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Barack Obama
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Barack Obama


Issue: "Dead heat," Sept. 22, 2012

'It is very rare that I come to an event where I'm like the fifth or sixth most interesting person.'

President Barack Obama, at an August fundraising event in New York that included several former NBA stars such as Michael Jordan and Bill Bradley.

'We are federal law enforcement officers who are being ordered to break the law.'

Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent Chris Crane, president of the union for ICE employees, on the effect of the Obama administration's program, enacted without congressional approval, to allow up to 1.7 million illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children to remain legally in the country for two years. Crane and nine other ICE agents are suing the administration, claiming the program violates the Constitution. "This directive," Crane said, "puts ICE agents and officers in a horrible position."

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'The hive on Eighth Avenue is powerfully shaped by a culture of like minds - a phenomenon, I believe, that is more easily recognized from without than from within.'

Departing "public editor" - reader representative - of The New York Times Arthur S. Brisbane, on the unacknowledged liberal worldview at the Times. "So many share a kind of political and cultural progressivism - for lack of a better term - that this worldview virtually bleeds through the fabric of the Times."

'I would never go on Wheel and start proselytizing. ... That is not why they are paying me.'

Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak, on not mentioning his conservative political views on the show.

'Hope and change has become divide and conquer.'

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., in his speech to the Republican National Convention, accusing President Obama of pitting Americans against each other. "He tells Americans they're worse off because others are better off," Rubio said. "That people got rich by making others poor."


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