“I need this job like I need a hole in the head.”   

—House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) following his re-election to House leadership, The Wall Street Journal, January 6

“I can find no way around the thicket of laws and precedents that effectively allow the Executive Branch of our Government to proclaim as perfectly lawful certain actions that seem on their face incompatible with our Constitution and laws, while keeping the reasons for their conclusion a secret.” 

—U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon in a January 2 decision concluding that the Obama administration does not have to disclose the legal justification for its “targeted killing” of suspected terrorists

“It’s time to take the gloves off, Jersey style.”  

—Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) after Congress declined to vote on federal funding for Hurricane Sandy cleanup, Newark Star-Ledger, January 2

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