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Issue: "Back to no future," April 22, 2000

After tonight's engagement, I will accept zero engagements for public speaking except to speak at my granddaughter's wedding.

Celebrated conservative commentator William F. Buckley Jr., in a preface to his last public address.

People think highly of the employees. They think they're professional. They just don't happen to like the product.

Paul Light of the Brookings Institution, which conducted a survey of popular attitudes toward the federal government. Mr. Light referred to a survey that showed taxpayers like individual IRS agents-and other government officials in general-but dislike many of the functions the officials must carry out.

To be a poor child in Cuba may in many instances be better than being a poor child in Miami and I'm not going to condemn their lifestyle so gratuitously.

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Newsweek's Eleanor Clift on the public-affairs journalism roundtable show The McLaughlin Group.

Hugh M. Hefner Way

Chicago street's new name after heated debate last week by the city council.

Just because he wants to operate an abortion clinic, that doesn't mean he doesn't have to follow the rules.

Eugene Ware, president of a Pennsylvania condo-owners association where an abortionist is trying to open up a new abortion business. Mr. Ware and his neighbors refuse to give abortionist Stephen Brigham the keys to his property until he ponies up $15,000 in back fees for building repairs and maintenance. Abortionist Brigham will not be able to resolve the dispute until after he finishes his four-month jail sentence for corporate tax evasion.

We're dealing with first-graders here. It's crazy and scary.

Lake Station (Ind.) Police Chief Jim Strine on the discovery that three first-grade girls at the local public school had planned to kill a rival 7-year-old classmate in a wooded area near the school because they were jealous of her. The parent of one girl approached for membership in their "hate club" informed authorities of the plot. The girls were suspended.


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