A cloud of dust from a demolition site approaches the Statue of Liberty on June 9, 2013 (Zoran Milich / Reuters)
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“I’m hoping, frankly, that this is the year that the Republican Party implodes,” Peter Gemma, a Constitution Party leader.

“We are hanging by a thread,” Juan Nazario, a doctor in Puerto Rico, on his hospital’s struggle for funding.

“It’s like me going into the cereal aisle in the grocery store. There’s an entire aisle of cereal. You can’t possibly pick a cereal. It takes more energy to do that,” Debra Zellner, a psychology professor, on the challenge of too many choices.

(Previous quotes from our sources here)