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Issue: "Agony and ecstasy," April 7, 2012

"We're trying to make the decision to attack as hard as possible for Israel."

Unnamed Obama administration official, telling The Washington Post about U.S. pressure on Israel not to attack Iran's developing nuclear program. "We must always remain the masters of our own fate," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (pictured with President Obama) said of a potential attack.

"Obama's Edsel."

Rich Lowry, editor of National Review, on the hybrid car Chevy Volt, which has struggled to catch on despite substantial tax breaks and heavy promotion from the White House.

"I think you hit a reset button for the fall campaign. Everything changes. It's almost like an Etch A Sketch. You can kind of shake it up and restart it all over again."

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Eric Fehrnstrom, spokesman for GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, on whether the primary was forcing Romney too far to the right for the general election. He went on to say that Romney's current positions already reflect those of most voters.

"You want to get arrested? We'll accommodate you."

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, on the resurgence of the Occupy Wall Street protests.

"If we would have left a minute later, we would have been sucked into the storm."

Skydiver Dan Eaton after safely jumping from a hot-air balloon with four other skydivers, on orders from balloon pilot Edward Ristaino (below, in a photo taken by one of the skydivers), right before a fast-developing thunderstorm caught the balloon and sent it crashing to the ground in south Georgia. The skydivers say Ristaino, who was later found dead at the crash site, found a field for their jump and told them to jump to safety during the March 16 storm.


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