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

John Boehner (pictured above), the outgoing speaker of the House, on getting a budget deal passed before his successor takes over: “I didn’t want him to walk into a dirty barn full of you-know-what.”

Chris Shilling, a sociologist who studies the human body: “People’s physical appearance serves as a canvas on which they affiliate themselves to their faith.”

Girardin Jean-Louis, a psychologist who studies racial disparities in sleep and health:  “We can’t have a 35-year-old African American male go to bed and not wake up the next day. That doesn’t make any sense.”

(Previous quotes from our sources here)