“We are having a vigorous debate in the United States, and I think that’s a healthy thing. I suspect that once we get into the fall and people look at the actual legislation that’s being proposed, that more sensible and reasoned arguments will emerge. And we’re going to get this passed.”

President Obama, left, praising public activism in response to Democrats’ health care plans while cleverly criticizing critics as both insensible and unreasonable, and indicating he’d force them all into government health care anyway.

“It may be people recognize that all the loan modifications in the world aren’t going to help them if they have lost a job and income.”

Bill Uffelman, president and chief executive officer of the Nevada Bankers Association, on the minuscule public response to the creation of the state’s Foreclosure Mediation Program. After state officials predicted anywhere from 1,200 to 3,000 applications a month from distressed homeowners seeking mediation with their lenders, the new program, initiated July 1, had 10 hearings scheduled as of Monday.

“You don’t necessarily want to break the china when you start out.”

Christopher Landau, who served as a law clerk to Justice Clarence Thomas, on Sonia Sotomayor learning how to fit in at the Supreme Court now that she has taken the oath of office.

“Bribes are simply part of the cost of doing business, and in the big picture, even a low-level agent can be an incredible bargain.”

A report from the intelligence firm Stratfor, on the increasing corruption of U.S. law enforcement and customs agents by Mexican narcotics cartels, a costly consequence of this country’s war on drugs.

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