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Issue: "'To stay is to be killed'," Nov. 29, 2008

"He began to have nightmares."

A Spanish newspaper account of the pro-life conversion of Stojan Adasevic, who as Serbia's most renowned abortion doctor performed over 48,000 abortions, he said. That changed after he began having recurring dreams of a field full of children, 4-24 years old, and "a man dressed in a black and white habit" who said he was Thomas Aquinas and the children "are the ones you killed with your abortions." Adasevic is now a pro-life activist and returned to the Orthodox faith of his childhood, despite being ostracized from medical practice in the former Yugoslavia.

"They're seeking treatment for wounds that, I believe, are largely self-inflicted."

Senate Banking chairman Christopher Dodd, as a hearing featuring CEOs of the Big Three automakers Nov. 18 stretched into its fourth hour and a bailout for the industry looked uncertain. Dodd supports aid to the automakers but told the executives they had failed to adapt "and we're all paying a price for it."

"...anything but conservative until he changed the light bulbs in his chandelier in time to run for president."

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Former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, describing GOP rival Mitt Romney in his just-released book, Do the Right Thing (2008, Sentinel HC). Huckabee also criticizes religious right groups for moving "from being prophetic voices . . . to being voices of patronage."

"Well, I've been sleeping like a baby. Sleep two hours, wake up and cry. Sleep two hours, wake up and cry."

Republican presidential candidate John McCain, telling The Tonight Show's Jay Leno how he's slept since his defeat by president-elect Barack Obama.

"He just ran without telling anyone."

Chinese shoe factory worker Wang Denggui, after the factory owner climbed over a wall and fled, leaving 2,000 workers without jobs and U.S. shoe companies with unfilled orders. China unveiled its $580 billion stimulus package Nov. 9, admitting for the first time that an export slowdown has led at least 67,000 factories to close in the first half of 2008.


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