Verbatim: Nov. 6, 2006

"You ought to just back off, take a look at it, relax, understand that it's complicated." DONALD RUMSFELD, Defense Secretary, when asked about reports, denied by Baghdad, that the U.S. and Iraq had set a timeline for Iraq to take more control of its security. October was the year's bloodiest month for U.S. troops in Iraq. As of last week, 96 had died

"My high school picture was cute." HILLARY CLINTON, Democratic Senator from New York, after her G.O.P. opponent, John Spencer, said, "I don't know why Bill married her" and suggested she'd had millions of dollars of plastic surgery


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