June 21, 2011
John Bryson's nomination to be President Obama's next secretary of Commerce has been met with the predictable combination of delusion and obstructionism that characterizes the modern confirmation process. Some Senate Republicans vow to hold him hostage to the passage of several long-sought free-trade agreements; others insist they will reject him based on his presumed politics, which they wish were more like theirs. None has advanced an argument worthy of defeating this nomination, and though sensible people will withhold a final judgment until after Bryson is questioned, his credentials are encouraging, as are the endorsements of those who know him. Bryson is a familiar figure in Los Angeles.
April 3, 2011 |
Japan's Red Cross has collected more than $1 billion in the first three weeks after the massive earthquake and tsunami but has yet to distribute any funds directly to victims, prompting Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano to urge Sunday that the process be accelerated. Meanwhile, the operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant reported no significant progress in stopping the leak of radioactive water into the sea. Tokyo Electric Power Co. officials think the leak has been coming from a concrete pit holding power cables near reactor No. 2, and attempted Sunday to seal a crack there with a special polymer.
March 18, 2011 |
Japan's top government spokesman said Friday that the country's leadership was overwhelmed by last week's earthquake and tsunami, which slowed its ability to respond to the following humanitarian crisis and nuclear emergency. "The unprecedented scale of the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan, frankly speaking, were among many things that happened that had not been anticipated under our disaster management contingency plans," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said, according to the Associated Press.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 2011 |
Gov. Jerry Brown said Friday that he would slash $6.4 million from his own office budget, abolishing the first lady's office, paring staff in Sacramento and Washington, D.C., and shuttering field operations around the state. He also eliminated the position of secretary of education, which he has singled out as an example of bureaucratic redundancy because the state already has a superintendent of schools and a board of education. The moves came as Brown prepared to unveil a state budget Monday that is expected to propose cutting billions of dollars in government services.
September 13, 2010 |
On the afternoon of May 7, assembling in the opulent St. Stephen's Club in London, Britain's political journalists — weary from the election night before and excited about the fact that no party claimed a majority of seats in Parliament — raised their eager faces as Conservative Party leader David Cameron entered and took his place at the lectern. To form a government, Cameron would need to ally himself with some of his opponents after a bitter campaign. Many doubted his ability to do so. "I want to make a big, open and comprehensive offer to the Liberal Democrats," Cameron said, referring to the party that finished third in the balloting.
December 10, 2009 |
A double-decker white tour boat sailed Wednesday afternoon toward a crescent of giant steel propellers towering above the seawater and spinning in a stiff winter wind. The boat's guest of honor, U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, rose to laud his hosts and to assure them that his country was taking steps to "get our act together" on offshore wind power. "We see Denmark as a leader and an example in wind, especially offshore," Salazar told a cabin filled mostly with European journalists and wind-energy officials.