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ENTERTAINMENT
October 12, 2012 | By Scott Collins
Plenty of viewers wanted to see Vice President Joe Biden face off against GOP challenger Paul D. Ryan Thursday night. But neither man has the pull of Sarah Palin. According to Nielsen, a total of 51.4 million total viewers watched the 90-minute Biden-Ryan debate moderated by Martha Raddatz and carried on 12 networks. That was an impressive number but nowhere near the nearly 70 million who saw Biden and Palin duel in 2008. Fox News came out on top of all the networks offering this year's sole vice presidential debate, with 10 million total viewers.
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NEWS
October 4, 2012 | By Jon Healey
Weary of contradicting President Obama's repeated attacks on his tax plan, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney offered a homespun version of a truism often ascribed to Soviet strongman Vladimir Lenin . "Look, I've got five boys," Romney said. "I'm used to people saying something that's not always true but just keep on repeating it and ultimately hoping I'll believe it. But that is not the case, all right?  I will not reduce the taxes paid by high-income Americans. " Yet both candidates played the repeat-it-often-enough-maybe-people-will-believe-it game on a big issue: for Obama, it was Romney's tax plan, and for Romney, it was how the 2010 healthcare law will affect Medicare and doctor-patient relationships.
NEWS
October 3, 2012 | By Michael Finnegan
President Obama and Mitt Romney opened their first debate with a spirited back-and-forth over taxes, with the Democratic incumbent going on the attack in his opening statement. “Gov. Romney has a perspective that says if we cut taxes, skewed towards the wealthy, and roll back regulations, that we'll be better off,” Obama said. “I've got a different view.” Romney quickly denied that he planned to cut taxes for the rich, saying he would “take a different path -- not the one we've been on, not the one the president describes as a top-down, cut taxes for the rich.
BUSINESS
September 18, 2012 | By Jim Puzzanghera and Michael A. Memoli, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - The United States and China have filed international trade complaints against each other, escalating trade tensions amid a weakening global economy and a heated U.S. presidential race. The Obama administration launched a new enforcement action Monday with the World Trade Organization, alleging that China was illegally subsidizing exports of automobiles and auto parts. Beijing filed its own WTO complaint earlier Monday, challenging anti-dumping duties that Washington had levied on $7.2 billion in goods from China - including steel, tires and kitchen appliances - that the U.S. said were sold here below cost.
NEWS
September 4, 2012 | By Neela Banerjee
WASHINGTON -- At the Republican National Convention last week and in at least one stump speech over the weekend, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney used climate change as a laugh line ridiculing President Obama's priorities. But in comments to the Science Debate website Tuesday as part of an online debate organized by a consortium of scientific organizations, the Republican candidate took another position, similar to the more moderate stance he struck last year, when he conceded that the planet was getting warmer.
SPORTS
August 21, 2012 | Dylan Hernandez
The San Francisco Giants will be without their best hitter for the remainder of the regular season. In time, Melky Cabrera's 50-game drug suspension could turn out to be a lethal blow to their postseason ambitions. But that time hasn't come. The Dodgers fell half a game behind the Giants in the National League West on Monday night, as Clayton Kershaw was outpitched at Dodger Stadium by fellow left-hander Madison Bumgarner in a 2-1 victory for the visitors. Kershaw pitched masterfully, limiting the Giants to two runs and six hits over eight innings.
SPORTS
August 20, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
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.
NATIONAL
August 14, 2012 | By Alana Semuels and Christi Parsons, Los Angeles Times
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.
SPORTS
August 2, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
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.
NATIONAL
June 15, 2012 | By Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times
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)
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