"To be clear, if we reach the point where I believe our advisers should accompany Iraqi troops on attacks against specific ISIL targets, I will recommend that to the president." — Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on whether American ground troops may be needed to battle Islamic State forces in the Middle East.
"If the outbreak is not stopped now, we could be looking at hundreds of thousands of people affected, with profound economic, political and security implications for all of us." — President Barack Obama on the Ebola epidemic in West Africa as he ordered 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the region.
"It is an awful situation. ... Whipping a child to the extent of visible wounds, as has been alleged, should not be tolerated in our state." — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton on Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who is facing a felony charge of child abuse for spanking his 4-year-old son with a wooden switch.