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Issue: "A patient nation," Oct. 13, 2001

That small gesture spoke volumes.

David Smith, spokesman for the homosexual lobbying group Human Rights Campaign, after U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell recognized the homosexual partner of Michael Guest, the new ambassador to Romania, at Mr. Guest's swearing-in last month. Mr. Guest's partner reportedly will live with him in the official U.S. residence in Bucharest.

It's not a great year to be a senior.

Corporate recruiter Kelly Albanowski, on how companies are hiring fewer workers in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Even before the attacks, employers had said they expected to hire nearly 20 percent fewer college graduates this year than last, according to an August survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

I hope we don't go the distance of the lottery ads that say it's your patriotic duty to play the lottery.

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University of Nevada-Las Vegas professor Bill Thompson, who studies the gambling industry, on Las Vegas' new $13 million advertising campaign designed to draw people to the city. Hotel occupancy rates in Las Vegas have fallen sharply since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Presumably all those liberals who were upset about Nixon's 18-and-half-minute tape gap will be just as upset over Clinton's 80-tape gap.

Landmark Legal Foundation president Mark Levin, after Robert Gottlieb, the editor of Bill Clinton's memoirs at Knopf, confirmed that Mr. Clinton recorded around 80 audio tapes throughout his presidency to help him write the memoirs. Prosecutors had subpoenaed any White House recordings during several different investigations, from Whitewater to Monica Lewinsky.

I'm not frustrated. If they won't pitch to me, I'll just run the bases. We won the game. That's good.

San Francisco Giants baseball star Barry Bonds, who on Oct. 3 broke Babe Ruth's record of 170 walks during a season. Mr. Bonds drew several intentional walks after hitting his 69th home run, one short of the major league record. Houston Astros fans booed their own team for walking Mr. Bonds intentionally.


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