Verbatim: Oct. 23, 2006

"In 20/20 hindsight, probably you could do everything a little bit better."

DENNIS HASTERT, Republican Speaker of the House, conceding that he could have handled the congressional-page scandal more deftly but resisting continued calls for his resignation

"I do not kill women."

RAMZAN KADYROV, Prime Minister of Chechnya, denying any role in the murder of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya, who wrote articles alleging that he perpetrated human-rights abuses

"Our presence exacerbates the security problems."

RICHARD DANNATT, head of the British army, whose call for a pullout from Iraq "sometime soon" shocked his country's government

"Interesting name, Kickbusch. Sounds like a...

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