Talking Points: Did You See What They Said?

"We have a leader who has a personality disorder, but he's done what he actually told the people he was going to do, and they're not going to abandon him." — Former Oklahoma GOP Senator Tom Coburn on Donald Trump and the GOP choosing to stick with him. (Wednesday, New York Times)"A confident leader knows it's time to give it back." — Texas House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, on his decision not to run for re-election in 2018 (Wednesday, Texas Tribune)"Reckless, outrageous, and undignified behavior has become excused and countenanced as telling it like it is, when it is actually just reckless, outrageous and undignified." — Senator Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, calling out President Donald Trump and announcing he will not seek re-election in 2018. (Tuesday, Wall Street Journal)"And Trump was tweeting again today. He said that his big meeting with Republican senators was 'a love fest' with multiple standing ovations. They were mostly getting up to leave — but still, that counts as a standing ovation. — Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon (Wednesday, Newsmax)"It was an exciting baseball game. It's two teams that competed for 27 outs. And, yeah, it was an emotional roller coaster." — Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts on the Game 2 loss of the World Series against the Houston Astros. (Thursday, Sporting News)"I did not report Halperin to ABC because I thought I was the only one, and I blamed myself, and I was embarrassed and I was scared of him." — OANN correspondent Emily Miller, one of several women who have accused Mark Halperin of sexual harassment. (Thursday, Twitter)"Kevin's about to go from the most popular, well-liked guy, the gentleman with a kind smile from Texas, to the most hated guy in Washington, D.C., by some group or another." — Rep. Mark Meadows, R-North Carolina, on Rep. Kevin Brady, R-The Woodlands, who will be releasing a tax reform proposal (Wednesday, Politico)"No part of our society — not young or old, rich or poor, urban or rural — has been spared this plague of drug addiction and this horrible, horrible situation that's taken place with opioids." — President Donald Trump on directing the Department of Health and Human Services to declare the opioid crisis a public health emergency. (Thursday, New York Times)"They saved our lives. The pride and smiles we had when we saw [U.S. Navy] on the horizon was pure relief." — Sailor Jennifer Appel, who was lost at sea since May 30th after their boat suffered engine failure. (Friday, The Washington Post)"You can't just produce a tax reform bill in which all of the benefit accrues to the people who can hire lobbyists at the expense of the people we should actually be helping." — Senator Marco Rubio R-Florida, on his push for an extended child tax credit (Wednesday,"Whatever you learn today, please remember this: I am a man with Down syndrome and my life is worth living." — Frank Stephens, testifying before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, criticizing the idea of aborting fetuses with Down syndrome (Friday, Washington Free Beacon)What's your view?Got an opinion about this issue? Send a letter to the editor, and you just might get published.  Continue reading...

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