"It’s the sound of champagne being sprayed around an empty locker room."
— our pop-music critic Chris Richards on Jay-Z's new album. Read more.
"The morning of June 27th was clear and sunny, with the fresh warmth of a full-summer day; the flowers were blossoming profusely and the grass was richly green."
— from “The Lottery,” by Shirley Jackson (via @ScottBix).
"…it humiliates tens of thousands of children now being raised by same-sex couples. The law in question makes it even more difficult for the children to understand the integrity and closeness of their own family and its concord with other families in their community and in their daily lives."
— Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Defense of Marriage Act, in his opinion on U.S. v. Windsor.
"Get them out! … Time is running out. I want them out of here!"
— Sen. Donna Campbell (R) just before midnight yesterday, asking security to remove chanting protesters from the gallery of the Texas Senate. Read why.
"So this is one of those moments when you’re speeding down the road in a car with dudes with guns, you have no idea where you’re going, and part of you thinks it’s a really good idea."
— Kelly McEvers, in her opening to “Diary of a Bad Year: A War Correspondent’s Dilemma.”
"While other governors and spouses may have had bacon and eggs, or cereal, or etc for breakfast, Governor McDonnell drinks Boost every morning, and the First Lady has a 5-Hour energy and/or a Boost. That is their breakfast. And that is why those items are covered, just like breakfast is covered for EVERY Governor and First Lady."
— A spokesman for Virginia governor Robert McDonnell explains why the governor has been using taxpayer money for certain personal purchases.