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Issue: "The brain trust," June 30, 2012

'The most under-covered story these days is the sustained assault by Islamist terrorists on Christians.'

Jeffrey Goldberg, national correspondent for The Atlantic, on the sparse coverage in The New York Times and other media about attacks on the Christians and churches in Islamic nations.

'It will give some other governors a dose of bravery.'

Jennifer Duffy, who covers state governors for The Cook Political Report, on the relationship between governors and public sector unions after Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's decisive victory in a June 5 recall election.

'As you can imagine it's quite an experience to go to Bordeaux and say, "Give up your wine, I've got a great religion for you."'

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on his time as a Mormon missionary in France in the 1960s, quoted in the recently released biography The Real Romney.

'Very stingy in spending on anything other than jihad.'

Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden's successor as leader of al-Qaeda, on bin Laden's commitment to spending money on terrorist causes. Al-Zawahiri says bin Laden, who came from a wealthy family in Saudi Arabia, was strongly against giving money to charity "at the expense of jihad."

'We've had better weeks.'

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, head of the Democratic Governors Association and an Obama campaign surrogate, on the week ending June 8 and the presidential campaign. The week included Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker winning his recall race and news that the Justice Department would investigate high-level national security leaks.


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