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Issue: "Cuban conundrum," Feb. 5, 2000

No, the Iowa caucuses were the sign from God.

Sen. Orrin Hatch, who announced his withdrawal from the race for the Republican presidential nomination.
Sen. Hatch was quoting his wife who made that statement after he wondered aloud whether the big East Coast snowstorm that delayed his announcement was a sign from God that he should continue his presidential quest.

Howard, who are the Republicans who are not happy with the way this event looked tonight and similar groupings of these six, meaning, and it's red meat for conservatives, the positions rather strident tonight: anti-gay, pro-Jesus, and anti-abortion, and no gray matter in between?

Brian Williams, evidently lacking some gray matter in between, ad-libbing a question about a Republican presidential debate to Newsweek's Howard Fineman, on MSNBC's The News with Brian Williams.

Everything I heard about the media is true. They aren't very bright.

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St. Louis Rams defensive tackle Jeff Zgonina, complaining about fielding dumb questions during "media day" prior to the Super Bowl game between the Rams and the Tennessee Titans. One reporter asked, "Have you ever considered changing your name?" and "How often does your name get mispronounced?"

I have faith in Cuban medicine and I know that they can cure me.

Argentine soccer star Diego Maradona, who entered a Cuban drug treatment facility where he hopes to be rehabilitated for his addiction to cocaine, a drug that creates in some people a false sense of well-being. Mr. Maradona, apparently angered by constant media coverage during his stay for cocaine rehabilitation, last week stormed out of the black Mercedes Benz loaned to him by the Cuban government and punched and broke a reporter's car window.

Thank God the odds are in his favor.

An unidentified relative of John Gotti, on the jailed-for-life mobster's receiving a clean bill of health after being treated for a particularly virulent form of throat cancer. Mr. Gotti was pronounced cancer-free, prompting the relative to give praise to God for swinging "the odds" Mr. Gotti's way.


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