April 12, 2010
The problem with looking the other way is that it can leave you blindsided. That appears to be what happened in Kyrgyzstan, where the United States had ignored official corruption and oppression while paying the government a hefty sum for an air base that is key to moving troops and supplies into nearby Afghanistan. The Obama administration clearly was caught off guard by the violent ouster of President Kurmanbek Bakiyev last week, and now the future of the U.S. base and bilateral relations are in doubt.
April 1, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO -- California businesses and other special interests quickly learn that playing politics in the ornate chambers of California's Capitol building is more like a barroom brawl than a civics lesson about how bills become laws. Most days, businesses large and small dispatch squads of hired-gun lobbyists to vie for lawmakers' attention and votes. And that lobbying doesn't come cheaply. Last year special interests reported spending $277.5 million on such advocacy, according to the Secretary of State's office.
August 24, 2010 |
When Dr. Luther Halsey Gulick Jr. and his wife, Charlotte, founded Camp Fire Girls in 1910, their goal was simple: to better their Vermont town on the occasion of its 150th anniversary. For the celebratory pageant, the Boy Scouts had been designated to play a key role, with girls left watching from the sidelines. In response, Gulick set out to create an organization focused on outdoor activities especially for young women. Camp Fire Girls of America was incorporated as a national agency in 1912.
July 27, 2008 |
Shakespeare at sea? Poker cruise? Antiques on board? A new website, ThemeCruiseFinder.com, can help you locate a cruise themed on whatever interests you. There are cruises dedicated to golf, cruises about religion and cruises featuring concerts from various musical genres. While some cruisers prefer general-interest trips where the focus is on a destination, others enjoy meeting people with similar interests or spending their time on board learning about a subject that interests them rather than relaxing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 2012 |
Will the mayor of the Grove run for mayor of Los Angeles? With the deadline for entering next year's contest to replace Antonio Villaraigosa only weeks away, billionaire mall developer Rick Caruso is closing in on a decision. The shopping center mogul has flirted with the idea for years, but interest in his intentions has intensified after another potential front-runner from outside City Hall, Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, announced he was staying out. Caruso has been conferring with a team of political consultants and recently told a magazine that "the timing is very right.
June 24, 2003
Re "The Senators' Sons," June 22 and 23: I was not totally surprised to read that many lawmakers indulge in the practice of allowing -- if not encouraging -- relatives and family members to lobby Congress, but I was especially chagrined to see that Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) was a member of this less-than-august group until The Times launched its inquiry. Any judge would recuse himself from a case in which his child was one of the lawyers; no less should be demanded of Congress.