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Dispatches Quotables



‘Pregnant people’

The term that the British Medical Association says should replace “expectant mothers” so as not to offend men who identify as women and intersex persons. The BMA, in a leaflet on “effective communication” in the workplace, also advised scrapping “biologically male or female” for “assigned male or female.”



Chaplain Alliance

Ron Crews (Chaplain Alliance)

‘This is like a kick in the gut. I was assured this would be taken care of.’

Ron Crews, executive director of Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, on President Trump’s decision not to rescind Obama’s executive order requiring LGBT-inclusive federal contractors.


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Steve Pearce (Cliff Owen/AP)

‘Truly unconscionable’

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, R-N.M., chairman of the House Subcommittee on Terrorism and Illicit Finance, on the $221 million payment the Obama administration sent to the Palestinian Authority hours before President Trump took office. President Bill Clinton designated Hamas, the Palestinian Authority’s governing party, a terrorist organization in 1997.


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Jason Chaffetz (Rick Bowmer/AP)

‘It’s a new world when you have 535 people on your board of directors.’

U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, in a Politico interview about President Donald Trump’s ambitious agenda: “He wants things done and done yesterday. We like that about him, but Congress was not set up to act like that.”


Donald Trump

Alex Brandon/AP (Donald Trump)

‘These are the most beautiful phones I’ve ever used in my life.’

President Donald Trump on his new White House accommodations.




Mike Rowe (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/GettyImages)

‘We right now have 5.8 million jobs that exist that nobody can fill.’

Mike Rowe of the TV programs Somebody’s Gotta Do It and Dirty Jobs, on skilled but non-white-collar jobs that go unfilled because “we have in our heads this idea that the best path for everybody is a four-year degree.”