Magazine article Newsweek

Perspectives

Magazine article Newsweek

Perspectives

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Byline: Quotation sources from top to bottom, left to right: New York Times, Associated Press, (Middlesex County, N.J.) Home News Tribune, Associated Press (2), NBC--"Chris Matthews Show," New York Times, ITV.com, Elle, GQ

"It is shortsighted. It is cruel and unusual punishment."

Sen. Joe Lieberman, reacting to Pentagon plans to slash thousands of military jobs in Connecticut as part of the latest round of military-base closings

"Being a little girl, you have to be thrilled by a country that greets you with this magnificent statue of a woman placed on a pedestal--it's been a good model for my husband."

Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, receiving an award in sight of the Statue of Liberty--and dropping a hint for her husband, Sen. Mitch McConnell

"I told them, 'You gotta be kidding. I ain't getting any. Nobody else is getting any out of here'."

Confused retiree Philip Petronella, of Woodbridge, N.J., on his reaction when police mistakenly raided his home in a prostitution bust

"That's unconscionable... I believe in family values."

Seminole County (Fla.) Republican Party chairman Jim Stellings, testifying in the defamation suit he filed against a political rival who he says falsely accused him of having been married six times. The correct number of marriages is five.

"If you don't have volunteers, you don't have many executions in these cases. There is not a lot of enthusiasm for it."

University of Iowa law professor David Baldus, on why Connecticut's execution of convicted killer Michael Ross, the state's first in 45 years, doesn't signal a shift in the prevailing Northeast antipathy toward the death penalty. …

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