"It’s incredible to have a sitting United States senator hold a hearing for the protection of one company, especially a company that... was justifiably kicked off of every military base in the world by the Pentagon."
U.S. Army veteran Hilarion Joseph, originally from Trinidad, was held for three years and two months in immigrant detention without a bond hearing when he faced deportation: "You waste your time serving this country, and now you have to go back."
Reporter David Dayen says two of Trump's Cabinet picks are among those who profited greatly from illegal foreclosures during the mortgage crisis: "It’s very ironic that the Obama administration kind of lost track and didn’t pay attention to this crisis that was going on."
Amy Goodman: "The networks have engaged in endless 'mea culpas' in the election’s aftermath, contrite about their reliance on faulty polls. Rarely do you hear a news personality on television admitting that they failed miserably in covering the Sanders campaign."
Dr. Cornel West: "My hunch is the Democratic Party has simply run out of gas... There has to be some integrity and moral consistency. And unfortunately, the Democratic Party just strikes me as not being able to meet that challenge."
Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman elected to U.S. Congress and a 1972 presidential candidate, would have celebrated her 92nd birthday this week. Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton reflected on Chisholm's life in a 2005 interview with Democracy Now!
"He chose perhaps the most unqualified person he could for this position. She’s an enemy of public schools. She's someone who, basically, has devoted her wealth to... attacking the very idea of having universal public education for all students that’s truly public." - Lisa Graves, Center for Media and Democracy
Dr. Cornel West plans to travel to Standing Rock: "I just come as a brother, as a comrade to be in solidarity with them and I go there and follow instructions. I want to be a force for good there in that context."
Under Mnuchin’s ownership, California bank IndyMac foreclosed on 36,000 families, particularly elderly residents trapped in reverse mortgages. The bank, which was renamed OneWest, was also accused of racially discriminatory lending practices.
Bernie Sanders: "The message to Mr. Trump, very loudly and clearly, is we are not going back... We have struggled too far for too many years. Too many people have died, gone to jail. And we’re not going to retreat back into bigotry in this country."
"[The recount] process was designed decades ago... It didn’t mean looking at the voting machines for forensic evidence of hacking. So I’m not convinced that even after this recount we’re going to know more." - Bruce Schneier
Lawrence Lessig: "My former boss, Justice Scalia, for whom I clerked, would be turning in his grave now to imagine a Republican... president-elect talking about doing something like throwing somebody in jail for flag burning."