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Issue: "War in the shadows," Oct. 6, 2001

We don't believe in just demonstrating that our military is capable of bombing things. The whole world knows that already.

Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz, indicating that it may take time for the United States to track terrorists and pinpoint targets for retaliation for the 9/11 attacks.

You have to wonder whether people are going to look at that and say, 'Please, I don't care.'

ABC entertainment chief Lloyd Braun, on whether viewers would be interested in the petty conflicts of reality shows after the 9/11 attacks.

We're all in this together.

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Catherine Pulley, spokeswoman for the American Bankers Association, on the decision of some credit card companies to waive late fees and extend grace periods because of mail delays due to the 9/11 attacks.

We didn't think that the American taxpayer, the Voice of America, should be broadcasting the voice of the Taliban.

State Department Spokesman Richard Boucher, after the tax-funded international broadcasting service Voice of America, despite State Department objections, aired parts of an interview with Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar. Mr. Boucher said the VOA's governing board, which includes the secretary of state, may review the decision.

Winning isn't always championships. What's wrong with helping kids find their way, teaching them the game?

Michael Jordan, on part of his motivation for returning to the NBA as a player. Mr. Jordan, a five-time league MVP who retired from the Chicago Bulls after winning his sixth NBA championship with the team in 1999, announced his return last week. He will join a young Washington Wizards team that won only 19 of 82 games last season.


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