Verbatim: May 22, 2006

"Are you telling me that tens of millions of Americans are involved with al-Qaeda?"

PATRICK LEAHY, Democratic Senator from Vermont, on reports that the National Security Agency has amassed the phone records of millions of U.S. homes and businesses since 9/11, in search of patterns that might lead to terrorist networks

"Where is all this pathos about protecting human rights and democracy when it comes to the need to pursue their own interests?"

VLADIMIR PUTIN, Russian President, responding to Vice President Dick Cheney's accusations that Russia is cutting back on democracy

"I would say the best moment of all was...

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