Quotations of the day

By The Associated Press | August 17, 2012 | 3:35 AM EDT

"I did go back and look at my taxes and over the past 10 years I never paid less than 13 percent. I think the most recent year is 13.6 or something like that. So I paid taxes every single year." — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, offering new detail on his taxes while still decrying a "small-minded" fascination over returns he will not release.


"We're at something of an impasse. It's not a question of law anymore. It's a question of politics and diplomacy." — Lawyer Rebecca Niblock, saying Ecuador's granting of asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange does little to help him avoid extradition to Sweden on sexual assault allegations.


"They would not even let him weigh in on the scales like every single boy out there. He might be the size of a grown man but he's 12 years old and he has feelings, too." — Cindy Earnheart, mother of Elijah Earnheart, who has been ruled ineligible to play peewee football because of his size. The 6-foot-1-inch boy weighs 297 pounds, exceeding the 135-pound limit for seventh-graders.