January 20, 2010
Good-government groups and lobbyists like to give letter grades to politicians, but when it comes to President Obama as he marks the end of his first full year in office, we can only assign him an incomplete. Contrary to the expectations of some who voted for him, Obama has not established world peace, ended discrimination or wiped out poverty. Moreover, a man whose campaign hammered the theme of "change" hasn't changed all that much. Notwithstanding a significant rally on Wall Street, the economy isn't in much better shape than it was a year ago, and joblessness has gotten worse.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 3, 2010 |
They were aware of the dangers. Agustin Roberto "Bobby" Salcedo and his wife, Betzy, knew that this town, like much of Mexico, was no longer the tranquil spot it had been. "I've been coming regularly," Salcedo's widow said Saturday of her hometown. "We knew how bad it had become." And yet, the Salcedos ventured out for a few beers the night before New Year's Eve. "We were just going out with a group of friends," Betzy Salcedo said, speaking slowly and casting her eyes downward.
October 31, 2009 |
It is a worrisome first: an American accused of going to Europe to plot a terrorist attack there. Recent arrests in Chicago underscore a growing concern among Western officials about the threat posed by U.S. militants who take advantage of their passports to travel easily around the world on violent missions. "We never thought it could be persons from the U.S. coming here to commit attacks," said Hans Jorgen Bonnichsen, a former chief of Denmark's police security intelligence service.
September 15, 2009 |
Hollywood may be in for tighter government scrutiny of its overseas operations. Producers Gerald and Patricia Green were found guilty late Friday on charges of bribery and money laundering related to their running of a local film festival in Thailand, a decision that experts say could lead to further investigation into the huge amounts of business film studios do overseas. The two were convicted of conspiracy to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, eight counts of violating the act and seven counts of money laundering.
March 3, 2009 |
Jerry Royster isn't sure whether to laugh or cry: The umps just don't speak his language. Every time he races out of the dugout to argue a play, he has to bring along an interpreter. Last year, the former Dodgers infielder took the helm of this city's wildly popular Lotte Giants, becoming Korea's first foreign manager. From opening day, he was a stranger in a strange baseball land.
January 16, 2009 |
The government does not need a search warrant when it taps the phones or checks the e-mails of suspected terrorists who are outside the U.S., even if Americans may be overheard on the calls, a special intelligence court ruled in an opinion released Thursday. The decision confirms what Bush administration officials and some legal experts have long argued. Although the Constitution protects the privacy rights of Americans against "unreasonable searches and seizures," this principle does not bar U.