"All the talk of America's economic decline is political hot air. So is all the rhetoric you hear about our enemies getting stronger and America getting weaker." — President Barack Obama in his final State of the Union address.

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"Holding the hands of someone in a difficult situation is the mark of the best partner. I trust China, as a permanent member of the Security Council, will play a necessary role." — South Korea's President Park Geun-hye, urging North Korea's only major ally, China, to help punish Pyongyang's recent nuclear test with the strongest possible international sanctions.

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"David Bowie showed this queer kid from Baton Rouge that gender outlaws are cool." — Singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier on Twitter.