"This is a war crime. The results are overwhelming and indisputable. The facts speak for themselves." — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a statement to the Security Council after U.N. inspectors reported that rockets loaded with the nerve agent sarin had been fired from an area where Syria's military has bases, but said the evidence could have been manipulated in the rebel-controlled stricken neighborhoods.
"We do now feel comfortable that we have the single and sole person responsible for the loss of life inside the base today." — Washington Police Chief Cathy Lanier after a defense contractor went on a shooting rampage inside a building at the heavily secured Washington Navy Yard.
"Are some of these folks really so beholden to one extreme wing of their party that they're willing to tank the entire economy just because they can't get their way on this issue? Are they really willing to hurt people just to score political points?" — President Barack Obama in a speech at the White House warning congressional Republicans they could trigger national "economic chaos" if they demand a delay of his health care law as the price for supporting continued spending for federal operations.