* “The steps China has taken to contain the
(coronavirus) outbreak at its source appear to have bought the world
time.”–Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus,
director-general of the World Health Organization.
* “The only solution in Afghanistan is a
political agreement. Progress has been made on this front and we’ll have more
to report on that soon, I hope.”–Defense
Secretary Mark Esper.
* “(The economic) sanctions have changed
absolutely nothing in Russia–I am not proposing at all to lift them, I am just
stating this.”–French President
* “Today, when we remember the history of the
bombings in our country, we remember both the suffering of people in German
cities and the suffering that Germany inflicted on others. We, as Germans, do
not forget our guilt, and we remain true to our responsibility. Always.”–German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier,
in officially marking the 75th anniversary of the Allied bombs that destroyed
the city of Dresden.
* “You don’t see the world’s vulnerable people
risking their lives to skip illegally en masse to countries like Iran or to
Cuba.”–Secretary of State Mike
* “These days, time frames are shorter. … A
single disturbing video put up on social media is enough to spark a revolution,
as in did in Tunisia in 2010.”–Jim
Bitterman, CNN’s senior international correspondent.
* “The basic perception influencing the Kremlin
is that Russia cannot afford to rely on the good will of its former Western
competitors, who in Moscow’s view have taken advantage of the Soviet Union’s
collapse by, for example, extending NATO membership up to Russia’s
borders.”–Kent Brown, former
U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Georgia.
* “Democrats should be scared to death watching
the president play in thuggish type, re-enacting the chilling final payback
scenes of “The Godfather,” when Michael Corleone took out all his
enemies. It’s not business. It’s strictly personal.”–Maureen Dowd, New York Times.
* “These are difficult times. … Trump and his
enablers have wrought a slow-burn crisis of democracy. … For Trump, this is a
government of Trump, for Trump, and by Trump. And his GOP handmaids and tens of
millions of Americans are just fine with it.”–David Corn, Mother Jones.
* “Nobody walks into the (Oval) Office on Day 1
with what they need to know, full stop. Do you have the experience to be
self-reflective, to have the capacity to grow and to have judgment, and are you
secure surrounding yourself with other smart people?”–Rahm Emanuel, former mayor of Chicago
and former chief of staff to President Barack Obama.
* “I would like to see a new beginning. I’d
like it to start over. There’s too much controversy about latecomers.”–Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg,
in urging E.R.A. supporters to set aside their long-running campaign for
ratification and start over.
* “Everywhere I travel, I hear from parents and
educators about active shooter drills terrifying students, leaving them unable
to concentrate in the classroom and unable to sleep at night. … If schools
are going to do drills, they need to take steps to ensure the drills do more
good than harm.”–Lily Eskelsen
Garcia, president of the National Education Association.
* “Our field team is making sure that Latino
communities understand that Democrats match their values on jobs, healthcare
and climate change, and we are working to register tens of thousands of
Hispanic voters before the start of the general election season in July
2020.”–Luisana Fernandez, the
Florida Democratic Party’s Hispanic media director.
* “Nothing is off the table. We’re looking at
single-family homes, small developments that have five to 10 units, all the way
up to multi-story apartment and condominium complexes. And then even the tiny
homes, the container homes. There is nothing we are not going to
explore.”–Mayor Jane Castor on
plans to meet Tampa’s need for affordable living.
* I think the Water Department is acting in a rogue
fashion.”–Tampa City Council member Bill
Carlson, on the city’s intentions about its Tampa Augmentation Project,
which would convert highly-treated wastewater to drinking water.
* “I ran
on the promise to make development pay its fair share of our infrastructure
costs. For too long, our impact fees have been far too low.”–Hillsborough County Commissioner Mariella
Smith, in urging support for higher school impact fees being proposed by
outgoing superintendent Jeff Eakins.
* “This will be a landmark project that
furthers Tampa’s emergence as a next-generation city.”–Mike Hammond, senior vice president of
the Related Group of Miami, which has filed plans for two luxury condo towers
on Bayshore Boulevard, south of W. Bay-to-Bay Boulevard.