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“We have a draft of the framework that has to be fleshed out before it becomes an agreement.”

Zalmay Khalilzad, U.S. peace envoy to Afghanistan, to NY Times on the latest round of talks with the Taliban. Khalilzad says both sides came to a framework "peace deal" that could effectively end the 17 year war; more details to come but both sides are acknowledging progress.
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“The constant funding crises that arise from stop-and-go funding continue to wreak havoc on our system and perpetuate the current staffing crisis…”

Paul Rinaldi, National Air Traffic Controllers Association president, on the union's "strong belief that the status quo is broken," warning the gov't's troubles add to the stress of an already high-pressure job causing its staffing ranks to sink to a 30-year low.
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“Nobody can give us an ultimatum.”

Nicolas Maduro, Venezuelan President, rejecting an EU ultimatum for new elections within 8 days after opposition leader Juan Guaidó declared his presidency void. Speaking at the United Nations, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on the world to "pick a side" after publicly backing Guiadó as Venezuela's interim president.
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“Zero.”

Tom Brady (41), New England Patriots quarterback, on the chances he will retire after participating in his 9th Super Bowl this Sunday. If the Patriots beat the Rams, Brady will win his 6th Championship - a first for any NFL player. Previously he said that he wants to play until he's 45, but he says people keep asking him about retirement because "no one believes me."
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“It’s very hard to find someone who is passionate about laundry. He is passionate.”

Jake Berry, U2's tour production director, on Hans-Jürgen Topf, the founder of Rock ’n’ Roll Laundry, who has traveled with Madonna, Pink & Beyoncé washing, usually air-drying, and folding the performers' clothes. Topf says the biggest struggle is the sheer volume, spending as much as 20 hours a day cleaning laundry on tour.
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