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Issue: "After Osama," May 21, 2011

"We don't need to spike the football."

President Barack Obama on his May 4 decision not to release to the public photographs of the dead Osama bin Laden. "I believe the people of Wyoming deserve better." Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, in a footnote to a dissenting opinion, on why his opinion refers to residents of Wyoming as "Wyomans" instead of the standard "Wyomingites." Scalia noted that "Wyomingite" is also a type of lava.

"It's like living next door to The Simpsons-you know, the dysfunctional family down the block."

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels on luring businesses away from high-tax Illinois.

"Formally, only I stand on trial here, but in practice the freedom of speech of millions of Dutchmen is on trial."

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Geert Wilders, head of the Freedom Party in the Netherlands, in final remarks to the court ahead of a verdict in his case. Prosecutors charged the politician with "incitement to hatred and discrimination" for his criticism of Islam. His 2008 movie, Fitna, explores the Islamic roots of the 9/11 attacks; British and other European officials have banned public screenings of it.

"300,000 killed and 2.7 million displaced are not figments of the West's imagination, they are our nightmare reality."

Abeer Awooda, a journalist from Darfur, writing in the U.K.'s May 3 Guardian in response to an interview it carried with Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir. She was arrested and tortured in Khartoum for flouting state censors and wearing trousers, and won asylum in Great Britain while Bashir was indicted for war crimes by the International Criminal Court. Bashir, she said, "is determined never to face this charge in a courtroom, preferring to fire off denials and denunciations through the media."


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