November 2015

  • November 30, 2015

    “Every generation has had its own ugly reaction to refugees, whether the Irish, Vietnamese, Cubans or Haitians, and those fears have been broadly unfounded. In fact there was only one time in American history when the fear of refugees wiping everyone out did actually come true — and we’ll all be sitting around a table celebrating it on Thursday.”

    John Oliver discusses the Syrian refugee crisis, saying that the Pilgrims were the only dangerous refugees. Last Week Tonight, November 22, 2015

  • November 29, 2015

    “The process that is currently in place is thorough and robust and long as it is fully implemented and not diluted…it will allow us to safely admit the most vulnerable refugees while protecting the American people.”

    -Nancy Pelosi saying that the process for admitting refugees is sufficient as it stands. Politico, November 19, 2015

  • November 28, 2015

    “It’s nice if things are written first and foremost for a woman.”

    Nicole Kidman on taking film roles that were originally written for men. Good Morning America, November 20, 2015

  • November 27, 2015

    “Some men can be feminists. I’m trying to be.”

    -Gaspar Noe, a film director, when asked if he is a feminist. New York Magazine, November 17, 2015

  • November 26, 2015

    “The mosque has nothing to do with the terrorists.”

    -Saba Ahmed, president of the Republican Muslim Coalition, wears an American flag hijab while countering the claim that mosques should be shut down in response to the Paris attacks. Kelly File, November 17, 2015

  • November 25, 2015

    “I have confirmed that the second verse is Warren.”

    -Carly Simon reveals that the second verse of “You’re So Vain” is about Warren Beatty. PEOPLE, November 18, 2015

  • November 24, 2015

    “I would say no as of right now. No, I’m not interested in accepting refugees from Syria.”

    -Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, along with several other governors, stated that he did not support allowing Syrian refugees to move to his state. The Boston Globe, November 16, 2015

  • November 23, 2015

    “We have to truly love freedom more. We have to truly love democracy more. We have to truly love one another more.”

    Russell Brand shares his thoughts on how to end terrorism. Facebook, November 16, 2015

  • November 22, 2015

    “But I think if we’re ever going to really tackle the problems posed by Jihadi extreme terrorism, we need to understand it and realize that it has antecedents to what happened in Iraq, and we have to continue to be vigilant about it.”

    -Hillary Clinton on terrorism during the CBS Democratic debate. CNN, November 15, 2015

  • November 21, 2015

    “But when I asked for the same pay structure on the back-end as the male—not the same amount, even, because he was in more of the movie—the same structure, they didn’t want to give it to me.”

    -Patricia Arquette discusses a recent experience negotiating pay with a film executive. Huffington Post, November 13, 2015

  • November 20, 2015

    “The advancement of the abortion industry’s bottom line shouldn’t take precedent over women’s health, and we look forward to demonstrating the validity of these important health and safety requirements in court.”

    Ken Paxton, Texas attorney general, after the Supreme Court decided to hear a case concerning a Texas abortion law. Politico, November 13, 2015

  • November 19, 2015

    “American leadership is put to the test.”

    -Steve Capus of CBS states the importance of the presidential debate as other nations look to the United States for leadership in times of crisis. The New York Times, November 14, 2015.

  • November 18, 2015

    “They got rid of the Christian religious symbols like snowflakes and snowmen. I think we all remember the story of when baby Jesus was visited by three wise frosties.”

    -Stephen Colbert comments on the Starbucks red cup controversy. The Late Show, November 11, 2015

  • November 17, 2015

    “Ask smart questions, not ‘eating after the show.’ You make me look like an idiot.”

    -Magdalena Frackowiak, a Victoria’s Secret model, confronts a TMZ reporter who asked her what she planned to eat after the fashion show. TMZ, November 10, 2015

  • November 16, 2015

    “This is an act of war. An act committed by a terrorist army, Daesh, against France, our values, who we are, a free country that speaks to the entire planet.”

    French President François Hollande in response to the terrorist attacks that killed more than 120 people in Paris. Politico, November 13, 2015

  • November 15, 2015

    “The Mizzou Family stands as one. We are united. We are behind our players.”

    University of Missouri Football Coach Gary Pinkel via Twitter about the call for athletes to participate in a football strike in response to racial tension at the school. Twitter, November 8, 2015

  • November 14, 2015

    “Choosing Afkham as ambassador took a few minutes, but choosing her successor took four months.”

    Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif comments on Iran’s appointment of its first female ambassador since the Islamic revolution. AFP, November 8, 2015

  • November 13, 2015

    “This report sends a clear message that ending poverty will not be possible unless we take strong action to reduce the threat of climate change on poor people and dramatically reduce harmful emissions.”

    Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank Group, discusses a report the group released that predicts climate change could play a role in driving more people into poverty. Huffington Post, November 8, 2015

  • November 12, 2015

    “I saw something today that angered me. Not just as a journalist, but as a woman.”

    -Brooke Baldwin, CNN anchor, comments on the negative remarks said by co-hosts of The View about Carly Fiorina. LifeZette, no date

  • November 11, 2015

    “The whole point is to distract the populous, to distract me. If you’ve got a real scandal, if you’ve got something that’s really important, let’s talk about that.”

    Ben Carson comments on questions about his background. Associated Press, November 8, 2015

  • November 10, 2015

    “I’m going to be above the president.”

    Suu Kyi, the opposition leader in Burma, as she voted in the first democratic election in the nation in years. The Washington Post, November 8, 2015.

  • November 9, 2015

    “I was not elected dictator of the House.”

    Paul Ryan says he wants to work alongside his colleagues in the House of Representatives. Politico, November 1, 2015.

  • November 8, 2015

    “Get a backbone—do your job.”

    -Mayor of Chula Vista, California, Mary Salas in a Politico Magazine survey on Congressional action on gun control. Politico, October 26, 2015.

  • November 7, 2015

    “I think Bernie can hold his liquor.”

    -Sen. Lindsey Graham at a predebate party in Boulder, Colorado, hosted by CNN for the media and Republican officials. Huffington Post, October 27, 2015.

  • November 6, 2015

    “The candidate who I believe can fundamentally address income inequality effectively, the candidate who has the right vision and the right experience and the ability to get the job done, is Hillary Clinton.”

    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio endorses Hillary Clinton. Morning Joe, October 30, 2015

  • November 5, 2015

    “The waves of the Aegean are not just washing up dead refugees, dead children, but (also) the very civilization of Europe.”

    Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras expresses disdain for how Europe has handled the migration crisis of those traveling from Morocco to Spain via dangerous boat journeys. Associated Press, October 30, 2015

  • November 4, 2015

    “Every restaurant in America would shut down.”

    Anthony Bourdain comments during a radio interview that Donald Trump’s immigration plan would result in the loss of a huge segment of the American population. Interview with SiriusXM’s Pete Dominick, October 28, 2015.

  • November 3, 2015

    “I think the process stinks.”

    Paul Ryan criticizes secret budget talks. Politico, October 27, 2015

  • November 2, 2015

    “That’s right, I’m the lesser known Kardashian sister, my name is Karla Kardashian with a K. Because we’re known for our double K’s. These are double K’s too, by the way.”

    -Ellen DeGeneres becomes the newest Kardahsian sister for Halloween. Huffington Post, October 30, 2015.

  • November 1, 2015

    “The level of activity is comparable to what we saw in the Cold War.”

    A senior European diplomat speaking about Russia’s recent ship activity near vital undersea data cables. New York Times, Oct 26.