September 19, 2013 |
"Who Asked You?" is Terry McMillan's eighth book, and it is a corker: a long, smooth, Indian-summer cocktail. For all the racy, scandalous pleasures in books such as "Waiting to Exhale" and "How Stella Got Her Groove Back," McMillan is a serious writer, the kind of novelist of whom the late John Gardner strongly approved ("true art is moral"). Her new book is rich in narrative tension, nuanced humor and moral heft absent from many a work of modern "literary fiction. " "The problem with a lot of us is that we don't have a moral compass," McMillan says.
September 16, 2013 |
If California is serious about reducing its prison population, one crucial component will have to be reducing recidivism. Currently, a lot of the state's inmates are men and women who've been in prison more than once. They get out, they have little training or education, they can't get jobs and, in many cases, they return to lives of crime and find themselves back behind bars. But a major new study of correctional education in U.S. state prisons suggests there are things California could do to slow that revolving door.
September 11, 2013 |
Alabama Coach Nick Saban addressed the Yahoo allegations that one of his star former players, D.J. Fluker, received impermissible benefits while attending college. Saban on the Yahoo article: “I didn't read the article, I just came from practice. I know [Alabama Athletic Director Bill Battle] has already made comment on the story. I will say from an administrative standpoint, our people do a fantastic job. I think we have one of the best programs in what we try to do to help our players make good choices and good decisions when it comes to agents.
September 11, 2013 |
Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez knew all the right things to say in his biggest speech since getting the job a few months ago. "I feel at home," Perez told the thousands of union activists gathered at the AFL-CIO convention in Los Angeles on Tuesday. He then spent the next 40 minutes of the keynote address pledging to raise the minimum wage, protect worker rights and look after middle-class and immigrant workers. "Nobody who works 40 hours a week should have to live in poverty," he told union leaders.
September 10, 2013 |
President Obama is scheduled to address the nation at 6 p.m. PDT Tuesday to explain his administration's response to a reported chemical weapons attack in Syria. Although the speech was originally planned to sell the idea of punitive military strikes to a skeptical American public, Obama now finds himself having to explain his decision to also pursue a diplomatic alternative. Prompted by an offhand comment by Secretary of State John F. Kerry, Russia suggested Monday that Syria should hand its chemical weapons over to the international community to be destroyed.
September 9, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - With support for the war in Vietnam sagging and mass protests erupting around the nation, President Nixon invited cameras into the Oval Office in November 1969 and spoke directly to Americans. Seated behind a desk, reading from a prepared text, Nixon explained why an immediate withdrawal would be a blow to freedom and democracy, outlined a plan "to end the war in a way that we could win the peace" and promised to turn over much of the fighting to Vietnamese troops. Playing to mainstream America's patriotism and its skepticism of the counterculture, he concluded, "And so tonight - to you, the great silent majority of my fellow Americans - I ask for your support.
September 8, 2013 |
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) urged labor leaders Sunday to prepare for an uphill battle as they seek to strengthen the labor movement, beat back "powerful interests" and enact financial reform. Warren made a speech at the quadrennial convention of the AFL-CIO, which kicked off Sunday in Los Angeles. The labor federation's convention has brought together traditional union groups with new, progressive allies such as the Sierra Club and the NAACP. Warren, the freshman senator and newest member of the Senate Banking Committee, voiced her support for the labor movement, which has seen its political power wane in recent years as union membership has dropped. Photos: Jobs with the longest and shortest workdays "In every fight to build opportunity in this country ... in every fight for working families, we have been on the front lines because our agenda is America's agenda," Warren said. "But let's be clear, we have always had to run uphill," she said.
September 7, 2013 |
TUCSON - In recent years, the Roman Catholic Church has taken a more active role in pushing for an immigration overhaul that would legalize the millions of men, women and children who are in the country illegally. Clergy have preached from the pulpit about welcoming "the stranger. " Church leaders have staged fasting and prayer events to spotlight the plight of the immigrant. They've even created prayers for "safe migration" to be said out loud by the congregation during Mass - all in hopes of persuading parishioners to support what they call a humanitarian cause.
September 6, 2013 |
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia - President Obama said Friday he will take his case for military strikes in Syria to the nation in an address next week as he argued against letting “paralysis” at the United Nations stand in the way of an international response to the reported use of chemical weapons. Speaking at a news conference at the end of a two-day trip to Russia, Obama said he will address the American public from the White House on Tuesday in an attempt to win support for his plan.
September 6, 2013 |
Question: My wife and I moved out of a house that we were renting. We gave the owner a proper 30-day written notice. It has now been more than 30 days since we vacated and turned over the keys to the owner. We knew that we were supposed to receive the refund of our security deposit within 21 days after we vacated, so we recently contacted the owner. He apologized and said he hadn't returned our deposit because he had lost our forwarding address. Is this an acceptable excuse for ignoring the 21-day rule?