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Issue: "One nation under God," June 26, 2004

"A badge of honor." » Former President Bill Clinton, in an interview last week with CBS' 60 Minutes, on how he views his impeachment and his pride in fighting against it. Of his affair with Monica Lewinsky, Mr. Clinton said: "I did something for the worst possible reason. Just because I could." "Strict but affectionate." » University of Virginia sociologist W. Bradford Wilcox on the way evangelical Protestant fathers treat their children. A study by Mr. Wilcox, who is Roman Catholic, found that evangelical men are more involved and attentive husbands and fathers than are other men. "It's all about the kids." » St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Reggie Sanders, on giving a bat and ball to 4-year-old fan Nick O'Brien, who'd been nearly trampled by a man seeking a souvenir. The man, described by the Dallas Morning News as a former youth minister, sat behind Nick at a Texas Rangers baseball game and knocked the boy against the seats as he dived for a foul ball. Fans chanted, "Give him the ball!" but the man wouldn't give it up. "We have the right to drive the highways of this state without children being assaulted by these images." » Missouri Gov. Bob Holden, on why he signed a bill last week that bans sexually suggestive billboards on Missouri highways.

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