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MAHERISMS 

"People find it a little strange they didn't invite Chris Christie who probably is the nominee and most popular. But, they did invite Rick Perry and Sarah Palin.  To answer the question, 'What is the opposite of a meeting of the minds?'" -Bill Maher

"It's the first time in 600 years we've been pope-less. And, Jesus, what if God tries to tell us something? Who's He going to talk to?" -Bill Maher

"Well, the cardinals are on their way to Rome now to pick a new pope, which is an honor and also a sacrifice for them, because they'll miss 'Glee.'" -Bill Maher

CYBERSECURITY 

"We have a big challenge here. We know that these attacks are coming from China, but actually attributing directly who is responsible is incredibly difficult." -James Lyne

"In the U.K. and the U.S. right now, we both have the same problem. We have a massive deficit of talent ready to go to battle with threats like those that you're describing. So, we've got to fix that issue. We've got to get people aware of this profession." -James Lyne

"The majority of malicious code today, these viruses, is about stealing money. It's about going after credit card details, bank accounts, et cetera." -James Lyne

"I think one of our big problems is, when people hear the word 'defense,' especially on the right, they turn off. They don't want to look into the details. They just say, 'Oh, blank check for that.'"

THE SEQUESTER 

"Politics is the art of cutting a deal-getting the best deal you can. And they're not running the country. It's a clown show." -Steve Schmidt

"At the end of the day, though, who cares who's to blame? What the heck are we going to do? Because this system of government as we know it has come to a screeching halt." -Gavin Newsom

"When you actually dig into it, the cuts are actually things that hurt the Republican Party more, or the priorities of the Republican Party seem to be affected a little bit more." -Monica Mehta

"The whole sequester, as it stands, was set up so that it would be just so terrible that nobody would want to do this. But, what's happening now is that the partisanship seems to be more important than the long-term stability of the government." -Monica Mehta

"I think one of our big problems is, when people hear the word 'defense,' especially on the right, they turn off. They don't want to look into the details. They just say, 'Oh, blank check for that.'" -Bill Maher

THE GOP'S IDENTITY PROBLEMS

"The more that the party has become obsessed with keeping their base happy, the less they've become open to compromise." -Monica Mehta

"The last 20 years, Republicans have lost five out of six presidential elections in popular vote. They lost by 130 - 126 electoral votes in this last round. They lost two Senate seats, eight House seats. They have a problem, a trend-line that's significant." -Gavin Newsom

"These people are interested in ideological purity, and who controls the clubhouse. Not winning elections, not growing the party." -Steve Schmidt

ON HIS NEWFOUND RASTAFARIANISM 

"It's a liberty; it's a way of life. It's the way that you treat your body. It's the way that you treat people. It's the peace, the love and the energy that you put out that's surrounded by the spirit of Rastafari." -Snoop Lion

"I'm 41 years old, been in the rap game since I was 19, and been having fun with it. But, I'm not done with it. So, I'm doing this reggae thing because now that's where I'm at in my life as far as music and personality-wise." -Snoop Lion

Episode 273

March 1, 2013