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A compilation of quotations on a variety of issues by national, state and regional writers, well-known personalities, just plain everyday people and from various publications collected by the editors of THE ADVANCE.

Quotes for our Times:

Leah Barkoukis, online features editor at GOP lawmakers demand answers from Merrick Garland over removal of Trump-era immigration judges.

The Biden administration claims decisions about career civil service employees are made “solely on performance” rather than politics, but the Republicans highlight how activist attorneys and open borders groups called for O’Brien’s removal. They argue the DOJ’s motives are “nefarious.”

Matt Vespa, Senior Editor at Townhall. com: How the Highland Park shooter reportedly obtained his guns is beyond ridiculous.

So, how did Crimo get his weapons? They were all purchased legally, but in Illinois, you need a Firearm Owners Identification card (FOID) to own guns and ammunition. Crimo's father co-signed for his son's card in 2019, even after his past behavior. I have a feeling that this whole family is going to land in hot legal water. If they knew this kid was a problem, did nothing, and then signed a firearms card for him — they deserve to be charged as well.

This is a mess. It's a circus. If you know your son is a headcase, co-signing for a FOID card is probably one of the most reckless things I've ever heard. You cannot make this up.

Tucker Carlson, host of FOX News Channel’s flagship primetime cable news program, Tucker Carlson Tonight: Gun control doesn't stop bad people from using guns.

Now a normal person sees a tape like that and takes a breath as the tragedy of it sinks in as it should. Americans were just murdered for no reason. So, pause a beat before politicizing their deaths. Show some respect. You owe them that. But social media do not encourage respect. Social media are the domain of partisans and the first question of partisan asks never changes. It's this: 'How can I use other people's misery to become more powerful myself?'

Greg Gutfeld, host of Gutfeld! and co-host of The Five: The left wants to replace religion with wokeness.

Could the death of patriotism follow the death of religion? Much like the death of a heavy drinker follows the death of his liver. Maybe. But July 4th is now kind of like a religious holiday. Purely optional. It's not a patriotic birthday. It's now just a reminder of the original sin of oppression. The sins of the father are now your own. There's nothing you can do. There's no confession, no forgiveness. There's only apology after apology to the mob who sees them as appetizers. And you are the meal.

Liz Peek, Fox News contributor and former partner of a major bracket Wall Street firm: Biden's presidency looks 'out of control,' but could it get worse?

Yes, unfortunately, it can. The economy is slumping, COVID confusion reigns, high energy prices are raising the cost of everything, air travel is a disaster, the chaos at the border is about to escalate and crime is surging. And, we remain disastrously low on baby formula.

All this at a time when even Democrats have decided President Biden can’t cut it.

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