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Issue: "Fighting Potomac fever," Feb. 27, 1999

Once they were here, I couldn't shoot them.

Cable News Network founder Ted Turner, who advocates an international "one-child" policy, explaining that he fathered most of his five children before he was 30 when he didn't know any better. Mr. Turner made his remarks while accepting an award from the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association.

The president tasted, but he did not swallow.

Reporter on Air Force One, quoted in the Drudge Report. On a trip back from Mexico, where President Clinton promoted the drug war, stewards served Hemp Golden beer, made from seeds closely related to marijuana plants.

I no longer believe there is a moral majority. I do not believe that a majority of Americans actually share our values.

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The Free Congress Foundation's Paul Weyrich, responding to public support for President Clinton in a Feb. 16 letter to several hundred conservatives.

It sounds cheap.

Eleven-year-old Debbie Cheung, complaining about the fake fireworks, which "don't particularly look like fireworks," used to celebrate the Chinese New Year in New York City last week. City Hall banned fireworks and firecrackers at most events. Instead, officials treated revelers to bright red confetti shooting out of exploding pods.

When you call in sick and get paid for it and you're really not, is that not stealing?

U.S. District Judge Joe Kendall to pilots' union attorneys, after thousands of American Airlines pilots called in sick, ignoring the judge's order to return to work.

The fact that Dawson's a virgin and Joey's a virgin is a big, big topic of conversation in high schools across America.

WB Network CEO Jamie Kellner, defending the show Dawson's Creek. Critics point out that numerous other characters engage in sex, including one teenager with his 30-something English teacher.

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