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“I can­not in good con­science vote for the Gra­ham-Cas­sidy pro­posal. I believe we could do bet­ter work­ing to­gether, Repub­li­cans and Democrats, and have not yet re­ally tried. Nor could I sup­port it with­out know­ing how much it will cost, how it will (af­fect) in­sur­ance pre­mi­ums, and how many peo­ple will be helped or hurt by it. With­out a full CBO score, which won’t be avail­able by the end of the month, we won’t have re­li­able an­swers to any of those ques­tions.”

—U.S. Sen. JOHN MCCAIN say­ing he would not sup­port Repub­li­cans’ lat­est at­tempt to rush a health care bill through the Se­nate. His de­ci­sion helped mo­ti­vate GOP lead­ers to pull the bill.

“I’m pissed off. I’ll be hon­est with you. Be­cause I sup­ported Don­ald Trump.”

— Ex-Buf­falo Bills coach REX RYAN de­nounc­ing Trump for lam­bast­ing NFL play­ers as SOBs and sug­gest­ing their coaches should be fired for al­low­ing them to take a knee dur­ing the na­tional an­them to protest the treat­ment of blacks. Last year, Ryan in­tro­duced Trump at a cam­paign rally in Buf­falo by say­ing, “One thing I re­ally ad­mire about him is, you know what, he’ll say what’s on his mind.”

“The hypocrisy of this ad­min­is­tra­tion, who knew there was no real scan­dal, who knew that there was no ba­sis for all their hy­per­ven­ti­lat­ing. … No, we’re find­ing with the lat­est rev­e­la­tions — they didn’t mean any of it. It’s just the height of hypocrisy. If it is some­thing that if they were sin­cere about I think you’d have Repub­li­can mem­bers of Congress calling for an in­ves­ti­ga­tion. I haven’t heard that yet.”

— HIL­LARY CLIN­TON re­spond­ing to The New York Times re­port that se­nior White House ad­vis­ers used pri­vate email ac­counts, in­clud­ing Vice Pres­i­dent Mike Pence, for­mer strate­gist Steve Ban­non, for­mer chief of staff Reince Priebus, chief eco­nomic ad­viser Gary Cohn, pol­icy ad­viser Stephen Miller and Ivanka Trump. Sup­port­ers at Trump ral­lies con­tinue to chant “lock her up” over Clin­ton’s use of a pri­vate email server.

“De­spite its im­pres­sive achieve­ments, our health care sys­tem of­ten fails to de­liver af­ford­able, life-sav­ing help to many of our cit­i­zens. Re­forms are needed, but they should be care­fully stud­ied and not rushed through Congress with­out ex­pert anal­y­sis and thor­ough de­bate on the in­evitable trade-offs in­her­ent in any re­form. Above all, any pol­icy and fund­ing changes should be eval­u­ated by how they treat the most vul­ner­a­ble among us.”

— Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Evan­gel­i­cals pres­i­dent LEITH AN­DER­SON in a state­ment op­pos­ing Repub­li­cans’ ef­fort to rush a new health care bill through the Se­nate.

“Af­ter the elec­tion, I made a com­ment that I thought the idea mis­in­for­ma­tion on Face­book changed the out­come of the elec­tion was a crazy idea. Calling that crazy was dis­mis­sive and I re­gret it. This is too im­por­tant an is­sue to be dis­mis­sive.”

— Face­book CEO MARK ZUCKER­BERG in a post ad­mit­ting that he was wrong to dis­miss the pos­si­bil­ity that fake news shared on the so­cial net­work had an im­pact on last year’s pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

“I hate to tell you, Puerto Rico, but you threw our bud­get a lit­tle out of whack. But that’s fine.”

— DON­ALD TRUMP vis­it­ing Puerto Rico two weeks af­ter Hur­ri­cane Maria hit. The storm left 3.5 mil­lion peo­ple with­out power and many with­out water. At least 34 peo­ple have died. The pres­i­dent also piled praise on his ad­min­is­tra­tion for pre­vent­ing “a real catas­tro­phe” like Hur­ri­cane Ka­t­rina was in New Or­leans.

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