June 11, 2012 |
Drug czar Gil Kerlikowske says the Obama administration has changed its thinking about people addicted to drugs -- and you should too. In a speech Monday at the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, Kerlikowske said it was time to stop believing that the millions of Americans who abuse drugs are moral failures and instead realize that they have a disease. “We know from scientific research conducted by some of the world's leading neuroscientists that drug addiction is not a moral failing on the part of the individual.
May 7, 2012 |
He's back: Vladimir Putin was inaugurated Monday to his third term as president of Russia. One thing about the Russians -- they like their strongmen. First the czars, then Lenin, Stalin, Khrushchev and that lovable bear of a guy, Brezhnev. OK, so Mikhail Gorbachev fell short of true strongmanship, and likewise Boris Yeltsin. But the latter bequeathed us Putin, and the ex-KGB guy has proved more than capable at keeping himself in power. And how does he do it? Well, for one thing, he pays attention to the little things, as Times staffer Sergei L. Loiko described : The center of Moscow, which was rocked by clashes between the anti-Putin demonstrators and police the day before, was quiet Monday morning.
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May 2, 2012 |
MEXICO CITY — Tomas Borge, last living founder of Nicaragua's Sandinista movement and one of its most hard-line enforcers as it battled U.S.-backed forces for decades, has died. He was 81. In Nicaragua, the government of President Daniel Ortega declared three days of national mourning and Borge's remains lay in state at the National Palace of Culture. Borge died Monday night in a military hospital in Managua, Ortega's office said. No cause of death was given, but Borge had been ill for some time, suffering pneumonia, lung disease and other ailments.
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April 20, 2012 |
SACRAMENTO - Alarmed that political groups are secretly funding bloggers to promote or attack candidates, the state's ethics czar proposed Thursday that Web-based pundits disclose such payments. Voters are increasingly relying on bloggers and websites for information on political issues and have a right to know if an interested party is paying to plant messages, said Ann Ravel, who heads California's political watchdog agency. "In order for people to really know whether they can have faith and trust in the independence of recommendations they are receiving, they have to be aware" of any payments, she said.
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August 18, 2011 |
Reporting from Sacramento -- Gov. Jerry Brown, under fire for not doing enough to revive the state's ailing economy, named a jobs czar Wednesday, but economists say he will have little power to counter the forces of the national recession. Former Bank of America executive Michael E. Rossi will be an unpaid go-between for businesses, labor leaders and the administration, according to a news release from Brown's office. He will "streamline and invigorate the state's economic development infrastructure" and advise the governor on regulatory, legislative and executive actions to stimulate job creation, the announcement said.
April 24, 2011 |
George, Nicholas and Wilhelm Three Royal Cousins and the Road to World War One Miranda Carter Vintage: 498 pp., $19 paper Queen Victoria's grand plan to marry as many of her descendants as possible into the reigning families of Europe resulted in her progeny sitting on the thrones of no fewer than 10 nations. After all, as the saying went back then, "blood is thicker than water," and so with this network of rulers related to the woman who was dubbed the "Grandmama of Europe," surely then peace would prevail.