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Hurricane Sandy edition

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  "Better to be fast than late." — FEMA head Craig Fugate, replying to former FEMA head Michael "Brownie" Brown's criticism that President Barack Obama's response to Hurricane Sandy was somehow too rapid. "Why was this so quick?" Brown wondered in an interview last week. "At some point, somebody's going to ask that question. ... This is like the inverse of Benghazi."

  "Hurricane Sandy should teach us to be prepared, willing to live without the modern conveniences of elevators, computers and refrigerators. Hurricane Sandy should teach all of us to chill." — Michael Brown, doubling down in an op-ed in the Canadian newspaper Globe & Mail.

  "Brownie lecturing the public on emergency response is like Jerry Sandusky lecturing on child protection." — A commenter on the Globe & Mail website. 

 "I want to get them the resources that are necessary. ... But not one big shot to just open up the checkbook because they spent it on Gucci bags and massage parlors and everything you can think of in addition to what was necessary." — Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, on Hurricane Sandy relief, referencing the individual aid issued after Hurricane Katrina. In 2005, King was one of only 11 members of Congress to vote against the Katrina aid bill.

  "One of the first thoughts that came to my mind was, 'Well, then, we won't help Iowa either!' Iowa has floods, tornadoes and drought, all these disasters are aided by the federal government on a more regular basis than hurricanes in New Jersey. But no, Mr. King, these are the United States and it is our job to help each other when faced with devastating natural events." — New Jersey Assemblywoman Connie Wagner, in an email to the Huffington Post.

  "Dear N.Y. and N.J and other affected communities — if Ed Blakely comes a-knocking ... don't let him in." — The Lens' Karen Gadbois, offering sage advice to those affected by Hurricane Sandy.

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