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Josh Donahue (AP/Photo by Jeff Barnard)

Quotables

Memorable things they said

Issue: "Tiananmen massacre," June 6, 2009

"It's a little demoralizing."

Recent Oregon State graduate Josh Donahue on taking food stamps just weeks after graduation. An Associated Press-mtvU poll released on May 20 found that one in five graduates has changed plans and gone to graduate or professional school because of poor job prospects.

"It will be a different business. Those that manage their credit well will in some degree subsidize those that have credit problems."

Edward L. Yingling, chief executive of the American Bankers Association, on legislation passed by Congress on May 20 that limits penalties banks can impose on credit card users who make late payments. Analysts expect banks to charge annual fees, restrict grace periods, and curtail rewards programs for all card holders to make up the revenue.

"He is the last prisoner on Gitmo right now, and he incarcerated himself."

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Commentator Charles Krauthammer on President Obama and the battle within his own party over closing the military prison at Guantanamo Bay. The Senate voted on May 20 to deny funds for closing the prison over concerns about terrorists being imprisoned on U.S. soil.

"CAFE is among the deadliest government regulations we have, and with today's announcement it's going to get even deadlier."

Sam Kazman, general counsel of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, on President Obama's announcement of plans to increase federal average gas mileage requirements to 35.5 miles per gallon for cars sold in the United States. Studies show that the mileage requirements increase traffic fatalities by forcing smaller and less crashworthy vehicles onto roads.

"It's hard to be too upset about being thrown off the Titanic."

Greg Garcia, creator of NBC's My Name Is Earl, on the comedy show being canceled by NBC, a network with low ratings.

"It is an absolutely shameful episode in our history."

Irish journalist Mary Raftery, whose reports about child abuse at Roman Catholic reform schools in Ireland led to a government investigation. The government released a report in May that said thousands of children for decades suffered physical and sexual abuse at Catholic schools.

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