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“Terrorism against our nation will not stand.” (Mr. Bush to parents and teachers as he left a Florida elementary school on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001)

Psalm 18:2. “The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge.” (The Bible passage Mr. Bush read when he awoke on his last day in office)

“Whatever the verdict on my presidency, I’m comfortable with the fact I won’t be around to hear it. That’s a decision point only history will reach.” (The concluding sentence of the book)

“The afterlife.” (Laura Bush’s term for the family’s post-White House days)

THE EUNUCH FACTOR

Only MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann knows for sure, perhaps.

“This notion that journalists ought to be sort of political, ideological eunuchs who don’t have any political views is just hopeless. The question isn’t whether they hold opinions but whether they suppress those opinions to the extent they can when they do their work … It’s a fiction to suppose that reporters don’t have political views, and it would be healthier and more honest if they simply said what they were,” Politico editor Michael Kinsley told National Public Radio.

With all that in mind, this just in: Comedy Central fake newsman Jon Stewart grants MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow “an exclusive interview” on Thursday night, his first appearance on her show.

POLL DU JOUR

- 44 percent of likely voters oppose some House Republicans’ intentions to “investigate” the Obama administration’s performance to date.

- 40 percent favor the idea, 16 percent are not sure.

- 72 percent of Democrats oppose the investigation plans.

- 66 percent of Republicans approve of them.

- 43 percent of voters overall say the Republicans’ plans are “more about partisan policies.”

- 43 percent say the plans are intended “to make sure wrong things don’t reoccur.”

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