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“Our naked self-interest is to say engage. We can’t afford to go it alone. … Perhaps more than ever before, American leadership and engagement in the world is essential. If the U.S. fails to lead, who will take our place?” – Former Vice President Joe Biden, speaking to the inaugural Chuck Hagel Forum in Global Leadership at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

“I do think there is a beauty in the fact that a lot of the women I know, from both political parties, are some of the best listeners I know. So that’s a strength we bring to the Legislature.” – Lincoln Sen. Anna Wishart on the record number of women – 14 – in the Nebraska Legislature.

“It’s the issue of this body. There’s too many cowards who don’t want to vote. If you’re going to vote against it or sit on your hands, at least stand up and explain why.” – Gordon Sen. Tom Brewer, after a bill he proposed to limit wind turbine siting failed as 14 senators were listed as present, not voting.

“I want parents to know that, while (portable classrooms) are not the most preferable type of environment, they have a strong educational atmosphere for our students, and we’ll make sure we put our kids back in the building – but they’re going to have to help.” – Lincoln Board of Education member Kathy Danek on the purchase of portables for five Lincoln schools.

“It’s kind of like cooking eggs in a frying pan when you don’t put butter down. We all know how stubborn that can be.” – Lincoln Transportation and Utilities Director Miki Esposito on the difficulty the city had removing snow for multiple days following a blizzard.

“I was starting to break down at one point. But my cousin came around and told me the church was filled. When the doors opened, I was almost brought to tears.” – Maddy Nygren on how the town of Mead rallied to make her wedding happen during a blizzard.

“We have to have the brand that, when … people come play us, they know they have their work cut out for them, and, if we go to overtime, we’ve got more in the tank than they do.” – New Nebraska defensive line coach Tony Tuioti on his vision for the Husker defense.

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