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“Well, I don’t want to judge them too harshly. I mean my understanding is they’ve been on the case for four days.”

Sen. MARCO RUBIO, R-Fla., reacting to widespread criticism—including from Republicans—that the opening arguments by former President Donald Trump’s legal team in his impeachment trial on Feb. 9 were underwhelming. Trump fired his previous legal team a little over a week before the Senate trial began.

“No, I wasn’t scared, because I wasn’t scared to die.”

LUCILE RANDON, a French nun known as Sister André, who fully recovered from a coronavirus infection just days ahead of her 117th birthday on Feb. 11. The nun from Toulon, France, is the second-oldest person in the world. Her infection was so mild, she told reporters she “didn’t even realize I had it.” 

“Perhaps this is the most unforgettable scar on me forever.”

TURSUNAY ZIAWUDUN, a Uyghur woman who spent nine months in China’s internment camps, on the systematic torture and rapes she told the BBC she and other women endured from masked men there. Chinese authorities have interned more than a million ethnic Uyghurs and minorities in the Xinjiang region.

“It seems, according to Twitter, simply acknowledging biological fact is now hateful.”

Focus on the Family President JIM DALY, criticizing Twitter for freezing the account of The Daily Citizen. The Focus-run media outlet had tweeted that President Joe Biden’s transgender nominee for assistant health secretary, Dr. Rachel Levine, is “a man who believes he is a woman.”

“I’m here live, I’m not a cat.”

Presidio County, Texas, attorney ROD PONTON after he accidentally appeared in the form of a kitten in a Zoom call hearing with 394th Judicial District Court Judge Roy B. Ferguson on Feb. 9. A Zoom filter, which Ponton was unsure how to disable, was responsible for the mishap—video of which went viral online.