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“The Taliban wants to make a deal…It’s got to be a real deal, but we’ll see.”

Pres. Trump during a surprise Thanksgiving Day trip to Afghanistan to celebrate the holiday with U.S. troops. In his first visit to the country, the President opened the door for restarting peace talks with the Taliban; he had stopped previous negotiations after the group took credit for a car bombing that killed a U.S. solider. 19 U.S. troops have died in Afghanistan this year - making it the deadliest since 2014.
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“…the stakes going forward are potentially huge.”

Prof. Joseph Blocher, Duke University School of Law and co-director of the Duke Center for Firearms Law, on a case going before the Supreme Court Monday. About a decade ago the Supreme Court upheld the right to bear arms legally within one's house for self-defense. This next case brings up the question about the right of citizens to carry legal weapons *outside* ones home. The judgment could impact existing gun laws.
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“They really are the best of us…Thank you to them on behalf of all Londoners.”

London Mayor Sadiq Khan on the heroic bystanders who tackled a terrorist after he stabbed two people to death and injured others near London Bridge on Friday. The suspect, who was fatally shot by police, was released from prison early last year after serving six years on terrorism charges. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that "it is a mistake to allow serious and violent criminals to come out of prison early."
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“We apologize for any inconvenience.”

Costco's message to shoppers when its site went down for several hours on Thanksgiving Day. Major retailers like H&M and Nordstrom Rack also experienced outages. According to Adobe Analytics, online retail sales reached $4.2B on Thanksgiving and Black Friday shoppers spent a record $7.4B online. As we head into Cyber Monday, online sales are up approx. 20% compared to last year.
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“It was so many, I couldn’t keep count.”

New Orleans resident Kenneth Culbreth on the shots he heard fired early Sunday morning as 10 people were shot outside the French Quarter on the city’s busy Canal Street. Everyone survived. It’s the second shooting spree in three years after the city's famed Bayou Classic, a football game between two rival Louisiana colleges. The city has seen reductions overall in violent crime in recent years, but crime in the French Quarter has increased.
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“It looks shaky for the balloons.”

Accuweather senior meteorologist Steve Wistar on the windy weather forecast for Thursday's Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.  The 93rd annual parade will go on even if city regulations prevent the balloons from flying during severe wind gusts. The last time Macy's was forced to scrap the balloons was 1971.
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“… her symptoms have abated …”

U.S. Supreme Court spokesperson Kathleen Arberg after Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was admitted to the hospital Friday for signs of an infection. The 86-year-old returned to work Monday. Justice Ginsberg's health remains a focus because Supreme Court justices may serve for life. The highest court in the land is split between conservative and liberal justices, but the next appointee could tip the ideological scale.
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“I hereby acknowledge my termination…”

Now former sec. of the Navy Richard Spencer who was apparently forced out of his position over a dust-up with the White House and Pentagon regarding the case of Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher. Gallagher was found innocent of war crimes. His subsequent demotion was reversed by Pres. Trump, though he was facing what would be an independent internal review by the Navy.
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“It’s nothing short of a revolution.”

Willy Lam of the Chinese University of Hong Kong reacting to the results of Hong Kong's district council elections. After nearly six months of protests in Hong Kong, early results indicate the pro-democracy candidates swept the elections. The election results come after Pres. Trump indicated last week he may veto a bill supporting the pro-democracy protesters in light of ongoing trade talks with China.
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“The time has come to investigate the investigators.”

Israel's longest-serving Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reacting to news he is the first sitting Israeli PM to face criminal charges. Last week, he was charged with bribery, fraud and breach of trust for widespread corruption. The indictment comes as Israel inches toward holding its third election in less than a year after Netanyahu has twice failed to form a coalition.
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