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Issue: "Kerry picks Edwards as VP," July 17, 2004

"We've got better hair." » U.S. Sen. John Kerry, adding a punchline to his list of reasons that the Kerry-Edwards ticket is superior to Bush-Cheney. "It's the military Willie Horton." » U.S. Rep. Porter J. Goss (R-Fla.), chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, on detainees at Guantanamo Bay who were released only to reemerge as terrorists in Afghanistan. Willie Horton was a Massachusetts prisoner who committed crimes during a 1987 furlough from prison when Michael Dukakis was governor. His furlough became an issue in the 1988 presidential campaign. "People consider us writers now. That's crazy, right?" » Hip-hop star Jay-Z, accepting "in the name of hip-hop" the Golden Note Award for his achievements as a songwriter at the 17th Annual Rhythm & Soul Awards of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. "I guess, really, this is just part and parcel to the job." » John Weisbrod, general manager of the NBA's Orlando Magic, on receiving death threats after he traded star Tracy McGrady to the Houston Rockets. One of the threats was in a note taped to the front door of his house.

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