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June 17, 2012 | By David Lauter, Los Angeles Times
Barack Obama The Story David Maraniss Simon & Schuster: 643 pp., $32.50 Abnormal men become presidents of the United States. The overweening self-confidence required to reach for the office, the preternatural discipline and effort of will needed to grasp it - in another setting, these traits might be called pathological. Tracing the roots of abnormality becomes a recurring motif in presidential biographies: polio's impact on Franklin D. Roosevelt, the death of John F. Kennedy's eldest brother, the absent or dysfunctional fathers of Lyndon B. Johnson and Bill Clinton.
April 22, 2014 | By Susan Denley
At the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on Monday, the focus was on health, not chocolate, with exercise stations and healthy eating tips thanks to fitness-focused First Lady Michelle Obama. She even got the president, in shirtsleeves and khakis, to dunk some basketballs and play doubles tennis with the kids. [Los Angeles Times] Advocates for ethical fashion, including green clothing activist Livia Firth, are preparing for the first Fashion Revolution Day to mark the one-year anniversary of the tragedy at Rana Plaza in Bangladesh on April 24. When the garment factory collapsed, more than 1,000 workers were killed, more than 2,500 injured.
February 3, 2008
Democrats preparing to vote in Tuesday's California primary can mark their ballots with confidence, knowing that either candidate would make a strong nominee and, if elected, a groundbreaking leader and capable president. But just because the ballot features two strong candidates does not mean that it is difficult to choose between them.
April 3, 2014 | By Seema Mehta
Once again, Bill Clinton proved that being an ex-president, surrounded by the rosy glow of the past, beats being the current pilloried resident of the White House. A Wednesday night guest on comedian Jimmy Kimmel's late-night ABC show, Clinton was tight-lipped about his family's future political plans, leaving that to Hillary Rodham Clinton to eventually divulge, but embraced his 1992 moniker as the nation's “first black president” - and the actual first black president. “I loved being called the first black president, but Barack Obama really is,” Clinton told Kimmel, to laughs.
May 1, 2013 | By Jon Healey
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), a "tea party" favorite, may be new to elected office, but that might not stop him from running for president before his first term in the Senate is over. And the only people who could legitimately question whether he's sufficiently seasoned would be those who didn't vote for Barack Obama in 2008. National Review's Robert Costa reported Wednesday that Cruz was "considering" a presidential run in 2016, according to unnamed "friends and confidants. " A common wisecrack about senators is that they all want to run for president, so in that sense Cruz's alleged ambitions are practically part of his job description.
November 27, 2010
Of Thee I Sing A Letter to My Daughters Barack Obama, illustrated by Loren Long Alfred A. Knopf: 40 pp., $17.99
September 25, 2013 | By Raul A. Reyes
Dismissing comparisons of tea party Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) to the infamous Joe McCarthy, Jonah Goldberg suggests in his column Tuesday that Cruz instead "might be the conservative Barack Obama. " Goldberg then requests that readers "bear with me. " Those three words should be taken as a warning sign. When a writer asks readers to "bear with me," it often means he is about go out on a limb with an absurd proposition. And that is what Goldberg proceeds to do. After taking his readers out on a limb with him, the branch then comes crashing down under the weight of assumptions and mischaracterizations.
September 17, 2012 | Ed Stockly
Click here to download TV listings for the week of Sept. 16 - 22 in PDF format This week's TV Movies CBS This Morning Alan Mulally; Richard Branson; Joel Osteen; Ken Follett. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today Pattie Mallette; Mindy Kaling; Pink; Penny Marshall; organizing a garage. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC Good Morning America Jewel; Easton Corbin. (N) 7 a.m. KABC Rachael Ray Chef Guy Fieri. (N) 8 a.m. KCAL Live With Kelly and Michael Kelsey Grammer.
January 26, 2012 | By David Horsey
Arizona's governor, Jan Brewer, and President Obama had a brief verbal smackdown when she greeted him at the Phoenix airport on Wednesday. In her political memoir, "Scorpions for Breakfast," the feisty governor had written about a private discussion she had with the president in the Oval Office back in June 2010. She describes his style in that meeting as patronizing and condescending. Apparently, the president did not appreciate that characterization and, when she asked him for another meeting as she greeted him on the airport tarmac, he let her know it. An exchange ensued in which Brewer could be seen jabbing her finger at the president.
September 7, 2012 | By David Horsey
In his speech accepting the presidential nomination at the Democratic National Convention, Barack Obama neatly transformed the hope and change of 2008 that centered on him into a voter-centered hope and change for 2012. "So you see, the election four years ago wasn't about me,” the president said. "It was about you. My fellow citizens, you were the change. "You're the reason there's a little girl with a heart disorder in Phoenix who'll get the surgery she needs because an insurance company can't limit her coverage. You did that.  "You're the reason a young man in Colorado who never thought he'd be able to afford his dream of earning a medical degree is about to get that chance. You made that possible.
March 11, 2014 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Something historic happened in the early hours of Tuesday, March 11, 2014. The President of the United States was a guest on "Between Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis," a highly occasional semi-fake talk show that lives on the website Funny or Die. To say that Barack Obama has been no stranger to entertainment television is to put it mildly. He has done the late-night talk shows, guested on "MythBusters. " Sunday night he introduced the rebooted "Cosmos. " But this was a step beyond, straight into the maw of the Internet -- what some would still consider a disreputable backwater of the culture -- to go one on one with a star of "The Hangover.
March 9, 2014 | Doyle McManus
When Barack Obama won the presidency in 2008, one of his selling points was the promise of a more modest foreign policy than that of his predecessor. And when Obama won reelection 16 months ago, he renewed that pledge. Drone strikes against Al Qaeda would continue, and Navy visits to the South China Sea would increase, but the U.S. footprint around the world was being resolutely downsized. Mitt Romney warned at the time that Obama wasn't being tough enough on Vladimir Putin, but the president scoffed at the idea that Russia was a serious geopolitical threat.
March 3, 2014 | By Joel Silberman, guest blogger, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
In the wake of a federal judge striking down Texas' gay marriage ban and Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoing an anti-gay bill, I feel compelled to confess something uncomfortable: I was totally wrong about gay marriage. I never opposed gay marriage on principle. I have always believed -- and continue to believe -- that a legal contract available to one pair of people should also be available to another pair of people. Because of equality.  But after seeing how the words “gay marriage” fired up conservative voters in 2004, I found myself arguing with friends both gay and straight that it was the wrong issue at the wrong time.
March 1, 2014 | By Mark Z. Barabak
DAVENPORT, Iowa - Alta Price seems just the kind of person who could propel Hillary Rodham Clinton through the glass ceiling into the White House. A doctor and Democratic activist, she cited Clinton's matchless resume as a former first lady, U.S. senator and secretary of State. Besides, Price allowed with a smile, "It would be very cool to have a woman president. " But Price, 61, won't necessarily support Clinton should she run again in 2016. "I would not vote for her or support her over some man if I thought the man was better on the issues," said Price, who preferred Barack Obama to Clinton the first time she ran. In 2008, Clinton was the overwhelming Democratic favorite, nationally and in Iowa, with an aura suggesting the actual tabulation of ballots was little more than a formality.
February 27, 2014 | By Karen J. Greenberg
In Barack Obama's first weeks in office, in a series of executive orders and public statements, the new president and former professor of constitutional law promised to make sweeping changes in the way government operated in a number of specific areas. But has he kept his pledges? Let's consider four of them: Ending torture On his first day in office, Obama ordered an end to the practice of torture, or as the George W. Bush administration preferred to call it, "enhanced interrogation techniques.
February 25, 2014 | By Joel Silberman, guest blogger
In four months, I will observe a strange anniversary: 20 years since the day I almost died.  I was 11 years old and being treated for a severe case of Crohn's disease , an autoimmune digestive disorder. I could barely hold down food and was checking in and out of Johns Hopkins Hospital for stays of two to six weeks, my medication weakening my bones until my spine compressed and fractured. Eventually the doctors installed a catheter just above my heart that delivered nutrition intravenously, bypassing my digestive system.
October 17, 2012 | By David Horsey
If the Barack Obama who showed up for the second presidential debate had shown up for the first debate, there is a good chance Republicans would now be sullenly turning their thoughts to 2016 and arguing over how they got tricked into nominating a loser two elections in a row. The Obama who did show up for that first debate breathed new life into Romney's candidacy by being lifeless himself. Tuesday night, though, the president was in command. He reinvigorated his own campaign by delivering the best debate performance of his political career.
August 22, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Exactly 76 days remain before the 2012 presidential election, and there are many questions still to be answered. Will the economy improve, or will the United States face another recession? Will substantive issues come out of the respective campaigns, or will they persist with negative attacks? And finally, will Barack Obama win a second term or will Republican nominee Mitt Romney unseat the Democratic incumbent? The Times' extensive political coverage will best answer those questions, but I can offer at least one morsel of information: It's pretty safe to say one prominent Laker will vote for Obama regardless of what happens in the ensuing two-plus months.
February 19, 2014 | By Tracy Wilkinson and Richard Fausset
MEXICO CITY -- One thing that Presidents Obama and Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico share is they are hardly considered heroes in their homeland. Both have low domestic approval ratings that sometimes stand in sharp contrast to their images abroad. Obama flew to Mexico on Wednesday for a daylong summit with Peña Nieto and their Canadian counterpart, Stephen Harper, the almost-annual meeting of North America's three leaders that has been taking place since 2005. This year's meeting is being held in Toluca, the rather nondescript capital of Mexico State just west of Mexico City,  where Peña Nieto served as governor until his run for the presidency in 2012.
February 18, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
"Son of God" won't be giving the devil his due - or rather, his screen time. To avoid another controversy about the character of Satan bearing a physical resemblance to President Obama in the upcoming religious film, the filmmakers have gone out of their way to edit the devil's scenes out of "Son of God," which is based on the TV miniseries "The Bible. " "It gives me great pleasure to tell you that the devil is on the cutting-room floor," producer Roma Downey told the Hollywood Reporter . "This is now a movie about Jesus, the son of God, and the devil gets no more screen time.
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