"Averting this middle class tax hike is not a Democratic responsibility or a Republican responsibility. With their votes, the American people have decided that government is a shared responsibility." — President Barack Obama after issuing a stern summons to lawmakers to pass legislation to prevent year-end fiscal cliff tax increases on millions and avoid an imminent expiration of benefits for the long-term unemployed.
"Their solution to resolve the issue around guns is to put more guns in the equation?" — Superintendent Hank Grishman of the Jericho, N.Y., schools on Long Island in a statement after the National Rifle Association said that it wants Congress to fund armed officers in every American school, breaking its silence on the Connecticut shootings.
"This law is an astounding overreach by the government into the realm of counseling and would have caused irreparable harm." — Liberty Counsel President Mathew Staver after a federal appeals court put the brakes on a first-of-its-kind California law that bans therapy aimed at turning gay minors straight.