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Quotables

Issue: "Who will vote?," April 21, 2012

"Going to jail in Cuba is hell. I lived it."

Cuban dissident Oscar Espinosa Chepe on the likely destination of a protestor who shouted anti-communist slogans in Santiago's main square during the March visit by Pope Benedict XVI. Government authorities removed the protester from the square.

"I will sue France for having killed my son."

Mohamed Benalel Merah, father of Mohammed Merah. French police on March 22 shot and killed the younger Merah after a 32-hour standoff in Toulouse, which followed a rampage in which Merah allegedly killed seven.

"If I were the father of such a monster, I would shut my mouth in shame."

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French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe, after Mohamed Benalel Merah hired an Algerian lawyer to sue French police over his son's death.

"$405,000"

The annual salary for Syosset, Long Island, school Superintendent Carole Hankin. With benefits Hankin makes $537,767. Hankin's first deputy makes $419,033 in salary and benefits. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is pushing a bill to limit school superintendents' salaries to $175,000.

"Obama was candidly admitting to a foreign ruler that his vision of dramatically reduced U.S. global strength could not withstand the red-hot scrutiny of a U.S. political campaign."

John Bolton, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, on the private comment from President Barack Obama to Russian President Dmitri Medvedev, caught on a microphone, that Obama would have more "flexibility" in dealing with Russia after the 2012 election.

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