Reporter's Notebook

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An ongoing collection of the best things we hear from our sources. (Earlier archive here.)

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Quoted: The Extravagance Edition


Wind, fall: “Treats and vices. Last month, I bought a yo-yo,” Adder, who lives in a utopian community, on how he spends his money.

Buying time: “I do worry that this will be an excuse for a big spend-fest,” Stephen Moore, a conservative economist, on Donald Trump’s ambitious infrastructure plans.

Over budget: “That might fly in Scandinavia, but not here,” Peter Muennig, a professor of public-health policy, on the cost of replacing lead pipes in homes across the U.S.

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When you don’t know what you don’t know: “[It] is too easy to say, ‘Oh, I don’t know what I’m doing. Everything is magical and I don’t understand it,’” Samuel Arbesman, who studies technology.

When what you don’t know can’t hurt you: “It’s one of the few times in medicine that it’s far more important to begin treatment and ask questions later,” Jason Persoff, a professor of medicine, on cardiac arrest.

...and when it comes back to haunt you: “What’s been going on with the presidential discourse has allowed this alligator to crawl out of the swamp. It’s been living there. We haven’t been seeing it. We haven’t been focused on it much. But now it’s back,” Caroline Fayard, who is running for U.S. senator in Louisiana, on her opponent, white supremacist David Duke.

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Going down: “It’s becoming a Titanic situation, where everyone wants to grab a lifeboat,” Ben Howe, a conservative Republican who supports Hillary Clinton, on the Republican Party.

Non-starter: “The education system in this country has never worked for poor people and people of color. We’re not calling for the status quo,” Hiram Rivera, an author of the Black Lives Matter education platform.

Not started: “It’s crazy how much they could have done in advance and nothing was done,” Christina Frigo, a pregnant woman in Miami, on the region’s response to Zika.

Donald Trump eats a pork chop at the Iowa State Fair. Charlie Riedel / AP

Hungry for attention: “He’s like mayonnaise on a ham sandwich! Donald is the ham,” Becky Bost, who supports Donald Trump, on vice presidential nominee Mike Pence.

Hungry for business: “It’s not just about the share of stomach anymore. ... It’s about share of attention,” Ben Miller, an analyst at Taco Bell, on attracting customers.

Hungry for change: “You create difficulties to sell solutions,” Paulo Sotero, a Brazilian journalist, on how bureaucracy fits into Brazil’s economy.

Hillary Clinton jumps at the chance for a test on July 29, 2016. Mark Kauzlarich / Reuters

Trying times: “You’re not going to have people jumping up and down saying, ‘Test me! Test me!’” Glenda Gray, a doctor and scientist, on the stigma of tuberculosis.

Clinical trials: “We try it on one human being. Well, that didn’t seem to kill them. Then we try it on another,” Mary Foulkes, a former FDA director, on the process of testing drugs.

Trial by fire: “When you climb inside the belly of the aircraft, it's like climbing inside of a tin can sitting out in the sun,” Paul Mozeak, who loads baggage into planes.

What’s the verdict? “Enacting these kinds of state laws shows that the world doesn’t collapse when we create additional protections against gender discrimination,” Ariane Hegewisch, who studies women’s earnings, on a Massachusetts equal-pay law.

Joshua Roberts / Reuters

Who can you count on? Definitely not Donald Trump. As President Obama said in a press conference about the candidates he’s run against: “I never thought they couldn’t do the job. … But that’s not the situation here.”

Hillary Clinton’s trusty pantsuit. As Megan Garber writes, it’s the kind of outfit that says, “Please stop talking about my clothes.”

The Bachelorette’s choice. As People magazine headlined it: “I Know I Can Trust Him.”

Expert advice. As political scientist Walter Stone’s mother asked him in 1992: “Can you guarantee that Ross Perot will lose? Because if you can, I’m going to vote for him.”