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Issue: "The battle," March 24, 2012

"Consumer demand is just not that strong for these vehicles."

Lacey Plache, chief economist for auto analyst Edmunds, on GM's decision to halt production for five weeks of the electric car Chevy Volt. "The price premium on the Volt," said Plache, "just doesn't make economic sense for the average consumer when there are so many fuel-efficient gasoline cars available, typically for thousands of dollars less."

"Rush Limbaugh's verbal assault on Sandra Fluke was no off-the-cuff blooper. It was boorish and deliberate. ... And his sullen 'apology' is only making things worse."

Conservative Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby on the "grudging" apology talk show host Rush Limbaugh gave on March 3 for calling Georgetown student Sandra Fluke offensive names and using explicit language after Fluke testified in favor of Obamacare's contraception mandate.

"We are used to it. This is a part of our lives."

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Iraqi civilian Abdul Razaq Al-Zaidi on a wave of car bombings throughout Iraq on Feb. 23.

"I think we should embrace it."

Former President Bill Clinton on the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada that many environmentalists oppose and that President Obama has delayed.

"Without question, 'I complain in the strongest possible terms,' is different from, 'I complain in the strongest possible terms and I am loading my AK47 as I write.'"

BBC director-general Mark Thompson, admitting that his network treats Christianity with less sensitivity than other religions, including Islam, in part due to threats.


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