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Issue Date:  March 11, 2005

Quotable & Notable

“He actually had two jobs -- one was sleazy and shameful, the other was a gay male prostitute.”

-- Comedian Bill Maher on Jim Guckert (alias: Jeff Gannon), who despite questionable journalism credentials, had nearly daily access to White House press briefings for two years and was noted for asking GOP-friendly questions

“I was lucky.”

-- A 29-year-old survivor of a suicide bomber who drove a car into a crowd of people applying for government security jobs in Hilla, Iraq, Feb. 28. Some 115 people died.

“Yes, it is still possible to report from the street in Baghdad. But fewer and fewer of us are doing this. … We have to balance the worth of our reports against the risk to our lives.”

-- Robert Fisk writing in London’s Independent

“Why allow bad beef to enter the U.S. from Canada and not allow safe medicine?”

-- Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer complaining that the Bush administration has a double standard when it comes to beef and drug imports

“It may sound shrill to describe President Bush as someone who takes food from the mouths of babes and gives the proceeds to his millionaire friends. Yet his latest budget proposal is top-down class warfare in action.”

-- Economist Paul Krugman writing in The New York Times

National Catholic Reporter, March 11, 2005

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