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August 11, 2011 | By S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times Restaurant Critic
Beneath an old diving helmet straight out of Jules Verne, a couple seated at a corner of the raw bar feed each other oysters, clams, bites of lobster. They eat slowly, luxuriously, between sips of wine. He whispers in her ear. She laughs and pops a shrimp in her mouth. Behind the bar, a cook deftly shucks oysters, tucks a little more ice around a lipstick-red lobster and slides a plate of peel 'n' eat shrimp over to a guy at the other end of the bar. This is Hungry Cat Santa Monica Canyon, the third iteration of David Lentz's wildly popular Hollywood seafood restaurant (the second is in Santa Barbara)
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OPINION
September 7, 2011 | By Harold Meyerson
This week, the state Senate and Assembly may take up a legislative rarity: a bill that could actually strengthen democracy in California. The measure, championed by Senate Democratic leader Darrell Steinberg, would mandate that initiatives be voted on only in general elections, not in primaries. Steinberg's brainchild has been condemned as just the latest partisan ploy from a Sacramento pol. Republicans complain that it seeks to move a ballot measure they support — barring unions from spending some of their members' dues on election campaigns — from next year's June primary to the November general election.
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NEWS
September 5, 2011 | By Christi Parsons, Washington Bureau
President Obama sent a warning shot across the bow of congressional Republicans in his Labor Day speech in Detroit this afternoon, pledging to hold them accountable publicly if they fail to support the job-creation plan he puts forth later this week. The proposal he'll outline in his address to Congress on Thursday is filled with “bipartisan ideas,” Obama said, and Republicans can either get on board or explain their refusal to the American people. “I'm going to propose ways to put people to work [that]
NEWS
September 5, 2011 | By Christi Parsons, Washington Bureau
President Obama sent a warning shot across the bow of congressional Republicans in his Labor Day speech in Detroit this afternoon, pledging to hold them accountable publicly if they fail to support the job-creation plan he puts forth later this week. The proposal he'll outline in his address to Congress on Thursday is filled with “bipartisan ideas,” Obama said, and Republicans can either get on board or explain their refusal to the American people. “I'm going to propose ways to put people to work [that]
NEWS
August 8, 2011 | By Peter Nicholas
With markets rattled by the downgrade in the U.S. credit rating, President Obama sought to reassure the public that America remains a "Triple A country" and voiced hope that the news will prod the two parties to reach agreement on a long-term plan to cut the nation's deficit. Obama, in an afternoon speech that was part pep talk, said the country is still a safe bet for investors. "That doesn't mean we don't have a problem," the president said, speaking from the State Dining Room.
NEWS
June 11, 2011 | By James Oliphant and Kathleen Hennessey
Facing the most intense calls yet for his resignation, Rep. Anthony Weiner said Saturday that he will seek professional help in the wake of a still-raging scandal over his online sexual liaisons with at least six women. After House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats declared that the New York Democrat should quit, Weiner's office instead said that he will take a leave of absence to seek treatment. "Congressman Weiner departed this morning to seek professional treatment to focus on becoming a better husband and healthier person," said a spokeswoman for Weiner.
NEWS
August 22, 2011 | By Maeve Reston
Though gunfights continued in the streets of Tripoli and Moammar Kadafi's whereabouts were unknown, the debate had already begun in political circles Monday about whether the crumbling of the Kadafi regime was a victory for President Obama. Obama has shouldered criticism for months from Republican rivals, as well as members of his own party, about the cost of the mission and his decision to commit U.S. military resources without congressional approval. Even Republican candidates who supported some level of U.S. military involvement in Libya, like Republican front-runner Mitt Romney, often accused Obama of devoting more than $1 billion toward a mission that had no clear strategy or endgame.
OPINION
August 2, 2011 | Jonah Goldberg
After Pearl Harbor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt's presidency changed. As he put it in 1943, "Dr. New Deal" had to be replaced by "Dr. Win the War. " It was a colossal policy switch, but it wasn't an extreme makeover politically. He was still the same FDR, and the public understood the need for change. And it saved his presidency. As President Obama's former economic advisor Larry Summers said recently, "Never forget ? that if Hitler had not come along, Franklin Roosevelt would have left office in 1941 with an unemployment rate in excess of 15% and an economic recovery strategy that had basically failed.
NEWS
June 14, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli
[ Updated, 11:25 a.m. June 14: Jon Huntsman, the former Utah governor and President Obama's first ambassador to China, will launch his bid to unseat the president next week, he announced Tuesday. Speaking in New York at a forum on China with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, Huntsman said he'll announce his candidacy "a week from today. " Sources close to the Republican say the kickoff event will take place at Liberty State Park, followed by a campaign swing through key early-voting states.]
WORLD
August 20, 2011 | By Borzou Daragahi and Ramin Mostaghim, Los Angeles Times
Iranian authorities imposed a harsh, eight-year sentence on two Americans arrested along the border with Iraq in 2009, state television cited an unnamed judicial source as saying Saturday, in a stunning verdict that could further strain relations between Washington and Tehran. Shane Bauer and Joshua Fattal, who have already been held in Tehran's infamous Evin Prison for two years, have 20 days to appeal their convictions on charges of illegal entry into Iranian territory and espionage.
OPINION
September 1, 2011
The Justice Department filed suit Wednesday to block AT&T's proposed $39-billion takeover of wireless rival T-Mobile USA, with its top antitrust lawyer declaring, "Any way you look at this transaction, it is anticompetitive. " Only the most ideologically hidebound supporters of the deal ever claimed it would boost competition, however. The question has always been whether the benefits it could deliver would outweigh the loss of an innovative, low-priced service provider. That's a far murkier issue.
WORLD
August 28, 2011 | By Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
A top-ranking rebel government official Sunday dismissed a supposed offer by Moammar Kadafi to negotiate a transition, insisting that the country's long-time ruler should turn himself in. The Associated Press reported that Musa Ibrahim, a spokesman for Kadafi's all but toppled government, had called its New York office to offer talks on a "transfer of power," saying the leader's son Saadi would conduct the negotiations. He said Kadafi remained in Libya but did not specify where. A top official of the National Transitional Council rejected the offer.
NEWS
August 22, 2011 | By Maeve Reston
Though gunfights continued in the streets of Tripoli and Moammar Kadafi's whereabouts were unknown, the debate had already begun in political circles Monday about whether the crumbling of the Kadafi regime was a victory for President Obama. Obama has shouldered criticism for months from Republican rivals, as well as members of his own party, about the cost of the mission and his decision to commit U.S. military resources without congressional approval. Even Republican candidates who supported some level of U.S. military involvement in Libya, like Republican front-runner Mitt Romney, often accused Obama of devoting more than $1 billion toward a mission that had no clear strategy or endgame.
WORLD
August 20, 2011 | By Borzou Daragahi and Ramin Mostaghim, Los Angeles Times
Iranian authorities imposed a harsh, eight-year sentence on two Americans arrested along the border with Iraq in 2009, state television cited an unnamed judicial source as saying Saturday, in a stunning verdict that could further strain relations between Washington and Tehran. Shane Bauer and Joshua Fattal, who have already been held in Tehran's infamous Evin Prison for two years, have 20 days to appeal their convictions on charges of illegal entry into Iranian territory and espionage.
WORLD
August 17, 2011 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
An Indian government attempt to head off a political crisis by arresting a key anti-corruption activist appeared to backfire Tuesday when Parliament walked out and demonstrations erupted around the country. Plainclothes police surrounded activist Anna Hazare early Tuesday morning as the septuagenarian left his home to begin a hunger strike in protest of alleged widespread corruption, reportedly forbidding him to leave the premises. When he defied them, officers took him into custody on preemptory charges of "breach of peace.
FOOD
August 11, 2011 | By S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times Restaurant Critic
Beneath an old diving helmet straight out of Jules Verne, a couple seated at a corner of the raw bar feed each other oysters, clams, bites of lobster. They eat slowly, luxuriously, between sips of wine. He whispers in her ear. She laughs and pops a shrimp in her mouth. Behind the bar, a cook deftly shucks oysters, tucks a little more ice around a lipstick-red lobster and slides a plate of peel 'n' eat shrimp over to a guy at the other end of the bar. This is Hungry Cat Santa Monica Canyon, the third iteration of David Lentz's wildly popular Hollywood seafood restaurant (the second is in Santa Barbara)
WORLD
August 28, 2011 | By Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
A top-ranking rebel government official Sunday dismissed a supposed offer by Moammar Kadafi to negotiate a transition, insisting that the country's long-time ruler should turn himself in. The Associated Press reported that Musa Ibrahim, a spokesman for Kadafi's all but toppled government, had called its New York office to offer talks on a "transfer of power," saying the leader's son Saadi would conduct the negotiations. He said Kadafi remained in Libya but did not specify where. A top official of the National Transitional Council rejected the offer.
OPINION
September 1, 2011
The Justice Department filed suit Wednesday to block AT&T's proposed $39-billion takeover of wireless rival T-Mobile USA, with its top antitrust lawyer declaring, "Any way you look at this transaction, it is anticompetitive. " Only the most ideologically hidebound supporters of the deal ever claimed it would boost competition, however. The question has always been whether the benefits it could deliver would outweigh the loss of an innovative, low-priced service provider. That's a far murkier issue.
OPINION
August 9, 2011
The credit ratings firm Standard & Poor's didn't enhance its tarnished credibility with its decision Friday to downgrade Treasury securities from "risk-free" AAA to AA+. Having seen no evil during much of the housing boom, S&P has flipped to the other extreme in regard to Washington's fiscal problems, declaring T-bills to be a less reliable investment than bonds issued by Luxembourg or the Isle of Man. Its overreaction prompted sell-offs in financial...
NEWS
August 8, 2011 | By Peter Nicholas
With markets rattled by the downgrade in the U.S. credit rating, President Obama sought to reassure the public that America remains a "Triple A country" and voiced hope that the news will prod the two parties to reach agreement on a long-term plan to cut the nation's deficit. Obama, in an afternoon speech that was part pep talk, said the country is still a safe bet for investors. "That doesn't mean we don't have a problem," the president said, speaking from the State Dining Room.
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