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Tom Harkin
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Tom Harkin



Issue: "Effective compassion," July 27, 2013

‘This was the law. How can they change the law?’

U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, on the legality of the Obama administration’s decision to delay the employer healthcare mandate until 2015 (see  “Hobby Lobby breathes again” ). Harkin was one of the authors of the healthcare law.

‘There is no plan B. … We either return the president back to his rightful place, or they’re just gonna have to shoot us in the streets.’

Muslim Brotherhood spokesman Gehad El-Haddad, to ABC News, after Egypt’s military removed President Mohamed Morsi from office (see “A Second Chance” ).

‘I think it’s to the church’s poverty that the average worship song now has so few words, so little truth. [It] is so focused on several commercial aspects of God, like the fact that he loves our praises.’

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Hymn writer Keith Getty, on worship songs in American churches. Getty co-wrote “In Christ Alone,” a hymn that is gaining popularity in churches.

‘I’m worried that will be on my tombstone: “She had a great Twitter feed.”’

Writer Claire Berlinski, in a tweet after someone complimented her for her reports from Turkey on Twitter.

‘45 percent’

The percentage of four-year college graduates who work in jobs that do not require a college degree, according to a survey from McKinsey & Company. About a third of graduates said they didn’t think college had fully prepared them to enter the working world.


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