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Originally published Monday, March 11, 2013 at 1:03 AM

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Quotations of the day

"I'm welcoming (him) with open arms. I think the president is tremendously sincere. I don't think this is just a political change in tactic. I think he would actually like to solve the problems of this country." - Sen. Tom Coburn in a statement as Republican lawmakers say they welcome President Barack Obama's courtship and suggested the fresh engagement between the White House and Congress might help yield solutions to the stubborn budget battle that puts Americans' jobs at risk.

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"I'm welcoming (him) with open arms. I think the president is tremendously sincere. I don't think this is just a political change in tactic. I think he would actually like to solve the problems of this country." - Sen. Tom Coburn in a statement as Republican lawmakers say they welcome President Barack Obama's courtship and suggested the fresh engagement between the White House and Congress might help yield solutions to the stubborn budget battle that puts Americans' jobs at risk.

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"The explosions in Kabul and Khost yesterday showed that they are at the service of America and at the service of this phrase: 2014. They are trying to frighten us into thinking that if the foreigners are not in Afghanistan, we would be facing these sorts of incidents." - Afghan President Hamid Karzai accusing the Taliban and the U.S. of working in concert to convince Afghans that violence will worsen if most foreign troops leave.

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"It hurts, it really does, because they are so young and, like, they could have had so much more to life. We just really started getting close, and it's hard to believe he's gone." - Mariah Bryant, the 12-year-old half-sister of Daylan Ray, who was killed along with five others after a speeding sport utility vehicle taken without permission and carrying eight teenagers crashed into a guardrail and flipped over into a swampy pond in northeast Ohio.

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