"We are 33 hours away from becoming a deadbeat nation, not paying its bills to its own people and other creditors." — Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., after House Republicans failed again to reach a deal to avert a Treasury default and end the partial government shutdown.
"The most dangerous thing we could do as a nation is to treat a captured al-Qaida terrorist as a common criminal, read them their Miranda rights and put them in civilian court before we have a chance to gather intelligence." — Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., after the Obama administration decided to try a high-profile, alleged al-Qaida member in a U.S. federal court.
"'Yes, I bullied Rebecca and she killed herself but I don't give a ...' and you can add the last word yourself." — Polk County (Fla.) Sheriff Grady Judd, quoting a Facebook post by a teenage female suspect after Rebecca Sedwick, 12, committed suicide last month.