"As I transition into this next phase of my life, I want everyone to know the real me. I am Chelsea Manning. I am a female. Given the way that I feel, and have felt since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible."—Bradley Manning in a statement, a day after the former Army intelligence analyst was sentenced to 35 years in military prison for leaking Pentagon documents.

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"Eric Holder is wrong to mess with Texas. By intervening in the redistricting case, the Obama DOJ is predictably joining with Democrat state legislators and Members of Congress and the Texas Democratic Party, who are already suing the State."—Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott after the Justice Department sued Texas over the state's voter ID law.

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"Make no mistake: The communities that will feel the most negative impacts of these bills will be minority communities across our city, which have been the greatest beneficiaries of New York City's historic crime reductions."—Mayor Michael Bloomberg after the City Council approved a new watchdog for the city's police department.