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Memorable things they said

Issue: "Food fight," May 3, 2008

"Sometimes it's really scary, like a concentration camp."

Juliette Menager, casting director for Joule Studio in Paris, on models losing weight before fashion shows. The French parliament last month considered a bill to crack down on websites that give advice on how to be anorexic and others that encourage "extreme thinness." The bill could target the fashion industry.

"She made an honest mistake. She confused the Bosnia trip with the time I took her hunting."

Vice President Dick Cheney, speaking at the April 16 Radio and TV Correspondents Dinner, on Hillary Clinton's claims to have ducked sniper fire in Tuzla.

"How many of our governors have to go to jail before we wake up?"

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Illinois state Rep. Jack Franks, a Democrat, on a bill he pushed to allow voters to recall state officeholders who are incompetent or unethical. The state's Democratic governor, Rod Blagojevich, is under federal investigation for corruption, and three other Illinois governors over the last 30 years have been convicted of federal felonies.

"It could be the millionaires have already been elected, and they're pulling up the ladder."

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, on campaign finance regulations that raise contribution limits for those who run against wealthy candidates who self-finance their campaigns. The high court heard arguments about the constitutionality of the "millionaire's amendment" last week.

"There are babies who are now walking and talking who were born since I announced for president."

Barack Obama on his 15-month-old presidential campaign.

"This program is the hood ornament for incompetence."

U.S. Sen. Byron L. Dorgan, D-N.D., on an IRS program that uses private debt collectors to pursue tax scofflaws. The program is expected to lose $37 million this year.


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