Journalists are accused of being lapdogs when they don't ask the hard questions, but then accused of being rude when they do. Good thing we have tough hides.

— Gwen Ifill

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If it were the Clinton people, they'd be sitting around figuring out how to pull themselves out. Instead the president is continuing to go around the country and peddling Social Security, which the needle is not moving on.

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We needed someone to recognize the importance of check and balances, accountability, transparency. There was a real systemic problem at South Carolina State, a problem that has gone on for 25 or 30 years

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I knew early on that I wanted to be a reporter, but I didn't know I was a political journalist until my first job in Boston, in the '70s, covering the public school committee at a time when busing was a huge issue. Children's lives were being directly affected by political decisions, and that's when I realized that everything is politics.

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The latest national polls show a tightening in the race to the White House, especially in key states like Ohio and Florida. But when it comes down to it, winning in November [2016] will depend on which candidate has a viable path to 270 electoral votes.

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History shows that people often do cast their votes for amorphous reasons-the most powerful among them being the need for change. Just ask Bill Clinton.

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It's funny, everywhere I go some people ask me whether it's going to be a Latino breakthrough, some people ask me whether it's going to be a female breakthrough, and then I'm reminded that five years ago we didn't even know Barack Obama's name.

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Barack Obama didn't get elected president, would never have been elected president, had he decided to run as a black candidate. In order to reach the broadest number of people you have to speak to their interests as broadly as you can.

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I see a pretty bright line between analysis and opinion.

And so, to that end, my goal on Friday nights is to try to assemble the smartest reporters who are available to me that week who have been involved in covering the news.

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A lot of Democrats are not that upset with Howard Dean.

Howard Dean gets out here and he says these inflammatory things, and he doesn't apologize. He doesn't back down a little bit.

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People do still cheer for the President.

And some of the military audiences are more likely to cheer than others. I have seen him speak lately in front of groups like Freedom House, where the applause was a long time coming.

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When the President was asked about global warming at a public appearance yesterday, he responded by talking about America's addiction to oil. You make the connection.

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About Gwen Ifill

Quotes 50 sayings
Profession Journalist
Birthday September 29, 1955

On immigration, there are a lot of hurdles before anything arrives at the White House.

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Folks who are getting their strokes in the South are not as unhappy with Howard Dean. You don't see anybody starting any movement to get him out of office.

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One of the things that Africa needs, everybody seems to agree, is some measure of debt relief.

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One of the unwritten rules in a presidential news conference is that he'll answer questions. If he chooses not to, there's not much you can do about it other than make yourself look like an idiot screaming, which to me is counterproductive.

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If you take the conflicts we are used to dealing with, race over the years in America, and you combine that with the desire or aspiration to political power or taking power from other people, which is what politics is all about, you end up with a lot more friction than you would normally see with just straight-ahead politics.

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Even marginal progress could be affected by investigations in Little Rock and in Washington.

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In the media universe we're in, where there are people screaming on one end, there is no problem at all with having a little bit of extra politeness.

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The questions about Donald Trump temperament were raised - he suggested that the only way to stop Hillary Clinton from appointing judges that they disagreed with is that maybe the Second Amendment folks could handle it.

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All of our panelists are deeply engaged in the topics at hand, so that leaves me free to convene a little dinner party, sans alcohol, and invite the rest of America to listen in.

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Our position has never been that people should be forced out of Scouting.

We have always said that the values of Scouting are universal they should be welcome to everyone who is willing to live by the Scout oath and the Scout law.

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I want to see a Republican Party that is a big tent, inclusive party that welcomes all people to be Republicans and to contribute their ideas and support our position of providing opportunity to the American people. And I believe he goes in the opposite direction and deepens the divisions that are so pervasive in our society today.

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Act right all the time, because someone's always watching.

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I'm not in love. I'm not out of love. I'm just trying to find some version of the truth.

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Hope springs eternal, even in politics.

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Change comes from listening, learning, caring and conversation.

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No parent should be denied from their Scouting - their son's Scouting experience simply because those parents happen to be gay.

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Because I would never work for a niche publication or a niche program on television and because I am a journalist and not an opinion person, my job is to try to see how many different points of view I can represent or how. It's not even a question of who you don't offend because you are always going to offend somebody. The question is how can you get people to listen to the information you have to present.

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I just think we as consumers of information media must be very clear what it is we are consuming. Whether we are choosing to get our information by listening to people fight about it. Or whether we're choosing to get it by listening to the facts or watching the facts as they're laid out and then reaching our own conclusions. It's very different ways of info gathering, but it's not all journalism.

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Discrimination at any level sends a harmful message to youth, gay or straight alike, and that discrimination has no place in Scouting.

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I'm not quite certain how you can force a candidate to stick by the rules.

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If you take the same child and put them in two different places, it will dramatically shape the way in which their economic outcomes are realized later in life.

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I actually think agendas are more often found in State of the Union speeches than in inaugural speeches.

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I'm not really good at being predictive, so I guess I'm willing to be surprised.

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It's never too late to move to a good place to try to improve your child's outcomes in adulthood.

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It's not surprising that you wouldn't see that side of me on television, but in real life I find the world to be quite a funny place.

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There's five factors or characteristics of places where kids from poor backgrounds don't do very well. And those are places that have more economic and racial segregation, places with more income inequality.

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I find that those who voted for George W.

Bush are less offended by his religious references, and those who voted for Bill Clinton did not seem offended at all when people prayed at his inauguration.

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People are always surprised when they see me speak live that I have a sense of humor. And I say, Well, you know, there's not much opportunity to laugh when you're reporting the dread news of the day.

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Poor children in Baltimore face even worse odds than low-income kids elsewhere, mostly because they remain in impoverished neighborhoods.

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When you are interviewing someone, you have a chance to follow up, to press, to dig in. In a debate there's 30 seconds for the other guy, too. And the goal is to get them to engage with each other, not to engage you necessarily.

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[It's] Rare for a first lady to be running for president.

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Mormon leaders said in a statement they will reexamine their ties to the Boy Scouts. "The church," they said, "has always welcomed all boys to its Scouting units regardless of sexual orientation. However, the admission of openly gay leaders is inconsistent with the doctrines of the church and what have traditionally been the values of the Boy Scouts of America."

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This is what happens with a breakthrough.

The first ones through the door often get bruised if not broken. Eventually, with a little political acumen and racial sensitivity and a lot of hard work, a smooth new place can emerge.

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I think I'm careful. My goal is to try to stay away as much from opinion journalism as possible.

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I certainly don't think Donald Trump suggesting violence in any way.

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I spent my career trying to speak to the broadest possible audience whether it's in print or whether it's in television.

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We used to say in the black community that if somebody else caught a cold, we caught pneumonia.

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