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Issue: "Something's rotten," Sept. 30, 2000

Republican in the dictionary comes just after 'reptile' and just before 'repugnant.'

Actress Julia Roberts, showing her literacy while speaking at a Sept. 14 Democratic National Committee fundraiser for Gore-Lieberman. Actor John Leguizamo added, "It's like the '60s, man, artists supporting and caring and making a stand for things."

I'd probably have to go too.

Actress Kim Basinger, in Focus newsmagazine, on her husband (and fellow actor) Alec Baldwin's statement that he will leave the country if George W. Bush wins the presidency. "Alec is the biggest moralist I know," she said. "He stands completely behind what he says."

What I say to the Maddux family is, 'Let them eat tomatoes.'

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Former 1960s radical Ira Einhorn at a news conference in Paris, to the family of the woman he was convicted (in absentia) of murdering in 1977. Mr. Einhorn, who fled the United States shortly before his trial for the murder of Holly Maddux, referred to a Philadelphia radio station's and newspaper's promotion that invited people to throw tomatoes at his likeness. French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin agreed to extradition after winning assurances from American authorities that Mr. Einhorn would receive a new trial and not face the death penalty even if found guilty. Mr. Einhorn, 60, has appealed Mr. Jospin's extradition decision.

We can't get no satisfaction./ We can't get our bills enacted./But we try, and we try, and we try, and we try.

Sung to the tune of the Rolling Stones' hit "Satisfaction" by aides in a tribute to Rep. Bill Archer (R-Texas). According to The Wall Street Journal, the congressional cover referred to Republican efforts to pass tax relief prior to 1994, when Democrats ruled the House.

There are a whole lot of people who have left the traditional political process. If you want to find them, you're not going to find them by being on Meet the Press.

L. Brent Bozell III, chairman of the Media Research Center, in USA Today, on the appearances of Al Gore and George W. Bush on Oprah.


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