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Issue: "Ashcroft 2000?," Oct. 11, 1997

It's an old right-wing sort of Catholicism that's out of date, like her songs.

Dublin record-store clerk CONNOR O'HANLON, on Dana Rosemary Scallon, a former Irish pop-culture icon now running for president in elections to be held Oct. 30. Ms. Scallon, who scored a hit record in 1970, is campaigning on a pro-life platform. "In America, they are about 30 years down the road from where we are today and they are trying to get back to where we are today,"she says, "and it seems to me we are on a skateboard trying to get where they are."

People have a harder time getting off work.

RICHARD DIETER of the anti-capital-punishment group Death Penalty Information Center, in USA Today, complaining that a growing number of states are moving execution times away from the traditional minute after midnight, which makes attending protests more difficult.

How am I doing? I'm auditioning. You know I have to leave this job after three years, and I don't know what I'm going to do. I'm too young to retire. And I'm used to delivering bad news.

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BILL CLINTON, welcoming more than 100 weather forecasters from around the country to the White House with a mock weather report. The TV personalities were at the executive mansion to hear government briefings detailing the Clinton administration's views on global warming.

Don't ask (anything about her life,) don't tell (anyone outside the campus what you might happen to discover about her life), don't pursue (her, at all.)

Stanford senior JESSE OXFELD, who was fired from the Stanford Daily for writing a column about Chelsea Clinton, in violation of the student paper's policy of not writing about the First Freshman unless she does something "newsworthy." He was commenting on editor-in-chief Carolyn Sleeth's "Clintonian" editorial policy.

We don't want the ghouls of the world to come here.

Rep. DANA ROHRABACHER (R-Calif.), on why he voted with a House committee to deny U.S. visas to Chinese officials who commit human-rights abuses. The committee also voted to ban from the United States the leaders of China's government-controlled religious organizations.

He said, 'I'm going to sue you if you take away the money.' I just laughed. And he sued me.

JANE PREJEAN, 79, who successfully fought a lawsuit by her 49-year-old son who claimed she broke a contract: his love, affection, and a promise never to seek employment in exchange for her lifelong financial support of him. A state Supreme Court judge tossed out James Prejean's suit, but is considering his second claim: that his mother set up an investment account for him as a gift and that he is entitled to the $1 million in it. Mrs. Prejean maintained she has cut off the money to force her son, whom she described as "a chronic alcoholic," to get help.

Homosexual orientation is experienced as a given, not as something freely chosen. By itself, therefore, a homosexual orientation cannot be considered sinful, for morality presumes the freedom to choose.

From "Always Our Children," a pastoral letter approved by the Administrative Board of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops and released to the news media last week.

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