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Issue: "2011 Books of the Year," July 2, 2011

"It doesn't pass the straight face test in my opinion."

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, responding to a 32-page White House review of U.S. military actions in Libya submitted to Congress to demonstrate compliance with the War Powers Act. "The White House says there are no hostilities taking place, yet we've got drone attacks underway, we're spending $10 million a day as part of an effort to drop bombs on Qaddafi's compounds," he said.

"What we're about to do is redefine what the American family is. And that's a good thing."

New York state Sen. Carl Kruger, D-Brooklyn, on his new position in support of same-sex marriage. Two years ago he helped stop a bill to legalize gay marriage in the state, but on June 13 he was one of three state senators to switch their support for a gay marriage bill. The bill passed the Democratic-dominated Assembly June 15 and awaits action in the Republican-controlled state Senate.

"Rome is burning, and the Senate is picking its nose."

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Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., who surprised the Senate leadership by filing an amendment to end $6 billion in ethanol subsidies as one step to address the deficit. The Senate later voted 73-27 for a Democratic sponsored amendment that eliminates the controversial subsidies.

"We own the economy."

U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, responding to a question about when Democrats and the president would take responsibility for the state of the economy.

"We're all against the dictionary, we're not against each other."

Eighth-grader Sukanya Roy, who won the 2011 Scripps National Spelling Bee when she correctly spelled the words periscii and cymotrichous. Roy is the fourth American of Indian descent in a row to win the bee.


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