"He will be in close contact with the families of American hostages, meet with foreign leaders in support of our hostage recovery efforts, advise on options to enhance those efforts, participate in strategy meetings with other senior U.S. policymakers, and represent the United States internationally on hostage-related issues."
"'They assured us the money was in the account — however…'"
"'John Kerry is a joke. No, he’s a bicyclist,' Trump said of the former Bay State senator."
"'Leave Tom Brady alone!' he said to a raucous ovation. 'I know Tom Brady, Tom Brady is an honest guy, he’s a great guy, he’s a great champion and winner. Leave him alone!’"
"Donors who have publicly expressed support for a Biden run have been contacted by the Clinton team…Even Clinton herself has made a few calls, they said, to express her disappointment."
Police search for "Portland Pooper"; man may face charges of offensive littering http://t.co/n2nXAounns pic.twitter.com/atvY9HRXKK— CBS News (@CBSNews) August 28, 2015
"I find it interesting that he has toilet paper with him, it's very pre-planned," Catrina Salazar, who works at a nearby hair salon, told the station. "You just don't really know what to expect around here."
"Americans of ordinary means have made 400,000 donations — about 80 percent of them were $200 or less — to Mr. Sanders. Contrast that with the appalling fact that fewer than 400 of the nation’s most affluent families, writing six- and seven-figure checks, account for almost half the money raised so far by both parties in the campaign, according to an analysis by The Times."
"It was 1943, the thick of World War II, and the U.S. Army Air Force First Motion Picture Unit needed to lift spirits and shed light on military behavior. So they turned to professionals: It's a Wonderful Life director Frank Capra spearheaded the initiative. He created the cartoon character named "Private Snafu" to teach soldiers everything from security, to proper sanitation habits, to Nazi booby traps. Veteran animator Chuck Jones directed the shorts, with Bugs Bunny voice actor Mel Blanc providing Snafu's vocals. And for dialogue, Capra turned to none other than Army Captain Theodor Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss."
"Every sulfurous belch from the molten interior of the volcanic Trump phenomenon injures the chances of a Republican presidency.…"
"'A recipe — or any instructions — listing the combination of chicken, lettuce, tomato, cheese, and mayonnaise on a bun to create a sandwich is quite plainly not a copyrightable work,' Chief Judge Jeffrey Howard wrote in the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. "
"The woman — identified only by her surname Zhou — was told she could not take the $200 bottle of Remy Martin XO Excellence on board due to aviation rules.
"Rather than let the booze go to waste, the woman downed the entire bottle in one go — and was then deemed too drunk to fly."
"Koch’s blistering comments came as he and his brother David, whose conservative political network plans to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on the 2016 election, have spoken out more frequently in an attempt to blunt Democratic attacks on their political influence and insinuations about their motives."
And insinuations too. Awww.
"WASHINGTON — The Pentagon’s inspector general is investigating allegations that military officials have skewed intelligence assessments about the United States-led campaign in Iraq against the Islamic State to provide a more optimistic account of progress, according to several officials familiar with the inquiry."
"The dust in our homes contains an average of 9,000 different species of microbes, a study suggests."
Sort of a no-brainer, right?
"Efforts to rein in the use of automatic weapons by children already failed in two state legislatures last year."
“… Chick fil A is getting blackballed at Denver International Airport."
"Motorists and pedestrians who have traveled along Deerfield Street, Bank Row and Main Street over the past few days have questioned why DOT would erect signs that not only reference the wrong town, but refer to the John W. Olver Regional Transit Center as 'Olver TC.'"
Dick Cheney will speak out against the Obama administration’s nuclear deal with Iran http://t.co/x8XHirwxlN | Getty pic.twitter.com/CksyRzrC9o— POLITICO (@politico) August 25, 2015
Pat Robertson claims the market swoon is God's punishment http://t.co/YACCejW6NC | AP Photo pic.twitter.com/c22EW3Nous— POLITICO (@politico) August 25, 2015
"“It was a brand new tub,” Castellano told The Daily Beast. “It was just staring right back at me.”"
[From Orwell’s rules for writers…"(vi) Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.”]
"'If you are here without our permission, and we have given you two months to leave, and you're still here, and we find that you're still here after we we've given you the deadline to leave, then you become property of the State of Iowa,' Mickelson modestly proposed. 'And we have a job for you. And we start using compelled labor, the people who are here illegally would therefore be owned by the state and become an asset of the state rather than a liability and we start inventing jobs for them to do.'"
"At the event, [Huckabee] was glowingly introduced by Iowa Republican Congressman Steve King, who revved the crowd by bashing the Supreme Court ruling clearing the way for gay marriage. King had apparently been told on good authority by a lawyer friend that Obergefell v. Hodges meant that only one party in a marriage had to be a human being. 'What that means,' he said, 'is you can now marry my lawn mower.'
"A reporter next to me leaned over. 'King's lawn mower is gay?'
"I shrugged. In the modern Republican Party, making sense is a secondary consideration."
[Noted by our Midwest and Elsewhere Bureau chief.]
[WARNING: Reading this whole thing may crack you up. Or make you think. Or cringe.]
"'Anybody else would have already lost their security clearance and be subjected to an espionage investigation,' Mrozinski added. 'But apparently a different standard exists for Mrs. Clinton.'"
The post is a notoriously right-wing publication, not expected to be sympathetic to a Clinton presidency. But still.