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| Saturday, June 15, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

“(H)e is a prototypical Keynesian liberal who has a long list of educational and experiential credits in his resume. His pedigree makes him a near-perfect choice for a president determined to transform what's left of the free market economy into a completely socialist one.”

— from the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor, on the naming of Jason Furman as chairman of President Obama's Council of Economic Advisers.

“When I entered into arrangements with American Express, Google and AT&T, I took a calculated risk with my privacy. I took that risk with American Express, not with the federal government; with Google, not with President Obama; and with AT&T, not the national-security services. Are we to presume now that all private agreements implicitly involve the state?”

— Charles C.W. Cooke, writing at NationalReview.com.

“It would help ... if we dispense with the political correctness that is making us vacuum up everyone's communications lest we ‘offend' those who are the source of the real threat.”

— Frank J. Gaffney Jr., an assistant secretary of Defense in the Reagan administration and president of the Center for Security Policy, writing in The Washington Times on the National Security Agency revelations.

“Putin lectures Obama on privacy.”

— Tuesday afternoon headline on the Drudge Report.

“Our weather is out of whack. Climate change is happening, and fast.”

— Actor Robert Redford, in a USA Today commentary.

“The rise in the surface temperature of Earth has been markedly slower over the last 15 years than the 20 years before that. And that lull in warming has occurred even as greenhouse gases have accumulated in the atmosphere at a record pace.”

— Justin Gillis, writing in The New York Times.

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