Friday Short Cuts

"The group consisting of mother, father and child is the main educational agency of mankind." —Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Political Editors · Dec. 8, 2017

Insight: “The group consisting of mother, father and child is the main educational agency of mankind.” —Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968)

For the record: “A couple of things are going on here: 1) Democrats obviously want to clear the decks to get a clear line of fire on Roy Moore and Donald Trump, and Franken realizes he can’t stand in the way; 2) In the current environment in the Democratic party it is difficult to question the credibility of any accusers, so Franken would have just dug himself in a deeper hole by trying to defend himself.” —Rich Lowry

Nope. Try again: “I suspect in the revolutionary days the founders were looking for people like [Dreamers] to join their fight. They’re — I might get deleted here — badass. There are some politicians who need a little bit of a spine like they have.” —California Attorney General Xavier Becerra

Demo-gogues: “We are not going to turn this country into a reign of terror of domestic enforcement, and have the DACA, the DREAMers pay that price. But I’m optimistic. I always have been. God is with us on this.” —Nancy Pelosi

Non Compos Mentis: “The House on Wednesday passed a bill requiring states that permit individuals to carry concealed guns to allow out-of-state residents to do so as well, if they can legally carry in their home state. It’s an idea long supported by the gun lobby, and it poses real dangers to the public. … Imagine walking through Times Square — or Las Vegas — and wondering if the stranger next to you, perhaps acting oddly, might be carrying a gun.” —Bloomberg editorial

Village Idiots: “I’ve got a pretty good speech [for Donald Trump]. And it ends with a martini to the face.” —actress Jennifer Lawrence, who graciously added that Harvey Weinstein “had only ever been nice to me” and “was paternal to me”

Late-night humor: “Vladimir Putin just announced he’s seeking re-election. Really? Who’s running against him? That’s like running for class president when you’re homeschooled.” —Jimmy Fallon

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