CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 2013 |
White House tapes released Wednesday capture President Richard Nixon grappling with the growing Watergate scandal while continuing to press forward on major foreign-affairs initiatives, including a historic meeting with Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev. The 340 hours of recordings released by the National Archives and Records Administration cover about three months in 1973, from April 9 through July 12. They include excerpts from Nixon's meetings with several heads of state and discussions about Watergate, the implementation of the Vietnam peace settlement, and Washington's relationships with the U.S.S.R.
February 20, 2012 |
Presidents Day -- or Washington's Birthday, if you prefer -- is a time to celebrate all of America's past commanders in chief. Among the nation's most recent leaders, two are celebrated far more than others: Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton . That's the finding of Gallup, at least, which recently asked Americans to judge how the last eight presidents will go down in history. Sixty-nine percent said Reagan would go down as "outstanding" or "above average," compared to just 10% who said "below average" or "poor.
January 23, 2012 |
The desert retreat of former President Gerald Ford and Betty Ford has come on the market in Rancho Mirage at $1.699 million. Set in the Thunderbird Country Club, the 6,316-square-foot midcentury home was built in 1979 and designed by architect Welton Becket. Among his works are L.A.'s Capitol Records Building, Pomona City Hall and Glendale City Hall. The main residence includes a staff waiting room, five bedrooms and 61/2 bathrooms. The Fords' furnishings, excluding family portraits, are also available for purchase.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 2011 |
Former First Lady Betty Ford, who captivated the nation with her unabashed candor and forthright discussion of her personal battles with breast cancer, prescription drug addiction and alcoholism, has died. She was 93. Ford died Friday at the Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, according to Barbara Lewandrowski, a family representative. The cause was not given. As wife of Gerald R. Ford, the 38th president of the United States and the only person to hold that office without first being elected vice president or president, she spent a brief, yet remarkable time as the nation's first lady.
November 12, 2010 |
Republicans may think that their midterm triumph bodes ill for President Obama's reelection hopes, but such beliefs are not borne out by history. The incumbent president's party typically does poorly in a midterm election. This time, however, there was an ominous hint of a potential problem for Obama. In his concession speech, the media thought that Wisconsin Sen. Russell Feingold may have been referring to a presidential bid when he said, "It's on to 2012!" Although Feingold's spokesman rejected that interpretation, a primary challenger would be the absolute worst sign for Obama for 2012.
April 29, 2010 |
A group led by Gerald J. Ford, a billionaire bank-turnaround specialist, agreed Thursday to save Pacific Capital Bancorp from collapse by investing $500 million for a 91% stake in the Santa Barbara-based operator of five Central California community banks. But Pacific Capital's stock plunged nearly 50% after the announcement of the deal, which would allow Ford's group to buy its shares at a deep discount to their market value. The investment is contingent on obtaining substantial financial concessions from the bank's debt holders -- who would lose everything if the bank failed -- and from the federal government, which in November 2008 bought $180.