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" Academic freedom and free speech mean the right to consider ideas with which you might disagree. "
" Always taken Donald Trump seriously. I think people have underestimated him. "
" An early attempt at education choice was charter schools. These were meant to attract the best and brightest students and provide them a level of education they often could not find in their local school districts. The problem is that, of the thousands of charter schools, many are outright failures. "
" As a survivor, you learn how to talk fast, cut deals, lie when you have to - perfect training to be a politician, you know? "
" Every time I think that political analysts and writers will finally recognize that most of them don't understand much about political polls, they prove me wrong. They don't know how to read them; they don't understand the importance of cross tabs within a given poll, and they don't know how to analyze them. "
" High-quality health care is not available to millions of Americans who don't have health insurance, or whose substandard plans provide minimum coverage. That's why the Affordable Care Act is so important. It provides quality health insurance to both the uninsured and underinsured. "
" I always say if anybody is running for president, for office, I always take them seriously. "
" I came from a dysfunctional family - very dysfunctional. And my father used to find great humor in throwing me down the stairs. "
" I can talk to more persuadable voters in a week on 'The Five' than I could at CNN in a year, so it's worked out fine. "
" If I never hear of Kim Kardashian and Casey Anthony again, it would make my entire day. "
" I have long been an advocate of school choice, but I also believe the problem lies with school administrators and union leaders who refuse to believe there is such a thing as a bad school. "
" I have long believed there is a lot of waste in the defense budget. "
" I think a flat tax has merit. Anything would be better than the current tax code. "
" Jim Crow laws stripped blacks of basic rights. Despite landmark civil rights laws, many public schools were still segregated, blacks still faced barriers to voting, and violence by white racists continued. Such open racism is mostly gone in America, but covert racism is alive and well. "
" Life is a series of chapters, and one leads to another to another to another, and God knows what it is. "
" My pop culture ended somewhere north of Elvis but not too far. "
" On the road to the GOP nomination, Trump earned the reputation as a good debater by slandering and bullying his opponents, knocking them out with cheap shots and lies. On a crowded stage, Trump got away with these deplorable tactics. "
" The fact of the matter, it's that Trump is getting money from blue-collar workers who send him checks for $250. Why? Who is Donald Trump? It's not who he is, it's who he isn't. Not what he is for, what he is against - that is, everything Washington is doing. "
" The questions I get invariably focus on Glenn Beck, Bill O'Reilly, and Sean Hannity. It's no secret Hannity is conservative, and O'Reilly certainly is not a liberal. Beck goes well beyond conservatism to some very strange places. "
" Trump is going to be around a while. "
" Very few undocumented workers come here to be unemployed. "
" We know that in the Muslim communities around the world, they do not like us. They recruit people from poor areas and turn them into terrorists. "
" We've come a long way from the days of Jim Crow, and yes, we elected a black president, but racism lives. "
" When anyone in Washington asks for a favor, no matter how little the favor means to you, act pained and get as much as you can in exchange - even if the person asking is the president of the United States. "
" When I came to faith, I was on pro-choice boards, and I dropped off of those because you couldn't read the Bible and be pro-choice. "
" You don't hear much crosstalk on 'The Five.' When you try to make a point, the other person will back off. "
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