Verbatim: Dec. 11, 2006

"This begins what may be a crucial week in determining future U.S. involvement in what has become a civil war in that country." BRIAN WILLIAMS, NBC Nightly News anchor, following his network's decision to call the situation in Iraq a "civil war"

"There's all kinds of speculation about what may or may not be happening." PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH, dismissing the use of the term civil war. His preferred phraseology: "sectarian violence"

"Sorry, haters. God is not finished with me yet." ALCEE HASTINGS, Florida Congressman, after House Speaker--elect Nancy Pelosi declined to name him Intelligence Committee chairman

"It seems whenever someone...

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