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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 'It's disgusting!': GOP Rep blasts this text message that went out amid effort to oust McCarthy.

GOP Rep. Garret Graves of Florida called out Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) for fundraising off his efforts to oust Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) from the speakership.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who was on Fox News when voting was underway, said the fundraising stunt “makes me uncomfortable.”

“I think when you’re doing things, you need to be doing it because it’s the right thing to do,” the GOP presidential candidate argued. “It shouldn’t be done with an eye towards trying to generate lists or trying to generate fundraising.”

The Babylon Bee, 'fake news you can trust': Panicked McCarthy looks for fire alarm.

McCarthy continued his rushed search through the corridors in search of a fire alarm in an attempt to delay the vote, in what has quickly become known as the 'Bowman Maneuver.' Unfortunately for McCarthy, he was unable to locate a fire alarm in time to stop the proceedings.

At publishing time, McCarthy was last seen packing up his personal belongings to remove them from the Speaker's office, while Rep. Jamaal Bowman offered to helpfully pull the fire alarm to open the door to let him out.

Byron York, chief political correspondent for The Washington Examiner: The White House dog scandal.

So what now? The first thing to say is that this is not funny. It's not a story about 'Commander's taste buds.' It's about a president who has allowed his White House to become a dangerous assignment for the agents who protect him. A president who puts his dog over the men and women who put their own lives on the line to save the president of the United States. As Joe Biden might say — not a joke. So when will the president do something about it?

Guy Benson,'s Political Editor: What does McCarthy's ousting mean for Republicans?

Who knows what the coming days and weeks will bring, and whether the next Speaker will meet a similar fate as soon as a few people's whims dictate that it's time for more money and attention — oh, sorry, 'principles.' Republican voters can keep rewarding unserious demagogues who play to their collective id, or they can be adults who want to win and govern. These days, it's looking more and more like a binary choice. Choose wisely, or lose. And if you're sick of losing, maybe it's time to quit the people who seem addicted to it.

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