* “I predict to you, your children or grandchildren are going to be doing their doctoral thesis on the issue of who succeeded—autocracy or democracy, because that is what is at stake.”–President Joe Biden.

* “This will not be your grandfather’s Cold War. Unlike the Soviet Union, which was an economic basket case with nukes, the competition with China will be determined by economics and technology, and by which system—democracy or authoritarianism—better delivers the goods to its people.”–Trudy Rubin, Philadelphia Inquirer.

* “I think there is a sense that America is back.”–Joel Hellman, dean of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, on the renewed interest in careers in foreign diplomacy.

* “To get fully back to normal, we’re going to have to–gulp–help vaccinate the rest of the world. … No country can totally seal itself off from the outside world. … The plain truth is that we won’t get back to normal until everybody does.”–Eugene Robinson, Washington Post.

* “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you in trouble. It is what you do know that ain’t so.”–Will Rogers.

* “The scope of the attack on voting is stunning. They amount to a real-time attack on our democracy.”–Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post.

* “This (anti-filibuster) legislation isn’t ready for prime time. It’s an invitation to chaos.”–Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

* “The political reality is that Democrats are frustrated with Republicans’ lopsided advantage in the Senate, where the 50 Republicans represent some 40 million fewer people than the 50 Democrats do. D.C. statehood is supposed to fight fire with fire.”–Harvard Law Professor Noah Feldman.

* “Bipartisanship—or Bidenpartisanship—ain’t happening now. Washington is not built for unity at the moment. We live in a world where everyone is unappeasable.”–Maureen Dowd, New York Times.

* “As far as they see it, they (or white people in general) are the injured party.. … This grievance—we are the victims—has become the core notion of the GOP. … The Trump wannabes are doing their best to emulate the scoundrel.”–Alfred McCoy, The Nation.

* “Fifty years ago the typical General Motors worker earned $35 an hour in today’s dollars and had a major say over working conditions. Today’s largest employers are Amazon and Walmart, each paying around $15 an hour and treating their workers like cattle.”–Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich.

* “These guys in Tallahassee seem to think they know better than the locals.”–North Redington Beach Mayor Bill Queen.

* “Certainly by May, June and July, more of us will be able to spend time with our children, our grandchildren, our friends, our neighbors. As you get vaccinated, you can feel very comfortable and confident spending time with them.”–Dr. Jay Wolfson, professor of public health at USF.

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