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"Take names. Remember them. The behavior of certain Republicans who call themselves Tea Party conservatives makes them the most destructive posse of misguided ‘patriots’ we’ve seen in recent memory."

— conservative columnist Kathleen Parker on the debt ceiling debacle.

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"Sarah, my love for you is deathless. It seems to bind me to you with mighty cables that nothing but Omnipotence could break. And yet my love of Country comes over me like a strong wind and bears me irresistibly on with all those chains, to the battlefield."

— Union officer Sullivan Ballou, who died at the Battle of Bull Run 150 years ago today, in a letter to his wife dated July 14, 1861. More at Civil War 150.

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"There’s no question at times of my life, partially driven by how passionately I felt about this country, that I worked far too hard and things happened in my life that were not appropriate."

Newt Gingrich on love of country and past indiscretions, in an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network.