▪ “I know the media would like me to attack Hillary Clinton and say all kinds of terrible things and tell the world that I’m the greatest candidate in the history of the world and everybody else running against me is a jerk and terrible, awful people. Nobody believes that stuff.” — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on why he’s not criticizing Hillary Clinton.
Neither Clinton nor Sanders is attacking the other even as Sanders continues creeping up on Clinton in the polls. Clinton can’t afford to alienate Sanders’ impassioned followers. Sanders, meantime, needs to expand the number of voters willing to participate in the primary process, and going negative only undermines that idea.
▪ “With respect to the Iranians, it's don't trust, never trust, and always verify. And I think a very vigorous verification regime has been put in place.” — Colin Powell on the Iranian nuclear pact.
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Powell offered a measured defense of the agreement. “Let's see how they implement the deal,” he said.
▪ “There appears to be consensus that it would only be a few.” — the conclusion of a Post-Dispatch story on the impact of a ban on Missouri state scholarships for immigrants brought to the country illegally by their parents.
Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed a bill that would require students to be permanent residents to receive the A+ Scholarships. Lawmakers may override him at a veto session this month. State education officials are trying to figure out exactly how many students would be affected. (link courtesy of johncombest.com).
▪ “Boo hoo, Mrs. Clinton.” — GOP presidential contender Carly Fiorina dismissing Hillary Clinton’s statement that Donald Trump has been “throwing a lot of heat my way.”
Fiorina said she wishes Trump would be even more aggressive toward Clinton. “I feel sometimes as though I'm the only candidate who's consistently been critical of her,” Fiorina said.