Quotations of the day
"They are not reasonable people disagreeing; they are fundamental disagreements. Our concerns pertain to the quality of your professional judgment and your world-view on critical areas of national security." — Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., as Republican senators hammered former GOP Sen. Chuck Hagel at his hearing for defense secretary.
"The worst kind of predictions about what could happen internally and spilling over the borders of Syria are certainly within the realm of the possible now." — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who issued a parting warning about Syria and accused Iran of playing an increasingly prominent role in directing the violence.
"I practice until my feet bleed and I did not have time to rehearse with the orchestra. Due to no proper sound check, I did not feel comfortable taking a risk. It was about the president and the inauguration, and I wanted to make him and my country proud, so I decided to sing along with my pre-recorded track, which is very common in the music industry. And I'm very proud of my performance." — Beyonce, answering critics of her Inauguration Day performance.