Tonight President Obama spoke for his 8th and last time at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner. He went out with style and class and being funny as hell.
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|Gov. Bill Haslam signs law allowing therapists to turn away their LGBT patients|
"After considerable thought and discussion with counselors both for and against the bill, I have decided to sign Senate Bill 1556,"
“This measure is rooted in the dangerous misconception that religion can be used as a free pass to discriminate allowing counselors to treat some potential clients differently from others based on their personal beliefs defies professional standards and could cause significant harm to vulnerable people.”
|State Senator and loathsome homophobe Buck Newton|
|Sate Sen. Buck Newton making some choice statements about his states toilet legislation|
“Go home, tell your friends and family who had to work today what this is all about and how hard we must fight to keep our state straight!”
“I never mentioned anything about homosexuality,”
"As far as I'm concerned, it's over… this is a far bigger win than we even expected — all five."
"the women's card ... If Hillary Clinton were a man, I don't think she'd get 5% of the vote."
"there is much more that unites us than divides us."
"Now, the other day Mr. Trump accused me of playing the, quote, woman card. Well, if fighting for women's health care and paid family leave and equal pay is playing the woman card, then deal me in!"
“I congratulate Secretary Clinton on her victories tonight, and I look forward to issue-oriented campaigns in the 14 contests to come,"
"The U.S. is an extremely diverse society and attitudes towards LGBT people differ hugely across the country. LGBT travelers may be affected by legislation passed recently in the states of North Carolina and Mississippi."
|Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant|
“It’s time that we stand up and do the work of the people and protect the freedoms that they enjoy,”
|North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory|
|2,383 delegates needed to win|
|1,237 delegates needed to win|
“The persistently low level of claims should provide some reassurance that the economy is growing, even if that growth appears more sluggish that most would have hoped a few months ago,”
"The labor market is on a solid footing. Layoffs are low, hiring is good, and workers who do lose their jobs are finding new ones quickly,"
"The fears of world economic growth (slowing) are not causing a concern for business owners here in the U.S. with all the help wanted signs up in the windows,"
|"Hey Heidi, I don't think I'm well liked in New York. Back up, get into the car... slowly"|
COOPER: So you have no problem with Japan and South Korea having... nuclear weapons.
TRUMP: At some point we have to say, you know what, we're better off if Japan protects itself against this maniac in North Korea, we're better off, frankly, if South Korea is going to start to protect itself, we have...
COOPER: Saudi Arabia, nuclear weapons?
TRUMP: Saudi Arabia, absolutely.
COOPER: You would be fine with them having nuclear weapons?
TRUMP: No, not nuclear weapons, but they have to protect themselves or they have to pay us. Here's the thing, with Japan, they have to pay us or we have to let them protect themselves.
COOPER: So if you said, Japan, yes, it's fine, you get nuclear weapons, South Korea, you as well, and Saudi Arabia says we want them, too?
TRUMP: Can I be honest with you? It's going to happen, anyway. It's going to happen anyway. It's only a question of time. They're going to start having them or we have to get rid of them entirely. But you have so many countries already, China, Pakistan, you have so many countries, Russia, you have so many countries right now that have them.
MATTHEWS: Where would we drop a nuclear weapon in the Middle East?
TRUMP: Let me explain. Let me explain. Somebody hits us within ISIS, you wouldn't fight back with a nuke?
MATTHEWS: No. To drop a nuclear weapon on a community of people that are...
TRUMP: No, no, but you can't say -- first of all, you don't want to say, "Take everything off the table..."
MATTHEWS: No, just nuclear.
TRUMP: ... because you'd be a bad negotiator if you do that.
MATTHEWS: Just nuclear.
TRUMP: Look, nuclear should be off the table. But would there be a time when it could be used, possibly, possibly?
MATTHEWS: OK. The trouble is, when you said that, the whole world heard it. David Cameron in Britain heard it. The Japanese, where we bombed them in '45, heard it. They're hearing a guy running for president of the United States talking of maybe using nuclear weapons. Nobody wants to hear that about an American president.
TRUMP: Then why are we making them? Why do we make them? We had (inaudible).
MATTHEWS: Because of the old mutual assured destruction, which Reagan hated and tried to get rid of.
TRUMP: (inaudible) I was against Iraq. I'd be the last one to use the nuclear weapon.
MATTHEWS: So can you take it off the table now?
TRUMP: Because that's sort of like the end of the ball game.
MATTHEWS: Can you tell the Middle East we're not using a nuclear weapon on anybody?
TRUMP: I would never say that. I would never take any of my cards off the table.
MATTHEWS: How about Europe? We won't use it in Europe?
TRUMP: I -- I'm not going to take it off the table.
MATTHEWS: You might use it in Europe?
TRUMP: No, I don't think so. But I'm not taking...
MATTHEWS: Well, just say it. "I will never use a nuclear weapon in Europe."
TRUMP: I am not -- I am not taking cards off the table.
"The person who made the statements doesn't know much about foreign policy or nuclear policy or the Korean Peninsula or the world generally... One of the cornerstones of our presence in the Asia-Pacific. It has prevented the possibilities of a nuclear escalation and conflict. You don’t mess with that. It’s an investment that rests on the sacrifices that our men and women made. We don’t want someone in the Oval Office who doesn’t recognize how important that is."