"Why are you so confident in that judgment? How many states permit gay couples to marry?" – Justice Antonin Scalia, on whether there has been a "sea change" in opinion on gay marriage since the Defense of Marriage Act law was enacted in 1996.
"You can read and you can study and you can talk but until you see things it doesn't become reality." – Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., as a bipartisan group of senators crafting a sweeping immigration bill got a firsthand look at security along the U.S.-Mexico border.
"He didn't give 12 people the chance to plea bargain and say, `Let's see if you're going to shoot me or not.'" – Melisa Cowden, whose ex-husband was killed in the theater as Colorado shooting suspect James Holmes offered to plead guilty and serve the rest of his life in prison to avoid the death penalty.