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Jonathan Alter

Jonathan Alter is an analyst and contributing correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC. He is a former senior editor and columnist for Newsweek, where he worked for twenty-eight years, writing more than fifty cover stories. He has also written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Vanity Fair, The New Republic, and other publications. He is the author of The Promise: President Obama, Year One and The Defining Moment: FDR’s Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope, both New York Times bestsellers, and Between the Lines, a collection of his Newsweek columns.
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Jonathan Alter
Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. I don't like mottos but believe in staying skeptical yet idealistic.

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. Photographic memory for names and faces.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. "But" and "hey"

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. A day on vacation with my wife and our three kids.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. Hubristic unthoughtfulness

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