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Bob Corker
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Bob Corker



Issue: "No pray zone?," July 13, 2013

‘Triple-spaced, big letters. Got a lot of seniors in this body.’

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., saying his amendment to the Gang of Eight immigration bill isn’t as long as it seems. The lengthy amendment was proposed late on Friday, June 21, and had a cloture vote right after the weekend on June 24. It passed the vote by a margin of 67-27.

‘We are tired of living in a nation governed by fear instead of the principles of freedom and liberty that made this nation great.’

The ACLU in a June open letter to President Obama that echoed Obama’s criticisms of former President Bush in 2009. The group sent the letter in response to the government’s actions against Edward Snowden (see  “Information, please” ).

‘Authorized to use standard, mixed-case characters in the body of Navy organizational messages.’

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Text of an April order making it possible for the U.S. Navy to begin moving away from using all caps in official communication, as it has done since the 19th century.

‘When I was tired, I started calling on the name of God. I was just calling on His name for divine intervention. I started reminiscing on the verses I read before I slept.’

Harrison Okene, on being trapped inside a sunken tugboat for more than 60 hours. Okene, a Nigerian and the only survivor among 12 men on the boat, survived inside an air pocket.

‘I have confidence that if something were to happen to me, I know where I’m going.’

High-wire walker Nik Wallenda on his Christian faith giving him peace and focus as he walked on a high wire across the Grand Canyon on June 23, becoming the first person to do so. The walk, made without a tether or safety net, took 22 minutes and 54 seconds. Wallenda, who comes from several generations of acrobats, last year became the first person to walk over the brink of Niagara Falls on a high wire. His great-grandfather, Karl Wallenda, died in 1978 after falling from a high wire in Puerto Rico.


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