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Here are the best quotes we heard from our sources today. (Click through to read the full stories.)

Ash Carter, U.S. secretary of defense (pictured above): “State collapse in the Middle East is the phenomenon of our time.”

Tony Haile, CEO of a tech company, on how his team stays safe from hacks: “We do our best to maintain stringent security practices, and all internal communications occur entirely in emoji.”

Ben Sasse, Republican junior Senator from Nebraska: “I’ve done 26 crisis and turnaround projects in the last 21 years, so I’m used to going into places that are really broken.”

Anne Hilborn, who studies wild cheetahs, on how to collect cheetah poop: “I’m wearing gloves, and waddling about the Serengeti, sniffing grass, with an ice-cream scoop and a tube of ethanol.”

(Previous quotes from our sources here)