On July 19, 2004, a kite-surfing Kerry is just skimming the surface here, man. (Brian Snyder / Reuters)
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“I’m just scratching the surface here, man,” John Kerry, U.S. Secretary of State, after listing numerous foreign-policy efforts.

“What’s exciting about robotics today … is that they’re able to solve problems in ways people wouldn’t,” Ryan Calo, who studies the history of robot law.

“Don’t call us Hispanics. We are not a part of that. We are American,” —a Cuban-American supporter of Donald Trump in Miami.

(Previous quotes from our sources here)