Category Archives: Verbatim

GOP Governors Launch ‘Fake News’ Site

“The Republican Governors Association has quietly launched an online publication that looks like a media outlet and is branded as such on social media. The Free Telegraph blares headlines about the virtues of GOP governors, while framing Democrats negatively. It asks readers to sign up for breaking news alerts. It launched in the summer bearing no acknowledgement that it was a product of an official party committee whose sole purpose is to get more Republicans elected. … Only after the Associated Press inquired about the site last week was a disclosure added to The Free Telegraph’s pages identifying the publication’s partisan source.”

Associated Press

The Looming Republican Rebellion

“I think there’s going to be a rebellion against everybody, not just leadership. If we get to December and we’ve not repealed Obamacare, don’t build the wall… it’s not going to be pretty.”

— Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), quoted by Axios.

The One Thing Ivanka Is Good For — Ending Meetings

“Mr. Trump often invites his daughter Ivanka Trump into meetings to signal their conclusion — or to keep his interlocutors off balance. When Ms. Trump entered the office toward the end of the discussion on Wednesday, ostensibly to discuss tax reform, Republicans in the room reacted with astonishment and annoyance. … Mr. McConnell, who is barely on speaking terms with the president, quietly seethed, according to two people familiar with the situation. He breezed past other lawmakers and staff members in purse-lipped silence when he returned to the Capitol.”

New York Times

In N.C., ‘White’ Is a Mayoral Qualification

Charlotte mayoral candidate Kimberley Paige Barnette (R) listed her qualifications for public office as “Republican & Smart, White, Traditional.”

Charlotte Observer

Obama Bashes Trump Over DACA Decision

“To target these young people is wrong — because they have done nothing wrong. It is self-defeating — because they want to start new businesses, staff our labs, serve in our military, and otherwise contribute to the country we love. And it is cruel.”

— Barack Obama, bashing President Trump’s decision to rescind an immigration order shielding some children of undocumented immigrants from deportation, calling the move “cruel” and “self-defeating,” CNN reports.

Putin: North Korea Will ‘Eat Grass’ Before Abandoning Nuclear Program

“They’ll eat grass, but they won’t abandon their program unless they feel secure.”

Bloomberg, arguing that sanctions against North Korea are “useless and ineffective.”

The Trump Legislative Effort in a ‘Shambles’

“Donald Trump last week suffered enormous setbacks on his three highest legislative priorities and Congress wasn’t even in session. … Each of these losses took away most or all of the leverage Trump is going to need to get Congress to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, fund his wall and do something on taxes. As a result, Trump’s legislative agenda, which was already in deep trouble before last week, is now in a complete shambles.”

Stan Collender

Federal Judge Dismisses Palin’s Defamation Suit Against the Times

“Nowhere is political journalism so free, so robust, or perhaps so rowdy as in the United States. In the exercise of that freedom, mistakes will be made, some of which will be hurtful to others.”

— Federal Judge Jed Rakoff, dismissing Sarah Palin’s defamation lawsuit against the New York Times, CNN reports.

Cohn Dismisses Importance of the Estate Tax

“Only morons pay the estate tax.”

— White House economic adviser Gary Cohn, quoted by the New York Times, at a meeting with Senate Democrats.

Lawmaker Describes Trump for Young Republicans

“He’s just like he is on TV. He’s an asshole, but he’s our asshole.”

— Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA), quoted by the San Diego Union Tribune, discussing President Trump with a group of young Republicans.