Smarther News Quick Quotes for Thursday, February 7, 2019

February 7, 2019
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"If left to their own devices, if they have a bipartisan agreement, I will support it."

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaking about a group of bipartisan lawmakers working to come up with an agreement on border security funding before Feb. 15, the date the gov't funding lapses and a shut down could loom. Fast moving reports indicate the group believes they can come to an agreement that includes *some* $$ for a border barrier & other security measures.
"You know what keeps me up at night? Measles is exquisitely contagious. If you have an under-vaccinated population, and you introduce a measles case into that population, it will take off like a wildfire."

Clark County Public Health Director Alan Melnick on a measles outbreak centered in his Washington State community that has low vaccination rates. At least 55 measles cases have emerged in WA & Oregon, the most in more than 2 decades.

“For a long time people have tried to pose this or prop this up as a Republican issue, and we’re finding out today it’s a human issue.”

Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), the Senate's only black Republican, as Virginia's AG, third in line for Governor, admitted to dressing up in blackface in 1980. This is the third scandal in a week for the state's most-senior democratic leadership, after the Governor admitted to wearing blackface in the 1980s & the Lt. General was accused of sexual assault in 2004 – a charge he denies.

"I was not consulted."

U.S. Central Command Gen. Joseph Votel, the top U.S. commander in the Middle East, publicly confirming for the first time that the Pentagon was not aware of President Trump's plan to withdraw from Syria. In December, President Trump tweeted ISIS was defeated & troops would come home now. Gen. Votel says his duty now is to execute those orders, but added he isn't under pressure to leave by a certain date.

“I’ve been wondering what that special place in hell looks like, for those who promoted #Brexit, without even a sketch of a plan how to carry it out safely.”

European Council president Donald Tusk in a tweet as the EU digs in, insisting it will not renegotiate a deal to allow Britain to leave the EU next month. Without a deal, both sides warn of "considerable disruption." UK PM Theresa May is in Brussels today for a series of meetings with EU officials, including Tusk.

“the lack of clarity… has kept the Oscars really in the conversation and the mystery has been really compelling. People really care."

Karey Burke, ABC Entertainment president, as the 2019 Academy Awards ceremony will go without an official host for the first time in 30 years. The Feb. 24th event had originally tapped comedian Kevin Hart to host, but he withdrew amid a controversy over his old, homophobic tweets.

by Jenna Lee,