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June 14, 2012 | By Connie Stewart
President Obama came to the right person to raise money Thursday night:  “Sex and the City” icon Sarah Jessica Parker. In one memorable episode, she said (as Carrie), “I like my money right where I can see it -- hanging in my closet.” The president probably would prefer it in his campaign coffers. At the  Manhattan home of Parker and her husband, Matthew Broderick, Obama raised about $2 million, with 50 people paying $40,000 each to attend. Broderick had to work - he's starring in the Gershwin musical “Nice Work if You Can Get It” on Broadway.
June 3, 2012 | By Irene Lacher, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Still hard-working at 80, former CBS News anchor Dan Rather talks about his new memoir, "Rather Outspoken," in which he details new revelations about his ouster from the network after reporting on alleged discrepancies inGeorge W. Bush's military service; he also reviews career highlights and how he landed on his feet. You write extensively about your ouster from CBS News. What have you learned about it that you didn't know when it happened? Quite a lot. This was a major reason I went to a lawsuit, even though I'd been told that the odds were heavily against it. I knew there was a big story about what really happened behind the scenes at CBS. After I left, I hired some investigators out of my own pocket, but without the power of subpoena and the power of discovery, you can only go so far. The chief lobbyist for Viacom, who was seeking favorable legislation for Viacom and the elimination of regulation for Viacom, was giving the news division president instruction on how to please the [Bush]
April 27, 2012
Human rights activists are pressing for the public release of a Senate Intelligence Committee report on the CIA's post-Sept. 11 detention and "enhanced interrogation" practices, hoping that it will answer the question once and for all of whether torture played a role in locating Osama bin Laden. Whatever the document might say about that question, releasing it would add to public knowledge about what President Obama rightly has called a "dark and painful chapter in our history. " Next week, almost a year to the day after the killing of Bin Laden, Jose Rodriguez, the former director of the CIA's National Clandestine Service, will publish a book titled "Hard Measures: How Aggressive CIA Actions After 9/11 Saved American Lives.
April 15, 2012 | By Matea Gold
WASHINGTON -- Entertainer Bill Cosby defended President Obama on Sunday, saying that his critics do not acknowledge the obstacles he has faced in office. "I'm disappointed at people who don't look at the woes and the trouble given to this man," Cosby told CNN's Candy Crowley, referring to allies on the left who have complained about the administration. "People blatantly speaking out against his color, wasting time, starting up new stories about whether or not he was born here, saying things that they can't prove.
April 4, 2012 | By Kathleen Hennessey
Bill-signing ceremonies are pretty rare events in these times of gridlock and congressional backlog; so are moments of bipartisan backslapping and handshaking. But both happened briefly today when President Obama, surrounded by a few actual Republicans, signed and praised legislation passed by Congress. The measure was the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act, better known was the STOCK Act. A long-lingering piece of legislation, it shot to the top of the priority list after a "60 Minutes" investigation highlighted instances of what the program called congressional "insider trading" -- lawmakers using information gleaned on the job, "non-public information," for personal profit.
March 26, 2012 | By Seema Mehta
Republican presidential candidates on Monday jumped on a comment President Obama made to Russia's president, arguing that the president's remarks that he has more flexibility to deal with the nation after the fall election suggested he had troubling plans that he was keeping from the American people. "Russia is not a friendly character on the world stage. And for this president to be looking for greater flexibility, where he doesn't have to answer to the American people in his relations with Russia, is very, very troubling, very alarming," Romney said on CNN's "The Situation Room.
March 18, 2012 | By John Hoeffel
After serving pancakes from a metal bin, Mitt Romney told supporters at an American Legion hall that President Obama was "an economic lightweight" and it was time to replace him with "an economic heavyweight. " "I am," he said, "and I'll get that job done. " Romney, standing on a riser before a "Believe In America" banner, derided the president, a former law professor, as a politician with no actual experience in the economy. "You see, the president learned about the economy by reading about it, not by living it," said the front-runner in the Republican presidential contests.
February 26, 2012 | By Maeve Reston
Creeping up in the polls, Mitt Romney said he is expecting to notch a win over rival Rick Santorum in his home state of Michigan on Tuesday. During an interview with "Fox News Sunday," the former Massachusetts governor said momentum is moving in his direction and pushed back against criticism of his remarks Friday about his family's collection of cars. Romney, who taped the interview Saturday before flying to Florida for the Daytona 500 NASCAR race, spoke to Fox's Chris Wallace at the end of a rocky week for his campaign.
February 2, 2012 | By Robin Abcarian
A day after uttering a line that made him seem unsympathetic to the impoverished, Mitt Romney received the endorsement of perhaps the world's most self-satisfied rich man, Donald Trump. The meeting between the pair, one of whom said recently he likes to have the ability to fire people if necessary, the other of whom has coined the reality-show slogan "You're fired!" took place Wednesday in a curtained-off area off the marble-and-chandeliered lobby of Trump International, Trump's posh hotel off the Las Vegas Strip.
February 1, 2012 | By John Hoeffel, Maeve Reston and Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times
The Republican presidential contest shifted to the West and Midwest on Wednesday as an exultant Mitt Romney dueled with the man he hopes to meet in November, President Obama, but found himself sidetracked when an infelicitous remark was seized upon by his opponents. Romney's comment came as he sought, following his landslide win Tuesday in Florida, to cast himself as the inevitable nominee, a posture that had eluded him since his Jan. 21 collapse in South Carolina. "I'm in this race because I care about Americans.
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