Talking Points: Did You See What They Said?

"It is not the job of the government to pick the winners and losers of the internet ... We should have a level playing field." — FCC Chairman Ajit Pai on rolling back net neutrality regulations (Thursday, ABC News)"What they will soon have is every incentive to do their own thing. Who is the cop on the beat who can or will stop them?" — FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn (Thursday, ABC News)"I allowed a workplace culture to take root in my office that was too permissive and decidedly unprofessional. I am profoundly sorry." — U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, announcing he would retire when his term expires in the wake of a sexual harassment scandal (Thursday, Texas Tribune)"Decency trumped tribalism." — Texas House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, on the victory by Doug Jones over Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate race (Wednesday, Texas Tribune)"Bye, Felicia." — "Good Morning America" co-host Robin Roberts on the departure of Omarosa Manigault-Newman from her White House job (Friday, CNN)"No one will believe a word we say, perhaps for a generation. Christianity's integrity is severely tarnished." — Christianity Today editor Mark Galli talking about evangelical Christian support for Roy Moore, despite credible accusations of sexual assault of teenage girls (Friday, The New York Times)"Paul Ryan revealed that he hasn't eaten sweets in 10 years, and said that he'd rather eat grilled asparagus than a Snickers. Americans were like, "And we thought Roy Moore was a monster!" — Late night host Jimmy Fallon talking about the House speaker's eating habits. (Wednesday, Newsmax)"Wow, an FBI agent was sending text messages in 2016, saying that Trump is an idiot. How did he know! What other secrets is the FBI hiding?" — "Daily Show" host Trevor Noah discussing an unfolding FBI scandal in which an agent investigating Hillary Clinton's email server sent anti-Trump texts to a colleague (Friday, The New York Times)"Everybody's starting to sense this is turning." — Gregory Shaffer, prelaw advising coordinator at the University of Maryland, about increasing enrollment at law schools after falling 25 percent since 2010 (Friday, The Wall Street Journal)"The basic conversation is, 'What the hell are you guys doing down there?' Who's peeking under the stalls? People just don't take it seriously. Why would I want to deal with that?" — Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, to a select committee in the Texas House, about what he heard from investors and business leaders about the bathroom bill (Friday,'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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