Quotations of the day

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Associated Press

Posted on July 28, 2012 at 9:00 AM

"Good evening, Mr. Bond." — Queen Elizabeth II to actor Daniel Craig, in character as 007, as the monarch starred in a short movie filmed in Buckingham Palace that was one of the highlights of the opening ceremony for the London Olympics.

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"This was stunning cowardice by the Obama administration, which at the last minute did an about-face and scuttled progress toward a global arms treaty, just as it reached the finish line." — Suzanne Nossel, executive director of Amnesty International USA, after a U.N. treaty to regulate the multibillion-dollar global arms trade failed when member states failed to reach an agreement.

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"Talk is cheap. While there's some euphoria over this, at the end of the day is Spain going to still be in a recession? Yes. Is Greece still going to be in a recession? Yes. So I wouldn't get too carried away." — Michael Strauss, chief investment strategist and chief economist at the Commonfund investment firm, after European leaders pledged to protect the union of 17 countries that use the euro.

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