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Issue: "President Bush?," Nov. 18, 2000

This is not the federal republic of America. It is the United States of America. Our sense of union, and everyone's inclusion, has now been based on this Electoral College.

U.S. Sen. Robert Torricelli (D-N.J.), arguing in favor of the Electoral College and noting that the Constitution's framers meant to make the presidential election a vote of the people in each state, not a vote of the country as a whole.

The Reform Party is now traveling a well-trod path in American politics, down the road to oblivion.

Kenneth White, professor of politics at the Catholic University of America, on the future of the Reform Party after its presidential candidate, Pat Buchanan, received less than one percent of the vote in last week's election. A party's nominee must receive at least 5 percent to qualify the party for federal funding in the next presidential campaign.

You are not playing God. You are doing what God says.

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Former Deputy District Attorney David Milton, using the Bible in the closing arguments of a successful 1985 death penalty prosecution in Los Angeles.
A federal appeals court last week threw out the sentence because, it said, the use of the Bible by the prosecutor violated the defendant's rights. Mr. Milton is now a Los Angeles Superior Court judge.

If things keep slowing, it's got to end sometime.

Labor market analyst Ralph Kauffman of the National Association of Purchasing Managers, in USA Today, on reports of continued record-low unemployment rates.The government reported that unemployment remains at a 30-year low of 3.9 percent.

Life has not been worth living for me. That's the honest truth.

Former New York Yankees slugger Darryl Strawberry, explaining to Circuit Judge Florence Foster why he takes drugs. Mr. Strawberry, who is suffering from colon cancer, was in court after violating his house arrest at a drug treatment center.


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