Undated (AP) _ ''We believed very much in the significance of what we were doing and that our conduct was in furtherance of the president's policies. I also understood that this administration knew of my conduct and approved it.'' - Retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Richard V. Secord, testifying as a joint hearing opened before the House and Senate committees investigating the Iran-Contra scandal.

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''Did I make a mistake by putting myself in circumstances that could be misconstrued? Of course I did, that goes without saying. Did I do anything immoral? I absolutely did not.'' - Gary Hart, on reports linking the Democratic presidential candidate to a young Miami woman, in a speech before the American Newspaper Publishers Association convention in New York.

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All I know is that I've seen enough documents with Kurt Waldheim's initials or signature to know that he was part and parcel of the Nazi killing machine.'' - Edgar Bronfman, the head of the World Jewish Congress, at a news conference in Budapest, Hungary.