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Issue: "How Mark Souder fell," June 19, 2010

"Well, we'll meet you in court. I have a pretty good record of winning in court."

Arizona Gov. JAN BREWER on what her response would be if the Obama administration threatened legal action against her state's new immigration law.

"You have the honesty of Abe Lincoln and the charm of the guy who shot him."

Comedian DANE COOK to departing American Idol judge Simon Cowell as the show's ninth season ended on May 26.

"The use of musical instruments is against the principles of our value system."

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Ali Bagherzadeh, head of the private-schools office in Iran's Education Ministry, on a new rule banning the teaching of music in the country's 16,000 private schools. Iran's government had already banned musical instruments in state schools.

"He's a celebrity idiot, but he is a celebrity."

Attorney SAM ADAM JR., on his inability to keep client Rod Blagojevich out of the spotlight. Blagojevich, formerly governor of Illinois, authored a book, appeared on NBC's Celebrity Apprentice, and maintained a high media profile despite facing criminal charges.

"I don't think she'd be a Tea Partier."

RHODA BERENSON, on whether her daughter Lori Berenson had changed her political beliefs after nearly 15 years in a Peruvian prison. The younger Berenson, an American, was convicted in 1995 of aiding leftist guerrillas in Peru. She was released from prison on May 27.

"Now I've got the quarterfinal streak going, I guess."

Tennis star ROGER FEDERER after losing in the quarterfinals of the French Open on June 1. Prior to the loss, Federer had a streak of 23 straight semifinal appearances at Grand Slam events.


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