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"...the ball is in their court.”

National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan on whether Iran will agree to meet with the United States – the countries have no diplomatic relationship at this time.

"Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine may not require the hospital grade, ultra-low temperature freezer storage originally thought."

Pfizer and BioNTech after submitting new data to the FDA which they say shows their COVID-19 vaccine may be stored at warmer temperatures.

“This landing is one of those pivotal moments for NASA, the United States, and space exploration globally – when we know we are on the cusp of discovery and sharpening our pencils, so to speak, to rewrite the textbooks.”

NASA administrator Steve Jurczyk on the landing of the Perseverance space rover on Mars to mine for signs of ancient life. Only about half of previous expeditions to the Red Planet have been successful.

“We were woefully unprepared for this kind of cold ... This is a matter of life and death.”

Texas State Representative Ron Reynolds on the state’s preparation for record low temps and rolling blackouts, described as “the greatest forced blackout in U.S. history.”

“Hearing it for the first time…. it was a big emotion.”

Archaeologist Carole Fritz on the conch shell now believed to be the oldest wind instrument instrument in the world. New research estimates it dates back nearly 18,000 years.

“We’re in for a little bit of a bumpy ride for the next day or two, there’s been a ton of backend work we’ve completed over the last couple of weeks.”

Parler Chief Technology Officer Alexander Blair on the social media platform returning to operation after major tech companies shut it down.

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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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