Verbatim: Nov. 22, 2004

"The objective of securing the safety of Americans from crime and terror has been achieved."

JOHN ASHCROFT, Attorney General, in his handwritten letter of resignation to President George W. Bush

"I am not apologizing for being a gay American but rather for having let personal feelings impact my decision making and for not having had the courage to be open about who I was."

JAMES MCGREEVEY, former Governor of New Jersey, in his resignation speech in Trenton last week

"It is a pity it was used in other inadmissible conflicts."

MIKHAIL KALASHNIKOV, the Russian general who created the world's most widely...

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