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“It is this right of passage for women and girls. … you’re lost and searching and unsure. This book comes along and tells you you’re not alone. Women remember where they were when they read it. I can’t think of another book you can say that about.”

Movie director Kelly Fremon Craig on securing movie rights to Judy Blume's "Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret." Blume, who wrote the book nearly 50 yrs ago, had long refused a movie deal.
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“I must, in the strongest of terms, ask Mexico to stop this onslaught – and if unable to do so I will call up the U.S. Military and CLOSE OUR SOUTHERN BORDER!”

President Trump in a Thursday tweet as a group of 3,000 Hondurans, who say they are escaping violence, made their way through Guatemala. Mexico officials say they will not be allowed to enter as a group, and must show a passport and visa or apply for refugee status, which can take 90 days. Sec. of State Mike Pompeo will travel to Mexico Friday.
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“It’s groundbreaking…. The federal government has so far been utterly silent on the Catholic cases.”

Marci Hamilton, Univ. of Pennsylvania professor & CEO Child USA, a non-profit think tank focused on preventing child abuse, after reports the U.S. Justice Dept is investigating sexual abuse inside the Roman Catholic Church in Pennsylvania. This follows a PA grand jury report which found 300 priests in the state molested 1,000 children over 7 years.
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“They’re going to do an investigation. And when the investigation comes out we’ll evaluate it. It’s not about benefit of the doubt, it’s that it’s — reasonable to give them a handful of days more to complete it so they get it right.”

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo after briefing President Trump on his trip to Saudi Arabia and Turkey, during which he discussed the disappearance of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
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‘Honestly, it’s not for everyone.’

Nebraska Tourism Commission's new slogan, acknowledging that the state "may not be on everyone's bucket list of places to visit." In fact, Nebraska has come in dead last on a survey of states tourist are interested in visiting - for four consecutive years.
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“That’s my belongings. I appreciate God humbling me. Everybody needs it.”

Taylor Register, pointing to a small pile of keepsakes, after returning to his mobile home in hard hit Mexico Beach, Florida nearly a week after Hurricane Michael hit. He and his wife say they don't know how they'll make it with only enough money to last four more days. Hurricane Michael killed 33 people (23 in Florida alone), and 1,000 people are still missing in the Florida Panhandle.
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“These actions no longer carry the consequence of a backlash from the international community. … As a result, Arab governments have been given free rein to continue silencing the media at an increasing rate.”

Jamal Khashoggi in his final Washington Post editorial published Wednesday. Khashoggi is suspected dead after entering the Saudi consulate in Turkey & not leaving. Saudi Arabia denies any involvement.
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“Get rid of the fat. Get rid of the waste. And I’m sure you can do it.”

President Trump directing members of his Cabinet to cut their next year's budget by 5%. Dubbed the "Nickel Plan," he said many members may be able to cut even more. The move comes days after the Treasury Department reported a $100B increase in the 2018 federal budget deficit versus last year.
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“…in any negotiation, there are ups and downs. There are hiatuses and there are much more active periods. So, it appears as though we may be in something of a hiatus now.”

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on the current state of trade negotiations with China. When asked about a possible meeting at the G-20 meeting in late November in Argentina, Sec. Ross said that it's unlikely much would be accomplished there.
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“A city of 8.6 million people — not a single shooting for three days. Let’s thank the NYPD for what they’ve achieved.”

Mayor Bill DeBlasio highlighting the "extraordinary" achievement of New York City going a weekend (Oct 12-14) with no shootings, a first in at least 25 years. Crime in the Big Apple has been on the decline, according to officials, with shootings down 8 consecutive quarters.
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“I don’t got a lot of dollars, but I got a lot of dreams.”

New York resident Marino Panteleo on why he bought a ticket for the record $677M Mega Millions drawing Tuesday night. It was the third largest jackpot in U.S. history. The odds of winning were one in 302.5 million and there were NO winners, meaning the jackpot now jumps to $868 million for Friday. Those feeling lucky can play Mega Millions in 44 states, Washington, D.C., & the U.S. Virgin Islands.
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“We are strong and old allies. We face our challenges together – the past, the day of, tomorrow.”

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman before meeting with Secretary of State Pompeo, to which Sec. Pompeo replied, "absolutely." Sec. Pompeo traveled to Riyadh, pressing for a "transparent" investigation into the disappearance of journalist Kamal Khashoggi. Turkey says it believes a Saudi hit team killed Khashoggi after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul two weeks ago - claims the Saudis deny.
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“This is a mystery so far.”

CDC’s Dr. Nancy Messonnier as 62 total cases of acute flaccid myelitis, a mysterious, paralyzing illness that primarily effects children, have spread to 22 states. The U.S. saw similar waves in 2014 & 2016, but the CDC does not know the cause.
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“This is the worst it’s ever been. Nobody should have to live like this. They don’t need to live like this. We can get this under control.”

Marc Benioff, founder of Salesforce, San Francisco's largest private employer, on why he is supporting a new measure to tax city businesses, like his, to provide services for the city's exploding homeless problem. Proposition C, on Nov. 6 ballot, would raise $300M. Those opposed, like SF Chamber of Commerce, say spending more $$ won't solve the problem.
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“I remember a passionate man who held his family and friends dear. I also remember a brilliant technologist and philanthropist who wanted to accomplish great things, and did.”

Bill Gates on the death of Microsoft co-founder & friend Paul Allen. Their friendship, which began in 7th grade, struggled in 1983 when Allen left Microsoft, but mended in later years. On his personal blog, Gates wrote "Microsoft would never have happened without Paul."
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“This is a great country and it needs to be defended.”

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos responding to criticism of his decision to work with the Pentagon. His space company, Blue Origin, has a contract with the U.S. Air Force to develop rocket launch technology; Bezos says space should see the same "dynamism" as online business.
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“By the way, @realDonaldTrump: Remember saying on 7/5 that you’d give $1M to a charity of my choice if my DNA showed Native American ancestry? I remember – and here’s the verdict.”

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) after she released a DNA test to the Boston Globe, indicating she has distant Native American ancestry (a Native American in her family tree dating back 6 to 10 generations). Reports suggest this is part of Sen. Warren preparing for a 2020 presidential bid.
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“Using a DNA test to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and wrong.”

Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. responding to Sen. Warren's DNA test. The statement went on to say: "...while DNA tests can be used to determine lineage, such as paternity to an individual, it is not evidence for tribal affiliation…"
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“Given there seems to be clear evidence that Mr Khashoggi entered the Consulate and has never been seen since, the onus is on the Saudi authorities to reveal what happened.”

U.N. rights chief Michelle Bachelet reacting to news that Turkish authorities were able to search the Saudi consulate where Jamal Khashoggi vanished from two weeks ago. Early Tuesday, Sec. of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Saudi Arabia to meet with King Salman to discuss Khashoggi's disappearance.
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“Future climate and pricing conditions could put beer out of reach for hundreds of millions of people around the world.”

Nathan Mueller, assistant professor at the University of California-Irvine and co-author of a new study measuring the effect of global warming on the world's beer supply. According to the study, "beer is the most popular alcoholic beverage in the world by volume consumed, and yields of its main ingredient, barley, decline sharply in periods of extreme drought and heat."
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“Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019.”

Kensington Palace announcing HRH Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are expecting their first child.
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“I don’t trust everybody in the White House, I’ll be honest with you.”

 

President Trump to '60 Minutes.' He went on to say "Washington DC is a vicious, vicious place. The attacks, the-- the bad mouthing, the speaking behind your back. --but-- you know, and in my way, I feel very comfortable here."
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“When you are in the retail business, it’s all about newness. But Sears stopped innovating.”

Craig Johnson, president of retail research firm Customer Growth Partners, ahead of Sears Holdings' Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing. Sears, the original everything retailer, was founded shortly after the Civil War and at one point became the largest U.S. retailer. It plans to close 142 stores before 2019.
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“We know our customers rely on electric service, and we would only consider turning off power in the interest of safety and as a last resort during extreme weather conditions.”

Megan McFarland, PG&E, addressing a potential rare move by the CA power company to preemptively shut off power in 13 counties due to dangerous conditions. High winds have led to concerns about downed power wires sparking fires in a state already ravaged by flames.
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“Absolutely not…. No, no….”

Hillary Clinton on CBS Sunday Morning saying Former President Bill Clinton should not have resigned over his affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky and that the affair was not an abuse of power. Clinton went on to say "where's the investigation of the current incumbent [president], against whom numerous allegations have been made, and which he dismisses, denies, and ridicules? So, there was an investigation [of President Clinton], and it, as I believe, came out in the right place."
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“We shouldn’t overstate his ability to move mountains. The fundamental question remains the same: how to convince the Taliban to stop fighting when it thinks it’s winning the war.”

Michael Kugelman, Woodrow Wilson Center, speaking about the latest reports a U.S. envoy, fmr. U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, met with the Taliban, to negotiate a peace deal. The U.S. will not confirm.
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“I could not be more proud of the @NASA family today. So many great people, properly trained and equipped, operated effectively … to make sure our crew got home safely to their families.”

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine as NASA astronaut Nick Hague & Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin landed safely after escaping a malfunctioning Soyuz rocket minutes after takeoff. The spacecraft is currently the only vehicle capable of taking crews to the International Space Station.
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“There isn’t much of a place to hide right now….”

Willie Delwiche, an investment strategist at Baird, on Wall Street's broad stock market losses, which worsened Thursday. After two days of steep declines, the Dow has dropped 1,300 points (or 5%) on concerns rising interest rates will hurt consumers. President Trump spoke Thursday saying the Federal Reserve, which has raised interest rates three times this year and will likely do it once more, is "making a big mistake."
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“It’s not over yet, and October is not over yet.”

Jeffrey Hirsch, editor-in-chief of Stock Traders Almanac, who says the stock market drop is "not unprecedented and can easily turnaround." Historically, October is a volatile month in the stock market. The 1929 & 1987 stock market crashes happened in October, as did the worst weekly decline in the stock market in 2008. "Turnaround" Octobers historically happen during midterm election years like this one. TBD.
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“It’s the right thing for (Turkey) to do, it’s the humanitarian thing for Turkey to do.”

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo ahead of a hearing Friday in Turkey on the possible release of detained American pastor Andrew Brunson (50). Brunson was among thousands of people arrested during a failed coup against Turkey's President in 2016. He's accused of trying to destabilize Turkey by converting Kurds to Christianity & faces 35 years in a Turkish prison if convicted.
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“He’s my partner in crime at every major thing where all the ‘formers’ gather…. I love him to death.”

Former First Lady Michelle Obama on 'TODAY' when asked about the now viral moment from Sen. John McCain's funeral when former President George Bush handed her a cough drop. She said the moment with her "forever seatmate" mattered because people are hungry for a reminder that we are not separated by party, color, or gender.
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“Today’s decision by the state Supreme Court thankfully ends the death penalty in Washington. The court makes it perfectly clear that capital punishment in our state has been imposed in an ‘arbitrary and racially biased manner,’ is ‘unequally applied’ and serves no criminal justice goal.”

Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee reacting to state high court's decision to abolish the death penalty, which now exists in 30 states.
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“There’s a tug of war in the market. Is the business cycle slowing down to the point it’s looking like a recession at some point, or not?”

Quincy Crosby, market strategist at Prudential Financial, as the Dow declined 800+ points on Wednesday, it's worst day since Feb, & the S&P is on its longest losing streak in 2 years. Concern about higher interest rates & signs of inflation (the buying power of the dollar dropping) drove the decline.
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“Michael saw our worst fears realized, of rapid intensification just before landfall on a part of a coastline that has never experienced a Category 4 hurricane.”

Brian McNoldy, hurricane researcher at the University of Miami. Michael was by far the strongest of the four major hurricanes to hit Florida's Panhandle since 1950. In the last 33 hrs before landfall, its wind speed grew to 155 mph+. Michael's confirmed death toll stands at two.
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“You start to reach a point where the internal capabilities to manage not only the day-to-day mission of what we do but also the sheer number of disasters …how intense these disasters have been over the past year and half. It starts to put stress inside the agency.”

Brock Long, FEMA Administrator, describing the pressure his agency under following Hurricane Michael. At least 22 senior FEMA positions are vacant or filled temporarily.
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“We cannot tolerate a nation’s stealing our firepower and the fruits of our brainpower.”

John Demers, head of the Justice Department’s National Security Division, on China's stealing of American trade secrets. A Chinese spy, looking for information on GE Aviation, was arrested in Belgium and extradited to the United States - a first of its kind case as the U.S. cracks down on China's theft of data from American companies.
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“… Immigration Judge John Ellington ordered Giuseppe Giudice removed from the United States.”

Email from DOJ's Executive Office of Immigration to 'The Hollywood Reporter' regarding the sentence for Joe Giudice, the husband of reality TV star Teresa Giudice. Both husband and wife served time on federal fraud charges; Joe, a native of Italy, is serving a 4-year sentence. He was ordered deported afterwards; he has 30 days to appeal.
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“The Saudis have a lot of explaining to do …”

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-TN) on the mysterious disappearance of Saudi Arabian journalist Jammal Khashoggi, a prominent critic of the Saudi gov't. When asked about Khasashoggi on Wednesday, Pres. Trump said "we'll get to the bottom of it."
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“God Bless all in its path.”

Jim Cantore, Meteorologist, The Weather Channel, observing Hurricane Michael. The hurricane is now a Category 4 with winds upwards of 140 mph. Florida has declared a state of emergency and the National Weather Service has deemed Michael a life threatening event. The storm is expected to extend inland from the Florida panhandle to southern Virginia.
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“As a strong supporter of term limits, I have long believed that rotation in office benefits the public…. As a businessman, I expect you will appreciate my sense that returning from government to the private sector is not a step down but a step up.”

UN Amb. Nikki Haley in her resignation letter to Pres. Trump. She will stay on until Jan 2019. After 14 yrs in gov't, she says she is ready for a change & will not run for president in 2020.
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“Something doesn’t smell right.”

Congressman Mark Sanford (R-SC) on the timing of U.N. Amb. Nikki Haley's unexpected resignation before the midterm elections. Sanford says Haley, one of five women who serve in Pres. Trump's 16-member cabinet, works with one of his former head political operates, John Lerner, who "reads the political winds very, very, very well" and that's why he wondered if there was more to the story.
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“Israel, like every democracy, has the right to prevent the entry of foreign nationals, especially those working to harm the country. Therefore we work to prevent the entry of those who promote the anti-Semitic BDS campaign, which calls for Israel’s destruction.”

Israel's Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan, on why Israel detained Lara Alqasem (22), a Florida native with Palestinian heritage accused of supporting a boycott of Israel.
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“This is a pretty incredible, off-the-charts event.”

Raven Brooks of Vote.org, on the sudden surge of voter registration following Taylor Swift's Instagram post Sunday revealing she will not vote for Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (R). According to the nonprofit's website, 250k+ registered to vote in the 24 hours after Swift's post. 190K registered during the entire month of September. On Tuesday night, Swift became the most decorated (22 awards) female artist in American Music Awards history.
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“Violence against journalists across the globe is a threat to freedom of the press & human rights. The free world deserves answers.”

Vice President Mike Pence, reacting to the news that Jammal Khashoggi, a Saudi Arabian journalist critical of the Saudi gov't, disappeared last week after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Saudi officials deny all involvement in Khashoggi's disappearance. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, at least 43 journalists have been killed in connection with their work this year.
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“#Michael could be one of the worst hurricanes to ever strike the Florida Big Bend and Florida Panhandle region.”

Rick Knabb, Weather Channel’s hurricane expert, as forecasts now track Hurricane Michael to strengthen to a Category 3 storm, making landfall in Florida Wednesday as the strongest storm to hit the area in 13 years. Life-threatening flash floods are expected as far north as North Carolina.
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“My focus now is to be the best justice I can be.”

Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh as he was sworn in for a second time at a White House ceremony Monday. Kavanaugh officially became a member of the high court Saturday & will hear cases Tuesday.
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“If an entire engine block is …moved back basically past the driver’s seat, that would indicate that there was a lot of force and energy involved in that crash.”

Robert Sumwalt III, NTSB Head, on the deadly limousine crash in upstate New York killing all 18 occupants, and two pedestrians. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the driver was not properly licensed and the limo had failed inspections just last month. It's the nation's deadliest transportation accident in nine years.
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“We can never surrender to what is happening in the country right now. I understand how divided and how scared a lot of people are and it looks like the fabric of democracy is fraying. We do not surrender.”

Meghan McCain, during her first day back on ABC's "The View" since her father, Sen. John McCain's death, on the state of America's political divide today and keeping her father's legacy alive.
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“…they provide a unique perspective on the past, and remarkable insight into where we go from here.”

Live Nation statement announcing President Bill Clinton and Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will go on a 13-city speaking tour. The couple will share "inspiring anecdotes" and discuss "issues of the day" during their tour, which kicks off on November 18th in a 5K-seat Las Vegas auditorium. Tickets go on sale Friday.
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“… we had a good, productive conversation …”

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo describing his weekend meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, while speaking with the South Korean president, who he met with afterwards. The U.S. State Dept says Sec. Pompeo discussed a second summit with North Korea; time, date, details TBD.
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“Without a big party, without funds, without television time, but with sincerity and truth, we’ve taken down figures who thought that, by doing partnerships and deals with the large parties, through television, they would get elected.”

Jair Bolsonaro, a former Army captain "far right" candidate who won the majority of votes in Brazil's presidential election. He'll face off against the left-leaning candidate on Oct 28th, in Latin America's largest country.
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“For a lot of us, we may never find a candidate or party with whom we agree 100% on every issue, but we have to vote anyway.”

Taylor Swift, who rarely makes political statements, announcing on Instagram she will not vote for Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (R) in her home state of Tennessee because of Blackburn's voting record, which Swift described as "appalled and terrifying"; Blackburn has yet to comment
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“You can kick Christians, you can kick Catholics. That’s the message that it sends to us and that’s what it feels like; we’re Europeans and we lop Indians’ heads off. Which is just not true. … Use this day to celebrate the entire culture, rename it, celebrate Italians and indigenous both.”

Joseph Contino, of the Columbus Italian Festival in Columbus, OH, on the city's decision to no longer observe Columbus Day, instead opting to honor veterans.
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“When you move at this pace in a short amount of time, it’s natural for the market to take a breather.”

Steve Chiavarone, Federated Investors portfolio manager, as the Dow suffered its worst one-day point drop in nearly 3 months on Thursday as interest rates hit new multi-year highs. With stocks still holding near record highs, investors will watch Friday's September jobs report for any employment changes or a worrisome jump in avg. hourly earnings.
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“The ninety-nine percent are just a bunch of Zero’$.”

William Clyde Allen III, who confessed to sending ricin-laced envelopes to President Trump and three other members of the administration, in a recent Facebook post. The Navy veteran was arrested by the FBI at his Utah home on Wednesday where he admitted to purchasing castor beans, the raw material for the poison ricin, and mailed it. No one was hurt. He's being held on a $25K cash bond.
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“There’s no one silver bullet when it comes to the epidemic of opioids, but one thing is for certain, I and we will keep fighting.”

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) on the sweeping bipartisan effort to pass opioid legislation to fund programs to treat addiction, monitor prescriptions and update information on alternative treatments to addictive drugs. President Trump is expected to sign the bill.
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“Keen as I may be to clear my name, I refuse to feed the media spectacle created by people seeking to promote themselves at my expense.”

Cristiano Ronaldo tweet denying charges he raped a woman in a Las Vegas hotel room in 2009. The world's highest-paid soccer star ($108M) was benched by his Portugal team for two games following the claims, and his sponsor Nike says it is "deeply concerned" by the allegations.
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“It’s the Rolls Royce of malts. … it’s an object of beauty in its own right – almost a museum piece.”

Martin Green, Bonhams auction house specialist, on the 60-year-old bottle of whiskey that just sold for $1.1 million dollars at auction. The Macallan 26, which was purchased by a private collector from Asia, is now the most expensive standard whisky bottle ever to be sold at auction. When first sold in 1986, the bottle cost $27,000.
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“Supplemental FBI background file for Judge Kavanaugh has been received by @senjudiciary Ranking Member Feinstein & I have agreed to alternating EQUAL access for senators to study content from additional background info gathered by non-partisan FBI agents.”

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) confirming the FBI report delivered to the Senate; the confidential report will be kept in a locked room for all 100 senators to read.
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“We are profoundly disappointed that after the tremendous sacrifice she made in coming forward, those directing the FBI investigation were not interested in seeking the truth.”

Statement by lawyers for Dr. Christine Blasey Ford who say she wasn't interviewed by the FBI after her public testimony under oath. We do not yet know if the public will see the additional FBI investigation into allegations against Supreme Court nominee Judge Kavanaugh.
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“We see this as a consistent effort, before, during and after any diplomatic efforts by the United States and the international community.”

Sandra Joyce, FireEye - a cybersecurity firm that describes hacking efforts by North Korea as an "active global threat." While much focus remains on NoKo's nuclear program, several groups warn of their hacking prowess, especially in the international banking system where NoKo's reportedly stole hundreds of millions of dollars.
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“We’re at a stage now where more information is available about you online and on your phone than there is in your house.”

Apple CEO Tim Cook on data privacy in an interview with "VICE News." He went on to say tech companies that say they need your data to perform better customer service is a "bunch of bunk"; Cook also said some amount of government regulation on data collection is important.
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“We want to finish telling this story.”

Actor John Goodman to 'People Magazine' on why he, and fellow former "Roseanne" costars Laurie Metcalf and Sara Gilbert felt compelled to do a spinoff after Roseanne Barr was fired from the show in May for a racist tweet. "The Connors" airs on ABC on October 16th.
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