Verbatim: Oct. 9, 2006

"We are better prepared. We are safer."

JOHN NEGROPONTE, director of national intelligence, responding to critics who cited a leaked National Intelligence Estimate as proof that the Iraq war has worsened the terrorist threat and criticized the Bush Administration for not releasing it. The NIE--portions of which were declassified last week--calls the war a jihadist "cause célèbre"

"I hope she's the candidate because nothing will energize my [constituency] like Hillary Clinton. If Lucifer ran, he wouldn't."

JERRY FALWELL, evangelist and right-wing activist, on a possible Clinton run for President. He later said his remarks were "totally tongue-in-cheek"

"Fighting terror is...

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