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“We’ve gotten off to a very good start.”

Steve Sadove, Mastercard senior advisor, reflecting on both in-store and online sales for 2018's Black Friday. According to Mastercard, which projects sales data, shoppers spent an est. $23B, an increase of 9% from last year. This time of year is particularly important for retailers. The National Retail Federation says nearly 20% of all sales last year happened during the busy holiday shopping season.
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“I was getting anywhere from a half-dozen to a dozen phone calls each day the first week, from people saying ‘I can’t find somebody.’ … I’ve never seen that”

Stephen Walsh, American Red Cross spokesman, reflecting on his experience responding to the deadliest wildfire in California history. Rain helped fire crews contain the "The Camp Fire" on Sunday; 85 people were killed and more than 200 people are still missing.
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“Politically, the U.K. is in as deep a crisis as it has ever known since 1945.”

Kevin Featherstone, head of the European Institute, London School of Economics speaking about the uncertainty that lies ahead for the U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May got approval from the EU for a "Brexit" deal - unwinding the UK from the EU. But she needs the support of the British Parliament and its unclear if she will have it. A vote is expected by Christmas.
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“I’m worried about our country in the longterm. So, the question for me is, ‘What do I do about this?'”

Ohio Gov. John Kasich discussing whether or not he will run for President in 2020. Kasich, a moderate Republican, ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination in 2016. He says he's "seriously considering" his options, including a third party run.
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“You do have a notion across Condé Nast that the magazines were built so rich in salaries and perks and production costs. It’s very hard to dial that back quickly.

Rick Edmonds, media analyst for Poynter, on news Glamour magazine will stop monthly print editions and instead focus on digital platforms. Glamour started in 1939, by the namesake of its publishing giant, Condé Montrose Nast. The publisher behind Vogue and Vanity Fair, reportedly lost 120M+ last year.
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