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Issue: "2004 Election: Countdown," Oct. 23, 2004

"You can't let them feel as though they scared you out of your own government."

Erich Mische, chief of staff for U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.), on the reason Sen. Coleman is not following the lead of Sen. Mark Dayton (D-Minn.) in shutting down his Capitol Hill office until after the Nov. 2 election because of terrorism fears. No other member of the House or Senate is taking similar action.

"It's like somebody getting a speeding ticket, but only if they're going 90."

Lara Mahaney of the Parents Television Council on a proposal by federal regulators to fine Fox Broadcasting $1.2 million for an episode of Married by America. The episode included scenes of strippers at a bachelor party.

"We couldn't in good conscience take the money."

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Gale Pooley, co-founder of North Star Public Charter School in Eagle, Idaho, on school officials who turned down $10,000 from the Idaho State Lottery in order to set a moral example for students. North Star is the first Idaho school to turn down lottery funding.

"Society probably won't allow me but I would like to change it."

Pop star Britney Spears on changing her last name to Federline. She married dancer Kevin Federline last month.


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