Quotations of the day

“Madiba is critical in the hospital, and this is the father of democracy. This is the man who fought and sacrificed his life to stay in prison, the longest-serving prisoner in South Africa. He is one of those who has contributed to democracy.” — South African President Jacob Zuma telling at least 60 foreign and South African journalists that doctors are doing everything possible to ensure Mandela’s wellbeing and comfort on his 17th day in the hospital.

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“Correa may find it hard to resist the temptation to get increased attention and seize this opportunity to provoke and defy the U.S.” — Michael Shifter, president of the Inter-American Dialogue think tank in a statement as President Rafael Correa of Ecuador may grant to former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, who faces espionage charges in the United States after revealing details of two highly secret surveillance programs.

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“The ever increasing ethanol mandate has become unsustainable, causing a looming crisis for gasoline consumers.” — Bob Greco, a senior American Petroleum Institute official after the API, the oil industry’s chief lobbying group, asked the Supreme Court to block sales high-ethanol blend of gasoline known as E15.

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