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Issue: "Focus on a family feud," Feb. 27, 1998

They plan to hoist the American flag and play their national anthem, to rub in our noses that which we used to trample underfoot only last year.

Mohammad-Reza Faker, member of the Iranian parliament, complaining that members of a U.S. wrestling team visiting Tehran were allowed to carry the American flag when they arrived last week. He was worried about what might happen should any of the U.S. wrestlers win their events in the Takhti Cup match. The legislator's remarks underscored the difficulties Iranian President Mohammad Khatami has in selling hardliners on his call last month for cultural exchanges with the United States.

The profile of the Spice Girls does not match that of the temples.

Indian dancer Geeta Chandran, complaining that the British pop singers were given permission to perform their "pornography" at an archaeological site in Khajuraho, India, famed for its erotic sculptures.

If we continue to sink into this end-of-the-Roman-empire kind of debauchery in the United States, I think he'll probably get a pretty friendly paragraph. If ... there is a turnaround in this country, and something like a Victorian age settles in, he's going to get a very bad paragraph.

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Historian Stephen Ambrose, on NBC's Today last week predicting how high-school history textbooks will treat Bill Clinton 100 years from now.

Probably downstairs. I'll know more people there.

Hall-of-fame broadcaster Harry Caray, in a soundbite aired on CBS radio news the morning after his death.The Chicago Cubs play-by-play man, who died last week at 83 after suffering a heart attack, had made the prediction in an interview.


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