“Other bipartisan groups of senators have stood in the same spot before, trumpeting similar proposals. But we believe this will be the year Congress finally gets it done. The politics on this issue have been turned upside down,”

— Sen. Charles Schumer after leading Democratic and Republican senators pledged to propel far-reaching immigration legislation through the Senate by summer providing a possible path to citizenship for an estimated 11 million people now in the U.S. illegally.

“For me it’s not just about the Boy Scouts of America, it’s about equality. This is a step toward equality in all aspects.”

— Jennifer Tyrrell, a lesbian mom who was ousted as den leader of her son’s Cub Scout pack in Ohio, commenting after the Boy Scouts of America said it may soon give sponsors of troops the authority to decide whether to accept gays as scouts and leaders.

“I will be coming back here every day until the blood of our martyrs is avenged.”

— 19-year-old carpenter Islam Nasser in a statement as protesters battled police for hours in Cairo and thousands marched through Egypt’s three Suez Canal cities in direct defiance of a nighttime curfew and state of emergency.