Quotations of the day
"If Sen. McCain and Sen. Graham and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me. I'm happy to have that discussion with them. But for them to go after the U.N. ambassador who had nothing to do with Benghazi ... To besmirch her reputation is outrageous." — President Barack Obama accusing two top Republicans senators of lobbing outrageous criticism at his United Nations ambassador instead of confronting him directly over a deadly attack on Americans in Libya.
"The president's campaign, if you will, focused on giving targeted groups a big gift. He made a big effort on small things." — Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney telling top donors that President Barack Obama won re-election because of the "gifts" he had already provided to blacks, Hispanics and young voters.
"If there is a need, the military is prepared to expand the operation. We will continue to do everything to protect our citizens." — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu saying Israel could no longer stand repeated attacks on its southern towns as Israeli aircraft, tanks and naval gunboats pounded the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on the second day of Israel's offensive against Islamic militants.