"Not everyone is going to be able to be a combat soldier. But everyone is entitled to a chance." – Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, as a quarter-million military combat positions were opened to women.
"We've got to stop being the stupid party. It's time for a new Republican Party that talks like adults. We had a number of Republicans damage the brand this year with offensive and bizarre comments. I'm here to say we've had enough of that." – Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, as GOP leaders promised fundamental changes to help stave off future losses.
"North Korea's statement is needlessly provocative and a test would be a significant violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions. Further provocation would only increase Pyongyang's isolation, and its continued focus on its nuclear and missile program is doing nothing to help the North Korean people." – White House spokesman Jay Carney, on North Korea's plan to conduct a third nuclear test.