"I'm prepared to make some tough decisions on some of these issues, but I can't ask folks who are, you know, middle class seniors who are on Medicare, young people who are trying to get student loans to go to college, I can't ask them to sacrifice and not ask anything of higher income folks." — President Barack Obama on "fiscal cliff" negotiations.
"By continuing these war crimes of settlement activities on our lands and stealing our money, Israel is pushing and forcing us to go to the ICC." — Nabil Shaath, a senior Palestinian official, speaking of going to the International Criminal Court in response to Israel cutting off $100 million in tax transfers and its plan to build thousands of new homes in West Bank settlements.
"I wanted to help the man, but I couldn't figure out how to help. It all happened so fast." — Freelance photographer R. Umar Abbasi, who has been criticized for taking the photo of a man before he was killed by an oncoming subway train.