Briefing

'The idea of safety doesn't exist anymore ... Scary is all that exists.'

1. OMAR SHAKIR, Syrian activist, as government forces ignored a rebuke from the top U.N. human-rights official and resumed shelling the city of Homs on Feb. 14

'There's pretty broad agreement that the time for austerity is not today.'

2. JACK LEW, White House chief of staff, speaking about Obama's 2013 budget proposal, which calls for spending increases in transportation, education and other areas

'We in this state stand proud for equality.'

3. CHRISTINE GREGOIRE, governor of Washington, on its becoming the seventh U.S. state to allow same-sex...

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