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Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

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

Barack Obama (pictured above), president of the United States, on Americans’ ability to buy guns: “When individuals decide that they want to do somebody harm … right now, it’s just too easy.”

Kim Saigh, a tattoo artist in Los Angeles: “Tattoos have a life of their own.”

What Samantha Hess, a professional cuddler, used to wonder: “Why isn’t there a Starbucks for hugs?”

(Previous quotes from our sources here)