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  • Combined with a rising burden of government spending, this fiscal policy undermined economic performance.
    Sven R Larson  --  The Swedish Tax System — Key Features and Lessons for Policy Makers  --  http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/Papers/sweden/sweden.shtml (retrieved 06/28/06)
  • Republicans have supported, and will continue to support, important scientific research without undermining the fundamental ethical principles that have guided medical research in this country for decades.
    2004 Republican Party Platform  --  http://www.gop.com/media/2004platform.pdf (retrieved 06/28/06)
  • In effect, the dictators and the murderers have systematically come to dominate the institution designed to bring them to justice [The Human Rights Commission]. This policy completely undermines the integrity and decency of  the entire U.N. and should be offensive to free peoples everywhere.
    John R. Bolton  --  American Justice and the International Criminal Court  --  http://www.aei.org/publications/pubID.22883/pub_detail.asp (retrieved 06/29/06)
  • It'll undermine its confidence."
    Nora Roberts  --  Blood Brothers
  • But the vividness and depth of his memories touched her and slowly undermined her resolve to stay objective.
    William P. Young  --  The Shack
  • Well, you can't expect the decent citizens to go on aiding you if you intend to side with precisely the people who are trying to undermine us."
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • Economics aside, this is a conspiracy to undermine the leadership of a suspicious, authoritarian regime.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • We poked through the remains of hospital foundations, undermined by erosion channels.
    Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston & James D. Houston  --  Farewell to Manzanar
  • Fear undermines logic and opens up all sorts of opportunities for people like me.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • Yet this tension exists within the limits of urban life, undermining it and supporting it in the same gesture of being.
    Richard Wright  --  Native Son
  • They can only undermine it.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Cuban Missle Crisis Speech
  • As the King's Champion, she might find ways to save countless lives—ways to undermine the king's authority.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • You are being undermined, pitilessly undermined, and—and it is really melancholy to see you so calm about it.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • She saw now that she had undermined his authority in all eyes by flouting his orders.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • They had no right to undermine him now.
    Ted Dekker  --  Red: The Heroic Rescue
  • Broad smiles and hollow laughter were undermined by trembling legs and shaking hands.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • That, coupled with their shaken confidence, could undermine everything they'd accomplished so far.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • He can't be allowed to dock points... that would be ridiculous... it would completely undermine the prefect system.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • How long could he hold out before he, too, became lost in the hunger and fatigue that undermined his decisions?
    Velma Wallis  --  Two Old Women
  • But the wrong to the Indian was the undermining of his faith.
    Zane Grey  --  The Rainbow Trail

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