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| Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

“In a few days, the Geneva agreement will be implemented. Do you know what the Geneva agreement is? It means the superpowers' surrender to the great Iranian nation.”

— Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, on approval of an interim agreement, effective this Monday, that eases some economic sanctions on Iran in return for supposed and dubious limits on its nuclear development program.

“We may have lost interest in the Middle East, but the Middle East has not lost interest in us.”

— Thomas Donnelly, scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, and Mary Habeck, noted Mideast author, writing in The Weekly Standard on how President Obama misunderstands the region.

“(T)o borrow Dick Cheney's phrase about the Clintonistas in 2000, it's time for (John McCain) to go. ... (M)ust McCain go on torturing the Republican Party?”

— Steven Hayward, writing at powerline.blog.com

“(F)or governments that are serious about bringing their spending in line with revenues, privatization is a useful tool. It allows governments to cut their debts and improve their credit ratings, thus reducing their outgoings, and it improves the economy's efficiency by boosting competition and by applying private-sector capital and skills to newly privatized assets.”

— from an editorial in The Economist, urging a new wave of privatization centered on selling government-owned property.

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