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Issue: "Daniel of the year 2001," Dec. 22, 2001

This is a very dangerous place.

Fox News' Geraldo Rivera, on why he carries a gun in Afghanistan.

We probably failed to marshal support of the base as well as we should have.

Karl Rove, President Bush's top political advisor, speaking last week at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C., about the conservative evangelical vote in last year's presidential race. He added, "There should have been 19 million of them, and instead there were 15 million of them. So 4 million of them did not turn out to vote."

I've been married 34 years. I don't drink, don't smoke, don't party.

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U.S. Rep. Gary Condit (R-Calif.), who has admitted to an affair with missing 24-year-old Washington intern Chandra Levy, on why he thinks voters will reelect him.

We have lived in darkness for so long that now we are afraid of the light.

"Nasifaz," an Afghan woman, explaining to Chicago Tribune foreign correspondent Liz Sly the reason some Afghan women continue to wear burqas-the full-body coverings mandated by the Taliban-even though they don't like them and are no longer forced to wear them.

It was like they were asking me if I had ever gone to soccer camp. I wasn't offended.

Mohamed Adlouni, a 22-year-old Arab student at the University of Texas, on being interviewed by authorities about possible links to terrorism. Mr. Adlouni, who is a Muslim, said the questions included: "Do you know any plans for terrorism?" and "Do you know anyone who can make anthrax?" The Justice Department is currently trying to interview 5,000 young foreigners in connection with the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. "As long as you know you've done nothing wrong, you have nothing to worry about," Mr. Adlouni said.


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