"This is war. I know that war is ugly and it's violent, and I know that young people sometimes caught up in the moment make some very foolish decisions." _ Defense Secretary Leon Panetta apologizing for gruesome, newly revealed photographs that show U.S. soldiers posing with the bloodied remains of dead insurgents in Afghanistan.
"I've always said that if heads don't roll, the culture in a federal agency will never change." _ Sen. Chuck Grassley in a statement after the Secret Service forced out three agents in a prostitution scandal that has embarrassed President Barack Obama.
"He was a remarkable host and businessman and left a rich legacy to television audiences around the world. We will all miss him." _ Ryan Seacrest in reaction to the death of television icon and "New Year's Rockin' Eve host" Dick Clark.