Verbatim: Mar. 8, 2004

"We have nothing to fear from the truth--or the past--if we learn from it." BISHOP WILTON GREGORY, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, on a newly released church study cataloging the extent of sexual abuse by priests since 1950

"The N.E.A. is a terrorist organization." ROD PAIGE, Education Secretary, to Governors at a private White House meeting in response to a question about the National Education Association's opposition to Bush's No Child Left Behind law. After criticism, he apologized for the "poor choice of words"

"I think an Edwards-Kerry ticket would be powerful." JOHN EDWARDS, Democratic candidate for President,...

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