November 21, 2013 |
KABUL, Afghanistan - He expressed outrage, sarcasm and black humor. He cast himself as a lonely voice defending his country's pride and sovereignty against American arrogance. After a frantic week of last-minute negotiations, Afghan President Hamid Karzai delivered a tepid endorsement Thursday of a proposed 10-year security pact with the United States in a rambling speech to an Afghan tribal gathering. But he then surprised attendees - and the world - by saying Afghanistan might not sign the accord until next spring.
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November 6, 2013 |
In a city that had fallen into bankruptcy, where confidence had plummeted as crime rose, the election was cast as a decisive moment for San Bernardino. And Tuesday the voters spoke up, pushing out the longtime city attorney - a prominent figure first elected to the job in 1987 - and a city councilwoman who nonetheless emerged as the leading vote-getter in the race for mayor. Proponents of the recall effort hailed the election as a victory. "It gives San Bernardino hope that things can get better and will get better," said Scott Beard, a leader of the recall effort.
November 3, 2013 |
No announcement? No problem. Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) has endorsed Hillary Rodham Clinton for president whether she's running or not. Clinton, the former secretary of State and a former senator representing New York, is a presumed favorite for the Democratic nomination for president in 2016. She sought the nomination in 2008, losing to Barack Obama. That is, she's favored in 2016 if she chooses to run -- which she hasn't as of yet. Nonetheless, Schumer was moving full speed ahead on her behalf Saturday night in front of several hundred Democratic supporters at the Iowa Democratic Party's Jefferson Jackson dinner in Des Moines.
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October 24, 2013 |
Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson offered a full-throated endorsement of Councilman Jose Huizar this week, just three months after he ordered the creation of a panel to review sexual harassment allegations against him. "Mr. Huizar is like my brother, my best friend on the council," said Wesson, headlining the kickoff event of Huizar's reelection campaign Tuesday at Exchange Los Angeles, a downtown nightclub. "I trust him with my life, he does the same for me. " Those comments, captured on a video later obtained by The Times, were made at a fundraiser attended by lobbyists, business leaders, labor leaders and real estate executives.
October 20, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Candice Kilpatrick couldn't help but laugh when she came across a novelty item on Amazon.com: a latex horse's head with a bushy mane. Knowing her friends would get a kick out of the mask too, she shared the link on Facebook. Soon her friends began seeing an update from Kilpatrick on their Facebook pages that appeared as if Kilpatrick was encouraging them to buy the mask: "Good news everyone. These are 40% off today. " But Kilpatrick had not posted it. Facebook had turned the link into a personal endorsement called a "sponsored story" paid for by Amazon.
October 17, 2013 |
Back when the Houston Chronicle endorsed GOP candidate Ted Cruz to represent Texas in the U.S. Senate, it largely expressed admiration for his Democratic opponent, whom it seems not to have supported mainly on the grounds that he didn't have a lot of campaign support and obviously wouldn't win. This week, the newspaper has drawn national attention - a mix of praise and scorn - for a new editorial that has been described as a withdrawal of...