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September 4, 2013 |
A third Republican has decided to take on Democratic Rep. Ami Bera (D-Elk Grove) for a Northern California congressional seat next year. Igor Birman, who emigrated with his family from the former Soviet Union as a child and is now chief of staff to Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Granite Bay), said he will announce his candidacy for the 7th Congressional District seat on Thursday. Birman joins fellow Republicans Doug Ose, a former congressman, and autism activist Elizabeth Emken, who ran unsuccessfully against U.S. Rep. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.)
August 21, 2013 |
The 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s March on Washington is next week, and to commemorate the occasion, NBC News is planning to re-air the Aug. 25, 1963, edition of "Meet the Press," which featured King as the guest, on Sunday. The half-hour program, "'Meet the Press' Special Edition: Remembering the Dream," will re-broadcast the entirety of King's appearance, alongside NAACP Executive Secretary Roy Wilkins. King talked about his hopes for the march and the reasons behind it three days before the historic event, in which he delivered his famed "I Have a Dream" speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial.
August 19, 2013 |
Samuel Adams brewer and founder Jim Koch says he hasn't forgotten how hard it was to start a small business. He's offering free coaching -- and perhaps some start-up funding -- to small Southern California food, beverage and craft brewing companies. The program, “Brewing the American Dream,” is scheduled for Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at downtown's L.A. Mart, 1933 S. Broadway. Business owners who want to attend can register in advance on this link . Those who attend can participate in up to six 20-minute coaching sessions with representatives from Boston Beer Co. and the Valley Economic Development Center.
August 11, 2013 |
Kris Jenner had some strong words for President Obama after he took aim at her daughter Kim Kardashian and rapper-boyfriend Kanye West. The president, who has previous decried West as a "jackass" when the rapper famously upstaged Taylor Swift, was interviewed by David Blum for Kindle Singles. In the interview , Obama spoke about the American Dream, which he opined used to include a good home, job, education and the possibility of higher education. However, he said that these days the likes of Kardashian and West had distorted the American Dream in a way that he believes negatively affects the younger generation.
August 6, 2013 |
For his first solo exhibition in L.A., São Paulo artist Héctor Zamora sutures together two emblems of Southern California consumerism: the single family home and the shopping cart. Nearly filling the gallery at REDCAT, "Panglossian Paradigm" consists of a single sculpture: the wooden frame of a small, six-room house entirely supported by evenly spaced metal shopping carts. An odd and unwieldy structure to be sure -- giving new meaning to the term “mobile home” -- it is a quiet indictment of the American dream.
July 3, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - As the chorus of voices finished reciting the Oath of Allegiance, Mahad Abdille broke into an enormous grin. Around him, his fellow new citizens began waving tiny American flags, but in the third row, with his head bowed, Abdille just kept smiling. “I couldn't believe it,” he said. “I couldn't control my emotion.” The 24-year-old Abdille, who came to the United States from a Somalian refugee camp eight years ago, was one of 30 immigrants from 22 nations sworn into citizenship Wednesday morning at the Department of the Treasury in Washington, part of a week of Independence Day celebrations by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.