January 17, 2013 |
MEXICO CITY - Since Enrique Peña Nieto assumed the post of president here last month, his fellow Mexicans have grown accustomed to his public speaking style, which -- most of the time at least -- is as carefully manicured as his famous pompadour. Each word from Peña Nieto's lips tends to be enunciated with the accent-free precision of a TV newscaster; each idea is limned (no doubt thanks to a passel of talented speechwriters) with a simple clarity that can border on the graceful.
December 2, 2013 |
The Washington Redskins were eliminated from playoff contention with their 24-17 loss to the New York Giants on Sunday night, and adding to their frustration was an officiating gaffe that's sure to invite NFL scrutiny. With two minutes to play and Washington trailing by a touchdown, the Redskins had a second-and-five at their 36. Robert Griffin III hit Pierre Garcon for a short gain that looked to be just shy of a first down. Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said later that he asked officials for a measurement and was told by them, “You don't have to; it's a first down.” Sure enough, the crew moved the chains to indicate first down, and Griffin ran a first-down-type play, a long pass to tight end Fred Davis that was dropped.
June 28, 2011 |
On a day that was intended to showcase her viability as a top-tier presidential candidate, Michele Bachmann spent Monday evening defending her veracity and explaining a gaffe that seemingly had her mixing up American icon John Wayne with a notorious serial killer. Bachmann found a friendly place to deliver her side of the story: Sean Hannity’s show on Fox News Channel. It became the forum where Bachmann and the news channel patched things up after a brief tiff spurred by Fox newsman Chris Wallace's asking Bachmann last weekend if she was a “flake.” Wallace was pushing Bachmann about whether she stretches the truth, an issue that has begun to trail the Minnesota conservative as even she has showed steady improvement in the polls.
November 13, 2011 |
"Saturday Night Live" had the last word on Rick Perry's struggles this weekend, stretching his 54-second memory lapse into a nearly six-minute opening sketch. SNL's take actually started by weighing in on the Herman Cain harassment allegations. "The important thing is, for every woman who has come forward, there are two who have not," Keenan Thompson says in his portrayal of the former pizza chain executive. A confident Perry, played by Bill Hader, then predicts he's going to "nail it" in the latest debate.
March 22, 2012 |
The Romney campaign may be learning that sometimes the best weapon against an unshakably bad story like "Etch-A-Sketch"-gate is to laugh it off. First, a refresher. Eric Fehrnstrom, one of Mitt Romney's top aides, torpedoed what should have been a gangbusters news cycle for the campaign with this answer to a question about how damaging the primary has been to Romney's chances in November. "I think you hit a reset button for the fall campaign. Everything changes. It's almost like an Etch-A-Sketch.
March 6, 2012 |
The people who want to drive Rush Limbaugh off the air were not assuaged or persuaded by his apology over the weekend. They say he was not sincere: He only apologized for calling a Georgetown University law student a "slut" and a "prostitute" because of pressure from advertisers. Well of course he wasn't sincere. And of course he was only apologizing to pacify advertisers, which were getting pressure to pressure Limbaugh by these very critics. Oh, there might have been a political calculation too - that he'd gone too far for the good of his ratings or his celebrityhood.