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Issue: "Osama's witnesses," May 18, 2002

It's over. We're washing our hands of it.

Pierre-Richard Prosper, U.S. ambassador-at-large for war crimes issues, on the Bush administration's decision to pull out of a treaty that established the International Criminal Court to try war crimes. Bill Clinton signed the treaty during his last weeks in office, but leading Republicans opposed the idea of giving an international court jurisdiction over U.S. citizens.

Well, those things happen.

Dan Richey, aide to Louisiana Gov. Mike Foster, on the possibility that a few of the organizations in the state that run government-funded abstinence programs "have incorporated the abstinence message with their faith-based message." The ACLU last week sued the state to block the program.

We don't know if they'll kiss.

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Daniel Kells, general manager of the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC) in Boston, on two opposing Republican candidates for Massachusetts lieutenant governor, Jim Rappaport and Kerry Healey. Mr. Rappaport was slated to portray King Henry, with Ms. Healey portraying Katherine, his French love interest, in a special CSC production of Shakespeare's Henry V last week.

Since the seniors are very close to voting age or already have reached it, one can only feel alarm.

Education analyst Diane Ravitch, on the results of national tests, which showed that only 11 percent of U.S. high-school seniors are "proficient" or higher in their knowledge of history.


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