Best-selling author and columnist Molly Ivins, the sharp-witted liberal who skewered the political establishment and referred to President Bush as "Shrub," died Wednesday after a long battle with breast cancer. She was 62. -AP

"Molly Ivins was a Texas original. She was loved by her readers and by her many friends, particularly in Central Texas. I respected her convictions, her passionate belief in the power of words, and her ability to turn a phrase. She fought her illness with that same passion. Her quick wit and commitment to her beliefs will be missed. Laura and I send our condolences to Molly Ivins' family and friends."

President George W. Bush
On the death of Molly Ivins

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"The poor man who is currently our president has reached such a point of befuddlement that he thinks stem cell research is the same as taking human lives, but that 40,000 dead Iraqi civilians are progress toward democracy."

Molly Ivinsfrom a July 2006 column urging commentator Bill Moyers to run for president.

"If you think his daddy had trouble with 'the vision thing,' wait'll you meet this one."

Ivins on George W. Bush in "The Progressive," June 1999.

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