"The rhetoric got way ahead of the policy making."
—former Obama administration State Department official Michael Posner, on Obama's willingness, despite claims he makes in speeches, to work with oppressive foreign governments when it suits his national security goals, Politico, January/February 2016

"I was 35 years old when Bill Clinton, Ark. Attorney General raped me and Hillary tried to silence me. I am now 73….it never goes away."
—tweet from Juanita Broaddrick, a former nursing home administrator who in 1999 accused the then-president of raping her in 1978, January 6

"The enforcement strategy that the administration has articulated is not going to change."
—White House press secretary Josh Earnest, asked in a press briefing whether raids against illegal immigrants in the United States will continue, January 8

"To me, the core of criminal justice is the requirement that someone not go to prison if they don't have criminal intent. It is happening today, and it should not happen, and it has to be part of the reforms we do."
—Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R–Va.) on the need to incorporate mens rea into criminal justice reform legislation, at an event hosted by The Atlantic, January 12