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Issue: "Between Hell and Hope," Feb. 12, 2011

"I am not running."

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, in an interview with The Wall Street Journal, on whether he will seek the Republican nomination for president in 2012. Bush, who served two terms as governor from 1999 to 2007, is the younger brother of former President George W. Bush.

"Our nation is approaching a tipping point."

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., in the GOP response to President Obama's State of the Union speech, on the need to address seriously the federal deficit.

"There's no love here."

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U.S. Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., grinning as Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y. (standing), said that he chose to sit by King during the State of the Union address "in case he comes up with an idea that's correct, which rarely happens with Peter. . . . Obviously it was his wife's idea, because he doesn't get good ideas on his own." Breaking with tradition, members of Congress crossed the aisle to sit with opponents during the speech.

"Nefertiti . . . remains the best Egyptian ambassador to Berlin."

Hermann Parzinger of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, turning down the Egyptian government's request that Germany return a 3,300-year-old bust of the queen to Cairo.

"It was deep! I liked the parts where some character was once this, but he ended up being that. Like he'd be dissing Jesus, and then he ends up being a saint. That was cool."

Musician Lil Wayne on reading the Bible for the first time while serving time in prison last year.

"I would say false, more so than true."

Chief Medicare actuary Richard Foster, at a Jan. 26 House Budget Committee hearing, on whether the claim that Obamacare would hold down healthcare costs was true or false. He also said the claim that Americans under Obamacare would be able to keep their current health insurance was "not true in all cases."


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