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Issue: "The Man Behind the Duck," July 26, 1997

The only way William Weld is going to Mexico is as a tourist.

Legislative aide to Sen. Jesse Helms, who is opposing the liberal Republican's appointment to be ambassador to Mexico. Mr. Weld was governor of Massachusetts and lost in a 1996 campaign for the Senate.

Assuming that you can make sense of the grainy film-noir images on the sonogram screen, it is thrilling to see the fetus thrash about like a real baby....

New York Times science writer NATALIE ANGIER, writing on ultrasound technology.

His designs were very sexy with a touch of vulgarity, which, I think, women like.

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Fashion designer CAROLINA HERRERA, remembering slain designer Gianni Versace.

No give respect, no get vote.

JONATHAN CHENG, in a letter to the editor of USA Today, criticizing Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) for making fun of a Chinese dialect. Summarizing a witness's testimony during the first week of campaign-finance hearings, Sen. Brownback said, "No raise money, no get bonus."

If this were Ronald Reagan accused of selling foreign policy to the highest bidder, it's a little hard to imagine this wouldn't have attracted more attention.

Fox Television News Washington managing editor BRIT HUME, complaining of his colleagues' disinterest in the Senate hearings on the campaign-finance scandal.

If this discovery is confirmed it will surely be remarkable.

President Clinton, in an old statement to the press taken out of context for use in the sci-fi movie Contact. White House officials last week complained about the use of Mr. Clinton's remarks, but film producers were unapologetic. One presidential statement used in the film-"I would warn everybody not to be influenced b y suggestion beyond the known facts. We are monitoring what has actually happened"-actually had to do with the Oklahoma City bombing.

What's wrong with this picture?

Radio talk-show host MICHAEL REAGAN, son of the former president, complaining that the newly opened Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center is a poor monument to his father. Although not yet completed, the building became home last week to bureaucrats from the Environmental Protection Agency, which Mr. Reagan tried to abolish. "Ronald Reagan went to Washington to get rid of the federal bureaucracy and regulation," Mr. Reagan complained of the government building that is now the largest in Washington, D.C.

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