"The only way to avoid the cliff altogether is for Speaker Boehner to return to negotiations and work with President Obama and the Senate to forge a bipartisan deal." – Adam Jentleson a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's office in a statement after House Republicans abruptly scrapped a vote on legislation allowing tax rates to rise for households earning $1 million and up.
"We clearly fell down on the job with regard to Benghazi." – Deputy Secretary of State William Burns in a statement as the State Department acknowledged major weaknesses in security and errors in judgment exposed in a scathing independent report on the deadly Sept. 11 assault on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya.
"2013 will see a new Palestinian political track. There will be new rules in our relationship with Israel and the world." – Hussam Zumlot, an official in President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement in a statement as Palestinian officials are plotting a series of tough steps against Israel to be taken if, as polls predict, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is re-elected and peace efforts remain stalled.