In the press grandstand where I watched Discovery rise against the cloudless sky, the media hit the abort button on cynicism. The Earth shook to the sounds of man, three miles away. The candle lit. . . only someone stripped of awe can leave a launch untouched.

— Jonathan Alter

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It sometimes takes a while for executives to figure out that the reporters they think of as little bugs to be squashed or spun can be more powerful than they are.

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Every patient reacts a little differently, both biologically and psychologically. The only constant in cancer is inconstancy; the only certainty is a future of uncertainty, a truism for all of modern life but one made vivid by life-threatening illness.

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If Franz Kafka were alive today he'd be writing about customer service.

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The price of loyalty is incompetence.

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By laying the groundwork for a system centered on home ownership rather than the public housing popular in Europe, the New Deal made possible the great postwar housing boom that populated the Sun Belt and boosted millions of Americans into the middle class, where, ironically, they often became Republicans.

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The only thing worse than a silly politician analyzing art is a silly artist analyzing politics

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The key to fixing education is better teaching, and the key to better teaching is figuring out who can teach and who can't.

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Logic can convince but only emotion can motivate.

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If it's easy for the government to learn about us, it should be easier for us to learn about the government.

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Almost no one under 60 remembers what fundraising was like before Watergate.

Until the 1970s, campaign money was collected by "bagmen," familiar characters from the world of organized crime. As fans of Boardwalk Empire know, a bagman is a political fixer who walked around with stacks of $100 and $1,000 bills. At lower levels, he used brown paper bags. In presidential campaigns, the cash was more likely to be in briefcases. Classier that way.

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They say that 'history is an argument without end.

' In Thompson's skillful hands, this momentous argument between two old friends on the most critical issue of the last century is thus history at its best. Thompson's judicious and delicious depiction of Nitze and Kennan will fascinate anyone who cares about the Cold War or the ways that human beings shape the future.

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With his ABC News experience, perhaps Pierre Salinger's next job could be cohosting-with Oliver Stone-a 24-hour Conspiracy Network.

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About Jonathan Alter

Quotes 17 sayings
Profession Journalist
Birthday October 6, 1957

Obama was willing to compromise and Republicans were not.

That's not a biased statement. One of my problems with the limitations of journalism is that straightforward descriptions of reality are seen as being biased.

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The basic problem is with the business model of journalism.

That business model is premised on the idea that talk is cheap and reporting is expensive.

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I think it's a terrible system, but money in politics is like water running downhill -- it finds its way.

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The only reason the House hasn't done even more damage is that the Senate often sands down the most noxious ideas, making the bills merely bad, not disastrous.

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