Talking Points: Did You See What They Said?

"No politician in history . . . has been treated worse or more unfairly. You can't let them get you down, can't let the critics and the naysayers get in the way of your dreams." -- President Donald Trump, in a commencement ceremony at the Coast Guard Academy. (Wednesday,"As President, I wanted to share with Russia (at an openly scheduled W.H. meeting) which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety. Humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russia to greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism." — Trump, in tweets about sharing classified information with a Russian ambassador. (@realDonaldTrump, Tuesday)"There's two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump." -- House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) in a recording of a June 2016 conversation, which House Speaker Paul Ryan immediately stopped and swore those present to secrecy. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher is a defender of Putin and Russia. (, Wednesday)"He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go."— Trump, asking former FBI director James Comey to drop an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn, according to a memo written by Comey (, Tuesday)"He goes, 'I'll get fired if anybody quoted me saying this, but that's exactly what he's like when you do it.'"-- Alec Baldwin, saying that a member of President Trump's cabinet, who he declined to name, enjoys Baldwin's impersonation of the commander in chief on "Saturday Night Live" (, Monday)"This is the White House of the Apocalypse." --Televangelist Jim Bakker, who says the "spirit of the Antichrist" is living inside people who dare to mock Trump (Huffington Post, Monday)"I think we could do with a little less drama from the White House on a lot of things so that we can focus on our agenda."— Sen. Mitch McConnell, responding to the latest development in (, Tuesday)"If we define ourselves solely by our opposition to this administration, we will sell ourselves short and more important, we will sell the American people short."— Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (Los Angeles Times, Tuesday) "My most favorite photo bomb ever!"-- Fox Sports reporter Emily Jones on former President George W. Bush walking behind her during a live broadcast from the ballpark (, Thursday)"If we can't trust the integrity of the county, we should consider it."— Dallas City Council member Jennifer Staubach Gates, responding to voter fraud allegations and wondering whether the city should hold its own elections instead of contracting with the county to hold joint elections (, Wednesday)"Neither side likes it but it is something that I think we can both agree on and tolerate. It does save our pension fund long-term, so that is what matters."— Sam Friar, chairman of the Dallas Police and Fire Pension System board, on a compromise plan that passed a key Senate committee (WBAP, Thursday)"I think this happens a lot in sports anyway, but there's almost no journalism in tennis."— Caitlin Thompson, publisher of Racquet magazine, on media consolidation and disconcerting personal and professional conflicts of interest among players, coaches, agents and commentators (, Wednesday) "But when you have Salah Mejri shooting threes ... you know the season's in the tank."—Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, admitting the team did everything possible to lose games after it was eliminated from post-season competition (, Wednesday)"Fire was changing colors and the last one wasn't working, so we put in a little bit more, and then it exploded. That's how the other kids got burned, and they were crying." -- Kate Earnest, a 5-year-old who participated in an outdoor science experiment at Yellow School - Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church in Houston that injured 12 preschoolers, sending six to the hospital. (ABC1, Tuesday)"Agents of foreign governments should never be immune from prosecution for felonious behavior."— House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Ed Royce R, Calif. who wants criminal charges against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's bodyguards for violently attacking demonstrators on the streets of Washington D.C. (HuffingtonPost, Thursday)"It is a terribly misdirected idea."— Dennis Nixon, International Bancshares Corp. chairman and Donald Trump fundraiser, on the president's push to build a wall between the United States and Mexico (Dallas Morning News Editorial Board, Wednesday)"It was kind of a first date from hell." -- Brandon Vezmar, who sued his date for the $17.31 he spent on a movie ticket to a 3D showing of "Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 because she repeatedly texted friends during the movie (Austin American-Statesman, Tuesday)"I am disturbed as anyone to have a teacher who's homeless."--San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, on the city's plans to spend up to $44 million for San Francisco's first teacher housing development so public school teachers can afford to live in the city where they work (Business Insider, Monday)  Continue reading...

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