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Issue: "Food stamps surge," Nov. 19, 2011

"We are keeping all the options on the table."

Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman on reports that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was trying to persuade the cabinet to authorize a preemptive military strike against Iran's nuclear program.

"It's like going from zero to 60."

Miami attorney Elizabeth Schwartz on the rapid increase in the number of homosexuals adopting children. According to the UCLA School of Law, the number of adopted children living with same-sex couples increased from 8,310 in 2000 to 32,571 in 2009.

"I trust in God, but God wants to see us help ourselves by putting people back to work."

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President Barack Obama, on Nov. 2 criticizing the House of Representatives for devoting time to a vote reaffirming "In God We Trust" as the official motto of the United States. Almost every Democrat in the House voted for the measure.

"If we can talk about anything in France apart from Islam or the consequences of Islamism, that is annoying."

Stephane Charbonnier, editor of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, after the firebombing of the magazine's Paris office on Nov. 2 following the magazine's decision to print a cartoon of Muhammad.

"I guess the word skepticism would be in order at this time."

U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, on talks with North Korea about halting its nuclear program.

"Twenty-four boxes of cake mix in your luggage. It just seemed extremely unusual."

Ed Griffith, spokesman for the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office, after airport security found 30 pounds of cocaine hidden in cake boxes in one woman's luggage.


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