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Issue: "Pro-baby," Jan. 30, 2010

"He got the corn; we got the husk."

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on special funding for Nebraska, dubbed the "Cornhusker Kickback," that Sen. Ben Nelson put into the Senate's healthcare bill. The governor, a past supporter of the bill, says California lawmakers should get similar deals or vote against the bill.

"Before, when we talked about pro-life Democrats, you'd get a snicker and a laugh. We were just always overlooked. We're not overlooked anymore."

U.S. Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., on the attention he and a handful of other pro-life Democrats in the House are receiving as they threaten to derail the healthcare overhaul if it doesn't include language banning federal funding of abortion.

"Where was Mr. Reid's apology to those everyday Americans he underestimated and dismissed as yesteryear's market-variety haters?"

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Former Virginia Gov. Douglas Wilder, a Democrat and the first African-American governor of Virginia, in a column for The Washington Times, on the comments by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid that Barack Obama could succeed in American politics because he is light-skinned and doesn't speak with a "Negro" dialect. Reid apologized to President Obama.

"There are a number of things he was for on the campaign trail."

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, on President Obama's campaign pledge to allow C-SPAN to televise negotiations over the healthcare overhaul. Democrats are not allowing C-SPAN to film the negotiations.

"We'll shampoo their carpets. We'll paint accent walls. We'll add Starbucks cards."

Richard Campo, chief executive of Camden Property Trust, a Houston-based real-estate investment trust that owns 63,000 apartment units, on efforts to attract renters. Apartment vacancies hit a 30-year high in the fourth quarter of 2009, and rents fell.

"I find the tax code complex, so I use a preparer."

IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman admitting that the complexity of the tax code forces him to seek help in paying his taxes.


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