— "In terms of prisoners rights in general, and solitary confinement in particular, unions are seen as a major obstacle to more-humane conditions."

— "The social events of the 1948 holiday season had to be canceled. And with good reason: Experts called the third floor of the White House 'an outstanding example of a firetrap.'"

— "The interest in health-care policy on the right is looking more like a fad built around opposition to Obamacare."

— "Japanese love animals, but pets are often forbidden by landlords of the tiny flats where most people dwell. The solution: cafés where pet-less patrons pay $11 an hour to hang out in a room full of felines."

— "I’ve decided that I’d like to spend more time with my family. Just kidding – I was fired today."

— "Random note on Mrs. Obama’s many years going to a camp for low-income children in Chicago: one year she was not named best camper because she cursed too much. "