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'I had to hold my nose and stop those firms from failing.' BEN BERNANKE, U.S. Federal Reserve chairman, citing fears of a "second Great Depression" to explain why he used taxpayer money to bail out firms like AIG last fall

'These people are obviously reaching the end of their rope.' RON REDMON, spokesman for the U.N. refugee agency, on the nearly quarter of a million Somalis who have been fleeing the country's violence since May

'A 30-second phone call, and I'm like, "What? That's all he's got for me?'" MARK BUEHRLE, of the Chicago White Sox, joking about President Barack Obama,...

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