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Issue: "Miers doesn't fit the mold," Oct. 15, 2005

"It's a CSI kind of case."

U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) on discerning Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers' views on controversial court cases. The conservative senator told ABC's Diane Sawyer there's a "good chance" he would vote against Ms. Miers if she views Roe v. Wade as "settled law."

"An even draw."

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Frank Mazzotti, a University of Florida wildlife professor, on the battle for supremacy in the Florida Everglades food chain between native alligators and non-native pythons (released into the Everglades by pet owners). Wildlife researchers last week found a 13-foot python that had burst open after trying to eat a six-foot alligator whole, killing both animals.

"We are the safest big city in America."

New York city mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. Crime across the city has decreased 20 percent since 2001, even as the city has moved 1,000 officers to full-time anti-terrorism duty and made budget cuts.

"I have heard of extra toppings, but this is ridiculous."

Canadian Member of Parliament Rahim Jaffer on reports that Immigration Minister Joe Volpe charged $116 to his expense account for a pizza dinner for two. The ruling Liberal Party has been engulfed this year in a patronage and corruption scandal.


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