“The whole point of politically motivated violence is to scare people out of being themselves. Australia is a peaceful, open and generous society — nothing should ever change that. — Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on the hostage situation at a Sydney cafe.

“This was an orchestrated government-wide campaign, and so unless you’re going to prosecute the entire government, what’s the best way to actually learn the right lessons?” — American University law professor Stephen Vladeck, who questioned the effectiveness of prosecution against torture and harsh interrogation.

“People at U.Va. want answers just as much as I do. But if anything, the takeaway from all this is that I still don’t really care if what’s presented in this article is true or not, because I think it’s far more important that people focus on the issue of sexual assault as a whole.” — Ryan Duffin, one of three friends of an alleged gang-rape victim who say the Rolling Stone incorrectly asserted that they urged the victim to not report the attack.

“These doctors were co-opted when they knew better.” — Dr. Stephen Xenakis, retired brigadier general with the U.S. Army’s medical corps, who accused the CIA’s medical service of institutional failure in the interrogation techniques used against terror detainees.

“The venues are getting cold feet. Everyone is worried about protesters. If I was advising him, I would tell him to cancel everything and lie low for a while.” — Gary Bongiovanni, editor of Pollstar, on the ambitious tour schedule for comedian Bill Cosby.

“I’ve considered retiring from the NFL. I still made $8 million this year. ... I’ve thought about going after the Olympics. You only live once. It might be time for me to pursue that.” — Adrian Peterson to ESPN.com, after an arbitrator upheld on appeal the NFL running back’s suspension until at least next spring.

“These actions have gone from boneheaded to a downright irresponsible use of U.S. taxpayer money.” — Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) a longtime critic of the USAID’s programs in Cuba.


“We were not prepared. We had little experience housing detainees, and precious few of our officers were trained interrogators.” — CIA Director John Brennan on new authorities handed to the spy agency to thwart the next terror attack after Sept. 11, 2001.


“The multi-employer pension system is a ticking time bomb.” — Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.) on a provision of the $1.1 trillion bill in government spending that the House approved and would allow cuts for current retirees.

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