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Issue: "Judicial overreach?," Dec. 2, 2000

According to our experience, the issue of allowing worshipping, allowing, (pause) that does not affect the regime but to improve our regime ...

A Vietnamese interpreter's garbled translation of President Clinton's statement that "guaranteeing the right to religious worship and the right to political dissent does not threaten the stability of the society; instead it builds people's confidence in the fairness of the institution ..." Reuters reports that most of Mr. Clinton's remarks to Vietnamese students were interpreted clearly, "but the translation became hopelessly garbled when Clinton touched on human rights."

I think 1,000 votes can be easily made up.

Florida State Sen. Ron Klein, (D-Deerfield Beach), insisting he was not alarmed that early Miami-Dade County recount results had only added to Al Gore's statewide deficit of nearly 1,000 votes.

If you're looking for something to worry about, there is certainly enough there.

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Michael Lyons, of Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, in The Wall Street Journal, after the Nasdaq composite index fell 5 percent on Nov. 20 to close at its lowest level this year. Analysts cited downgrades in the networking, computer, and Internet sectors, as well as uncertainty over the presidential election, as causes of falling stock prices.

This is a case of judicial usurpation, the arrogance of power of the unelected, black-robed, new leaders of American society.

Prison Fellowship Chairman Charles Colson, on the Florida Supreme Court's Nov. 17 order to Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris to refrain from declaring a winner of Florida's presidential vote.

We're not talking outlandish, Olympic-qualifying events here.

Chicago police Commander Bill Powers, in USA Today, on the department's basic agility requirements. "It's a mile-and-a-half run, some sit-ups and stretching," said Mr. Powers. Officials estimate that only one in 10 candidates makes it through the recruiting process and that the largest portion of applicants that they reject can't pass the agility requirements.


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