This Just in From the Obama White House
"Sometimes lost in the partisan clamor about the new health care law is the profound relief it is expected to bring to hundreds of thousands of Americans who have been stricken first by disease and then by a Darwinian insurance system. On Thursday, the six-month anniversary of the signing of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a number of its most central consumer protections take effect, just in time for the midterm elections." - Health reporter Kevin Sack in a story with the cheerleading headline "For Many Families, Health Care Relief Begins Today," September 23.
Tea Party Racism, Part 1
"To talk about states' rights in the way some Tea Partiers did was to pretend that the twentieth century and the latter half of the nineteenth century had never happened, that the country had not rejected this doctrine over and over. It was little wonder that people heard the echo of the slave era and decided that the movement had to be motivated by racism." - From the book "Boiling Mad: Inside Tea Party America," by Times reporter Kate Zernike.
Tea Party Racism, Part II
"It was difficult, if not disingenuous, for the Tea Party groups to try to disown the behavior. They had organized the rally, and under their model of self-policing, they were responsible for the behavior of people who were there. And after saying for months that anybody could be a Tea Party leader, they could not suddenly dismiss as faux Tea Partiers those protesters who made them look bad." - From the book "Boiling Mad: Inside Tea Party America," by Times reporter Kate Zernike.
You can read the rest of the Times Watch Quotes of Note here.