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“You know, am I mad at God? Yeah I’m mad at him. I wish I had more pro­tec­tion. I wish this stuff didn’t hap­pen.”

— BILL O’REILLY, speak­ing on his web se­ries, No Spin News, blam­ing God for not pro­tect­ing him from his preda­tory be­hav­ior to­ward women.

“No­body else was in­volved. Only three peo­ple made a back­room deal. Maybe the bud­get would’ve failed if we’d known some of those as­pects were go­ing to be ve­toed, but we never had the chance to know. … You don’t hold some­body hostage for your own per­sonal needs.”

— Assem­bly Speaker ROBIN VOS, R-Rochester, ex­press­ing anger to WISN about be­ing tricked into sign­ing off on the bi­en­nial bud­get with­out know­ing that three hard-right Repub­li­can se­na­tors — Sens. Chris Kapenga of De­lafield, Steve Nass of White­wa­ter and Duey Stroebel of Saukville — had struck a deal with Gov. Scott Walker to veto items im­por­tant to him. He also called his be­tray­ers “ter­ror­ists,” but later apol­o­gized for us­ing that word.

“One as­pect of the con­flict, by the way, that I will never, ever coun­te­nance is that we drafted the low­est in­come level of Amer­ica, and the high­est in­come level found a doc­tor that would say they had a bone spur. That is wrong. That is wrong. If we are go­ing to ask ev­ery Amer­i­can to serve, ev­ery Amer­i­can should serve.”

— Ari­zona Sen. JOHN MCCAIN in an in­ter­view with C-SPAN about the Viet­nam War. Don­ald Trump re­ceived five de­fer­ments dur­ing the Viet­nam War, in­clud­ing one for bone spurs.

“Let me guess: you just had $32 mil­lion ly­ing around and de­cided to give it to a nice lady you to­tally didn’t sex­u­ally as­sault.”

— JOY REID of MSNBC com­ment­ing on the rev­e­la­tion that Fox News paid $32 mil­lion to set­tle a sex­ual as­sault suit against Bill O’Reilly, who main­tains his in­no­cence. Af­ter the set­tle­ment, Fox News re­newed O’Reilly’s con­tract for $25 mil­lion an­nu­ally.

“We’ve never been friends. We’ve been col­leagues and in some ways it’s a very healthy place to be be­cause then you have a clear line be­tween your pro­fes­sional life and re­la­tion­ship and your per­sonal.”

— KIM CAT­TRALL, dish­ing the dirt about her re­la­tion­ship with fel­low Sex in the City cast­mates in an in­ter­view with Piers Mor­gan’s Life Sto­ries. Her re­fusal to par­tic­i­pate forced the can­cel­la­tion of a third movie based on the pop­u­lar HBO se­ries.

“Trump Signs New Travel Ban Pre­vent­ing Repub­li­can Se­na­tors From Flee­ing”

— The head­line of a satir­i­cal col­umn by The New Yorker’s Andy Borowitz.

“I’ve heard that she’s re­ceived sub­stan­tial death threats and I think she is do­ing ev­ery­thing she can to ratchet down and let some of us, in­clud­ing me, take over.”

— U.S. Rep. ALCEE HAST­INGS telling Roll Call news why fel­low U.S. Rep. Fred­er­ica Wil­son, D-Fla., missed 19 votes in three days. The death threats fol­lowed her pub­lic crit­i­cism of Don­ald Trump over his con­do­lence call to the widow of Sgt. La David John­son, who was slain dur­ing an am­bush in Niger.

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