"Will I accept a tax increase as a part of a deal to actually solve our problems? Yes. But the president's negotiating with the wrong people. He needs to be negotiating with our bondholders in China, because if we don't put a credible plan on the discussion, ultimately, we all lose." — Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., discussing 'fiscal cliff' negotiations.
"There is a commonly held but inaccurate view that what the Supreme Court does is to impose its views on the country. It very rarely does that. Much more frequently, it will take a view that is either a majority in some place or a majority of elite opinion, and speed up acceptance." — Cornell University law professor Michael Dorf, supporting the concern of the gay community that the court will not rule in favor of same-sex unions because the majority of states don't support gay marriage.
"I can't get caught up in the negative because that destroys you. Perhaps trying to move away from my problems and focus on the positive is the best I can do. I am a woman like any other and ugly things happen to me like any other woman. The number of times I have fallen down is the number of times I have gotten up." — Mexican-American music superstar Jenni Rivera speaking Saturday night, a day before a plane believed to be carrying her crashed with no reports of survivors.