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Issue: "Clinton's great escape," Feb. 6, 1999

We were highly into the principle of not eating our friends.

Ex-Beatle Paul McCartney in an interview with the animal-rights magazine The Animals' Agenda on why he and his late wife were vegetarians. Mr. McCartney also had criticism for fathers who take their sons hunting: "My problem is you've got to take something's life, someone's life, and you're just reinforcing this brutal effect on your son." The pop singer also urged like-minded animal-rights activists to persevere: "You get made fun of a lot, but you've got to stick with it."

If you're asking me to apologize or be remorseful for what I've done, I can't do that.

Former pro football player Lawrence Taylor on why he had no remorse for his drug and personal problems, on the eve of a vote on whether to admit him to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Mr. Taylor's playing career was interrupted by a four-game suspension in 1988 when he tested positive for drugs. Since retiring, he has been arrested twice on drug charges, pleaded guilty to filing false federal tax returns, and declared bankruptcy.

I want my money back.

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Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, whose campaign organization mistakenly donated $10,000 to an abortion-referral agency deceptively named Crisis Pregnancy Center. After realizing the mistake, Gov. Bush asked the center-whose director serves in the same capacity at the Women's Health Center, a for-profit abortion business-to return the money. Meantime, the governor's campaign has written a check to Care Net, an organization of pro-life crisis pregnancy centers.

I want the Cuban national team to come to Baltimore to play the Orioles first and then the Orioles can go to Havana. Because when the O's get to Cuba, there will be no one to play them.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Jesse Helms (R-N.C.) on his conditional support for the Clinton administration's efforts to increase people-to-people contact between the United States and Cuba. Sen. Helms supports the trade embargo against Fidel Castro's communist regime.


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