* “It agitates the community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms; kindles the animosity of one part against the other, foments occasional riot and insurrection.”–That was George Washington in his Farewell Address cautioning against the establishment of political parties.

* “Cuba is under the worst economic crisis since 1959, generated by the sheer incompetence of the regime and its reluctance to engage in meaningful reforms, economic or otherwise. The repression unleashed after the massive public demonstrations in July 2021 is a major contributor to the desperation.”–Sebastian Arcos, associate director of Florida International University’s Cuban Research Institute.

* “There is no good reason not to normalize relations with Havana and lift the terrorism designation.”–Max Boot, Council on Foreign Relations senior fellow.

* “It will be even harder to pass any new gun control laws next year because Republicans will then control the House.”–Abby Vesoulis, Mother Jones.

* “The House has become a parliament of pundits, where many members care more about being on TV than governing.”–Jonah Goldberg, The Dispatch.

* “When influential, mainstream cultural, political and even sports icons normalize hate speech, everyone needs to be very concerned.”–Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber.

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