Quick Quotes for Thursday, September 13th

September 13, 2018
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“This is not going to be a glancing blow. This is going to be a Mike Tyson punch to the Carolina coast.”

Jeff Byard, FEMA Associate Administrator, on the immensely powerful Hurricane Florence which is now tracking southward. The Category 2 storm's path change will now likely impact Georgia, but may possibly limit effects on Washington, D.C. and points northward.
“The State Department has come to the determination that they were attacks.”

Ret. Ambassador Peter Bodde, head of the State Dept's Accountability Review Board, testifying before Congress about suspected "attacks" on 26 government workers in Cuba & at least one in China, causing brain injuries, hearing loss. NBC reports Russia is the main suspect; State Dept has yet to formally assign any blame.
“The disturbing and accelerating trajectory of use we’re seeing in youth, and the resulting path to addiction, must end. The FDA cannot tolerate a whole generation of young people becoming addicted to nicotine…”

Scott Gottlieb, FDA Commissioner, after the agency took an unprecedented step ordering 5 e-cig makers to submit plans on how to address teen use of their products, which he calls an "epidemic."

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“I think I could beat Trump because I’m as tough as he is, I’m smarter than he is.”

Jamie Dimon, JP Morgan Chase CEO, before backtracking soon after saying he shouldn't have said it. I'm not running for President. Dimon, a lifelong Democrat, is one only 2 Wall Street CEO still in place since the financial crisis. He has said he would like running the country, but it is unlikely a rich banker would win over the liberal Democrats.
"We have branding opportunities right there.”

Jim Bridenstine, NASA administrator, on the possibilities of corporate sponsorship for NASA missions, including branding on rockets and the International Space Station. Critics warn it creates a conflict of interest between private companies & public interest and may violate NASA's own rules.

by Jenna Lee,