"U.S. attorneys are rarely elevated directly to this position, so I look forward to learning more about her, how she will interact with Congress, and how she proposes to lead the department." — Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, on Loretta Lynch, who is expected to be nominated by President Barack Obama to be the next attorney general.
"I don't know why he would want to sabotage his last two years as president by doing something this provocative." — Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, on President Barack Obama's plan to act on immigration reform by the end of the year.
"It's no minor miracle that he did survive and survive in relatively good shape." — Virgin Galactic chief executive George Whitesides after pilot Peter Siebold survived the Oct. 31 disintegration of SpaceShipTwo, a prototype space tourism rocket.