“Obamacare is destroying jobs. It is driving up health care costs. It is killing health benefits. It is shattering the economy.” — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who held the Senate in session overnight — and the Twitterverse in his thrall — with a near-22-hour speech that was meant to propel fellow Republican lawmakers into an all-out struggle to extinguish President Barack Obama’s signature health care law.
“Americans with no link to terrorism or espionage should not have to worry that the NSA is vacuuming up their private information.” — Colorado Sen. Mark Udall, after a bipartisan group of senators unveiled legislation that would end the collection of millions of Americans’ phone records and data on Internet usage by the National Security Agency.
“Ultra-low frequency attack is what I’ve been subject to for the last 3 months, and to be perfectly honest that is what has driven me to this.” — Washington Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis, in a note saying he was driven to kill by months of bombardment with extremely low-frequency radio waves. The note, disclosed by the FBI, helps explain the phrase he etched on his shotgun: “My ELF Weapon!”