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“Ryan was a beloved warrior who epitomized the quiet professional.”

Col. Brian R. Rauen on the news Sgt. Maj. James “Ryan” Sartor was killed in action in Afghanistan. The Dept. of Defense provided no further details. The Taliban claimed responsibility. The U.S. has recently called “peace talks” with the Taliban “the most productive to date.” Sgt. Maj. Sartor, a decorated Green Beret, is the 12th American soldier killed in combat this year.
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“This is indeed a national security issue.”

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Facebook's plans to unleash a digital currency. Facebook has more than 2 billion users worldwide (approx. 2/7 of the world's population) and many officials have expressed concerns about cryptocurrencies negatively impacting the global economy. Facebook has said it believes the cryptocurrency, "Libra," may offer a "profound change for the entire world."
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“(T)here are no shortcuts and this nominee, like every nominee to this critical post, must be thoroughly vetted and carefully evaluated.”

Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) on the expedited confirmation hearing Tuesday for Sec. of Defense. Pres. Trump nominated Mark Esper for the cabinet position. Esper has been acting SecDef since June; he is a Marine & former Wall Street exec. Since the resignation of Sec. James Mattis in December, the U.S. has experienced the longest period in its history without a permanent SecDef.
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“I tell them to be quiet, you don’t want to wake her.”

New Yorker Robert Dixon who works as a visitor services representative at the iconic Belvedere Castle in Central Park. Dixon says this is what he tells children who are looking for princesses in the tower of the building that just received a $12M renovation. The castle, built in 1872, has served as the "home" of The Count on Sesame Street and the backdrop to numerous movies (and an "illegal" wedding or two).
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