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Issue: "A second chance," Nov. 20, 2010

"I think he was a little envious that I am here."

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on President Obama after his phone call to Clinton before Election Day. Clinton was in Malaysia during the historic drubbing that Democrats suffered at the polls on Nov. 2.

"I was shocked when he did it. I told him to keep the cross and that I carry my Christianity in my heart."

Florida Democratic Senate candidate Kendrick Meek on an attempt by independent candidate Charlie Crist to persuade Meek to exit the race and endorse Crist. Meek says that before the election, Crist offered him a cross that had been a gift from his sister. Meek and Crist lost to Republican Marco Rubio on Nov. 2.

"Hon, how do you spell your last name?"

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Verne Martell, husband of independent write-in candidate Lisa Murkowski in Alaska's U.S. Senate race, teasing his wife as they cast their ballots on Election Day. Murkowski reportedly did not respond.

"I cannot place upon the citizens of New Jersey an open-ended letter of credit, and that's what this project represents."

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on suspending construction of a tunnel between New Jersey and New York City. The tunnel would have been the nation's biggest public works project.

"I'd say the Christmas show in many ways could be more elaborate than a KISS concert."

Joe Branam of Branam Enterprises on the extravagances he witnessed at the Crystal Cathedral. The California mega-church founded by Robert Schuller filed for bankruptcy, citing tens of millions in debt (see "Crystal crash," Nov. 6).


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