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Dispatches Quotables

President Clinton did not demand a talk show.

Julia Payne, spokeswoman for Bill Clinton, on a meeting between Mr. Clinton and NBC executives on the possibility of the former president hosting a daytime talk show.

I feel like a shrimp cocktail, I've spent so much time on ice.

Battered New York Mets catcher Mike Piazza.

I think it's probably important for God to make that decision as opposed to us.

Actress Marlee Matlin, who is deaf, in The Washington Post, on efforts by a lesbian couple to genetically engineer a child to make him deaf (see p. 5, "Evil Engineering").

We're going back to what we know didn't work for 60 years.

U.S. Rep. John Boehner, (R-Ohio), on the farm bill passed by the House of Representatives last week. The bill reverses the 1996 Freedom to Farm law by authorizing $180 billion in farm spending over the next 10 years.

The implications are a little scary.

Richard Anderson, neural expert at the California Institute of Technology, on the work of researchers from the State University of New York and Drexel University. They were able to transmit signals by remote control into the brains of rats, guiding their movements from up to a third of a mile away.