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October 3, 2012 | By Robin Abcarian
No question, Mitt Romney's extensive debate preparation is paying off. At least in the first half of the debate, he seemed more emotionally connected than President Obama with the material -- making jokes and self-deprecating remarks and even invoking Big Bird  in a discussion about the deficit and budget priorities. When moderator Jim Lehrer of PBS asked each candidate to describe the difference between his plan to attack the deficit and his opponent's, Romney couched the issue in moral terms.
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NATIONAL
May 14, 2013 | By David Lauter, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - The federal deficit is shrinking more quickly than expected, and the government's long-term debt has largely stabilized for the next decade, the Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday in a report that could strengthen the Obama administration's hand in the budget battles with congressional Republicans. The budget office continues to say the federal government faces a long-range budget problem - mostly caused by the costs of an aging population - but its new forecast pushes the crunch point for that problem off into a considerably more distant future: well after the 2020 presidential election.
NEWS
June 16, 1993 | VIRGINIA ELLIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
All the signs of human activity are still there. Papers and manuals litter tables and desks. Handwritten charts cover some of the walls. Signs warn that "Ear Protection Is Required" to protect workers from the deafening noise. Everything is there--except the people. Echoing through the silent building are the footsteps of Glen Gordon, last manager of the state Department of Water Resources' Bottle Rock Geothermal Power Plant before it was shut down in 1990. Disappointment is etched in his face.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 2008 | David Zahniser, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa made a splash when he announced plans last week for ending L.A. Bridges, an anti-gang initiative under fire since the Riordan administration for failing to demonstrate clear results. But in dropping the L.A. Bridges programs and shifting the money to his appointed "gang czar," Villaraigosa put off yet again answering one key question: Are these programs, which last year received $13.2 million, successful in quelling violence and keeping kids out of gangs?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 1997 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For Los Angeles police officers, the American dream can now be had for half price and $100 down. Under a federal program aimed at encouraging officers to buy homes in the city they protect and serve, officials Tuesday announced that hundreds of homes will be offered to LAPD officers at significantly discounted prices.
BUSINESS
February 9, 2006 | Michael Hiltzik
I have a confession to make. I was defeated by the new Medicare drug program. The weapon used against me was Medicare's "plan finder," a website that churns out a list of private Medicare drug plans, along with their estimated annual costs, based on the prescriptions the user types in. The website then prompts the user to enroll in the plan that best suits his or her medical and financial profile.
NATIONAL
December 31, 2007 | Stephanie Simon, Times Staff Writer
Dozens of states, counties and cities across the nation will enter the new year facing deep and unexpected budget holes as the widening mortgage crisis cuts sharply into tax revenue. Elected officials, scrambling to adjust, are trimming money for public schools, reducing grants to help the homeless, even asking police to dry-clean their uniforms less often. "We're talking about a pretty tough fiscal environment for the next four or five years," said Christopher W.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 25, 2007 | Scott Gold, Lee Romney and Evan Halper, Times Staff Writers
SACRAMENTO -- Making good on a promise to trim the state budget, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger eliminated a $55-million program Friday that advocates say has helped thousands of mentally ill homeless people break the costly cycle of hospitalization, jails and street life. The program was one of many high-profile initiatives left in the ashes of the Legislature's bitter budget dispute, which stalled Sacramento for much of the last two months.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 1999 | EVELYN LARRUBIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Robert Komarenski is a convicted pedophile who says he wants to escape his dark urges. But since his release from a state psychiatric hospital last month, he has been unable to obtain the drugs he says curb his destructive desires. Jobless, he has been turned down for the medication by the government-funded clinics he visited.
NEWS
June 7, 1999 | PATRICK J. McDONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite its anti-immigrant reputation, California has been among the most generous of the 50 states in providing public aid to needy noncitizens who lost benefits in the 1996 federal welfare overhaul, a new study shows. The analysis by the Urban Institute found that California did more to provide food, money and health care to affected legal immigrants than New York, Florida or Texas--the three states with the largest numbers of immigrants after California.
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