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" It's been years, decades, since a president has lost a major trade initiative. That would be bad headlines. "
" To me, race is not all about grievance. It is also about pride and empathy and humanity and understanding the value of difference. But along with that, there are also expectations that we should set for ourselves and for others. We should expect to be treated as equal citizens. "
" The President has launched a very agressive campaign of self-defense, with the goal of getting Americans to buy into his vision of America on the world stage. "
" On immigration, there are a lot of hurdles before anything arrives at the White House. "
" As someone who asks questions for a living, there are few things that annoy me more than people who won't ask for themselves. Social media is a great help, but so is something as simple as turning on your television or powering up your laptop to watch a smart news show. "
" I was taught that the search for truth and the search for justice are not incompatible and are, in fact, essential. "
" I learned how to cover race riots by telephone. They didn't pay me enough at my first newspaper job to venture onto the grounds of South Boston High School when bricks were being thrown. Instead, I would telephone the headmaster and ask him to relay to me the number of broken chairs in the cafeteria each day. "
" The common agenda both sides seem to share is: Whatever works. "
" I loved covering presidential politics - not so much because of the candidates but because of the people it allowed me to talk to. "
" If someone is complaining about the question or the questioner rather than providing an answer, they're usually trying to change the subject. "
" One of the best features of my career is that I have gotten to meet and work with some of the most stellar people in the business. From Tim Russert and Jim Lehrer to Bryant Gumbel, Andrea Mitchell and Judy Woodruff, I have learned from the leading lights. "
" Hope springs eternal, even in politics. "
" Authentic apology is a tricky thing to pull off in politics, which is why it so seldom occurs. Plausible deniability must be preserved. True contrition has to be displayed. Traitors to the cause must be immediately be jettisoned. Most of all, the goal is to stop the bleeding. "
" When population shifts - brought about by fair housing laws, affirmative action and landmark school desegregation rulings - political power is challenged as well. "
" Because I have moderated two general election debates - in 2004 and 2008 - I know better than to carp from the sidelines. I am confident in my accomplishment of having had Queen Latifah portray me on 'Saturday Night Live' both years. "
" Is it unreasonable to have proof of citizenship when entering another country? "
" Did I say that the President's entire job is image management? Of course not. "
" 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. "
" Once they have actually left office, we seem to grow fonder of our ex-presidents - and they of each other. That's why so many sighed in approval at Michelle Obama's public display of affection with George W. Bush at last month's dedication of the National Museum of African-American History and Culture. "
" I was very conscious of the world being this very crazed place that demanded explanation. I didn't see a whole lot of people who looked like me doing it on television. "
" Moderating a debate means spending more time with briefing books than with your children. It means writing and rewriting and rephrasing. It means finding a way to be alert enough to notice when your question goes unanswered and nimble enough to decide what you will do about that on the spot. "
" If you start to catalog Hillary Clinton's positions between now and 2008, we're going to have a lot of conversations because there are a lot of places for her to go. "
" 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. "
" There seems to be more abiding interest in unearthing old memos abroad than there is here. "
" We will wait to see if it is a doozy before we decide how to cover it, and what it all means. "
" If Donald Trump has proved anything, it is that there is nothing more powerful than a candidate's voice. "
" Don't count out other amazing programming like Frontline. You will still find more hours of in-depth news programming, investigative journalism and analysis on PBS than on any other outlet. "
" I recognize that it often serves competitors best to talk past each other - especially when you are trying to claim the fleeting attentions of voters on a debate stage or on social media. But think how much more clarity we could get if the people who wanted to be president clearly explained why he or she is the better choice. "
" Can't disagree with the need for a grasp of history. "
" Whatever their motivations, lawmakers on both side of the aisle have certainly discovered that immigration is one of those issues that resonate strongly with the public. "
" Hyperbole is not easily dealt with. Usually, it collapses under its own weight. "