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Francesco Pecoraro



Issue: "The Battle for Africa," Feb. 8, 2014

‘$26 million’

Amount that Italian authorities say Vatican accountant Monsignor Nunzio Scarano tried to smuggle into Italy. He also faces charges of raising millions in “false donations” for a home for the terminally ill that instead went to pay off a mortgage on one of his properties.

‘He who has betrayed will betray.’

Ségoléne Royal, the former partner of French President Francois Hollande and mother of their four children, when Hollande left her to live with another woman, journalist Valerie Trierweiler. Hollande was recently caught in an affair with another woman, and the scandal has consumed French media.

‘They have no place in the state of New York.’

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on “extreme conservatives” who are “right-to-life, pro-assault weapon, anti-gay.”

‘Obviously, I could have worded things better.’

Seattle Seahawks defensive back Richard Sherman, on Jan. 20, one day after his pass deflection put the Seahawks into the Super Bowl. After the play Sherman mocked a San Francisco 49ers player and later called him a “sorry receiver.” (See "Better than a Super Bowl" in this issue.)

‘The good news is we’re getting healthier. The bad news is we’re poorer.’

Harry Balzer, a food analyst with the market research firm NPD Group, on a new report that indicated Americans are eating healthier, partly because incomes are flat and they’ve been eating out less often.

‘I’m sure he knows best. I’m just a little country veterinarian. … So what do I know? I’m from a marginal district that they need to have that talks to people on a regular basis. Whatever.’

U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-Ore., confirming that White House chief of staff Denis McDonough was “dismissive” of Schrader’s complaints about healthcare premium increases.


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