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“There’s no easy or single answer… using every tool in our toolbox, we are fighting against the onslaught of unwanted calls.”

Ajit Pai, FCC Chairman, on a new study that shows nearly half of the phone calls made to U.S. cell phones in 2019 will be spam. The FCC says it is working with service providers to track robo-callers, but many spam calls go unreported, which makes it difficult.
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“I believe I was fired because I opened a case against the president of the United States.”

Fmr Acting FBI Dir. Andrew McCabe to CBS' '60 Minutes' where he details his role investigating the President, why he did it, discussions w/colleagues about recording conversations or even removing the President from office. McCabe was fired for lying to the FBI. In response, the White House said “...he opened a completely baseless investigation into the president — everyone knows he has no credibility."
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“I love you, I’ve been shot at work.”

Josh Pinkard in a text to his wife Terra on Friday. Josh was one of 5 employees killed at a manufacturing plant in rural Chicago by a fellow co-worker who just learned he was going to be fired. A sixth co-worker was shot, but survived. Five police officers were shot & wounded before police killed the shooter. Police say the shooter possessed the gun illegally.
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“…the European Commission would react in a swift and adequate manner.”

The European Union on an expected decision from the U.S.  Commerce Dep't on whether or not European vehicles or their parts pose a U.S. national security threat. If so, Pres. Trump will have 90 days to decide whether or not to introduce tariffs up to 25%.  Today, the U.S. imposes a 2.5% tariff on imported passenger cars and a 25% tariff on imported trucks from Europe. The EU imposes a 10% tariff on imported cars. 
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“Clark County Public Health is continuing its measles outbreak investigation and has identified two new confirmed cases.”

The latest from Clark County, Washington where a measles outbreak (61 cases by latest count) has afflicted a community with low vaccination rates. While the pace slowed last week, these new cases added public exposure areas: an elementary school & a middle school. Most victims are under age 10.
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“No V4 meeting in Israel is going to happen.”

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis on the now-cancelled V4 (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia) summit in Israel. Poland's prime minister backed out due to comments made by Israeli acting foreign minister about Poland's treatment of Jewish people during the Holocaust - something the two sides have been at odds about for years. Katz said Poland "collaborated with the Nazis" and "sucked anti-Semitism from their mothers' milk."
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“Thanks Lieutenant Dan.”

Tom Hanks, joined by other celebrities, like Robert DeNiro, service members, veterans, like SSG Travis Mills, and their families in a video thanking actor Gary Sinise for his foundation's work helping, celebrating, & entertaining our military veterans, first responders, & their families. Sinise played a Vietnam War vet "Lieutenant Dan" in the 1994 movie "Forest Gump" and that inspired his charity work.
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“President Trump will sign the government funding bill, and as he has stated before, he will also take other executive action – including a national emergency – to ensure we stop the national security and humanitarian crisis at the border.”

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on President Trump's plan to both sign the $1.375B funding bill preventing another gov't shutdown and declare a national emergency to obtain additional funding for border security.
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“The one thing that’s predictable about Amazon is that they’re unpredictable.”

Univ. of Washington business professor Jeffrey Shulman on the latest news from Amazon that it cancelled its plan to build a headquarters in NYC. Amazon said despite support from 70% of New Yorkers, "state and local politicians have made it clear that they oppose our presence and will not work with us to build the type of relationships that are required to go forward with the project ..."
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“Today is a great day for the Department of Justice… “

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) reacting to the Senate's 54-45 confirmation of William Barr as Attorney General. Barr also served as the AG during Pres. George H.W. Bush's administration. During his confirmation hearing, Barr said "I will not be bullied into doing anything I think is wrong by anybody whether it be editorial boards or Congress or the president," when asked about his ability to oversee the Special Counsel's investigation.
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“… the President remains in very good health overall.”

Dr. Sean Conley, Pres. Trump's physician on the results of his yearly physical examination. The exam revealed the President is 6'3 & 243 lbs, - Dr. Conley increased Pres. Trump’s cholesterol medication. Follow on reporting suggests the President’s weight qualifies him as “technically obese" as his body max index is 30.4 - anything over "30" is "obese." For context, 40% of Americans qualify technically as obese.
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“I don’t want to see a shutdown. A shutdown would be a terrible thing.”

President Trump hinting at, but not guaranteeing, his potential support for the budget compromise Congress is expected to pass on Valentine's Day that will provide some border barrier funding ($1.4B) but not the amount the President wanted. The bill funds the gov't through Sept. The Pres. has referenced finding additional $$ for the border wall, but hasn't specified how.
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“These new investments will give us the capacity to hire tens of thousands of employees, and enable the creation of more than 10,000 new construction jobs.”

CEO Sundar Pichai announcing Google will invest $13B building "data centers and offices" in 14 states this year. This continues a trend of the company expanding outside of its HQ in Silicon Valley; last year Google added 10,000 American jobs. Full sites on our source page.
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“It’s just like a loved one who’s gone missing, and you keep holding out hope that they will show up…”

Project manager John Callas commenting on the news NASA has officially "bid farewell" to the Mars rover Opportunity - a spacecraft exploring Mars since 2004. NASA expected Opportunity to operate for 3 months but it ended up working for 15 years, discovering breakthroughs such as water on the Red Planet, before losing contact in June 2018.
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“…if we can use his money instead of taxpayer money to fund this particular appropriations package, why not?”

Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) weighing in on a bill floated by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on using forfeited money & assets (reportedly $14B) of Mexican drug cartel leader Joaquin Guzmán to fund the border wall. Guzmán aka "El Chapo" was found guilty Tuesday in federal court and faces life in prison.
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“It is a sad day for America when one of its citizens betrays our country.”

Assistant Attorney General John Demers speaking about a case against an American woman charged with spying & sharing U.S. state secrets with Iran. Monica Elfriede Witt was born and raised Texas and worked as a U.S. Air Force counterintelligence officer for more than a decade before allegedly deciding to defect to Iran in 2013 where she reportedly still lives.
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“I want to make music. I’m not going to let Ryan stop me.”

Mandy Moore speaking out about her marriage with singer/songwriter Ryan Adams. The New York Times published an exclusive piece detailing allegations by his former wife and 6 other women who said he engaged in manipulative and psychologically abusive behavior that impacted their lives & trajectory of their music careers. The report paints a picture of Adams as a predator; Adams denies all allegations.
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“We need responsible leadership to fix the debt, not a worsening of partisanship.”

Judd Gregg & Edward Rendell, co-chairmen of nonpartisan Campaign to Fix the Debt, reacting to news the national debt topped $22 trillion for the first time ever. While some economists argue America can function w/high debt, others say it weakens the country, esp. during a financial crisis. The ripple effects may make borrowing more expensive for all Americans.
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“It is a sentence from which there is no escape, and no return. This conviction is a victory for the American people, who have suffered so long and so much while Guzman made billions pouring poison over our southern border.”

U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of NY Richard Donoghue on the guilty verdict for Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán, the kingpin of the notorious Sinaloa cartel thought responsible for 25% of drugs crossing the border into the U.S.. Guzmán faces life in prison.
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“I can’t say I’m happy. I can’t say I’m thrilled. But the wall is getting built, regardless.”

Pres. Trump responding to a question about a proposed deal forged between Repubicans and Democrats on border barrier funding. A compromise bill would allow for $1B+ of funding for a new wall; the President wanted money to fund slightly more than 200 miles of the U.S. southern border.
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“I look at King, he’s like a beautiful painting, a piece of art.”

Gabriel Rangel, handler for wire fox terrier “King” who lived up to his name winning “Best In Show” at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show and becoming America’s “top dog.” Wire Fox Terriers have dominated the show more than any other breed, winning 15 times. The dog’s owner gets no money prize, just the prestigious title (which can lead to lucrative breeding rights).
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“It took public lands to bring divided government together.”

Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) as the Senate passed what the Washington Post calls "the most sweeping conservation legislation in a decade" with bipartisan support. The bill protects more of America's wilderness, expands some existing public lands, adds Civil War & Civil Rights monuments, and makes federal land open to fishing & hunting unless otherwise specified. The bill now goes to the House.
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“To us, this isn’t just a remarkable find–it’s our way, driven by Paul Allen, to preserve & honor those who served.”

Statement from Paul Allen’s R/V Petrel, an exploratory team seeking to uncover long-forgotten sunken ships. The team just announced the discovery of the USS Hornet, a Navy aircraft carrier involved in many key battles of WWII, lost in 1943 during a pivotal battle with Japan. 140 men of a crew of 2200 died. The ship was discovered 3 miles below the ocean's surface.
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“Damn the torpedos. Full speed ahead.”

Retired astronaut & Navy combat veteran, Mark Kelly speaking with his wife, former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, on a campaign video announcing his candidacy for U.S. senate. Kelly is also known for his focus on gun laws with his wife, Gabby, a victim in a mass shooting. He is running for Sen. John McCain's empty seat as a Democrat against Republican Sen. Martha McSally, the first woman Air Force pilot who flew a combat mission.
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“We reached an agreement in principle between us on all the homeland security and the other six bills.”

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-AL) on reaching a tentative deal to avoid another gov't shutdown this week. It reportedly lays out $1.375B for 55 miles of new border fencing. Pres. Trump requested $5.7B for 215 miles of new concrete walls. More details expected today.
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“For perhaps the first time ever, snow has fallen in a Hawai’i State Park.”

Department of Land and Natural Resources in Maui’s Polipoli State Park where a wintry blast brought snow to what the officials say is the lowest elevation recorded in Hawaii. Elsewhere in the state, high winds led to power outages on Oahu and storm surges caused flooding in coastal areas.
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“Listen, I think it gives a lot of people joy. And we need more joy.”

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), one of 11 declared democratic candidates for president in 2020, responding to those who think she's against legalizing recreational marijuana at the federal level. Harris says more regulations are needed to prevent drugged driving and she supports additional research to understand the effects on the developing brain.
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“We need Hungarian children.”

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban announcing a new tax policy aimed at curbing the population decline, cutting immigration and ensuring "the survival of the Hungarian nation." Orban, known for his anti-immigration stance, said the new measure will provide women who have four or more children with a lifetime income tax exemption. In 2018, the UN predicted Hungary's population will drop by at least 15% by 2050.
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“The Border ‘emergency’ is a manufactured crisis. And California will not be part of this political theater… This is our answer to the White House: No more division, xenophobia or nativism.”

California Gov. Gavin Newsom on his decision to pull National Guard troops from the U.S.-Mexico border, following New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's decision to do so last week. CA will send all but 100 of the 360 troops to serve elsewhere.
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“This lets people know love will always overtake hate over time.”

Batesburg-Leesville Mayor Lancer Shull at the Blinding of Isaac Woodard historical marker dedication over the weekend in South Carolina honoring the African-American WWII veteran. In 1946, hours after his honorable discharge from the Army, Woodard was beaten & blinded by a white police chief, who accused him of being drunk & disorderly. The incident helped lead to the desegregation of the U.S. armed forces.
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“…life is pretty tumultuous right now for all of us,…And I feel that because of that, art is really thriving and it’s been really beautiful to see that. Thank you for championing mine.”

Kacey Musgraves accepting Album of the Year honors at the Grammys for her record "Golden Hour." This follows her win of Album of the Year at the Country Music Awards.
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“It’s absolutely on the table… but face it… he would prefer legislation.”

Mick Mulvaney, acting White House chief of staff, on the possibility of the President calling for a national emergency for a border wall. Reports on Capitol Hill signal negotiations between Democrats & Republicans have stalled ahead of Friday's second shutdown deadline. President Trump travels to El Paso, TX Monday night to raise support for a border wall and $5.7B to fund it.
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“I don’t have a political machine. I don’t come from money. But what I do have is this: I have grit.”

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), a third-term senator, announcing her candidacy for 2020, saying she will "lead with her heart", highlighting her Midwest roots and moderate politics. Sen. Klobuchar is the fifth democratic congresswoman to announce her run.
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“When government works only for the wealthy and the well-connected, that is corruption plain and simple. Our fight is to change the rules so that our government, our economy and our democracy work for everyone.”

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) formally announcing her bid for president in 2020. She pledges "big, structural change" and not just "tinkering around the edges" to "undo the terrible acts of this administration."
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“I feel like they’re so removed, and we’re painted as these bad guys who just want money.”

Fifth grade teacher Chelsea Teutsch after Saturday negotiations ended with the Denver teachers union pledging to strike Monday for the first time in 25 years as the teachers union and district clash over teacher pay. Schools will remain open Monday as the district hired hundreds of substitute teachers. Negotiations expected to resume Tuesday.
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“We don’t have a lot of experience with them here but clearly we’re learning from that.”

Greg Maszaros of Austin Water as rotting zebra mussels, tiny fingernail sized mollusks, have taken over three raw-water intake pipes causing the city's tap water to smell. Officials say it is still safe to drink and will begin scraping the mussels off the pipes and treating the water smell.
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“It gives us hope that this history will be sustained and improved upon and captured and passed on from generation to generation.”

Anderson Flen speaking about preserving the history of Africatown, Alabama, a town created by the 100+ last slaves kidnapped from West Africa to America in 1860 despite a law banning the slave trade. After the Civil War, the community built by freed slaves grew to more than 10,000 w/its own gov’t. Descendants will gather Saturday to celebrate their shared heritage.
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“We’re showing the district we are going to stand up for what we need.”

Denver elementary school teacher Chris Christoff as 4,000+ teachers in the city vow to walk off the job Monday unless a deal can be reached to raise pay. The union says its incentive-based system is unfair. Last month, L.A. teachers went on strike successfully negotiating smaller class sizes, but ultimately accepted the 6% pay increase the district originally offered.
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“I was made an offer I couldn’t refuse. Or at least that’s what the top people at the National Enquirer thought.”

Jeff Bezos, Amazon's founder & world's richest man, accusing AMI, the publisher of the National Enquirer, with extortion and blackmail, providing emails he says show its threats to publish nude photos he sent to his girlfriend. Bezos and his wife announced their divorce in January. The publisher has not responded.
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“It is apparent that the Committee’s true intention is not to discuss the great work of the Dept of Justice, but to create a public spectacle.”

Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker on his plans to skip voluntary testimony before the House Judiciary Committee Friday unless it drops its threat of a subpoena. Whitaker, who was appointed by President Trump after AG Jeff Sessions resigned at Trump's request, was expected to take questions on Robert Mueller's special counsel investigation.
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“The green dream or whatever they call it, nobody knows what it is, but they’re for it right?”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) dismissing fellow democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s “Green New Deal" while launching a new committee focused on climate change. Rep. Ocasio-Cortez's (D-NY) plan aims for the U.S. to run solely on renewable energy in 10 years, while offering "economic security" to those "unwilling to work."
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“..a trailblazer in every sense, whose impact spanned generations.”

Rob Manfred, MLB Commissioner, on the death of Frank Robinson (83). Robinson, who's career spanned 21 seasons, was the MLB's first black manager & a Hall of Fame outfielder who won MVP in both the American & National leagues.
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“If left to their own devices, if they have a bipartisan agreement, I will support it.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaking about a group of bipartisan lawmakers working to come up with an agreement on border security funding before Feb. 15, the date the gov't funding lapses and a shut down could loom. Fast moving reports indicate the group believes they can come to an agreement that includes *some* $$ for a border barrier & other security measures.
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“You know what keeps me up at night? Measles is exquisitely contagious. If you have an under-vaccinated population, and you introduce a measles case into that population, it will take off like a wildfire.”

Clark County Public Health Director Alan Melnick on a measles outbreak centered in his Washington State community that has low vaccination rates. At least 55 measles cases have emerged in WA & Oregon, the most in more than 2 decades.
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“For a long time people have tried to pose this or prop this up as a Republican issue, and we’re finding out today it’s a human issue.”

Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), the Senate's only black Republican, as Virginia's AG, third in line for Governor, admitted to dressing up in blackface in 1980. This is the third scandal in a week for the state's most-senior democratic leadership, after the Governor admitted to wearing blackface in the 1980s & the Lt. General was accused of sexual assault in 2004 - a charge he denies.
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“I was not consulted.”

U.S. Central Command Gen. Joseph Votel, the top U.S. commander in the Middle East, publicly confirming for the first time that the Pentagon was not aware of President Trump's plan to withdraw from Syria. In December, President Trump tweeted ISIS was "defeated" & troops would come home "now." Gen. Votel says his duty now is to execute those orders, but added he isn't "under pressure to leave by a certain date."
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“I’ve been wondering what that special place in hell looks like, for those who promoted #Brexit, without even a sketch of a plan how to carry it out safely.”

European Council president Donald Tusk in a tweet as the EU digs in, insisting it will not renegotiate a deal to allow Britain to leave the EU next month. Without a deal, both sides warn of "considerable disruption." UK PM Theresa May is in Brussels today for a series of meetings with EU officials, including Tusk.
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“the lack of clarity… has kept the Oscars really in the conversation and the mystery has been really compelling. People really care.”

Karey Burke, ABC Entertainment president, as the 2019 Academy Awards ceremony will go without an official host for the first time in 30 years. The Feb. 24th event had originally tapped comedian Kevin Hart to host, but he withdrew amid a controversy over his old, homophobic tweets.
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“Everyone is going around like billiard balls trying to get up and down the hills.”

Seattle resident Sarah Perry as snow, ice & freezing temperatures struck from Washington to Nevada. The snow is forecast to continue for Seattle which has already received several inches, covering Pacific coast beaches. In nearby San Francisco, the winter weather blast brought the Bay Area its first notable snow in 8 years, dusting the region's mountaintops.
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“2019 expands the scope of people that can be represented.”

Emojipedia on the 230 new emojis approved for use this year. A major theme is inclusivity with emojis for those with disabilities, including a seeing eye dog, hearing aid & wheelchair. Of course, there are also plenty of fun ones, like butter, swimsuits, sloth, flamingo & yo-yo. The new emojis will roll out April - December.
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“Should we do something more? Yes. Is there the will? Yes. But it’s a path that we have already begun.”

Pope Francis in his first public acknowledgement of clergy sexual abuse of nuns. After a trip to the United Arab Emirates, the first ever trip by the papacy to the Arabian Peninsula - the birthplace of Islam - the Pope said the church has been working to stop the abuse for "some time."
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“The legislature finds that the cigarette is considered the deadliest artifact in human history.”

Text of a bill in Hawaii that calls for a phased ban on cigarettes, gradually raising the legal buying age to 100 years old by 2024. Currently, the legal buying age is 18 in most states, but it's 21 in Hawaii. This new bill would raise the minimum buying age to 30, hiking it 10 years each year after, effectively prohibiting sales to all but centenarians in 5 years. Restrictions would not apply to ecigs, cigars or chewing tobacco.
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“Red tide’s impact was significant…our initiative is to give back. Our philosophy is every little bit helps.”

Brian Gorski, Coastal Conservation Assoc. exec. dir., as more than 16K fish are released in southwest Florida waters in an effort to recover from last year's red tide, Florida's worse in a decade, which killed 267 tons of marine life. The red tide is caused by toxins released from dead algae; it can be deadly to wildlife and irritate humans.
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“God used a lot of people to bring about my freedom.”

Matthew Charles who benefited from the landmark, bipartisan criminal justice reform bill, First Step Act. Charles served more than 2 decades for selling drugs. While in prison, he became a law clerk, mentored other inmates, attended Bible study, and taught a GED class. Charles was the first prisoner released under the new law in January. He is a special guest of the First Lady & President during the State of the Union, along with about a dozen others.
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“This is a reminder for people to be on guard and be up to date on their vaccinations.”

Dr. Umair Shah, exec. dir., Harris County Public Health, speaking about 5 cases of measles in the greater Houston area. Texas is now the 11th state this year with cases of the airborne & highly contagious virus previously thought eradicated in the U.S. The 5 cases incl. 4 toddlers (who all reportedly received the 1st of 2 doses of the vaccine) & a young woman (vaccination record unconfirmed).
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“…it is our intention to cooperate with the inquiry.”

Kristin Celauro, spokeswoman for President Trump's inaugural committee responding to news a New York federal prosecutor issued a subpoena for the committee's funding records. Typically the committee splits inauguration costs with the federal gov't. Previous reports have suggested the NY federal prosecutors are looking into foreign donations as well as whether or not donors received any benefits for their contributions.
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“The Super Bowl is still valuable to so many outlets…That’s because there are so few opportunities to talk to 100 million people at once.”

Allen Adamson, co-founder branding firm Metaforce addressing the juxtaposition between low viewership of the Super Bowl and high ad revenue collected by CBS. Viewership hit a 10-year-low while CBS collected 380M+ in ad revenue, the third most lucrative Super Bowl ever.
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“Our baby Emmy will never be replaced but man, has this little bundle allowed us to feel a small sense of peace…”

Morgan Miller, wife of skier Bode Miller, speaking about the birth of their son, Easton Vaughn Rek Miller. Morgan was pregnant when her toddler daughter "Emmy" drowned in a neighbor's pool while she sat nearby. The Millers spoke out about the painful incident in the hopes of preventing other drownings..
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Other special guests of the Pres during tonight's SOTU incl. a bullied 6th grader w/the last name "Trump", & a family impacted by the crime of an illegal immigrant. Democrats have their own guests that counter the Pres' narrative. See full list.

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“It just matters that we won. It was a crazy year. We had a resilient bunch of guys. It was unreal.”

Super Bowl MVP & New England Patriots receiver Julian Edelman. The Patriots beat the Los Angeles Rams 13-3. Edelman did not begin his career as a receiver; he was a college quarterback when Patriot's coach Bill Belichick drafted him, telling him he didn't know what he was going to do with him, but he knew he could play football.
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“…the only way you have a strong border is you need a physical barrier. You need a wall. And anybody that says you don’t, they’re just playing games.

Pres. Trump in a pre-Super Bowl interview Sunday, referring to what's happening at the southern border as an "invasion by human traffickers." The Pentagon announced Sunday more troops will deploy to the border, bringing the total number to about 4,300.
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“Rest easy, Sister. We have the watch from here.”

Callahan County Sheriff's office responding to news a local border patrol agent was killed. Agent Donna Doss, a nearly 16-year veteran of Customs & Border Patrol, was struck by a car while assisting another officer in Abilene, TX. The sheriff's office went on to say of Doss: "Your sunny smile, your happy attitude, your wit, and your dedication to your work, coworkers, and family have blessed everyone of us."
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“We are working for the return of full democracy in Venezuela: human rights, elections and no more political prisoners.”

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announcing his support of Juan Guaidó who is challenging Nicholas Maduro's presidency in Venezuela. Spain joined Germany, France & the UK, supporting Guaidó as the self-proclaimed interim president. Maduro shows no sign of leaving or allowing new elections.
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“You’ve got to work as one unit to move your commonwealth forward, and he’s just not going to have that ability to do it.”

Fmr. VA Gov Terry McAuliffe speaking about fellow democrat & current VA Gov. Ralph Northam. Northam is under pressure to resign after his medical school yearbook page showed 2 people: one in blackface & another in a KKK costume. Northam denies either is him & apologized, but says he won't resign. This follows his controversial comments on late-term abortion.
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“The stylized digital illustrations are in red, white, blue and gold to represent the American flag and patriotism.”

The USPS unveiling new "Forever" postage stamps honoring 4 different breeds of military working dogs, featuring a German shepherd, Belgian Malinois, Dutch shepherd & Labrador retriever. Still no word on when they will go on sale.
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Stars & Stripes has a great article on military dog heroism in light of the announcement by USPS. Read more on it here:

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