“TRUTH IS A FORCE OF NATURE!”
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“The magnitude of the $5 billion penalty and sweeping conduct relief are unprecedented in the history of the FTC.”
“The Justice Department upholds the rule of law and we owe it to the victims and their families to carry forward the sentence imposed by our justice system.
“We can never repay all that the 9/11 community has done for our country, but we can stop penalizing them… I’m hopeful that today begins the process of being able to heal without the burden of having to advocate.”
“You should always push yourself.”
Gymnast Simon Biles made history this weekend at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships as the first woman to land a double-double dismount on balance beam and a triple-double on floor routine. On Friday, Biles said she felt like “scratching” the meet because of a disappointing performance. She didn’t and on Sunday, she won a sixth all-around title – the first woman to do so in nearly 70 yrs.
“The room lights up when everyone knows we’ve got new items that are coming.”
Dir. of Child Nutrition Scott Clements who works for Mississippi’s Education Dept., one of many school districts receiving free food from the U.S. gov’t this year because of the trade war with China. The Dept. of Agriculture is buying $1.2B in extra crops & food products from farmers hurting from the trade dispute, and giving the “extras” to school districts as well as food banks.
“Our job is to enforce the law.”
Acting Dir. of U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement Matt Albence to the Washington Post on a recent flight returning deportees to Guatemala – one of nine weekly flights currently organized by the U.S. gov’t. This comes after ICE organized the largest workplace “sting” in more than a decade Wednesday at seven Mississippi food processing plants. The operation resulted in 680 arrests.
“There is nothing for me here. The only choice I have is to go back.”
28-yr-old Luis de Leon who was deported on an ICE flight to Guatemala after being arrested in a Kentucky traffic stop. He has lived in America for seven years & has two U.S.-born children. Last month, more than 82,000+ people were apprehended for illegally crossing the U.S. southern border – a 20,000 drop since June, but double the number compared to last year at the same time.
“The urgency of this is not lost on any of us.”
Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on the Senate’s focus on gun laws upon returning from summer recess in Sept. after the two mass shootings in El Paso, TX & Dayton, OH. Sen. McConnell says aides from both parties are working to find common ground for legislation that could get bipartisan support. The Senate’s highest ranking democrat, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) appealed to Sen. McConnell to call lawmakers back to D.C. early.
“It really does taste like beef.”
Burger King North America President Chris Finazzo on the company’s plant-based Impossible Whopper, available at more than 7,000 U.S. locations this week as it follows competitors like Carl’s Jr. that already added plant-based burgers to their menu. This year, sales of plant-based burgers at fast-food chains have increased 10% nationwide.
“It will take the kind of leadership that currently doesn’t exist in Washington to fix.”
Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, on the budget deal signed into law Friday, which allocates $1.3B in gov’t spending & suspends the debt ceiling until July 2021, pushing off any major budget debates until after the 2020 election. Critics like MacGuineas say it fails to address our $22 trillion+ debt.
“It’s not the beginning of a long series of rate cuts… You would do that if you saw real economic weakness.”
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell on the first cut (a quarter of a % point) to the federal funds rate since the 2008 financial crisis. The Fed is an independent gov’t agency that sets the rate that determines borrowing costs for many loans. The Fed noted recent “solid” job gains and “soft” business growth.
“We look forward to continuing our positive dialogue with China on a comprehensive Trade Deal, and feel that the future between our two countries will be a very bright one!”
Pres. Trump threatening a new 10% tariff on $300B of Chinese-made goods on Sept. 1 amid ongoing trade talks. In 2018, the administration set a 25% tariff on $250B in Chinese imports.
“Target has forever changed the retail landscape by doing what once was considered impossible – offering great design at an incredible price.”
Target executive vice president Mark Tritton on a limited-edition collection of nearly 300 products featuring 20 of its previous designer collaborations with names like Lilly Pulitzer and Isaac Mizrahi to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its designer partnerships on Sept. 14.
“I feel as if an angel must be looking after me.”
Writer Lee Hall, who is collaborating with Paul McCartney on a stage-version of “It’s A Wonderful Life.” The former Beatle will write the songs for the production, expected to debut next year. This is the first stage musical for McCartney.
“The heat is forecast to be oppressive and dangerous everywhere, with possibly some of the hottest conditions since 2012.”
Chicago’s Weather Service Office. Over the next 7 days, more than half the United States is expected to experience temperatures of 95 degrees or higher. Heat kills more Americans on average than any other form of extreme weather.
“I wish that all of you would ask me about prescription drugs.”
Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) responding to reporters Wed. as the House voted not to impeach the Pres. after voting to censure him for controversial remarks. The House also voted Wed. to hold the Attorney Gen. & Commerce Sec. in contempt for not complying with an investigation. Some Democrats have voiced concerns about the perception that they are hyper-focused on the administration & not on other legislation.
“We know that Trump isn’t a sweetheart sometimes. But we’re not going for that.”
North Carolina resident Esther Jimenez who attended a rally for Pres. Trump with her husband. Both come from immigrant families and support the President’s border wall proposal. At one point the crowd chanted to “send her back” – a reference to an immigrant congresswoman who has criticized the President. This is the President’s 6th visit to the state he narrowly won in 2016.
“Quite honestly, once our officers got there they found it quite ingenious.”
Lt. Tony Ferderber describing the reaction as local police in Brigham City, Utah responded to a call about a young man holding up a sign that said, “ICE COLD BEER” – only to realize he was selling ROOT beer. Setting up drink stands (for lemonade or root beer) without city permits is only allowed in 14 states – Utah is one of them.
“…the earliest, sharpest, and most accurate surviving video images of man’s first steps on the moon.”
Sotheby’s on 3 NASA film reels to be auctioned Saturday, the 50th anniversary of the first moon walk. A former NASA intern (now 65-years-old) bought them in the 1970s. The original recordings of the moon walk likely have been destroyed or erased during a NASA film shortage.
“I am leaving because the new board chairs and I have philosophical differences over the direction and future of Planned Parenthood.”
Dr. Leana Wen was forced out of her role leading Planned Parenthood on Tuesday after 8 months. A former ER doctor, Wen was the first physician to lead the largest “reproductive rights” organization in decades. Wen indicated she wanted to address abortion as a healthcare issue, rather than a political one.
“The Rule is a part of an unlawful effort to significantly undermine, if not virtually repeal, the U.S. asylum system at the southern border, and cruelly closes our doors to refugees fleeing persecution, forcing them to return to harm.”
Lawsuit filed Tuesday by civil rights groups in response to a new rule announced Monday requiring asylum seekers traveling to the U.S. southern border to apply in another country first before applying in America.
“With the U.S. unilaterally reneging on its commitments, we are gradually losing our justifications to follow through on the commitments we made with the U.S. as well.”
North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency Tuesday, threatening to resume nuclear tests if the U.S. and South Korea don’t delay their military drills planned for next month. This only weeks after Pres. Trump made an unplanned visit to North Korea’s border as a show of commitment to diplomacy.
“Ryan was a beloved warrior who epitomized the quiet professional.”
Col. Brian R. Rauen on the news Sgt. Maj. James Ryan Sartor was killed in action in Afghanistan. The Dept. of Defense provided no further details. The Taliban claimed responsibility. The U.S. has recently called peace talks with the Taliban “the most productive to date.” Sgt. Maj. Sartor, a decorated Green Beret, is the 12th American soldier killed in combat this year.
“This is indeed a national security issue.”
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Facebook’s plans to unleash a digital currency. Facebook has more than 2 billion users worldwide (approx. 2/7 of the world’s population) and many officials have expressed concerns about cryptocurrencies negatively impacting the global economy. Facebook has said it believes the cryptocurrency, “Libra,” may offer a “profound change for the entire world.”
“(T)here are no shortcuts and this nominee, like every nominee to this critical post, must be thoroughly vetted and carefully evaluated.”
Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) on the expedited confirmation hearing Tuesday for Sec. of Defense. Pres. Trump nominated Mark Esper for the cabinet position. Esper has been acting SecDef since June; he is a Marine & former Wall Street exec. Since the resignation of Sec. James Mattis in December, the U.S. has experienced the longest period in its history without a permanent SecDef.
“I tell them to be quiet, you don’t want to wake her.”
New Yorker Robert Dixon who works as a visitor services representative at the iconic Belvedere Castle in Central Park. Dixon says this is what he tells children who are looking for princesses in the tower of the building that just received a $12M renovation. The castle, built in 1872, has served as the “home” of The Count on Sesame Street and the backdrop to numerous movies (and an “illegal” wedding or two).
“There is a significant chance #Barry could become a hurricane before landfall.”
“We will defend the right of the American people to know the full facts about the population size of citizens and non-citizens in America.”
“Drug manufacturers marketing products to help opioid addicts are expected to do so honestly and responsibly.”
“They’re grasping for my attention, they’re grasping for my money, they’re grasping for my time, and there’s only maybe three or four of them I find to be remotely interesting.”
“This system has the potential to become a dangerous hurricane.”
“The straight answer to your question is a no.”
“…this case readily provokes the question of whether this action against the president is an appropriate use of the courts, which were created to resolve real cases and controversies.”
“The First Amendment does not permit a public official who utilizes a social media account for all manner of official purposes to exclude persons from an otherwiseaopen online dialogue because they expressed views with which the official disagrees.”
“We are concerned by this action and continue to urge the Iranian authorities to de-escalate the situation in the region.”
“It’s an interesting marriage because what Kohl’s needs is store traffic, and what Amazon needs is to make customers happier with a place to return their items.”
“I think a huge part of that is because those hour-long commutes are soul-sucking.”
“…every candidate in this race will at some point have to conduct a reality check and do an assessment of whether he or she can break out in such a large pack.”
“The alleged behavior shocks the conscience.”
“The joy and the excitement of being in the bullring quickly turned into a scare, into real fear for my life.”
“This number provides comfort that while job growth may be slowing, it’s not plummeting off a cliff.”
“It’s an extraordinarily challenging situation…we’ve been talking about this, we’ve been asking for help.”
“It is not easy for me to sit across from people who have killed my father. But we have to end this.”
“It’s a really simple thing for them to do.”
“Sometimes, the long shot becomes the legend.”
“It will be the battle cry as how we go forward to protect children in a way that truly honors their dignity and worth, their spark of divinity that they are all children of God.”
“Altogether, the evidence tells a story that does not match the explanation …”
“For the first time ever, this Court refuses to remedy a constitutional violation because it thinks the task beyond judicial capabilities.”
“It’s amazing the number of people who are looking to take on a new life into their families … and we got somebody who tried to throw one away.”
“Someday we will finish building a country where migration is an option and not an obligation. Meanwhile, we will do as much as we can. God help us.a a
“I’m not happy with it because there’s no money for protection.”
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“The absence of Trump in this discussion actually surprised me a lot.”