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Issue: "The wonder of life," Jan. 25, 2014

‘It’s not cold—it’s painful.’

Downtown Minneapolis shopper Brooks Grace on the weather in his city on Jan. 6. Temperatures hit minus 20 with wind chills of minus 50 in Minneapolis. Record low temperatures hit the Midwest and reached down into Texas.

‘Hillary told the president that her opposition to the [2007] surge in Iraq had been political because she was facing him in the Iowa primary. ... The president conceded vaguely that opposition to the Iraq surge had been political.’

Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, in a new memoir, on a discussion between Hillary Clinton and President Obama about the Iraq surge. He writes: “To hear the two of them making these admissions, and in front of me, was as surprising as it was dismaying.”

‘I see no difference between eating animals and pedophilia.’

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British rock star Morrissey on why he stopped eating meat. “They are both rape, violence, murder,” he said. “If I’m introduced to anyone who eats beings, I walk away.”

‘He made so many promises. We thought that he was going to be—I shouldn’t say this at Christmastime, but—the next messiah.’

Barbara Walters on President Barack Obama’s growing unpopularity.

‘It conveys or demonstrates once again, how we are not serious about our laws.’

Steven Camarota of the Center for Immigration Studies on the California Supreme Court allowing an illegal immigrant to obtain a license to practice law in the state.

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