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Memorable things they said

Issue: "Cities of God and Man," March 27, 2010

"The Iraqi people have seen much worse than this. A few bombs won't keep them away from the polls."

Iraqi homemaker IBTIHAL KHALED on voting in Baghdad despite pre-election violence (see "Getting out the vote").

"We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it."

House Speaker NANCY PELOSI arguing that Americans will like the Democrats' healthcare overhaul.

"I can't come up with an incentive program that makes that go away."

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Toyota executive ROBERT CARTER on the effect recent high-profile recalls have had on the company's ability to attract new customers. Toyota estimates that it lost 18,000 sales in the United States in February.

"Nathan Deal has taken an oath to serve the people of Georgia and has a clear record of completing his terms."

U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal, R-Ga., three months ago, criticizing former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel for leaving her office to focus on running for governor. Deal is also running for governor, and in early March he announced he would leave the House.

"There should be a bar by which one goes to prison for these kinds of lies."

Actor and liberal activist Sean Penn on reporters who call Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez a dictator.

"You can't smell your email."

Columnist and commentator Charles Krauthammer on a disadvantage of email compared to old-fashioned mail: A person cannot send or receive "a sweet-smelling love letter" over the internet.

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