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"The fundamental weakness in the Tea Party machine is the stark difference between what the leaders of the Tea Party elite, plutocrats like the Koch Brothers want and what the average grassroots Tea Party follower wants."

- Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. in a speech at the Center for American Progress

Uncle Sugar

"If the Democrats want to insult the women of America by making them believe that they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing for them a prescription each month for birth control because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of the government then so be it."

- Former Gov. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas at the Republican National Committee Winter Meeting

Be careful out there

"I've said many times before that the policies and principles of our party are sound. However as we look to grow the ranks of our party, we must all be very conscious of the tone and choice of words we use to communicate those policies effectively."

- Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee

Happy where he is

“I like to play golf. I like to cut my own grass. I do drink red wine. I smoke cigarettes and I’m not giving that up to be president of the United States.”

- House Speaker John Boehner on the Tonight Show

Blame Fox News again

"The issue has been the inability of my message to penetrate the Republican base so that they feel persuaded that I’m not the caricature that you see on Fox News or Rush Limbaugh, but I’m somebody who is interested in solving problems and is pretty practical, and that, actually, a lot of the things that we’ve put in place worked better than people might think."

- President Obama in an interview with the New Yorker

Man up, Mr. President

“It’s rather unseemly if you are the commander-in-chief, the leader of the free world and the most powerful man on earth who could reduce pieces of the planet to a cinder on his command, to get so whiny.”

- Political columnist Charles Krauthammer on Fox News

Heaven sent

"The Internet, in particular, offers immense possibilities for encounter and solidarity. This is something truly good, a gift from God."

- Pope Francis

Obamacare is here to stay

“After Republicans in the Congress have voted to repeal the law 40 times, they still haven’t given up on their message. After a disastrous effort of shutting down the federal government, they didn’t get the message. We will not go back. America has turned the page.”

- Vice President Joe Biden defending Obamacare

Looking back

"I remember it as an awful lot of fun and that I made an awful lot of mistakes, and I wish I could go back and be more uniting in my language. Because I think I played a role, unfortunately, in helping tear the country apart. And it's not who we are."

- Glenn Beck remembers his former career at Fox News


"Well obviously, Christie is getting a lot more attention when it comes to Bridgegate than Hillary got when it came to Benghazi. I think that there are complicated reasons for it."

- CNN's Jake Tapper

Defending life

"The moral case for allowing such beings to be killed grows ever weaker and its advocates resort to ever more absurd euphemisms to describe what they support."

- Fox News Senior Political Analyst Brit Hume on abortion