"The government is closed because of the irrationality of what's going on on the other side of the Capitol." — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, after Congress plunged the nation into a partial government shutdown, forcing some 800,000 federal workers off the job as a protracted dispute over President Barack Obama's signature health care law reached the boiling point.
"If the security forces are not capable of protecting us, we will protect ourselves and end the misery. The sectarian war has just started." — Hatem Muhsin, who lives in Sadr City, a Shiite enclave in Baghdad, commenting after the U.N. said nearly 1,000 Iraqis were killed in September, one of the highest monthly death tolls in years.
"There's no hope for his back. They crushed his spine, they broke it in two different places, so he will be forever, forever paralyzed." — Dayana Mieses, whose biker husband suffered broken legs and apparent spine injuries after he was run over by an SUV whose driver was attempting to escape a large group of motorcyclists after a confrontation on a New York City highway.