August 20, 2012 |
They don't allow much room for error in pitching duels. One key hit or one poorly timed mistake can prove all the difference. The Dodgers and Giants were matched in a duel of two outstanding young left-handers Monday, and on a muggy Los Angeles summer night enough little things went the Giants' way for them to take a 2-1 victory before a disappointing Dodger Stadium crowd of 36,878. Winning the opener of the three-game series enabled the Giants to regain the lead over the Dodgers by half a game in the National League West, and take some momentum out of an L.A. team buoyed by their just-completed 7-3 road trip.
August 14, 2012 |
DES MOINES - Iowa contributes all of six electoral votes to the grand total of 538 up for grabs in November's election. But President Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney are devoting plenty of time to the state, an indication that both campaigns think the election could come down to that thin slice. Obama started a long bus tour of small Iowa towns Monday, where he bemoaned the failure of Congress to pass a farm bill and promised to take administrative action to help farmers suffering through a prolonged drought.
August 2, 2012 |
LONDON---Michael Phelps vs. Ryan Lochte: The Sequel. The two American swimming heavyweights face off for the second and final time in the Olympics on Thursday, one day after Phelps got a surprise telephone call from President Obama. "The craziest thing was just, I answered the phone and they were like, 'Michael?' and I said, 'Yes' and they said, 'Please hold for the president of the United States,' " Phelps said. Obama congratulated Phelps on setting the all-time record for Olympic medals.
June 15, 2012 |
MILFORD, N.H. - Like buzzing flies, two small planes with trailing banners circled in the blue sky above Mitt Romney as he launched a five-day tour of small-town America at a New Hampshire farm. The hostile plane - "Romney's Every Millionaire Counts Tour," its red banner screamed - seemed to be chasing the friendly one with a more mundane message: "Romney for President 2012. " Round and round they went. For a campaign that recoils from all things spontaneous, it was a rare distraction at the opening event of Romney's swing through some of the less populous (and more Republican)
June 14, 2012 |
CINCINNATI - President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney dueled Thursday from opposite ends of a state vital to their November chances, framing the election as a choice between failure and economic progress - and differing sharply on who was to blame for years of disappointing job growth. The two had been scheduled to speak simultaneously, but Romney pushed up his speech at a Cincinnati manufacturing plant to get a jump on Obama. He said the president had had 31/2 years to spur recovery after the economy tanked in 2008 and had little to show and not much to offer beyond high-flown rhetoric.
June 11, 2012 |
Campaigns for Mitt Romney and President Obama sought to keep the spotlight focused Monday on ill-advised statements both men made last week, as both sides released Web videos and dispatched top surrogates to argue the other side grossly misunderstands the state of the nation's economy. Romney's campaign continued to hammer Obama for saying the private sector was “doing fine,” a statement the president sought to correct within hours of uttering it on Friday. A minute-long Web video includes clips of newscasters reporting the dismal May jobs report -- which showed unemployment had increased and the economy added a meager number of jobs last month -- and is followed by the president saying, “The private sector is doing fine.
May 31, 2012 |
The Massachusetts statehouse steps became the stage for some unscripted political theater on Thursday when the Romney and Obama campaigns held dueling press conferences to debate the former Massachusetts governor's record in the state. The Obama campaign first picked the venue, announcing it would gather current and former Massachusetts leaders in Boston to pick apart Romney's record on job creation and budgeting during his tenure. The event marked the opening of a new front in Obama's battle to define Romney, a still relatively unknown figure to some voters.
May 24, 2012 |
LONDON - With investor confidence draining away and the value of the euro plunging, Europe struggled anew Wednesday to come up with a united game plan to keep its currency union intact and its economies from collapsing. Competing visions embraced by the continent's political heavyweights, France and Germany, clashed at an informal summit of European Union leaders with little chance of reconciliation even as fears grew that Greece could be forced out of the Eurozone and into a chaotic default.
May 19, 2012 |
JOPLIN, Mo. - Arielle Speer started to cry. She was having a panic attack, and the movie hadn't even started. Speer is a Joplin tornado survivor, and she had come to remember. Almost a year ago, the 28-year-old was standing on the side of Connecticut Avenue looking at the pile of rubble that used to be her apartment building. It had since been cleared away, and now Speer was sitting in a local university auditorium, waiting to watch a documentary about the storm that destroyed it. A lot has happened since May 22, 2011, when a massive tornado erased nearly a third of Joplin and killed about 160 people.
May 13, 2012 |
President Obama and Mitt Romney's campaigns released Mother's Day videos Sunday, saluting each candidate's wife or mother and also injecting some political jabs into the holiday festivities. Obama's video first highlights the work his mother put in raising him, drawing a clear link between her parenting and some of the rhetoric found in his campaign speeches. “She was somebody who recognized that those of us who have some talents, who have been given opportunities, that we gotta give something back, and I'll always be indebted to her for that,” he said in narration.