"Averting this middle class tax hike is not a Democratic responsibility or a Republican responsibility. With their votes, the American people have decided that government is a shared responsibility."—President Barack Obama after issuing a stern summons to lawmakers to pass legislation to prevent year-end fiscal cliff tax increases on millions and avoid an imminent expiration of benefits for the long-term unemployed.

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"Their solution to resolve the issue around guns is to put more guns in the equation?"—Superintendent Hank Grishman of the Jericho, N.Y., schools on Long Island in a statement after the National Rifle Association said that it wants Congress to fund armed officers in every American school, breaking its silence on the Connecticut shootings.

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"This law is an astounding overreach by the government into the realm of counseling and would have caused irreparable harm."—Liberty Counsel President Mathew Staver after a federal appeals court put the brakes on a first-of-its-kind California law that bans therapy aimed at turning gay minors straight.