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While "Arkansas seniors depend on Social Security and Medicare," Sen. Mark Pryor supports an overhaul so they "couldn’t get Social Security until they turn 68 or 69."

Obamacare "prevents (Florida) from regulating insurance."

Says Keene, N.H., requested a "military-grade armored personnel truck," citing their annual Pumpkin Festival as "a possible target" for terrorists.

"In six years, (U.S. Rep. Gary) Peters introduced zero bills that became law."

Says his "Act 10 reforms" have "saved the taxpayers some $3 billion."

Says Rep. Tom Reed, R-N.Y., "voted to raise the Social Security retirement age on us."

Says David Perdue made tens of millions of dollars piling a firm with billions in debt.

"I've been here almost every day."

"The number of SWAT raids have gone up by 1,400 percent since the 1980s."

In Ferguson, Mo., "you've got three black officers and 50 white officers with a town that is 67 percent African-American."  

Says Ted Cruz "was just bribed by the Kochs to introduce a bill that would give them and their allies America’s national forests, parks, and other public lands and open them for mining, drilling, fracking and logging."

Congress is "on a five-week vacation."

"Far more children died last year drowning in their bathtubs than were killed accidentally by guns."

Says the former president of the Czech Republic said the American people were a "confederacy of fools" for electing Barack Obama.

The wife of the Ferguson, Mo., police chief said African-Americans in Ferguson "are feral and violent."  

"If 20 million illegals vote, you can kiss the Second Amendment goodbye."

The Islamic State, or ISIS, was "cast off by al-Qaida because" it was "considered too extreme."  

Says he "voted for even stronger protections (in the Violence Against Women Act) than Obama's agenda will allow."

Says Mitch McConnell voted "two times against the Violence Against Women Act."

"Kids coming from an affluent background" are "taking advantage of all these student loan programs and grants" while many middle-class families with no connection to college are picking up the tab.

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