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Dispatches Quotables


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‘I spent so long in front of cameras that I forgot how to be a person.’

Student activist and Parkland, Fla., school shooting survivor Cameron Kasky on his confrontational approach to lobbying for gun control following the Parkland massacre. “I regretted saying the name of the shooter to Sen. Rubio and telling him I can’t look at him without seeing the shooter,” he said. “That’s not true.” 


Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP

Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP

‘I just wish the families of [victims of] gun violence in this city got this much attention.’

Chicago Police chief Eddie Johnson at the beginning of a press conference on the allegedly staged attack on actor Jussie Smollett.




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David Butow/Corbis via Getty Images

‘But federal judges are appointed for life, not for eternity.’

The U.S. Supreme Court in a per curiam ruling on the question, “May a federal court count the vote of a judge who dies before the decision is issued?” The ruling overturned an appellate court decision that included the vote of Judge Stephen Reinhardt after he had died.


Andrew Harnik/AP

Andrew Harnik/AP

‘As a conservative, I cannot endorse a precedent that I know future left-wing presidents will exploit to advance radical policies that will erode economic and individual freedoms.’

U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., on opposing President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency in order to fund the building of a wall on the border with Mexico.


‘There’s a scientific consensus that the lives of children are going to be very difficult, and it does lead, I think, young people to have a legitimate question: Is it OK to still have children?’

U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., on climate change and the future.