Our top 3 stories of the week…and an American adventurer who just set a world record tells us his inspiring story.
“I don’t want anyone to experience cancer or anything bad, but I would love all people to experience that kind of love thrown on you at once.”
“If the Iranian regime demonstrates a commitment to make fundamental changes in its behavior, then the president is prepared to engage in dialogue in order to find solutions.”
“Director Brennan’s recent statements purport to know as fact that the Trump campaign colluded with a foreign power…. If his statement is based on intelligence he has seen since leaving office, it constitutes an intelligence breach. If he has some other personal knowledge of or evidence of collusion, it should be disclosed to the Special Counsel, not The New York Times.“
ISIS attacks have fallen from the front pages, but the terrorist group remains a threat, according to new reports — as a suspected ISIS member is arrested in California.
“The U.S. doesn’t really know how many fighters ISIS has, but it is clearly enough to continue launching daily attacks across Iraq and Syria, while also fighting in several other countries. It is a mistake to think ISIS is defeated and the US needs to ensure it doesn’t mushroom once again.”
Turkey, a NATO member, has both provided a gateway for ISIS fighters & suffered from ISIS terrorism. America planned to work w/Turkey vs. ISIS strongholds in Syria. As tension rise between U.S, & Turkey, the way forward remains uncertain & Russia lurks in the background.
Will orange wine threaten the domination of rosé?
Orange or amber-colored wine.
“No one cared about it, no one thought about it, no one drank it…
A winemaker maybe had some leftover grapes or something that
didn’t ripen and that was what the rosé was. No one was going out
and saying, ‘I am going to make great rosé.”
Rosé sales climbed more than 50% last year. Orange Wine may sound new, but Michelin says it's actually one of the oldest forms of wine. Although it recently reemerged as a topic du jour, folks have debated its place for years. Will you give it a try?
“Everybody wants respect.”
Aretha Franklin in her own words.
“I was concerned. I wasn’t afraid. My faith in God is too great for that.”
“You weren’t an overnight sensation. You had to work at it and learn your craft: how to take care of your voice, how to pace your concerts, all that trial and error. I paid my dues, I certainly did.”
“I do appreciate it, absolutely. But some very fine and dynamite people paved the way for me… Sarah (Vaughn), Ella (Fitzgerald), and so on.”
“Falling out of love is like losing weight. It’s a lot easier putting it on than taking it off.”
“I love Wal-Mart and not just because my record is there. You can get some things there that you cannot find at Saks or Bergdorf’s or other upscale stores.”
“Find the best things about you and the best things about life and celebrate them.”
Fox and his wife, Tracy Pollan, sat down with PEOPLE to discuss their 30-year marriage. On the secret to their success, Pollan said “Just give each other the benefit of the doubt. He assumes I’m doing the best I can.” In 1991, Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
4+ million Americans have security clearances.
President Trump revoked 1.
Why some say stripping former CIA Dir. John Brennan of his clearance is an attack on free speech, while others say it had to be done.
“Mr. Brennan has recently leveraged his status as a former high-ranking official with access to highly sensitive information to make a series of unfounded and outrageous allegations — wild outbursts on the Internet and television — about this administration.
Click: His Criticism
“This action is part of a broader effort by Mr. Trump to suppress freedom of speech & punish critics. It should gravely worry all Americans, including intelligence professionals, about the cost of speaking out. My principles are worth far more than clearances. I will not relent.”
The topic of revoking security clearances came up several weeks ago when some, like Brennan criticized the President's meeting with Vladimir Putin. Is Brennan sowing "division & chaos" or exercising free speech? Does social media change the equation?
“I think Vermonters should take me seriously because I have practical progressive ideas, and I happen to be 14, not the other way around. I think that my message and my platform transcend age.”
“Priests were raping little boys and girls, and the men of God who were responsible for them not only did nothing; they hid it all. For decades…. Until that changes, we think it is too early to close the book on the Catholic Church sex scandal.”
“Today a grateful nation salutes the Navajo Code Talkers whose bravery & skill saved the lives of countless Americans during WWII. History will forever marvel at the Navajos who used their language as an unbreakable code to help secure Allied victories.”
GoFundMe (GFM), the globe’s largest crowdfunding website hosts 10,000 new campaigns every day and has raised more than $5 billion bucks since it launched in 2010.
$21.9 million: Time’s Up Legal (sexual assault / harassment) Defense Fund
$11.8 million: 2017 Las Vegas Shooting Victims Fund
$7.8 million: 2016 Pulse Nightclub Shooting Victims Fund
“The biggest surprise is how much positivity there is in the world. News cycles and the social web often present a barrage of negativity. Yet I’ve been surprised by just how much people are compassionate, sympathetic, and empathetic – they genuinely want to help.”
The GoFundMe page for newly fired FBI agent Peter Strzok has raised more than $380K+ since it launched on Monday. Although GoFundMe campaigns cannot be used anonymously, sometimes it is difficult to know exactly who is behind a campaign.
California’s Governor calls it “the new normal,” but as fires rage from Washington to New Mexico, with the Golden State the hardest hit, why there’s hope in a wood that CAN’T catch fire.
“This year is turning out to be more active even than last year. We have more fires, more acres burned this fire season than we did in 2017, which, as you know, was a record year for us.”
Thom Porter, Cal Fire Region Chief
Twenty large fires are now burning in CA, including the Ranch Fire (one of the Mendocino Complex Fire) the largest wildfire in CA history.
In California, 6 firefighters died and more than 2,200 buildings are damaged or destroyed with still months left in wildfire season. For a different perspective, click to see the devastating fires from space.
“We want children to rediscover the real, that connection to the concrete, to nature, to do doing things with their hands, to contact with other human beings.”
“I’ve been sleeping next to this kidney for thirty years. It knows me. So I’m hoping it stays with me for a good long time.”
“I’ll just leave that to your imagination.”
“The very idea a staff member would sneak a recording device into the White House Situation Room, shows a blatant disregard for our national security – and then to brag about it on national television further proves the lack of character and integrity of this disgruntled former White House employee.”
It’s roughly the size of your cell phone, but packs the punch of a regular size book. Will the mini-book revolutionize reading?
“I haven’t seen a new book format that I thought was at all interesting, but I find this format really usable and super-portable.”
While overall book sales increased last year in America, paperback sales fell. Will this "Flipback" be the 'novel' new novel? In 2011, one European paper asked, "Could this new book kill the Kindle?" What do you think?
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