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Issue: "Cloning: Double trouble," March 7, 1998

The case against Starr ... needs to be based on hard evidence, ... certainly not by the truly McCarthyistic standard of guilt by association.

A USA Today editorial taking issue with White House spin doctors' "out of control" criticism of independent counsel Kenneth Starr.

Nothing funny at all.

U.S. District Court Judge Walter Rice on Richard Josephson's on-board joke about having explosives aboard a USAir flight. Mr. Josephson's statement prompted an emergency landing of the aircraft and landed him six months in federal prison.

They never got four blocks.

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Eugene Coker, a retired police chief who foiled a bank robbery last week in a small Florida panhandle town by shooting a suspect in the posterior and the getaway car in the gas tank. The vehicle rapidly lost fuel and rolled to a stop.

I will never run for office again. Never. Not even for dog warden.

U.S. Rep. Bill Paxon (R-N.Y.), on his surprise announcement that although he had considered running for majority leader last week, after babysitting his daughter Susan Ruby for a few days, he decided he wanted to spend more time at home.

Our government is corrupt.

Florida mother Krisann Haddad, who allegedly tossed her 18-month-old son out the window of her car as she drove down an interstate highway. The boy survived, but was hospitalized in critical condition with broken bones. A law enforcement official who interviewed Ms. Haddad said the woman stated she threw the boy into the grassy median so he would be injured but not killed. She faces attempted murder charges.

I'd applaud him even more if he wasn't rude sometimes himself.

Former New York City Mayor Edward Koch, on current Mayor Rudy Giuliani's call to New Yorkers to treat each other "in a civil and decent way."


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