* “If you say ‘two state,’ it means one thing to the Israelis and one thing to the Palestinians, so we said let’s just not say it, let’s just work on the details of what it means.”–Jared Kushner, explaining why he has asked peace negotiators to no longer use the term “two states.”

* “China’s overriding foreign policy goal is to squeeze America out of East Asia and force it back to the Hawaiian Islands as its forward position in the Pacific.”–Robert W. Merry, the American Conservative.

* “We’re not going to war. Our biggest focus at this point is to prevent Iranian miscalculation.”–Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan.

* “What I’m interested in more right now is what the administration’s strategy is–if they have one–to keep us out of war.”–Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.

* “So of course the president gives sweeping declassification powers to an attorney general who has already shown that he has no problems selectively releasing information  in order to mislead the American public.”–Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee.

* “What good is a system of checks and balances if officials decline to use the tools that the framers crafted?”–Eugene Robinson, Washington Post.

* “Our subpoenas are not optional.”–House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-NY.

* “What the Mueller report disturbingly shows, with crystal clarity, is that today there is a cancer in the presidency: President Donald J. Trump. Congress now has the solemn constitutional duty to excise that cancer without delay.”–George Conway, prominent D.C. Trump critic–and husband of White House adviser Kellyanne Conway.

* “Almost as troubling as whatever it is Trump is trying to hide: Why do all those supposed national security hawks in Trump’s party exhibit so little curiosity about the answers?”–Catherine Rampell, Washington Post.

* “I want to do infrastructure, I want to do it more than you. But we can’t do it under these circumstances.”–President Trump in emphasizing that the House investigations must end before talks on the nation’s infrastructure begin.

* “Global warming, a term though seemingly esoteric, could, as time passes, come to signify an environmental disaster second only to nuclear war.”–Sen. Joe Biden, 1987.

* “I don’t have a problem standing up to somebody who was working on Season 7 of ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ when I was packing my bags for Afghanistan.”–Pete Buttigieg.

* “Nationalism is an abdication of liberalism. It is also the opposite of patriotism. To confuse nationalism with patriotism is to mistake contempt for love and fear for valor.”–Harvard history professor Jill LePore, the author of “These Truths: A History of the United States.”

* “Retrotopia.”–Term coined by Polish sociologist Zygmunt Bauman that means the glorification of an illusory past.

* “Whether purposefully or not, (Gov. DeSantis) is not letting people figure him out. No one knows what his next move is. Guess what? That makes him powerful.”–Democratic strategist and lobbyist Screven Watson.

* “Connecting central and South Florida will bring thousands of jobs today and by modernizing infrastructure, we will strengthen Florida’s economy for decades.”–Patrick Goddard, president of Virgin Trains USA, in announcing that Virgin Trains had officially begun construction on its $4 billion West Palm Beach-to-Orlando extension. Virgin Trains ultimately plans to build an Orlando-to-Tampa leg.

* “For the time being, I’m comfortable with where we are (on Europe flights), but we are looking at Latin America and the Caribbean markets, and Bogota is actually our top target.”–Kenneth Strickland, TIA’s director of research.

* “Our vision for Midtown is to create a unifying place for hospitality, living, working and shopping designed around four acres of common public spaces.”–Bill Haines, chairman of the Bromley Companies, master developer for the $500 million, mixed-use Midtown Tampa project under construction at I-275 south and N Dale Mabry Highway.  

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