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"Dude, I go to Chili's all the time and have two-for-one margaritas, and then I get in my car. Am I drunk? No!"

         ------   Now ex-Miami Herald reporter Jose Cassola, after a drunk-driving arrest.

And while we're at it, here's the understatement of the week, from a story about a teenager with a gun and a generalized contempt for traditional family values:


"Her grandson was being very disrespectful," Anderson said. "She asked him to leave and upon leaving when they got to parking lot, he said a few choice words to her and started shooting at her." The suspect's father said his son does not have a good relationship with his grandmother.

Jeffrey Goldberg is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and a recipient of the National Magazine Award for Reporting. He is the author of Prisoners: A Story of Friendship and Terror. More

Before joining The Atlantic in 2007, Goldberg was a Middle East correspondent, and the Washington correspondent, for The New Yorker. He was previouslly a correspondent for The New York Times Magazine and New York magazine. He has also written for the Jewish Daily Forward and was a columnist for The Jerusalem Post.

Goldberg's book Prisoners was hailed as one of the best books of 2006 by the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, The Progressive, Washingtonian magazine, and Playboy. He received the 2003 National Magazine Award for Reporting for his coverage of Islamic terrorism and the 2005 Anti-Defamation League Daniel Pearl Prize. He is also the winner of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists prize for best international investigative journalist; the Overseas Press Club award for best human-rights reporting; and the Abraham Cahan Prize in Journalism.

In 2001, Goldberg was appointed the Syrkin Fellow in Letters of the Jerusalem Foundation, and in 2002 he became a public-policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

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