"Without doubt this is a historic moment. Right now, 1.2 billion Catholics the world over are holding their breath."—Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn, after Pope Benedict XVI stunned the world by announcing his resignation.

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"Clearly the president wants more revenue for more government. He's gotten all the revenue he's going to get. Been there, done that."—Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., as President Obama is expected to press a politically-divided Congress to approve more tax increases and fewer spending cuts during his State of the Union address.

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"By both his words and conduct, he has made very clear to us that every law enforcement officer in Southern California is in danger of being shot and killed."—Riverside County District Attorney Paul Zellerbach, after a fugitive ex-Los Angeles cop was charged with murdering a police officer.