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Issue: "Bush's tax-cut plan," March 10, 2001

ItÕs like tuning to an easy-listening radio station after eight years of heavy metal.

Washington Post TV critic Tom ShalesÕs review of George W. BushÕs ÒpleasingÓ speech to Congress and the nation. A defining moment for Mr. Shales was a camera shot of Democrats ÒgrumpilyÓ refusing to applaud a tax-cut line. Commented Mr. Shales: ÒThey looked like yesterday. Bush was giving the audience tomorrow.Ó

I just want to pray to God to forgive me for what IÕve done.

Michael Kennedy, who admitted he drove the car in the ambush killing of former NFL star Rae CarruthÕs pregnant girlfriend, after he was sentenced to nearly 12 years in prison. Mr. KennedyÕs remorse stands in stark contrast to Mr. CarruthÕs attitude. After a jury found him guilty of conspiracy to commit murder and two other charges, Mr. Carruth told CNN/SI he didnÕt really know his murdered girlfriend Cherica Adams all that well: ÒI didnÕt even know her last name until we went to the Lamaze class.Ó

Because God is one God and these statues are there to be worshipped, and that is wrong, they should be destroyed so that they are not worshipped now or in the future.

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Mullah Mohammed Omar, supreme leader of AfghanistanÕs Taliban government, ordering the destruction of all statues, including two ancient, giant Buddha sculptures, saying they were offensive to Islam.

We offered sentence reductions to those who had not been captured yet, while the United States offers this to people who have already been caught.

Gustavo de Greiff, Colombian prosecutor whom the Clinton administration accused of ÒcoddlingÓ drug traffickers because of his policy of negotiating sentences with traffickers. Mr. de Greiff criticized former President ClintonÕs decision to commute the sentence of an American lawyer convicted of laundering money for Colombian drug traffickers.

Asking taxpayers to pay for lunch at Hooters just isnÕt acceptable.

Cincinnati Zoo commissioner Tom Neyer on the discovery that zoo employees used taxpayer money to pay for, among other things, lunches at Hooters, gifts for visiting dignitaries, and international trips.

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