"(Vladimir) Putin is seeking a way out of the situation. We are grateful to him for this. But we are just a bullhorn for the people. We just voice what the people want." — Denis Pushilin, co-chairman of the Donetsk People's Republic, after insurgents in eastern Ukraine insisted they will go ahead with this weekend's referendum on secession.
"We will not take any shortcuts to the truth, accountability or justice." — House Speaker John Boehner after Republicans rammed through a measure opening a new investigation of the deadly assault on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya.
"If you call it a slide, I wouldn't call it that at all. I was drafted in the first round of the NFL draft." — Johnny Manziel, after the Cleveland Browns traded up to select the Texas A&M quarterback at No. 22.