November 4, 2012 |
After a year of campaign sound and fury, we're about to hold an election that will probably fail to usher in the one thing voters of all stripes would like to see: an end to the partisan gridlock in Congress. Neither President Obama nor Mitt Romney appears likely to win the kind of landslide victory that provides a mandate for big change. And whoever wins the presidency is almost certain to face at least two years of divided government in Congress: a Republican House, a Democratic Senate.
November 3, 2012 |
BATON ROUGE, La. — The traffic jam Friday on Highland Road near campus was a reminder of the gridlock we've come to expect whenever Alabama plays Louisiana State in football. It's always going to be a grind. The Smoothie King at the corner of Highland and State Street heralded Alabama's arrival with the obligatory marquee greeting: "Beat Bama. " Across the street, "Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers" sponsors a giant "FEAR the Hat" billboard in honor of LSU Coach Les Miles. The campus was abuzz in advance of the third meeting in "The Trilogy" that started last November in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The schools had a very unusual split in 2011.
October 13, 2012
Re "Combative Biden and Ryan display energy Obama lacked," Oct. 12 No doubt Vice President Joe Biden and Republican rival Rep. Paul Ryan were ready to debate, and each of them made good points for their causes. Both seem sincerely dedicated to helping the people of the United States. However, what was obvious was that these two combative souls were light years away from agreeing on anything, just like the two parties in Washington. What America wants to see is Democrats and Republicans sitting down and coming to agreements on the important matters before Congress.
October 3, 2012 |
Just before their first debate ended, President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney each got a chance to say how he would cut through the partisan political gridlock that has paralyzed Washington. Romney recalled his work as governor of Massachusetts with an overwhelmingly Democratic legislature. “That meant I figured out from day one I had to get along and I had to work across the aisle to get anything done,” Romney said. WHAT THEY SAID: The first presidential debate “As president,” he continued, “I will sit down on day one -- actually the day after I get elected, I'll sit down with leaders, the Democratic leaders as well as Republican leaders.
September 22, 2012 |
Torii Hunter came away from a recent lunch meeting with General Manager Jerry Dipoto convinced the Angels would make a strong push to re-sign him after his five-year, $90-million contract expires in October. The 37-year-old right fielder entered Friday with a .305 average, 15 homers and 81 runs batted in and "is playing the best baseball he's played since he signed with us," said Manager Mike Scioscia, who added that Hunter should win his 10th Gold Glove Award. "I feel that they want me back, but at the same time, things have to align," Hunter said.
September 10, 2012 |
Chicago public school teachers flooded the city's downtown Loop on Monday as a strike over stalled labor negotiations threatened to stretch longer than some people had expected. Teachers wearing red shirts and carrying "ON STRIKE" placards protested against the Chicago Public Schools as the city's administrators and the teachers union failed to come to terms over pay and other issues. Negotiations remained gridlocked as of Monday evening. Some parents struggled to cope with the sudden shutdown despite the district's contingency plans to keep schools open to at least host Chicago students.
August 31, 2012 |
If you're revving up the engine to get a jump-start on your holiday weekend, you're already too late. Travelers should have hit L.A.'s freeways before noon Friday to avoid big traffic, and the worst will come between 5 and 6 p.m. this evening. Best time to flee? Saturday morning. That's the advice from INRIX traffic information that says New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., in that order, will be the most congested areas of the nation over Labor Day weekend. "Those leaving [L.A.]
August 23, 2012 |
There are plenty of things not to like about this year's presidential campaign, including how nasty and negative a mud fight it's become, with both sides engaging in shameless distortion. But here's the worst thing about this presidential campaign: No matter what happens on election day, there's little hope of a good outcome. For most of the last four years, Washington has been mired in political gridlock, deadlocked between Republicans who want to slash government and keep taxes low and Democrats who are willing to trim government a bit but also want to raise taxes on the affluent.
August 21, 2012 |
It's a night of wondrous Dodger Stadium sights, with Fernando Valenzuela on a bobblehead, Don Newcombe taking a bow, and fans booing the San Francisco Giants. But I'm blinded by another Dodgers tradition. Headlights. They are glowing from beyond the right-field pavilion, in a long line of cars entering the stadium, in clear sight from my press-box chair. They are no different from the headlights that snake into any major league stadium on any summer night, with one blue twist. It is the top of the fourth inning.
August 1, 2012 |
Tea partiers are fed up with the status quo and demand change. So they elect people like Texas GOP Senate nominee Ted Cruz, who by emphasizing his own unwillingness to compromise ensures that nothing will change and that Congress will remain at least as paralyzed and powerless as it already is for the foreseeable future. Great move, Liptonites. The come-from-behind victory by Cruz in a Republican runoff election Tuesday against Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst is being widely hailed as another sign not only of the tea party's political might, but its disdain for establishment Republicans.