It's not often heads as hard as those belonging to Chris Christie and Kaci Hickox collide, and the Maine nurse today showed no sign of letting up over the quarantine she faced upon her return to the United States—which a Maine judge ended Friday—telling NBC News today that "when Gov. Christie stated that it was an abundance of caution, which is his reasoning for putting health care workers in a sort of quarantine for three weeks, it was really an abundance of politics. And I think all of the scientific and medical and public health community agrees with me on that statement." She turned slightly conciliatory when apologizing to her town, saying it "has been through a lot in the past week," and vowing that "I will not go into town, into crowded public places." Elsewhere on your Sunday dial, as per Politico:
- Rand Paul on Hickox's quarantine: "The libertarian in me is horrified at indefinitely detaining or detaining anyone without a trial. We have to be very careful of people’s civil liberties, but I’m also not saying government doesn’t have a role in trying to prevent contagion."
- Paul on the GOP: "Our brand is broken. I don’t think what we stand for is bad. We have a wall, or a barrier, between us and African-American voters."
- RNC Chair Reince Priebus on the GOP: "Rand Paul is saying what I've been saying, which is we have spent way too long as a national party showing up at the end, and we've got to do better."
- Former Pa. governor Ed Rendell on the GOP winning the Senate: "I think the Republicans, be careful what you wish for; they better do something, they better send the president some responsible pieces of legislation or they’ll get crushed in 2016."
- Dem spokeswoman Mo Elleithee: "It is hard to make the argument that Republicans can bring us back to the business of governing because Republicans were the ones who shut the government down over an ideological vendetta against this president, and they’ve signaled they might do that again."
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