* “Step up to stamp out anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim hatred, persecution of Christians and all other forms of racism, xenophobia, discrimination and incitement.”–What U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres demanded of the world.

* “More (U.S.) saber-rattling would weaken the broad regional coalition that supports a return of democracy to Venezuela. And six decades of a failed trade embargo has shown that such pressure, though it may garner some votes and bring in campaign donations in South Florida, has little effect on the Cuban regime and serves only to diminish the United States’ standing in Latin America and elsewhere.”–Michael Shifter, president of the Inter-American Dialogue.

* “China is set on an implacable course to run the world in the second half of this century.”–Roger Cohen, New York Times.

* “The whole idea behind the notion that a sitting president cannot be indicted is that the responsibility lies in Congress.”–Georgetown law professor Neal K. Katyal, former acting solicitor director in the Obama Administration.

* “The attorney general of the United States of America was not telling the truth to the Congress of the United States. That’s a crime.”–House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

* “Amoral leaders have a way of revealing the character of those around them. … Often, proximity to an amoral leader reveals something depressing. I think that’s at least part of what we’ve seen with Bill Barr and Rod Rosenstein. Accomplished people lacking inner strength can’t resist the compromises necessary to survive Mr. Trump, and that adds up to something they will never recover from. … Mr. Trump eats your soul in small bites.”–Former FBI Director James Comey.

* “I’m living rent free inside of Donald Trump’s brain, and it’s not a very nice place to be, I can tell you that.”–Hillary Clinton.

* “Even if we should get a Democratic president and retain a Democratic House, if Mitch McConnell stays the majority leader, nothing will get done.”–Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer.

* “What accounts for the extremes in U.S. healthcare spending? At every single turn, the U.S. healthcare system is designed to limit choice and gouge the consumer.”–Jonathan Tepper, the American Conservative.

* “Experts know the plural of ‘anecdote’ isn’t data.”–Dr. Michael Segal, neurologist and neuroscientist.

* “I don’t think we ever would have tried what we did this year under the old Supreme Court, because we know it would have gone right into the  ditch.”–State Sen. Tom Lee, R-Thonotosassa, on how much having a Supreme Court with no Democratic appointees meant to the effort to allow students to get public-money vouchers to spend at private schools.

* “You have to market to draw visitors. Coke spends a fortune on marketing, and they’ve been around more than a century.”–Santiago Corrada, chief executive of Hillsborough County tourism agency Visit Tampa Bay, on why Visit Florida deserves continued funding.

* “We needed a city where we could attract the best talent. Tampa quickly rose to the top of the list. This region has emerged as a driving force behind the state’s fast-growing life science industry.”–Karen Zaderej, president and CEO of AxoGen, a nerve-regeneration start-up that has signed a lease at the Heights Union project.

* “The Tampa Bay region has continued to transform into an attractive environment for innovation.”–Steve Case, co-founder of AOL and author of “The Third Wave.”

* “Tampa Bay is on fire. I can’t go a day without hearing from somebody who wants to invest in Tampa Bay or lend in Tampa Bay.”–Yakhin Israel, senior vice president of the brokerage firm CBRE, in assessing Tampa Bay’s building boom.

* “Plastic straws, bags should be phased out in Florida. You don’t need to do a study to understand the harm plastic does.”–St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman.

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