``It’s nothing more than a thinly veiled attempt at intimidation.″ _ Lobbyist Michael Ferrell, on reports being circulated by House Republicans that rate political action committees as friendly or unfriendly based on how much they donate to Republicans _ and how much to their enemies.
``A cure and a vaccine. That must be our first and top priority.″ _ President Clinton, convening the first White House conference on AIDS.
``In France, we like to say, `C’est la vie,′ that’s life. But this is not a life.″ _ Angry Paris commuter Micheline Renaud, on a strike which has shut down public transportation since Nov. 24 and has affected mail delivery, airports, hospitals and schools.