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The government wasn’t set up to do Zoom meetings.

Nancy Hylden, a lobbyist in Minnesota, commenting on the challenges lobbyists face as state legislatures are forced to craft bills virtually, removing the traditional face-to-face exchanges that take place inside capitols. (Governing — April 3, 2020)

April 7, 2020
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It’s like being on eBay with 50 other states bidding on a ventilator.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo as states compete for desperately needed medical equipment absent coordination by the federal government. (AP News — April 3, 2020)

April 6, 2020
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There are things about it that are sometimes disturbing but you just focus on the job you have to do and just put all of that stuff aside and try as best as possible not to pay attention to it.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top U.S. infectious disease official, regarding online threats and uncomfortable experiences he’s had that prompted the Trump Administration to assign him a security detail. (AP News — April 2, 2020)

April 3, 2020
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Until the case numbers start to go down across America — which could take 10 weeks or more — no one can continue business as usual or relax the shutdown.

Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates in calling for a nationwide shutdown, claiming that it would be the most effective method to stop the spread of the coronavirus. “Shutdown anywhere means shutdown everywhere.” (The Hill — March 31, 2020) 

April 2, 2020
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Zoom’s existing security practices might not be sufficient to adapt to the recent and sudden surge in both the volume and sensitivity of data being passed through its network.

New York attorney general Letitia James said regarding Zoom’s security measures to ensure user privacy. (The Hill — March 31, 2020)

April 1, 2020
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I am sad to have to say the worst is yet to come.

Dr. Grant Colfax, the public health director of San Francisco, Calif., said regarding the proposal to extend the city’s Shelter-In-Place order until May 1, 2020, to prevent further spread of COVID-19. (Business Insider — March 30, 2020)

March 31, 2020
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WE GOT THIS, SEATTLE

The slogan chosen by Mayor Jenny Durkan to rally a city suffering under the #CoronavirusOutbreak with a flag-raising Thursday on the Space Needle. (Twitter — March 26, 2020)

March 28, 2020
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The Postal Service has a place for you.

The U.S. Postal service is looking to hire about 1,000 people throughout California’s Bay Area. Other essential-work companies, like Walmart, Safeway, and Albertsons, are also going to be hiring workers to offset the shifted demands during the coronavirus pandemic. (The Mercury News — March 26, 2020)

March 27, 2020
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It’s very tough to say to people, ‘Hey, keep going to restaurants, go buy new houses, ignore that pile of bodies over in the corner.’

Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates said in response to recent proposals to lift social distancing guidelines to buffer economic damage. He added that he thinks the shutdown may need to remain in place for six to 10 weeks. (The Hill — March 24, 2020)

March 26, 2020
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There is no playbook for this, and we need to have deep empathy and understanding for each other’s situations.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella wrote in an email to the 140,000 employees worldwide regarding the vast range of situations each worker is in during this unprecedented time. Thousands of workers worldwide are having to adjust to working remotely, a changed workflow or even work displacement. (The Seattle Times — March 22, 2020)

March 25, 2020
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American people [are] thinking that the brain is an amazing organ. It starts working in a mother’s womb, and it doesn’t stop working until you get elected to Congress... This country was founded by geniuses, but it’s being run by a bunch of idiots.

Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., ridiculing the absurd in-person debates on the Senate floor over the tone and tenor of $2 trillion COVID-19 stimulus proposals (Politico - March 23, 2020)

March 24, 2020
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