Briefing

'The Capitol looks beautiful and I am honored to be at work tonight.'

1. GABRIELLE GIFFORDS, Democratic Congresswoman from Arizona, in a tweet after casting her vote in favor of the deal to raise the federal debt limit. It was Giffords' first appearance in Congress since being shot in the head in January

'A sugarcoated Satan sandwich.'

2. EMANUEL CLEAVER, Democratic Congressman from Missouri and chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, on the debt-limit deal

'[We] are ready to defend the city with stones.'

3. OMAR HAMAWI, activist in Hama, Syria, after government forces attacked the city. A reported...

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