"We have to negotiate in the end. What we're pushing for is to get him to come and do that, and it may require that there be increased pressure on him of various kinds." — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, expressing willingness to talk with Syrian President Bashar Assad to help broker a political resolution to the country's civil war.

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"I believe everyone here has a right to speak out on politics as effectively as possible." — White House hopeful Ted Cruz, suggesting unlimited political cash would give rank-and-file conservative activists greater sway in picking their representatives, including the president.

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"Superbowls, World Series', Stanley Cups, and snowfall records. We are truly a title city. There will be no parade." — Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, commenting on Twitter on the city's seasonal snowfall record with 108.6 inches.