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“We’re looking at something that will go down in the history books.”

Greg Carbin, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration’s Weather Prediction Center, speaking about the "bomb cyclone" impacting half of U.S. states, causing dangerous conditions, flight cancellations and power outages. Meteorologists refer to this low pressure system as "bombing" out (dropping) causing blizzard conditions.
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“The safety of the American people and all people is our paramount concern.”

Pres. Trump previewing the FAA's "grounding" of all Boeing 737 Max airliners. The FAA said in a statement that "new evidence" from the crash site of an Ethiopian Airlines plane led to the decision. The cause of Sunday's crash remains unknown.
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“I want to be in it. Man, I’m just born to be in it, and want to do everything I humanly can for this country at this moment.”

Beto O'Rourke to Vanity Fair magazine in a cover story interview published online Wednesday before his Thursday announcement that he will officially enter the 2020 race for the White House. The former Texas congressman from El Paso rose to national recognition after unsuccessfully running for U.S. Senate in 2018.
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“Congress should declare war and Congress should spend the money. I mean, those are two bedrock constitutional principles. It has nothing to do with the president, it has to do with the Constitution.”

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KS) who says he will vote with the Democrats in an expected Senate vote Thursday against the President's use of national emergency funds at the U.S. Southern Border. Pres. Trump has said he will likely veto any rebuke by Congress and still use the funds for the border.
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“No one is beyond the law in New York.”

Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance charging Pres. Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, of 16 felony counts, including mortgage fraud, moments after Manafort's sentencing in a D.C. federal court as part of the Special Counsel investigation. Manafort received a 6+ year sentence for conspiracy to commit money laundering, tax fraud, witness tampering, and other charges, bringing his total sentence (incl. credit for time served) to 7.5 years.
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“The death penalty has been an abject failure… It’s ineffective, irreversible, and immoral.”

CA Gov. Gavin Newsom, who signed an executive order Wednesday placing a moratorium on the death penalty; no executions will take place under his leadership. California has the nation's highest number of death row inmates: 737. Californians have recently voted in favor of keeping the death penalty, albeit by a close margin.
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“We’re working to resolve the issue as soon as possible.”

Facebook in a statement on technical problems at the namesake social media platform, Instagram & Whatsapp - all three platforms have more than 1B users EACH. No cause yet known, but "outages" reported worldwide for more than half of Wednesday in one of the longest disruptions to the social media network ever.
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