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Issue: "America votes 1998," Oct. 31, 1998

One should call an adulterous liar exactly what he is-a criminal.

Shane Sellers, a 20-year veteran of the Marines, in a Navy Times column. Maj. Sellers is one of a growing number of military officers who are criticizing President Clinton; this movement has prompted the brass to warn officers and enlisted personnel that they face disciplinary action if they use "contemptuous words" about the commander-in-chief.

It's cruel to portray abortion as a sin.

Beth Wilson, director of the Reproductive Freedom Project in Kentucky, objecting to a local church's sponsoring the Halloween display called Hell House, which shows an abortion, the funeral of an AIDS victim, and a drunk-driving accident.

There will be an asterisk next to his name in the record books.

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Former White House press secretary Mike McCurry, in his first public lecture since leaving the White House. Mr. McCurry was explaining that the Monica Lewinsky scandal will forever stain the Clinton presidency: "He is an enormously gifted and richly qualified leader for our nation but someone who is exasperatingly stupid in his personal life."

I'm not going to kill anybody. I'm not a mass murderer.

Boxer Mike Tyson, defending himself before the Nevada Athletic Commission, which had suspended his boxing license "for life." The panel punished him for biting off a portion of opponent Evander Holyfield's ear during a June 1997 bout. Last week, 16 months later, the commission agreed by a 4-1 vote to reinstate Mr. Tyson's license. Members of the commission accepted Mr. Tyson's promise to get counseling to control his anger; the chairman said the reinstatement represented his "last chance."

It hurts me to see him maligned.

Alice Starr, wife of the independent counsel, on criticism of her husband that prompted her to give an interview to Mirabella. She was referring to a New York Times columnist who says Mr. Starr is sex-crazed.

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