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Giulio Andreotti
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Giulio Andreotti



Issue: "Surviving Syria," June 1, 2013

‘Aside from the Punic Wars, for which I was too young, I have been blamed for everything else.’

Giulio Andreotti, former prime minister of Italy. Andreotti, who first entered Parliament in 1947, died on May 6 at age 94. In that time Italy has had more than 60 governments.

‘I spent my youth vilifying the Nixon administration for doing the same thing. If they did that, there should be hell to pay.’

U.S. Rep. Michael E. Capuano, D-Mass., on reports that the IRS flagged groups with “tea party” or “patriot” in their names for special investigation in the run-up to the 2012 election.

 ‘Thanks to the #ACA, 1 in 3 women under 65 gained access to preventive care—like birth control—with no out-of-pocket costs. #HappyMothersDay.’

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White House tweet promoting Obamacare in advance of Mother’s Day. A follower responded, “Can’t wait to see how you guys chat up Father’s Day. Ouch.”


Hashtag for 25 million photos on Instagram, demonstrating the popularity of the “selfie,” or self-shot photo from a phone.


Total compensation paid to Graham Spanier, former president of Pennsylvania State University, during the 2011-2012 school year, the highest among public university presidents. Spanier was forced out that year and indicted in the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal. The median salary for public university presidents was $440,000, up 4.7 percent from the previous year. Ohio State’s Gordon Gee, who received $1.8 million, reportedly had expenses including $532 for a shower curtain at the school’s presidential mansion.


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