Talking Points: Did You See What They Said?

"I do know this. This disease has never had a more worthy opponent."—Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., on the health condition of his longtime friend and colleague, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who has been diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor (WashingtonExaminer.com, Thursday) "It feels completely overwhelming, as a feminist, as a woman, as an actor, as a human, as someone who wants to continually push themselves and challenge themselves, and not be boxed in by what you're told you can and can't be."— Actress Jodie Whittaker, on being announced as the first woman to play the iconic Doctor Who (BBC.com, Sunday)"I thought that there was a chance he would come to his senses. But I was wrong."— Former Vice President Al Gore on his diminished hope that President Donald Trump would be an advocate of smart climate change policy (TheHill.com, Tuesday) "Whether it was about wood and how trees grow or about forcing metal [and] bending it to his will, he just knew about the physical properties of things and how to make things better." — Steve McCreary on the death of his boss, Bill Collings, whose guitars have been played by Keith Richards, Lyle Lovett, Pete Townshend, Joni Mitchell (Austin American-Statesman, Monday) "Your insults about our other customers and employees are unacceptable and unnecessary."—Delta Airlines, responding to pundit Ann Coulter's Twitter rant after the flight crew bumped her from a seat she had paid an extra $30 for (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Monday)"Had Dallas taken some action on that particular night when they knew that this officer placed a gun to someone's head, Jordan would be with us here today." — Attorney Daryl Washington, who represents the family of 15-year-old Jordan Edwards, responding to the indictment of fired Balch Springs police Officer Roy Oliver in Edwards' death, after accusations that Oliver pulled a gun on two people in an unrelated road-rage incident weeks before (dallasnews.com, Tuesday)"The next thing I hear is a page over the intercom system: 'Could the gentleman who sang the National Anthem please come to the customer service desk?'— James Fruits, who got caught singing in the flag aisle at Walmart and became a viral sensation after store personnel asked him to sing it again over the store intercom ( Kansas City Star, Monday)"We'll have clients who, you know, have $2,000 worth of debt that they did not disclose — they pay it off during the investigation, and they still don't get approved for security clearance." — Joanna Friedman, an attorney with the Federal Practice Group, which has spent a decade representing employees seeking security clearances (Politico.com, Sunday) "He was a really nice bloke; a lot of stars wouldn't have stopped to help."— Former police Officer David Videcette, on "Harry Potter" actor Daniel Radcliffe, who aided a man who was mugged in London's Chelsea neighborhood (HuffingtonPost.com, Monday)"Inmates in Nevada have a saying, 'Lovelock is easy time.' I mean, that prison is not like a normal prison. The food at Lovelock is very good. That prison is super-duper clean.''— Jeffrey Felix, a retired correctional officer, on O.J. Simpson's life behind bars at Lovelock Correctional Center (USAToday.com, Tuesday)"I'm preserving their stories. In 10 years, we may not have these guys to tell their stories anymore."— Andy Fancher, an 18-year-old, homeschooled senior in Duncanville who has created a YouTube channel to record oral narratives of the last remaining World War II veterans (dallasnews.com, Tuesday)"I'm going to be establishing a list. We all need to establish lists that we publish on a daily basis to call people out — who is for this, who is against this, who has not taken a position yet. No one gets to hide."— Gov. Greg Abbott, who says he'll be compiling a list of lawmakers who oppose his agenda during the special legislative session (TexasTribune.org, Tuesday)"A bunch of us want on that list!" — State Rep. Rafael Anchia, responding on Twitter (@RafaelAnchia, Wednesday) "We can talk about traffic, crime, safety, response times — but nothing can replace the wildlife greenbelt that this will change."— Tammie Sisco, president of Timberline Homeowners Association, speaking on behalf of 81 residents against a controversial traffic bridge proposed for a heavily wooded area in Grapevine (dallasnews.com, Wednesday)  Continue reading...

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