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Issue: "Orphaned no more," July 30, 2011

"We don't need new taxes. We need new taxpayers."

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, arguing that the deficit reduction debate should focus on job creation.

"The square won't solve our problems."

An Egyptian, speaking to Western reporters during July 8 protests, explaining that he was going to work instead of joining demonstrators in Tahrir Square, as Egypt's transitional government appeared increasingly beholden to Islamists rather than young protesters who launched street revolts and provoked Hosni Mubarak's downfall in March.

"We made a collective mistake."

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Jean-Jacques Dordain, director of the European Space Agency, one of five international agencies that jointly manage the International Space Station, about the decision in 2004 led by President George Bush to allow Russia to take over space transport. With the July 8 final launch of the space shuttle Atlantis closing the 30-year-old U.S. shuttle program, Russia announced price increases for seats aboard its space flights: $43.4 million apiece to fly aboard the Soyuz later this year for U.S. and other astronauts.

"My blood's type B, which means I can be irritable and impetuous, and my intentions don't always come across."

Ryu Matsumoto, reconstruction minister of Japan, on controversial comments he made during a trip to areas devastated by the March tsunami. Matsumoto resigned July 5 after the trip.

"$75 million."

The amount of income that former president Bill Clinton has earned in speaking fees in the last 10 years. A CNN analysis of federal financial records found that Clinton has delivered 417 paid speeches since leaving the White House, earning an average of $181,000 per event.


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