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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.
August 21, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
Just one more thing to add to the eternal divide between Dodgers and Angels fans: Angels owner Arte Moreno has contributed money to Mitt Romney's presidential campaign, while the Dodgers ownership group has contributed to Barack Obama. The website has put together a great map that shows to whom and how much money sports team owners around the country have contributed. From the Dodgers, Magic Johnson, Todd Boehly, Robert Patton and Mark Walter have each contributed $5,000 to Obama.
August 5, 2012 | By Connie Stewart
President Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney extended their condolences to the victims of the Milwaukee Sikh shooting on Sunday. At least seven people were killed and more wounded when a gunman invaded a temple in suburban Oak Creek, Wis. One of the dead was the shooter, police said, and one of the wounded was the officer who exchanged gunfire with him.  Obama said his heart went out to the victims and added that his administration would...
August 4, 2012 | By Brian Bennett
WASHINGTON - To mark his birthday Saturday, President Obama stepped off the campaign trail and onto the golf course. Obama celebrated turning 51 with a round of golf under a hot sun at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. He was joined by a group of friends and aides. The president wore tan pants, a white shirt and sunglasses, while his companions, described by a White House aide as personal friends, wore golf shirts and shorts on a sunny, sultry, mid-90s day. Later in the day, the president was to fly to Camp David for a quiet weekend in the pine forests of the Catoctin Mountains.
July 31, 2012 | By Bob Drogin, Los Angeles Times
Back in 2004, when James Mann wrote "Rise of the Vulcans: The History of Bush's War Cabinet," he took full advantage of the sarcastic nickname that President George W. Bush's foreign policy advisors gave themselves. It not only captured their ideological zeal and outsized egos, but was an inside joke: the neo-cons liked the allusion to "Star Trek's" über - rational humanoids, and future Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice had grown up near a statue of another Vulcan, the Roman god of fire.
July 16, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON -- President Obama has a simple wish for his upcoming birthday: some cash. At least that is what First Lady Michelle Obama is asking for in an email to supporters Monday, in which she reveals she and her husband plan to celebrate his 51st birthday next month with "a little celebration" at their Chicago home. Obama's birthday is Aug. 4, and his reelection campaign is using the occasion for another contest in which supporters can enter to win a chance to meet the president.
July 15, 2012 | Ed Stockly
Click here to download TV listings for the week of July 15 - 21 in PDF format This week's TV Movies CBS This Morning President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today Christian Bale. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC Good Morning America (N) 7 a.m. KABC Rachael Ray Sunny Anderson. (N) 8 a.m. KCAL Live With Kelly Kristin Davis; Josh Groban. (N) 9 a.m. KABC The View Morgan Freeman; Lorraine Bracco.
June 17, 2012 | By Robin Abcarian
Despite becoming a bestselling author, a highly paid Fox News contributor and a sought-after speaker, in some ways, it's as if Sarah Palin never stopped running against Barack Obama. As the Republican vice presidential candidate in 2008, she never really was his actual opponent. But ever since she and Arizona Sen. John McCain lost that election, Palin seems to have carried a sense of grievance. The press, she has maintained, concentrated too much on her and too little on Obama. And she is not alone.
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.
June 8, 2012 | By Jasmine Elist, Los Angeles Times
With President Barack Obama announcing he supports same-sex marriage, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community has a lot to celebrate at this year's 42nd LA Pride party. The annual outpouring of love and resistance takes the form this year of a Sunday parade and a three-day festival beginning Friday with music on six stages in West Hollywood Park, a water park and about 200 exhibitors including activists, artisans and activities. "Our message for 2012 is '… and proud of it,'" says Rodney Scott, president of nonprofit event organizer Christopher Street West.
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