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Issue: "Mel Martinez: HUD's man," March 3, 2001

Their biggest obstacle is proving to be not George W. Bush but his predecessor.

Liberal Wall Street Journal columnist Al Hunt, urging Bill Clinton, for the good of the Democrats, to disappear. The latest scandal-of Hillary Clinton's brother, Hugh, accepting hundreds of thousands in "success fees" (and then, under fire, returning the money) for helping win a presidential pardon for one criminal and a commutation of a jail term for another-is evidently the last straw for many liberals.

Smiling arrogance.

Abortionist John Biskind's demeanor on the witness stand, described in an Arizona Republic article, that so offended the seven-woman, one-man jury and helped lead to his conviction on a manslaughter charge.
Dr. Biskind punctured a woman's uterus during a late-term abortion. After he was finished, the abortionist left for his tailor's shop and his patient, LouAnne Herron, bled to death.

I use games when I'm waiting in line. There are a lot of lines in the Navy.

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Lt. J.G. Alex Mabini, a sailor on the U.S.S. Constellation, on one of the many uses for his Palm Pilot. The Navy is providing handheld computers to almost all of its new officers and giving them to graduates of the Naval Academy and other naval programs. The palmtops will eliminate a lot of manual record-keeping.

Official Jackal.

Tongue-in-cheek titles on media credentials issued to journalists covering Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura. "We're having a little fun with things like we always do," snickered Ventura spokesman David Ruth. Over at the Associated Press, the reporters weren't laughing and the AP's Minnesota bureau chief said his pack of journalists will not wear the credentials-which "may be intended to demean them."

Parents should not look to Washington, or the statehouse, or city hall. They ought to look in the mirror and say, 'What am I doing to fight drugs?'

Joseph Califano, chairman of the Columbia University-based National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse. He was commenting on his group's new report showing that the children of "hands-off" parents are four times more likely to abuse drugs than the children of "hands-on" parents.


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