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Memorable things they said

Issue: "Fixing Islam," June 16, 2007

"He was a Clinton who hadn't read the books."

Democratic consultant Bob Shrum on why he didn't support presidential candidate John Edwards in 2004 and is not backing him now. Shrum and other Democratic leaders told journalist Robert Novak that Edwards would be a flawed nominee after he took a $55,000 honorarium for a speech on poverty.

"We can no longer cohabit with these terrorists. We have to eliminate them."

Ali Mohamed Gedi, prime minister of Somalia, after an Islamist group claimed responsibility for an attempt to assassinate him. The June 3 suicide bombing reportedly killed five soldiers and two civilians but failed to harm Gedi.

"Everyone expects a certain level of anonymity as they move about their daily lives. There is a certain 'ick' factor here."

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Kevin Bankston, attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, on the sometimes-embarrassing photos on Google's "Street View," which offers candid shots from the streets of several cities.

"The greatest treasure hunt in history."

Robert Edsel, author of a book about a small group of art experts who tracked down tens of thousands of important works of art after World War II stolen by the Nazis. Congress last week honored the surviving "Monuments Men" on the 63rd anniversary of the Normandy invasion.


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