August 14, 2011 |
Tim Pawlenty, the former governor of Minnesota, will end his bid for the GOP nomination after a disapppointing third place finish in the Ames Iowa Straw Poll. In a conference call with supporters, Pawlenty explained how his campaign needed a boost in the Ames poll, which it had failed to get. Pawlenty finished a distant third, behind Reps. Michele Bachman and Ron Paul of Texas. Pawlenty had pitched his canidacy as the one which could unite the GOP's different conservative streams.
June 22, 2011 |
It was the ancient Athenian philosopher Plato who argued that the world of ideas had greater value than the physical world known through sensation, but it took Newt Gingrich to try to make that argument in 21st century America. Gingrich, whose campaign for the GOP nomination for president has been hit by staff resignations, funding problems and, most recently, a Washington Post report that he had two lines of credit at a glitzy jewelry emporium, took on the press Wednesday, sort of a Daniel in the lion’s den moment, to insist his campaign was still alive.
September 2, 2011 |
Former Vice President Dick Cheney suggested Friday that Sarah Palin lacked the "thick skin" needed to serve even in the nation's No. 2 role, the latest critique of a would-be GOP president as part of his book tour. In an interview with conservative talk show host Laura Ingraham, Cheney said he's "never gotten around the question" of why Palin resigned as governor of Alaska in the middle of her first and only term. "I've never heard that adequately explained so that I could understand [it]
August 8, 2011 |
House leaders announced Monday the end of an era: The House page program will be no more. Citing the $5-million cost of the program and the dwindling need for young pages to run papers and messages between congressional offices and the House floor, the historic program will be discontinued. "This decision was not easy," House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco), the minority leader, said in a joint statement, "but it is necessary due to the prohibitive cost of the program and advances in technology that have rendered most page-provided services no longer essential to the smooth functioning of the House.
August 19, 2011
For the last month, Syrian security forces under the command of President Bashar Assad have pummeled the suburbs of Damascus and Homs and, most recently, shelled the port city of Latakia, rounding up thousands of its residents as they fled naval bombardment. Meanwhile, to the west and south, Libyan forces loyal to Moammar Kadafi battled rebels in Zawiya, where an earlier uprising had been brutally put down by the regime. In Libya, the United States is part of a NATO coalition aiding the rebels as they attempt to overthrow Kadafi; in Syria, the United States had, until Thursday, refrained even from saying that Assad should go. The juxtaposition of the two conflicts in the Mediterranean frames the reach of American power in the region and serves as a useful reminder that force, though it has its place, also has its limits.
October 18, 2011
Two years after Frank and Jamie McCourt began their long, ugly, record-breakingly expensive battle over their divorce and their holdings, they have finally reached a truce on the most contested issue: whether the Dodgers are community property. You can have them, Jamie says. Neither has talked about the details, but The Times has reported that Jamie agreed to relinquish her claim to the team for a settlement of $130 million. While that may put a stop to the McCourts' personal fight, it doesn't end the painful saga that Dodgers fans have had to endure, watching their team languish on the field and be put into bankruptcy.