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‘We’re almost extinct.’

Liu Hu, an independent journalist in China, on investigative journalists under the government of President Xi Jinping. “The government has made its citizens ignorant,” Liu said of the harassment of reporters and sources. “The public’s eyes are blind, their ears are deaf, and their mouths have no words.”


 

Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images

‘I jumped right in because that’s what a pro-life woman should do.’

Pro-life activist Abby Johnson, in a Fox News op-ed, on going to the southern border to provide humanitarian relief during the migrant crisis. Johnson blasted Democratic politicians at the border who declined Johnson’s request for help unloading a truck of relief supplies: “They looked stunned that someone had the gall to ask them to actually do something, as in not just for the cameras.”


 

Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Jason Merritt/Getty Images

‘You would never fit into our pack or what this team stands for.’

U.S. women’s soccer player Ashlyn Harris, in a tweet about American soccer player Jaelene Hinkle, who had decided not to join the American women’s soccer team because of requirements to wear an LGBT pride jersey. “Hinkle, our team is about inclusion,” Harris stated in the same tweet in which she said Hinkle wouldn’t fit in.


 

Susan Walsh/AP

Susan Walsh/AP

‘Congress has said that you cannot support abortion as a method of family planning. We’re just finally enforcing it.’

Alex Azar, secretary of Health and Human Services, on the Trump administration’s move to prevent groups receiving federal grants, under Title X, from using the funds to “perform, promote, refer to, or support abortion as a method of family planning.” On July 11, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused to block the rule.


 

Associated Press

Associated Press

‘I did the best I could.’

Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens on his legacy. Stevens, appointed to the court by Republican Gerald Ford in 1975, became one of the court’s most liberal members, reaffirming the Roe v. Wade decision and opposing the death penalty.