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Carmen Smith, who has diabetes, on buying insulin without a prescription: “It’s not like we go in our trench coat and a top hat, saying, ‘Uh, I need the insulin.’ The clerks usually don’t know it’s a big secret.”

Nancy Pelosi, the House Democratic leader: “Evidently, the Republican deficit hawks are an endangered species now.”

Ronald Mason, who designed a scholarship program aimed at boosting the number of black male teachers: “We take these young men who were expected to go to jail or graduate at only a 20 percent clip. And they’re succeeding.”

(Previous quotes from our sources here)