The Nation, July 27, 2014

  • July 30, 2014

    “Speaker Boehner, by going down the path of this lawsuit, has opened the door to Republicans possibly considering impeachment at some point in the future. I think that if the President enacted immigration reform, that would certainly up the likelihood that would contemplate impeachment.”

    -Dan Pfeiffer, longtime aide and senior adviser to President Barack Obama, talking to reporters, July 25, 2014

  • July 29, 2014

    “A Palestinian has built this home with his money. Are Israelis expecting him to leave just like that?”

    -Khaled Meshaal, Hamas leader, discussing the current Israel/Palestine conflict, BBC interview, July 24, 2014

  • July 28, 2014

    “Israel is now an instrument in the hands of Hamas, not the opposite. Hamas doesn’t care if its population suffers under the attacks or not, because the population is suffering anyway. Hamas doesn’t really care about their own casualties either. They want to achieve something that will change the situation in Gaza.”

    -Yuval Diskin, former Director of Israel’s internal security service Shin Bet, discussing the current Israel/Palestine conflict. Interview with SPIEGEL, July 24, 2014

  • July 27, 2014


    “Just the fact that no woman has done it, it makes it feel unreachable to some women. You know, like, ‘oh, no woman’s ever done it, so obviously I can’t do it.’ Instead of thinking, ‘no woman’s ever done it, I want to be the one to do it,’ which is the attitude that I took.”

    -Kacy Catanzaro, the first woman to qualify for the ‘American Ninja Warrior’ final, Vulture interview, July 16, 2014

  • July 26, 2014

    “I would love to play Nefertiti or Cleopatra or the Queen of Sheba. We preserve more male history than we do female. We have to preserve . No more complaining. We have to do it.”

    -Zoe Saldana, American actress, Marie Claire interview, July 19, 2014

  • July 25, 2014

    “They didn’t promise a per diem or payment. Only free food, clothing, weapons, and a guarantee that they would transport our bodies to Rostov-on-Don and give them to our relatives. If, of course, they found them.”

    -Artur Gasparyan, 24-year-old native of Spitak, Armenia – on being recruited as a Russian Separatist and sent to annex Crimea in Ukraine. Interview with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s Russian Service, July 13, 2014

  • July 24, 2014

    “…I was really tested, but afterwards I was euphoric, because I thought, ‘wow, I just had to fly by the seat of my pants, interview the president of The United States. I didn’t ask him about his favorite color or his favorite meal at the White House – I actually talked to him about real things, and I survived. Phew!’”

    -Katie Couric, American TV journalist and talk-show host, recalling the surprise 1992 interview with President George Bush – he walked into the middle of an interview she was conducting with Barbara Bush – that became a pivotal moment in her career. Today Show, July 18, 2014

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    • July 23, 2014

      “We see fans of all shapes and sizes and genders in comic stores and at conventions. And we perceived there to be a real thirst for characters that reflect what we see in the mirror. From Miles Morales, the African-American Spider-Man, to the new female Thor, our goal is to make our characters reflect the outside world.”

      -Axel Alonso, Editor-in-Chief of Marvel Comics, explaining Marvel’s decision to make the next iteration of “Thor” a woman. TIME interview, July 15, 2014

    • July 22, 2014

      “This is a tragic day in what has already been a tragic year for Malaysia. As we work to understand what happened, our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those on the flight. I cannot imagine what they must be going through at this time. The flight and crew came from many different countries, but regardless of nationality, we are all united in grief.”

      -Najib Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia, on Malaysia Flight M17 – shot down over Ukraine by an unknown party. Press conference, July 18, 2014

    • July 21, 2014

      “There is no safe place in Gaza right now. Bombs can land at any time, anywhere. A small metal shack with no electricity or running water on a jetty in the blazing seaside sun does not seem like the kind of place frequented by Hamas militants – the Israel Defense Forces’ intended targets. Children, maybe four feet tall, dressed in summer clothes, running from an explosion, don’t fit the description of Hamas fighters, either.”

      -Tyler Hicks, Pulitzer Prize-winning Senior Photographer for The New York Times, describing the scene on a Gaza beach after four young boys were killed by an Israeli missile. New York Times, July 16, 2014

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      • July 20, 2014

        “It’s unbelievable. I could have never imagined it…at day one, we had 200 dollars, and I thought that was way too much money. I was overwhelmed at the idea of making 200 dollars worth of potato salad. So $35,000…”

        -Zack Brown, whose “Kickstarter” campaign for ingredients to make potato salad went viral. Good Morning America, July 8, 2014

      • July 19, 2014

        “…we do not simply get showered with Hollywood money because we happened to write a little story about wizards one day. It’s not winning the lottery. It’s a real job, which real people do, and they have the same real problems as other real people.”

        -Joanne Harris, bestselling author – known especially for her novel “Chocolat,” saying that J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter author – distorted the public’s image of authors. Speaking at a Parliament event on authors’ pay, reported in The Guardian July 9, 2014

      • July 18, 2014

        “I felt like it was important for me to try to connect those dots to my legislative colleagues, so that they understand that these are real lives that we’re talking about – that they’re not just words on a piece of paper. That the decisions that we make absolutely affect young people every single day. And that I very much could have been helped if things had been different for me.”

        -Lucy Flores, candidate for Nevada Lt. Governor, on her decision to disclose the abortion she had as a teenager. The Reid Report on MSNBC, July 8, 2014

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        • July 17, 2014

          “We do have to treat people the way Americans always treat people, with the highest level of compassion and care. But they will have to be returned, because that is the law. If you ignore that, if you don’t apply that – as heartbreaking as it may be – you are basically telling another 80,000 people to try to come.”

          -Marco Rubio, US senator (Republican – Florida), discussing the large number of immigrant children illegally crossing the US border. The Michael Medved (radio) Show, July 9, 2014

        • July 16, 2014

          “These are children we are talking about – not just numbers, not just data, not political pawns. And, although most may not meet the refugee threshold needed to stay in the United States, many may. How are we supposed to hold our heads high on humanitarian issues if, in our haste for a fix and our fixation on deterrence, we return even a few children to a place where their lives are in danger?”

          -Charles M. Blow, Visual Op-ed Columnist for The New York Times. Discussing the large number of immigrant children illegally crossing the US border. New York Times, July 9, 2014

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          • July 15, 2014

            “My relationship with Northeast Ohio is bigger than basketball. I didn’t realize that four years ago. I do now.”

            -LeBron James, Professional basketball player, on his decision to return to his hometown and play for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Sports Illustrated, July 11, 2014

          • July 14, 2014

            “As goes Ohio, so goes the presidential race…We’ve got a full time field staff there now in Ohio. We’ve got full time offices now…This was something that, historically, unfortunately, our party’s only been involved with during the last five months of a campaign. I think it’s been terrible for our party. We’ve changed things at the RNC.”

            -Reince Priebus, Chairman of the Republican National Committee, on the decision to hold the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. Fox News, July 8, 2014

          • July 13, 2014

            “By the end of this century, most of the human race will have become cyborgs . The allure will be immortality. Machines will make breakthroughs in medical technology, most of the human race will have more leisure time, and we’ll think we’ve never had it better. The concern I’m raising is that the machines will view us as an unpredictable and dangerous species.”

            -Louis Del Monte, physicist, entrepreneur, and author of “The Artificial Intelligence Revolution.” Interview with Business Insider, July 5, 2014

          • July 12, 2014

            “We say no to whites owning our land, and they should go…They can own companies and apartments…but not the soil. It is ours, and that message should ring loud and clear in Britain and the United States.”

            -Robert Mugabe, President of Zimbabwe, Speaking to farmers in the small mining town of Mhangura, July 2, 2014

          • July 11, 2014

            “It sounds funny to say, but we saw as just a family wedding. And actually, I didn’t realize – perhaps – the scale of it until afterwards. We all took on the roles as any family would.”

            -Pippa Middleton, sister of Kate Middleton (Duchess of Cambridge), Interview with TODAY’s Matt Lauer, June 30, 2014

          • July 10, 2014

            “I don’t think women can have it all. I just don’t think so…My husband and I have been married for 34 years, and we have two daughters. And every day you have to make a decision about whether you are going to be a wife or a mother. In fact, many times during the day you have to make those decisions…We co-opted our families to help us. We plan our lives meticulously so we can be decent parents. But if you ask our daughters, I’m not sure they will say that I’ve been a good mom.”

            -Indra K. Nooyi, CEO of PepsiC0, on a woman’s struggle to have both a career and a family. Interview with David Bradley – owner of The Atlantic, July 1, 2014

            • July 9, 2014

              “My dream is not over yet. It was interrupted by one move. But it will continue, and I’m certain that my teammates will do whatever possible so I can fulfill my dream of being a champion. I won’t be able to fulfill the dream of playing in a World Cup final, but I’m sure they will win this one. They will become champions, and I will be there with them, and all of Brazil will be celebrating together.”

              -Neymar (Full name Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior), popular player on Brazil’s World Cup Soccer team. Discussing the fractured vertebra that will keep him from the rest of the World Cup games. Video released by the Brazilian football confederation, July 5, 2014

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              • July 8, 2014

                “Is it illegal for me to ask what religion a corporation is during a job interview?”

                -Mat Jonan, Senior Writer at Wired, on the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court decision. Twitter, June 30, 2014

              • July 7, 2014

                “A corporation is simply a form of organization used by human beings to achieve desired ends. Protecting the free-exercise rights of corporations like Hobby Lobby, Conestoga, and Mardel (a Christian bookstore) protects the religious liberty of the humans who own and control those companies.”

                -Samuel Alito, US Supreme Court Justice, excerpt from his written majority opinion on Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. June 30, 2014

              • July 6, 2014

                “In my 20s, I used to cry about why I wasn’t thinner or prettier – but I want to add that I also used to cry about things like: ‘I wish my hair would grow faster. I wish I had different shoes’…I was an idiot…It’s a decade of tears.”

                -Melissa McCarthy, American actress, People magazine, June 25, 2014

              • July 5, 2014

                “In talk radio, in the media, when we are very partisan…a lot of people will say it helps us devolve socially, and that it lends nothing but vitriol and acrimony to an already heightened atmosphere. But the country is divided. All of these polls are always divided. Capitol Hill is divided. How can you say the airwaves or the website should not be divided? We are.”

                -Matt Drudge, Creator and editor of the conservative political website Drudge Report, Interview with WTOP Radio, June 27, 2014

              • July 4, 2014

                I’m absolutely, utterly, and completely certain that God wouldn’t be homophobic. I’d much rather go to hell – I really would much rather go to hell – than go to a homophobic heaven.”

                -Desmond Tutu, Retired Anglican bishop and South African social/civil rights activist who fought against South Africa’s apartheid. NBC News, June 27, 2014

              • July 3, 2014

                “It’s like a reverse nightmare situation. When you go to sleep normally, you have a nightmare and you wake up and ‘Oh! Everything’s ok.’ And now I go to sleep – I might have a nice dream – and then I wake up and slowly the truth of what happens dawns on me. And that is that my son was a mass murderer.”< br />

                -Peter Rodger, Father of Elliot Rodger – UC Santa Barbara shooter, ABC News, June 26, 2014

              • July 2, 2014

                “What’s with the poverty Tourette’s? Why do these two think we need a hobo for president?”

                -Jon Stewart, host of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Mocking Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden for recent attempts to convince the public they are average – not wealthy. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, June 24, 2014

              • July 1, 2014

                “If really want it and they are really capable, I think they can make it. If you are determined and passionate about it, I don’t think there are any roadblocks. Gender doesn’t matter at a leadership level.”

                -Aruna Jayanthi, CEO and Managing director of Capgemini India, On women achieving leadership positions (especially in the business world), Wall Street Journal, June 23, 2014