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February 28, 2005 | Ronald Brownstein
As synonyms for the word "vile," my thesaurus offers some of the following: offensive, objectionable, odious, repulsive, repellent, repugnant, revolting, disgusting, sickening, loathsome, foul, nasty, contemptible, despicable and noxious. Any of those words would aptly describe the advertising attack launched last week against AARP, the largest advocacy group for seniors, by the conservative interest group USA Next. But there's one word that unfortunately can't be applied: surprising.
December 17, 1992
Stereotypes die hard. But perhaps they die a little easier in the face of facts. The Latino National Political Survey released this week explodes some key myths about the largest minority in California and the nation's second-largest ethnic group. The study, the most comprehensive of its kind, surveyed more than 2,800 people of Mexican, Cuban and Puerto Rican descent in 40 U.S. cities.
February 3, 2000 | DAVID BLANKENHORN, David Blankenhorn is president of the New York-based Institute for American Values
In his State of the Union address, President Clinton pulled off another political master stroke by joining George W. Bush and other Republicans in calling for a special tax cut for two-earner married couples. Clinton wants to increase the standard deduction for two-earner couples. Bush also wants to increase the amount that two-earner couples can deduct from their taxable income. Under either plan, most two-earner couples would see their tax bills reduced by about $300 to $600 per year.
October 20, 1989 | JOHN ORTEGA, Times Staff Writer
Canyon High football Coach Harry Welch refers to them as "Liars Poker." Kennedy High mentor Bob Francola says they are important barometers in the evaluation of a player's capabilities. Whatever your opinion, 40-yard dash times have become among the most vital statistics in football, be it at the high school, collegiate or professional level.
January 10, 1993 | Douglas Foster, Northern California journalist Douglas Foster , former editor of Mother Jones , is currently working on a series of articles about the marketing of alcohol and tobacco to young people.
Oriana Fallaci adores the exclamation point. "Ho! Ho! Bravo!" she'll bark when pleased, a wonderful, deep-chested exhalation, cigarette smoke swirling. Disappoint her, and you get mini-explosions issued in quintuplicate: "No! No! No! No! No!" When she is angry, she shouts, "Wrong! Wrong! Wrong! Wrong! Wrong!" with her arms swinging like a windmill.
February 21, 1985
Recognizing the fallacies of heavily promoted fad diets may avoid dangerous side effects, according to a Columbia University nutrition newsletter. According to a recent issue of Nutrition and Health newsletter, diets that provide inadequate amounts of nutrients can produce symptoms of malnutrition, including vitamin and mineral deficiencies, fatigue, dehydration and hair loss.
Just hours before a ban on the execution of mentally retarded criminals would have become law, Texas Gov. Rick Perry stepped in with a veto Sunday afternoon. The bill, aimed at softening Texas' reputation as the nation's most vigorous death penalty state, also would have given judges the power to decide the mental status of convicted killers. Opponents argued the legislation was a menace to the state's jury system and an invitation to excessive, inappropriate appeals.
June 29, 1993
A number of Islamic nations, among them U.S. allies Egypt and Turkey, as well as representatives of Arab-American groups are complaining of what they see as an American double standard. Against Iraq, an Arab and Muslim country, President Clinton ordered the use of force to punish aggression.
December 9, 1990 | GEORGE BLACK, George Black is foreign editor of the Nation magazine.
When Secretary of State James A. Baker III told Congress that any assault on Iraq would be carried out "suddenly, massively and decisively," he was issuing the Bush Administration's final verdict on the lessons of Vietnam. The United States does not intend to lose another war because the politicians forced the soldiers to fight with one hand tied behind their backs.
November 19, 1989 | MARTIN FELDSTEIN and KATHLEEN FELDSTEIN, Martin Feldstein is the former chairman of the President's Council of Economic Advisers. His wife, Kathleen Feldstein, is an economist
Is it really true that America needs a crowbar to improve its trade balance with Japan? Or do the Japanese respond to the same economic incentives--price and quality--as our other trading partners? Be wary of those who argue that the United States needs one policy for Japan and another for the rest of the world. Advocates of so-called managed trade argue that when it comes to importing foreign products, the Japanese are different and so need to be treated differently.
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