‘I know every incident in the history of racism…’

By Sadie Bass

Jul 22, 2009 12:40pm

"We're going to have to wade in a little deeper into the nitty-gritty to keep the process going. We know that and accept that." — White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, on the road to health care reform

“President Barack Obama is significantly raising his personal stake in the effort to overhaul America's health-care system, as Democrats and the public express growing unease about the costs.” — The Wall Street Journal’s Laura Meckler, Jonathan Weisman and Gerald F. Seib

"I think the risk of failure goes up consequentially if we don't get it done by the August break." — Former South Dakota Senator and reform advocate Tom Daschle

“The report…says Palin is securing unwarranted benefits and receiving improper gifts through the Alaska Fund Trust, set up by supporters. An investigator for the state Personnel Board says…there is probable cause to believe Palin used or attempted to use her official position for personal gain because she authorized the creation of the trust as her legal defense fund. The practical effect of the ruling on Palin will be more financial than anything else.” — the Associate Press’ Rachel D’Oro

"I studied the history of racism. I know every incident in the history of racism from slavery to Jim Crow segregation. I haven't even come close to being arrested.I would have said it was impossible." — Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., claiming race was the cause of his arrest outside his home

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