"The compromise we reached will provide our economy with the stability it desperately needs." — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid after Congress passed legislation to avoid a threatened national default and end the 16-day partial government shutdown.
"That's why I'm going to Washington — to take back that sense of pride. Not to play shallow politics that's used to attack and divide but to engage in the kind of hard, humble service that reaches out to others." — Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker, who won a special election to represent New Jersey in the U.S. Senate.
"I think we can safely say he is not a terrorist or an organized crime boss. He did this for his own amusement." — Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief Michael Downing after the arrest of a 28-year-old baggage handler, accused of planting three dry ice bombs at Los Angeles International Airport.