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March 19, 2014 |
Robert S. Strauss, a one-time chairman of the Democratic National Committee and a Washington insider who combined earthy Texas charm with raw political power, died Wednesday. He was 95. A spokesman for Strauss' Washington law firm, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, confirmed his death but would release no other details. A U.S. trade representative in the Carter administration, Strauss was a poker-playing, cigar-chomping, power-lunch-eating rainmaker who was so successful at recruiting mega-clients that he stopped billing by the hour in the 1970s.
March 17, 2014 |
Times columnist Helene Elliott rates the pluses and minuses in the NHL from the previous week: + The Dallas Stars' medical staff acted quickly and decisively in treating forward Rich Peverley after he collapsed on the bench last week because of an irregular heartbeat. He will undergo a heart procedure and will sit out the rest of the season, but the medical personnel on duty at the American Airlines Center saved his life. + Kudos to New York Islanders forward John Tavares for reaching out to Jake Lotocki, an 11-year-old Winnipeg boy who was rudely heckled for wearing a Tavares jersey to a recent Jets game.
March 16, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee said Sunday that the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was "not an accident," but he stopped short of suggesting terrorism was involved. "One thing we know: This was not an accident. It was an intentional, deliberate act to bring down this airplane," Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) said on "Fox News Sunday. " "We don't have any evidence this was terrorist-related, although you can't rule that out at this point in time.
March 15, 2014 |
I fear for the future of James Franco's acting career. And when I say acting, I'm referring to Franco's portrayal of other characters, not the growing number of meta performances the actor is amassing. It's not that Franco is bad at playing Franco. If anything, the problem is how good his self-referential work has become in the years since his 2011 Oscar nomination for playing someone else in "127 Hours. " That performance as a stranded solo hiker, the fear rising, the bravado breaking down, put him on the hot list of the young and the talented.
March 12, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama assured acting Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk on Wednesday that Russia would suffer significant consequences if it stayed on its military path toward Ukraine, a threat the Pentagon bolstered by acknowledging plans to fortify the U.S. military presence in the region. Speaking in the Oval Office on Wednesday with Yatsenyuk at his side, Obama vowed that the U.S. and other countries would be "forced to apply a cost" to Russia if President Vladimir Putin didn't loosen his grip on Ukraine's Crimea region.
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March 11, 2014 |
President Obama expanded the California Coastal National Monument on Tuesday by adding the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands on the Mendocino County coast, a region of dramatic and wind-swept bluffs and dunes. Obama acted unilaterally after legislation expanding the monument stalled in Congress. The presidential order will add 1,665 acres of federal land north of the town of Point Arena to the monument, which was established in 2000 to protect marine habitat and the thousands of islands and reefs that hug 1,110 miles of California coastline.
March 11, 2014 |
Perhaps we'll be seeing less of Lena Dunham on screen in the future: The "Girls" talent says she might consider quitting acting to focus on some of her other work. But don't worry, she's not going far. "I don't know if I'm going to want to act anymore. I'm always relieved on the days I don't have to. I'd rather give parts to other women than be the woman having the parts," the Golden Globe-winning 27-year-old said in the April issue of Glamour, which hits newsstands March 18. Appearing in the critically acclaimed HBO series about four 20-something women growing up in New York isn't the only thing on her plate.
March 10, 2014 |
After the coffee. Before seeing how "Cosmos" did in the ratings. The Skinny: Man there was a lot of good TV last night. We had the "True Detective" finale, the return of "The Good Wife," the debuts of "Cosmos" and "Resurrection," and, of course, "Girls" and "The Walking Dead. " Alas, my Time Warner Cable DVR didn't record "The Good Wife" so I missed the first 20 minutes. Hope Comcast does better (see below). Today's headlines include the weekend box office recap and a look at the future of music.
March 9, 2014 |
The confirmation in December that former CIA Director Leon Panetta let classified information slip to "Zero Dark Thirty" screenwriter Mark Boal during a speech at the agency headquarters should result in a criminal espionage charge if there is any truth to Obama administration claims that it isn't enforcing the Espionage Act only against political opponents. I'm one of the people the Obama administration charged with criminal espionage, one of those whose lives were torn apart by being accused, essentially, of betraying his country.
March 8, 2014 |
Horton Foote's "The Trip to Bountiful" is a deceptively small story. An elderly woman named Carrie Watts, living a stifling and increasingly marginalized existence with her son and daughter-in-law, is determined to return to her tiny hometown in the South. And so one day she does, escaping the bonds of age and family to board a bus headed toward Bountiful, Texas. There are few roles available to women of a certain age, fewer still that allow such performers to wield the subtle but symphonic skills that can only be acquired through a lifetime of fine acting.