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Issue: "John Kerry's dream," March 13, 2004

"It should come as welcome news."

A 1992 note from Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy to Justice Harry Blackmun requesting a meeting. Mr. Kennedy told Mr. Blackmun that he was changing a vote and would reaffirm Roe vs. Wade. Chief Justice William Rehnquist at the time was working on what he thought would be a 5-4 opinion to overturn Roe. The Library of Congress released Mr. Blackmun's papers last week.

"The state is treating us like a cash-cow."

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Killington, Vt., town manager David Lewis on why residents want to secede from Vermont and join New Hampshire. The town voted last week to start the process of requesting the move. Killington residents remain angry about a 1997 Vermont Supreme Court order that raised property taxes on wealthy communities to pay for a new system of financing education.

"We're just a bunch of moms who care about their kids."

Lisa Aguilar of Crawford, Texas, on the controversy over parents removing their daughters from the local Girl Scout troop. The parents had learned that the Scouts endorsed a Planned Parenthood sex-education program that includes explicit literature for children.

"It was like a popcorn popper."

New father Keith Hanselman of Akron, Ohio, on "the speed at which the babies came out" when his wife Jennifer last week gave birth to sextuplets.


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