Talking Points: Did You See What They Said?

"Saying no is easy, leading is hard, but that is what we were elected to do. Leaving this caucus will allow me to be a more effective member of Congress and advocate for the people of Texas." -- U.S. Rep. Ted Poe R-Humble, announcing his resignation from the hardline House Freedom Caucus that helped sink GOP attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (TexasTribune.org, Monday)"C'mon fellas. You know what this is? You know what this says? You're going back to work." — President Donald Trump to coal miners attending a ceremony where he signed an executive order to roll back Obama-era climate-change regulations (NewYork Times, Tuesday) "Administrations will change during the life of our business and our assets, and we'll continue to move forward in a way that makes sense for our investors and our customers." — Duke Energy Corp. Chief Executive Lynn Good, on why the company plans to invest heavily in natural gas and renewable power generation despite Trump's pledge to revive the coal industry (The Wall Street Journal, Tuesday)"Calling climate change a 'hoax' won't stop temperatures or sea level from rising." — Environment Texas Director Luke Metzger, in a statement responding to Trump's executive order (TexasTribune.org. Tuesday)"I have flown United before with literally no pants on. Just a top as a dress. Next time I will wear only jeans and a scarf." -- Model Chrissy Teigen, on a decision by United Airlines personnel to bar two girls wearing leggings from boarding a flight because they were not in compliance with a dress code for certain passengers (Foxnews.com, Monday)"I've got to tell stories that are important to me, and so many African-American women died. I want to make Flap [played by Jeff Daniels in the 1983 film] gay and infect the Debra Winger character. And then we explore the '80s in a different way."— producer and director Lee Daniels, on his planned remake of Terms of Endearment (hollywoodreporter.com, Wednesday)"Great news! The House just voted to pass SJR34. We will finally be able to buy the browser history of all the Congresspeople who voted to sell our data and privacy without our consent!" — Actor Misha Collins, star of television show "Supernatural," who has raised more than $63,000 via GoFundMe to protest congressional action to weaken consumer internet privacy protections (TheHill.Com, Thursday)"With our growth plans over the next five to 10 years, we simply won't have enough delivery drivers if we do not look to add to our fleet through initiatives such as this." — Domino's Pizza Enterprises Chief Executive Officer Don Meij on plans to use six-wheeled self-driving robots to deliver pizzas to customers in Germany and the Netherlands (Bloomberg.com, Wednesday)"If the president puts Russian salad dressing on his salad tonight, somehow that's a Russian connection." — White House spokesman Sean Spicer, in response to journalist April Ryan's questions about connections between the administration and Russia. (USAToday, Tuesday) "Gotta check my taps for sound." — tap dancer C.P. Lacey, aka "the Executioner," who escorts bad amateur night acts from the stage of the fabled Apollo Theater in Harlem ( The New York Times, Tuesday)"The lack of clarity is, 'What is a criminal? What is a bad guy?" — Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, joining with other mayors to urge the Trump administration to provide more specific guidance on its "operational policy" on sanctuary cities (dallasnews.com, Wednesday)"I'm very disappointed in the lack of courage in our board, while courageous school boards across the country step up for what is right, not what is easy." — Irving ISD Trustee Nell Anne Hunt on trustees rejecting a resolution supporting unauthorized immigrant students (Dallasnews.com, Tuesday)"Every year I watch the Pollstar charts and the guys at the top are always heritage or legacy acts." — Jeff Jampol, who manages the estates of Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and the Ramones, on why aging rock stars in their twilight years are still industry cash cows (The Wall Street Journal, Tuesday)   Continue reading...

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