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I was so tired of partisan politics. It was all Tim Eyman and no new taxes… That’s not me. I’m interested in community building.
— Pro-transit Bellevue City Councilmember John Chelminak, explaining why he had a falling out with the Washington State Republican Party to The Seattle Times for its most recent article on Bellevue politics (Tone of Bellevue council hinges on three races). Chelminak nowadays calls himself “an excommunicated Republican.”
To me, pragmatic idealism means that you want to change the world for the better, and you believe that the tools exist to figure out how to do that. The fact that my generation thinks this way bodes well for the future.
— David Burstein, speaking to the The Globe and Mail’s Jennifer Anikst (How millennials make “pragmatic idealism” work for them).
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Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton made her first appearance of the 2016 campaign season on Saturday Night Live’s season premiere, playing Val the bartender opposite SNL repertory player Kate McKinnon (who impersonated Clinton).
A serious illness that seems to afflict Republican presidential candidates. They can’t help it, but they just cannot remember the way things were seven years ago.
— Bernie Sanders: Republicans blame Obama for all their problems
This afternoon, President Obama took to the podium of the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room to speak in response to today’s mass shooting at Umpqua Community College near Rosenburg, Oregon. The President decried Congress’ failure to address gun violence in stark, blunt terms.
PRESIDENT OBAMA: There is a gun for roughly every man, woman, and child in America. So how can you, with a straight face, make the argument that more guns will make us safer?
We know that states with the most gun laws tend to have the fewest gun deaths. So the notion that gun laws don’t work, or just will make it harder for law-abiding citizens and criminals will still get their guns is not borne out by the evidence.
We know that other countries, in response to one mass shooting, have been able to craft laws that almost eliminate mass shootings. Friends of ours, allies of ours — Great Britain, Australia, countries like ours. So we know there are ways to prevent it.
And, of course, what’s also routine is that somebody, somewhere will comment and say, Obama politicized this issue.
Well, this is something we should politicize. It is relevant to our common life together, to the body politic.
I would ask news organizations — because I won’t put these facts forward — have news organizations tally up the number of Americans who’ve been killed through terrorist attacks over the last decade and the number of Americans who’ve been killed by gun violence, and post those side-by-side on your news reports.
This won’t be information coming from me; it will be coming from you. We spend over a trillion dollars, and pass countless laws, and devote entire agencies to preventing terrorist attacks on our soil, and rightfully so. And yet, we have a Congress that explicitly blocks us from even collecting data on how we could potentially reduce gun deaths. How can that be?
Well said, Mr. President.
If I was around Mr. Trump — Donald, who I know rather well — I would say, ‘You know, Don, let’s see what happens — let’s tell all the immigrants working in Trump hotels to stay home tomorrow… Let’s see what happens.”
— Colin Powell, telling Walter Issacson that Donald Trump doesn’t speak for all Republicans on immigration. Powell told Issacson that he’s “still a Republican” and wants to “continue to be a Republican because it annoys them.” By them, Powell means the extremist tea party movement. (Via The Hill).
John Boehner was a terrible, very bad, no good speaker of the House. Under his leadership, Republicans pursued an unprecedented strategy of scorched-earth obstructionism, which did immense damage to the economy and undermined America’s credibility around the world.
— Opening paragraph of Paul Krugman’s The Blackmail Caucus, also known as the Republican Party, published yesterday by The New York Times.
John Boehner to CBS: There won’t be another federal government shutdown on my watch
CBS’ JOHN DICKERSON: Four days, the government runs out of money. Is there going to be a shutdown?
JOHN BOEHNER: No. The Senate is expected to pass a continuing resolution next week. The House will take up the Senate bill. We will also take up a select committee to investigate these horrific videos that we have seen from abortion clinics in several states that really raise questions about the use of federal funds and raise questions about aborted fetuses that are born alive.
CBS’ JOHN DICKERSON: The continuing resolution, will that require Democratic votes to pass?
JOHN BOEHNER: I’m sure it will. But I expect my Democrat [sic] colleagues want to keep the government open as much as I do.
CBS’ JOHN DICKERSON: And what about the rest of the business you want to get done before October 30? What is on the to-do list?
JOHN BOEHNER: Well, we have got — I have got another thirty days to be speaker. And I’m going to make the same decisions the same way I have over the last four-and-a-half years to make sure that we’re passing conservative legislation that is good for the country.
— Transcript of the September 17th edition of Face the Nation courtesy of CBS News. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders also appeared.
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