March 14, 2013 |
In the divided world of American politics, it's not easy to find an issue on which the legal affairs correspondent for the Nation and the former chairman of the American Conservative Union agree. But we've found one: the crucial importance of transparency in government, especially when the president claims the power to kill us without charges or trial, by directing the launching of a remote-control drone. As this is Sunshine Week, a national initiative to promote dialogue about the importance of open government, what better time for the president to make good on his promise to lead the most transparent administration ever and tell us what's up with the drone policy?
February 23, 2013 |
Ronda Rousey's pursuit of her dream career was fulfilled dramatically Saturday, the first female to ever win an Ultimate Fighting Championship bout doing so in nearly five full minutes of riveting action. Rousey survived a strong rear naked chokehold attempt with challenger and former Marine Liz Carmouche draped across her back, escaping the position just as Carmouche appeared to have seized a defining moment in the main event of UFC 157 at Honda Center. Instead, Rousey rid herself of Carmouche's grip, perhaps appropriately adjusting her slipping top in the unladylike brawl while standing up as Carmouche kicked toward Rousey's face.
February 5, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS -- You could describe the New American Home 2013 in Henderson, Nev., as a house of the future, a laboratory for state-of-the-art and green technology, or a party palace. What it is not is a practical single-family home. "This house isn't meant to be reproduced," said Tucker Bernard of the National Assn. of Home Builders. It's a showcase of the newest building industry goods to hit the shelves, which means consumers can use the products and materials in their own homes. "You can pick and choose what you want.
January 31, 2013 |
Yefim Bronfman's recital at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Wednesday night was bookended by monumental Brahms and Prokofiev sonatas that the popular Uzbek pianist with a massive technique made much of. The occasion will gladly be remembered as the example of a prodigious performer in action, increasingly willing to plumb music's soul. There were also two little pieces in the middle. One was Schumann's "Arabeske," which flew by as if on gossamer wings, Bronfman's brawny fingers seeming somehow to barely brush the keys, as though there were nothing to it. The other six-minute piece was Esa-Pekka Salonen's "Sisar," written for Bronfman and receiving its world premiere.
January 21, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Cecilia Soto-Loftus, co-founder of a Malibu party services company, was new to presidential politics when she started raising money for President Obama's reelection bid last year. After pulling in more than $400,000, she is getting the red carpet treatment at this weekend's inaugural festivities, with invitations to a strategy briefing for top fundraisers, a VIP candlelight reception and the official inaugural ball. The special access reflects the unusual role Soto-Loftus and other Latino fundraisers played in Obama's 2012 campaign, the first to focus on tapping Latino celebrities, lawyers, business owners and community leaders for cash.
January 12, 2013 |
Have you ever seen a yogi with a paunch? Yeah, I thought not. Yoga moves, like these yogi crunches - a variation of the popular boat pose - challenge the core muscles, giving practitioners flat abs and a supported back. The crunches are demonstrated by Tamal Dodge, co-founder of Santa Monica's Yoga Collective and the yogi behind the "Element: Hatha & Flow Yoga for Beginners" DVD. What it does This super-effective exercise will work your core muscles from top to bottom.
January 9, 2013 |
GUANGZHOU, China - Like wedding guests separated across the aisle, the protesters assembled on either side of a gated driveway at the headquarters of the embattled Southern Weekly newspaper. To the right, several dozen supporters of the newspaper staff waved banners calling for an end to censorship of the Chinese press. "Freedom!" they chanted. "Democracy!" "Constitutional rights!" To the left, beneath fluttering red Chinese flags and hoisted portraits of Mao Tse-tung, a battalion of mostly older men shouted into a microphone, trying to drown out their ideological rivals.
January 6, 2013 |
Societal change usually happens slowly, even once it's clear there's a problem. That's because, in a country as big as the United States, public opinion moves in leisurely currents. Change often requires going up against powerful, established interests, and it can take decades for those currents to erode the foundations of our special-interest fortresses. Think civil rights, gay marriage, equal rights for women. Even facing undeniably real problems - say, discrimination against gay people - one can make the case that gradual change is the best option.
January 3, 2013 |
I'm not a huge believer in New Year's resolutions -- they seem designed to make you feel terrible about yourself. But cats acting out common New Year's resolutions? Now that's an idea I can get behind! The one-minute video, above, shows 10 popular New Year's resolutions like "learn something new" and "get organized" and "spend more time with friends and family" as illustrated by cute cat videos on YouTube. The video was made by Jeff Wysaski, who runs the humor blog Pleated-Jeans . I like it because it is short and funny and cute and sweet.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 27, 2012 |
Signature gatherers and protesters may be ejected from privately owned walkways outside a store, but labor unions may picket there peacefully, the California Supreme Court decided Thursday. The state high court unanimously agreed that private walkways in front of stores, unlike public areas in shopping malls, are not open forums accessible to anyone who wants to assemble to express a view. But the justices split, 6 to 1, in upholding two state laws that prevent courts from issuing injunctions against peaceful labor pickets on private property.