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Dispatches Quotables

"It's regrettable."

Terry Hartle, senior vice president of the American Council on Education on colleges and universities annually raising tuition at a rate much faster than inflation. The College Board reported last week that tuition prices rose 6.5 percent this fall at four-year public colleges and 4.4 percent at private colleges.

"Very rarely did we communicate through the press anything that we didn't absolutely control."

White House Communications Director Anita Dunn on the Obama team's strategy for delivering its message during the 2008 campaign.

"If the White House can reach out to the Iranians and North Koreans, for gosh sakes, they can talk to Shepard Smith."

Matthew Cooper of The Atlantic on the Obama administration's attempts to marginalize Fox News.

"You can kill Taliban forever, because they are not a finite number."

Gen. Stanley McChrystal, commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, on the need to do more than kill Taliban fighters to win the war.

"There is a certain way things get done in Detroit. And this is part of that political process. It is part of our culture."

Jai-Lee Dearing, a businessman running for city council in Detroit, on political candidates in the city paying groups for their endorsement.

"The stagehands benefit from a strong union."

Philip Boroff, a reporter for the Bloomberg news service, in a story about the $530,044 in salary and benefits made by Dennis O'Connell, who oversees props at Carnegie Hall in New York City. The two carpenters and two electricians who make up the rest of the stage crew had average incomes in 2008 of $430,543.