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Originally published Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 1:16 AM

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Quotations of the day

"He couldn't speak, but he said it with his lips ... `I don't want to die. Please don't let me die,' because he loved his country, he sacrificed himself for his country." - Gen. Jose Ornella on Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who died Tuesday.

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"He couldn't speak, but he said it with his lips ... `I don't want to die. Please don't let me die,' because he loved his country, he sacrificed himself for his country." - Gen. Jose Ornella on Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who died Tuesday.

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"No president has the right to say he is judge, jury and executioner." - Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., whose 12-hour-plus filibuster blocked confirmation of President Barack Obama's nominee to lead the CIA, John Brennan.

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"These are big cats that are extremely dangerous, and they placed a volunteer in the actual cage with a wild animal. That should have never happened." - Nicole Paquette, vice president of the Humane Society of the United States, after a lion killed a volunteer intern who entered its enclosure at a California exotic animal park.

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