Verbatim: Aug. 13, 2007

'I get a lot more credit for, you know, being the puppeteer than I am. I express my opinion. Honestly, I'm not the decision maker.' ELIZABETH EDWARDS, wife of former Senator John Edwards, responding to speculation that she is a controlling force behind her husband's presidential-campaign decisions

'The responsibility for this utter defeat rests with me.'

SHINZO ABE, Prime Minister of Japan, who refused to resign after his Liberal Democratic Party lost its majority in the upper house for the first time since 1955

'We are no longer going to be part of the security forces; we are going...

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