Briefing

'They've shown a stunning lack of knowledge about basic U.S. fiscal budget math.'

1. TIMOTHY GEITHNER, U.S. Treasury Secretary, on Standard & Poor's downgrading of U.S. debt

'He was born to do this job. If he could do it all over again and have a choice to have it happen the way it did or work at McDonald's and live to be 104? He'd do it all over again.'

2. JAN BROWN, mother of Navy SEAL Kevin Houston, who was killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan alongside 29 other U.S. troops; it was the 10-year war's deadliest incident for the...

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