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Issue: "China: Caesar’s seminary," Jan. 27, 2001

He told her that she had no right to go against nature. So I have to admit that in a way, I owe my life to that priest.

Pop singer Celine Dion, in the London celebrity magazine Hello!, explaining that she was the 14th child and her weary mother had considered abortion. "She was so shattered she went to see the parish priest to see if she could do something about it," Ms. Dion said. The priest held the line and persuaded Therese Dion not to abort. "She loved me as passionately as she'd loved the last little ones," Ms. Dion said, adding that her mother named her after a song that was a hit while she was pregnant.

This is no time for evasions, denials, or alibis. No doubt, many close friends and supporters will be disappointed in me.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson, confirming press reports that in 1998 he committed adultery and sired a child with a staffer in his Rainbow-PUSH organization.

God's law will be publicly acknowledged in our court.

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Alabama Supreme Court chief justice Roy Moore, after his swearing-in last week. Justice Moore gained recognition as the "Ten Commandments Judge" when liberal groups attacked him for displaying a handmade plaque of the Decalogue.
Although his famous plaque wasn't on display for the swearing-in ceremony, he said it would be unveiled in due time.

It's enough to make a man nostalgic.

Robert Bork, in The Wall Street Journal, on the liberal forces in the Senate arrayed against Attorney General-designate John Ashcroft-the same groups that campaigned against Mr. Bork's bid to join the U.S. Supreme Court. The campaign of those groups (People for the American Way, National Organization for Women, National Abortion Rights Action League, etc.) against Judge Bork in the 1980s killed his nomination. It introduced a new word into the political lexicon: Bork, v., to engage in political character assassination; as in, pressure groups announced their intention to bork Mr. Ashcroft.

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