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Dispatches Quotables


Albert Pujols (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

‘It’s well-deserved.’

Baseball star Albert Pujols on his Los Angeles Angels teammate Mike Trout’s record-setting contract. The 12-year contract is worth $426.5 million.




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Morris Dees (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

‘Until justice rolls down like dollars.’

Bob Moser, former writer for the left-wing Southern Poverty Law Center, on the joking reference SPLC staffers regularly made to a quote from Martin Luther King Jr.—“Until justice rolls down like waters”—that is featured on a memorial outside the center’s offices. In a story for The New Yorker, Moser depicted the SPLC as a haven for racial discrimination, sexual harassment, and financial corruption. In March, the SPLC dismissed founder Morris Dees, and President Richard Cohen resigned.



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Adnan Afrin (Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images)

‘The fight against the enemy you cannot see is much harder.’

Adnan Afrin, a commander with the Syrian Democratic Forces, after the group drove Islamic State fighters from their final piece of territory in Baghuz, Syria, on March 23. Many ISIS fighters have scattered and remain hidden within the population of Syria and elsewhere.




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Amy Poehler (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

‘Thank you for your concern. But we don’t need your help, and we’re not asking to be saved.’

A coalition of restaurant servers in New York, led by Outback Steakhouse bartender Maggie Raczynski, in a letter responding to celebrities like Amy Poehler and Sarah Jessica Parker pushing New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to raise the minimum wage for servers to $15. Servers say they make more money under the tipping system.



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Kingsland, Texas, 2018 (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman/AP)

‘This is shaping up to be a potentially unprecedented flood season.’

Ed Clark, director of NOAA’s National Water Center in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on forecasts that snowmelt and heavy rains could put more than two-thirds of the lower 48 states at an elevated risk of flooding this spring. The forecast comes on the heels of devastating March floods in the Midwest.