Magazine article Newsweek

Perspectives

Magazine article Newsweek

Perspectives

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"He now, again, wants to make the final preparations necessary to be ready to die." Robert Nigh Jr., a member of Timothy McVeigh's defense team, on abandoning all efforts to postpone the execution

"It is a mandate for reform and investment in the future, and it is also an instruction to deliver." British Prime Minister Tony Blair, on his landslide victory over Conservative Party leader William Hague

"I figure if I kill the first one, the word will get out." Former NBA star Charles Barkley, on handling his 12-year-old daughter's future boyfriends

"It happens from time to time--you hit the house next door. Sometimes there is nothing you can do to prevent it." Construction worker Jesus Ramos, whose father took a wrong turn in his bulldozer, accidentally knocking down part of a Miami-Dade historic-preservation office

"If you're a guy, you gotta come [to the 'TRL' concert]--you got, like, five girl acts and me. Destiny's Child is hot. Eve is hot. Dream: hot. 3LW, they're little, but they're hot." Hip-hop's Nelly, on joining MTV's "Total Request Live" Tour

"The common European perception [of President Bush] is of a shallow, arrogant, gun-loving, abortion-hating, Christian- fundamentalist Texan buffoon... We need to get it all on a higher plane." A senior administration official, on Bush's upcoming trip abroad--where he will attempt to win over European diplomats who view the administration as isolationist

"When I got up to put my clothes on, I almost didn't wear the bra. But a higher power told me to put it on. …

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