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Publius / February 12, 2016

Friday Short Cuts

Insight: “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” —John F. Kennedy

Times have changed: “When we stand together and demand that this country works for all of us, rather than the few, we will transform America.” —Bernie Sanders

For the record: “Putting aside the fact that Donald [Trump] proposes roughly the same wall that was already put forth in the Gang of 8 bill (roughly 1,000 miles), why hasn’t anyone asked Mr. Trump why he sent so much money to the group? … Of [the] 8 members, Donald has contributed money to five. … Did he change his mind since he made these donations? Always possible. This is a guy whose entire persona is wrapped up in changing his mind on a whim.” —Ben Howe

Upright: “New Hampshire proved that concerns about Mrs. Clinton’s ethics aren’t merely a right-wing talking point. They’ve permeated the electorate. Some stunning numbers: Among the one-third of Democratic primary voters who said ‘honesty’ was the top quality they wanted in a nominee, Mr. Sanders won 91%. Among the quarter who said they focused on a candidate who ‘cares about people like me,’ Mr. Sanders won 82%.” —WSJ’s Kimberley A. Strassel

Bad omen: “The other day Politico ran a piece titled ‘Inside the Clinton Shake-Up: How Hillary’s campaign managed itself into a ditch — and how it might get itself out.’ Correction: That was the title of a piece from the Atlantic. Politico’s headline was ‘Clinton Weighs Staff Shake-Up After New Hampshire.’ The Politico piece ran Feb. 8; the Atlantic one in February 2008.” —James Taranto

Fairy tales: “I believe in government, but I believe in efficient government, not wasteful government.” —Bernie Sanders, who might as well believe in unicorns

Huh? “There is a core of humanity that travels right through every culture and, after all, we’re all from Africa originally.” —actress Meryl Streep

Demo-gogues: “[D]on’t despair, people. This a legal decision that says, ‘Hold on until we review the legality.’ We are very firm in terms of the legal footing here.” —Barack Obama on the Supreme Court’s injunction against the Clean Power Plan

Late-night humor: “A new report suggests that soon, gasoline will be cheaper than water. And, in Flint, Michigan, it will be healthier than water.” —Conan O'Brien

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