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Dispatches Quotables


Rachel Campos-Duffy (Mike Segar/Reuters/AP)

‘We’ll take AOC’s carbon footprint for ourselves.’

TV host Rachel Campos-Duffy, wife of U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wis., on becoming pregnant with the couple’s ninth child. U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., earlier this year questioned whether it was moral for people to have children because of the supposed impact on the climate.


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U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Nati Harnik/AP)

‘This “man vs. woman” messaging is not based in fact or reality.’

Associated Press reporter Meg Kinnard in response to U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s claim that men are trying to take away women’s right to abortion. Kinnard cited South Carolina, which consistently elects pro-life candidates, even though female voters outnumber male voters by more than 300,000.



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U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

‘That’s what I call fleecing the American taxpayer.’

U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, on prices paid by the Pentagon. Grassley said recent expenditures include $1,280 for a coffee mug and $14,000 for a toilet seat lid. A recent inspector general report found defense contractor TransDigm had profit margins of more than 1,000 percent on 17 different parts it sold to the Pentagon.



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Burhan Ozbilici/AP

‘I’m very upset about it. And we’re going to get to the bottom of it.’

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, on the use of the Steele dossier to get a FISA warrant to spy on the Trump campaign in 2016. “So, the bottom line is the dossier has never been independently confirmed,” he said. “It was used to get a warrant. They knew the author of the dossier was on the Democrat Party payroll. He hated Trump; they got the warrant anyway. Most Americans should be very upset about that.”


‘We’ve all made mistakes, but our mistakes aren’t always the first thing people see and judge us by.’

Jeff Garnett, co-owner of the tattoo removal company Clean Slate Laser in New York and New Jersey, on customers who regret having facial tattoos. Garnett says he is seeing an increase in the number of customers who want to remove tattoos from their faces. One customer, Mauricio Arias, told the New York Post, “As soon as I walk in for a job interview, they’re gonna think, ‘Who’s this guy trying to get a job looking like that?’”