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OPINION
December 15, 2006
Re "Bush warns he won't be rushed on plans for Iraq," Dec. 14 With an average of two Americans and 100 Iraqis dying every day in Iraq, President Bush has stubbornly chosen to wait two or three more weeks before deciding how to proceed with a war that he has been leading for the last three years. It is appalling that one human being can have such a negative effect on so many people around the world. Bush will hold a very high position in the pantheon of failed presidents. BRYAN HAYS Saugus It appears that Bush's "listening tour" included only those voices that corroborate his failed Iraq strategy.
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OPINION
December 23, 2006
Re "First things first," editorial, Dec. 17 The Times claims that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) must overcome "qualms among liberals about her move to the center on several fronts, including the war in Iraq." However, the Dec. 13 Times/Bloomberg poll shows that 52% of Americans support a "fixed timetable" for withdrawal from Iraq, a position Clinton has consistently rejected in favor of a more hawkish stance. Because the majority favors a fixed timetable, it logically follows that the median or centrist position on Iraq is one in support of a fixed timetable.
OPINION
August 4, 2006
Re "Most Back Israel, Split on U.S. Role," Times/Bloomberg Poll, Aug. 3 The poll confirms what many people suspect: Most Americans are ignorant of what is really going on. Let me first say that I believe Hezbollah was wrong to cross the Israeli border and kidnap soldiers. However, the remark comparing lobbing rockets from Mexico into the United States with what Hezbollah is doing does not really tell it as it is. In the current war, it was Israel that started lobbing rockets into Lebanon.
NATIONAL
June 29, 2006 | Doyle McManus, Times Staff Writer
All year long, in speeches and briefings and visits to factories and shops, President Bush and his aides have tried to convince Americans that the economy is in good shape -- and that the president deserves some credit for that. That effort is not making much headway, a Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll has found. Americans are closely divided on whether the economy is in good shape, with 50% saying it is doing well and 47% saying it is doing badly, the poll found.
NATIONAL
April 11, 2007 | Doyle McManus Times Staff Writer, Times Staff Writer
Most Americans believe Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales should resign because of the controversy over his office's firing of federal prosecutors, and a big majority want White House aides to testify under oath about the issue, the Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg Poll has found. The survey, conducted Thursday through Monday, found that 53% said Gonzales should step down because he claimed he had no role in the dismissals of eight U.S.
BUSINESS
October 19, 2011 | By David Pierson, Los Angeles Times
China's economy expanded in the third quarter at its slowest pace in two years, a sign that Beijing's inflation-fighting efforts are reining in growth. The country's gross domestic product grew 9.1% compared with the same period last year, China's National Bureau of Statistics said Tuesday. That was down from 9.5% in the previous three months and 9.7% in the first quarter. Third-quarter growth was slightly below economists' forecasts. The government has been tightening bank credit to tame inflation and deflate a worrisome housing bubble.
NATIONAL
September 25, 2008 | Janet Hook, Times Staff Writer
The crisis in the financial markets and increasing anxiety about the economy are playing to Barack Obama's political strengths, but they have not given him a substantial lead in the presidential contest, a new Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll shows. Amid turmoil in the nation's financial sector that threatens to harm the broader economy, more voters said they believed Obama was better equipped to handle domestic issues, such as the economy and healthcare, than his Republican rival, John McCain.
NEWS
November 16, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli
Iowa's Republican governor sent a warning to Mitt Romney on Wednesday: Don't write off the Hawkeye State. Terry Branstad, a former four-term governor who returned to office this year, said at a forum hosted by Politico that the GOP front-runner is "making a big mistake" by favoring other states to his. "I mean, Romney is dropping in the polls and I think he thinks that he wants to keep down expectations, you know. Well, his expectations may get really bad if he doesn't get a little more serious," Branstad said, according to Politico . "I know Romney is putting his focus in New Hampshire, but if he gets clobbered here - if he comes in not in the top three but say fourth or fifth - I think that really damages his campaign on the national [level]
NEWS
November 18, 2011 | By James Oliphant
Newt Gingrich is riding a wave that has yet to show signs of cresting. And now one poll says that he's within striking distance of Mitt Romney in New Hampshire, the one state that Romney was thought to have locked down. The poll, taken on behalf of the New Hampshire Journal, for GOP pollster Magellan, shows Gingrich and Romney in a statistical dead heat in support from likely primary voters, with Romney two percentage points in front of the surging former House speaker 29 % to 27 % Magellan, a Republican pollster, conducted the poll using automated calls, which is considered to be less reliable than live interviews, but the results could serve to jolt Romney from any sense of security he may have had about a clear path in the Granite State.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 12, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
On the 28th day of Israel's war with Hezbollah, the British Broadcasting Corp. interviewed Jordan's King Abdullah II, who voiced support for Lebanon. Fox News spoke with televangelist Pat Robertson, who said he was praying for Israel. Both networks also gave air time to sympathizers of the other sides of the conflict and dismiss any suggestion of bias. Still, supporters of Israeli and Arab combatants alike say the choices of major guests reflect internal leanings.
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