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“I think, right now, we’re in a period of a little greater uncertainty than when I was asked that question back in July and March.”

— U.S. Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr., the top U.S. military leader in Iraq, who previously had foreseen a significant withdrawal of U.S. troops early next year.

“We question how anyone can put the interest of 51 millionaires ahead of the interest of … ordinary Idahoans.”

— Boise State University social work Professor William Whitaker, arguing against a proposal advocated by U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, to abolish the federal estate tax.

“Over the course of this long and bitter political battle, it became clear that the retribution for our success would be ferocious.”

— Republican Congressman Tom DeLay, House majority floor leader, saying the criminal conspiracy handed down against him last week was a Democratic prosecutor’s retaliation for DeLay’s success in achieving Republican control of the Texas Legislature.

“I’m not going to keep quiet like a little mouse running for cover.”

— Northwest Spokane resident Tom Corners, complaining about the lack of police response to neighbors’ reports of suspected drug dealing in a rental house owned by a Spokane police officer.

“They’re inflaming the public rather than informing the public.”

— Spokane School Board member Rocky Treppiedi, questioning why The Spokesman-Review should have been allowed to sponsor an attorney general’s forum on open public records when the newspaper is an outspoken advocate for the release of public documents.

“My biggest mistake was not recognizing by Saturday that Louisiana was dysfunctional.”

— Former FEMA director Michael Brown, defending his job performance and the agency during testimony before a House committee investigating federal response to Hurricane Katrina, which struck the Gulf coast on a Monday.

“You folks fell on your face. You get an F-minus in my book.”

— U.S. Rep. Gene Taylor, D-Miss., offering his own assessment of Brown’s and FEMA’s response to the hurricane damage.

“I like the looks of amazement I get from people.”

— Gonzaga University junior Amanda Walker, whose fascination with memorizing facts helped land her on television’s College Championship Jeopardy.

“We want to show kids that dads do care, and we want to break that chain where dads are not involved in the schools.”

— Central Valley father Mat Howard, who is part of a special program at Adams Elementary School to get more positive male role models in schools.

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