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Issue: "Flawed to the Ameri-Corps," Oct. 19, 1996

President Clinton wants to a build a bridge to an anything-goes future where you can get away with it as long as you can talk your way out of it.

Former Republican Senate Whitewater counsel MICHAEL CHERTOFF, criticizing the president's administration for spending "more time hiding its files from subpoenas than it does pursuing drug dealers."

I wish to state publicly that I forgive Roberto Alomar for his actions.

Umpire JOHN HIRSCHBECK, in whose face Baltimore Orioles star Roberto Alomar spat after a disputed call.

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White House press secretary MIKE McCURRY, describing the action in "spin alley," a blue-carpeted area in the middle of a conference room near where last week's presidential debate was held. There, journalists linked up with political hacks and government officials who offered their assessments of the debate.

What they called me a liar for had nothing to do with the case about two people being hacked to death with a knife.

Social pariah and former police officer MARK FUHRMAN. Mr. Fuhrman also apologized for uttering racial epithets and said he was "ashamed" he used them.

I was stunned when I saw on the ultrasound a tiny, living creature spinning around in my womb. Tap-dancing, I think. Waving its tiny arms around and trying to suck its thumb. I could have sworn I heard it laughing.

Pop star MADONNA, on her trip to the OB-GYN to check the progress of her unborn child.

Among the most frustrating experiences for me is to see that the pro-choice organizations have not been highly visible.

Former Planned Parenthood head FAYE WATTLETON, criticizing her compadres for not advocating more aggressively partial-birth abortions. Ms. Wattleton, 49, left the abortion advocacy group in 1992 to launch a television talk show that never made it out of the pilot stage. She told USA Today in an interview promoting her new book that the failure to defend partial-birth abortion has contributed to the "sadly persistent sense" that abortion is not "respectable."

Slowly, inch by inch, he lowers the bar and we bend to accommodate his failings. We decided we would rather change our attitude toward the presidency than change the president. We would rather have a smiling, shape-shifting Democrat we don't trust than a frowning, laconic Republican we trust more.

New York Times columnist MAUREEN DOWD, in a column castigating President Clinton as the "Limbo President" and wondering how low American voters are willing to go.


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