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Saturday, May 17, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

“What irony. Now we will have spent $800 million on a road from Washington County to a billion-dollar airport and beltway (in 1992 dollars) that is handling a third to a fourth of the capacity it was built for and with 12,000 fewer airport-related jobs when US Air flew the coop.”

— Jake Haulk, president of the Allegheny Institute for Public Policy, on the groundbreaking for the latest phase of the Southern Beltway.

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“(D)emocracy needs to be emancipated from capitalism. As long as we inhabit a capitalistic democracy, a future of racial equality, gender equality, economic equality will elude us.”

— former Communist and Black Panther Angela Davis, from an interview with the Los Angeles Times.

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“Smaller banks, thanks to (the) Dodd-Frank (Act) and its progeny, are increasingly becoming fish food for bigger banks. If current trends continue, community banks may just qualify for protection under the Endangered Species Act.”

— Lee Habeeb & Mike Leven, writing at National Review Online.

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“A prudent scientist would acknowledge that his hypothesis of man-made global warming is flawed, contradicted by contrary data. True scientists would rework their hypothesis to explain the contradictions.”

— Brian Joondeph, a Denver physician, writing in the American Thinker.

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“If (House Speaker John Boehner) thinks Congress has the power to arrest Lois Lerner for contempt, now is the time. If he shrinks from sending the sergeant at arms to bring her to the Capitol jail after the full House held her in contempt, he's weakening his own institution.”

— Seth Lipsky, writing in the New York Post.

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