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Issue: "Libyan exodus," March 26, 2011

"It's this weird evangelical kind of move."

Former NPR executive Ron Schiller on the Christianity of the Republican Party and the Tea Party, which are "fanatically involved in people's personal lives and very fundamental Christian-I wouldn't even call it Christian"-and "seriously racist." Schiller, unaware he was being filmed, was speaking to two conservative activists posing as members of a Muslim Brotherhood front group interested in giving money to NPR. Schiller has left NPR, as has CEO Vivian Schiller (no relation) over the incident.

"Had that program not been around, the tens of thousands of people who come there every year would not exist."

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., contesting House Republican cuts that would eliminate federal funding for a Nevada cowboy poetry festival.

"If there's a debate, it's over to what extent we should now decide how we're going to make a decision, if, in fact, we're going to decide."

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An unidentified NATO official, who spoke to The Washington Post on the condition of anonymity, on military intervention in Libya.

"Better to be seated at the table than to be on the menu."

Joseph Del Grosso of the American Federation of Teachers in New Jersey, on dealing with Gov. Chris Christie.

"My journalistic work and academic work is more real than a dog."

Chinese blogger and activist "MICHAEL ANTI" after Facebook canceled his account because of its policy against the use of pseudonyms, even though Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg's dog has an account in its name. Chinese activists often use false names to dodge authorities.

"As I have learned through my mistake, there are consequences to sin."

U.S. Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., on his decision to retire at the end of his term after he admitted to an affair with a campaign staffer in 2009.


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