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Soundbites of the week: What would you do with a billion dollars?

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Beltway Confidential,Opinion,Charlie Spiering

Aggressive painting

“As you know, you don’t take a knife to a gunfight. Well, this president’s taken a paintball gun to a gunfight. It looks pretty, but it’s not going to accomplish anything.”

- Rep. Louis Gohmert, R-Texas

Fear the government

"I look into the eyes of senators and I think I see real fear. Maybe it’s just my imagination, but I think I perceive fear of an intelligence community drunk with power, unrepentant, and uninclined to relinquish power.”

- Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.

Money pics

“I’m sure somebody would ask me to pay down more of the federal debt. Michelle might want a few shoes.”

- President Obama says what he'd do if he won Warren Buffett's billion-dollar NCAA bracket challenge

Phone diplomacy

"The president held a phone conference with European leaders over Ukraine … it was the first time they knew he was listening."

- "Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon

Just beautiful

"That's the beauty of me. Everybody looks at me and sees something different."

- Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J., when asked if he's a moderate

Tough love

"We nag you because we love you. Go to healthcare.gov and enroll today."

- First lady Michelle Obama

Treat them like adults

"You know, I think young people can do without the condescension and patronizing from Washington."

- Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas

Shame on you

“And Russia, Russia stood alone, naked in front of the world for the aggression they had undertaken.”

- Vice President Joe Biden talks about Russia's actions in Ukraine

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