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Issue: "Big mouth on campus," March 12, 2005

"This is a battle between good and evil. And we're the good."

Democratic Party chairman Howard Dean, to supporters in Kansas, on conflicts between Republicans and Democrats.

"The consequences for the U.S. economy of doing nothing could be severe."

Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan on the need to rein in federal deficit spending.

"So, like, what took you so long?"

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President Bush, meeting with the World Series champion Boston Red Sox at the White House, and joking about the 86-year gap between Boston's titles.

"KBE."

Reserve title for Microsoft CEO Bill Gates after Queen Elizabeth II awarded him honorary knightood on March 2. Mr. Gates cannot be called "Sir Bill" because he is American but can be designated "Knight Commander of the British Empire."

"Heteronormative."

Jordan B. Woods of the Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, Transgender, and Supporters Alliance at Harvard University, describing a speech at Harvard by actress Jada Pinkett Smith. The term refers to the idea "that standard sexual relationships are only between males and females." Some BGLTSA members objected to the speech, and the Harvard Foundation is promising a letter of apology.

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