Verbatim: Nov. 10, 2003

"The MISSION ACCOMPLISHED sign, of course, was put up by the members of the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln, saying that their mission was accomplished." PRESIDENT BUSH, on the banner that was used as a backdrop for his appearance aboard an aircraft carrier to declare the end of major combat operations in Iraq in May. His spokesman later clarified: Though the Navy requested the banner, the White House made it

"The clouds are ominous over somebody else's backyard miles away, and an hour later, the flames are right in front of you." JOSEPH EVANS, insurance sales executive whose family had to evacuate...

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