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April 25, 2004 | David K. Shipler
John Kerry needs Caroline Payne and Tom King. Neither voted in the last presidential election, despite their special stake in the outcome. Both are single, working-poor parents and thus reflect an irony of electoral demographics: They are the Americans who most need government services and are most vulnerable to cutbacks -- and they are also the ones least likely to vote.
April 29, 2006 | From Times Wire Services
Julia Thorne, the former wife of Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry who turned her experience with depression into a bestselling book, has died of cancer. She was 61. Thorne died Thursday at a friend's home in Concord, Mass., the senator's office said. Thorne, who struggled with depression for much of the 1980s, also founded a nonprofit education foundation called the Depression Initiative.
September 14, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT - U.S. officials seldom conceal their contempt for Syrian President Bashar Assad, but Secretary of State John F. Kerry credited Assad's government Saturday with a not-insignificant achievement: Safeguarding the nation's chemical armory in the midst of a raging civil war. That fact, Kerry emphasized, helped make possible an "ambitious" U.S.-Russian plan to eliminate Syria's substantial chemical weapons stores. "One of the reasons that we believe that this is achievable is because the Assad regime has taken extraordinary pains in order to keep control of these weapons," Kerry told reporters Saturday in Geneva after outlining the U.S.-Russian initiative.
June 13, 2004
The article "Veteran in Conflict" (by Gerald Nicosia, May 23) shows what a great leader John Kerry has been for decades. To have accomplished what he did at so young an age is very impressive. I heard nothing of President George W. Bush's leadership skills until he won the Texas governorship in 1994. Kerry has made it quite clear that he was born to be a leader and has proved it through his actions. It's also admirable that with all of the angry and violent veterans Kerry was working with, he stuck to his beliefs and refused to endorse or participate in any violent protests.
October 2, 2004 | Roy Rivenburg, Times Staff Writer
It's no secret that politicians don't always mean what they say. In an effort to get inside the brains of Botox Boy and the Grammarian in Chief, we purchased a mind-reading machine on EBay and used it to analyze comments from Thursday night's presidential debate. Here's the scoop on what President Bush, Sen. John F. Kerry and moderator Jim Lehrer said versus what they were really thinking.
August 9, 2004 | Carol J. Williams, Times Staff Writer
At first glance, it wouldn't seem that Reynaldo Palaso's fortunes would be tied up with the U.S. presidential election. But the father of two, who zips his dune buggy through the sugar-fine sand of Cuba's biggest resort enclave to deliver sodas and snacks to sun-worshiping foreign tourists, says he is avidly following the latest polls and candidate statements. He is watching for indications that the Democratic nominee, Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, is pulling ahead.
February 22, 2004 | David J. Garrow, David J. Garrow is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Bearing the Cross," a biography of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
John Kerry enlisted in the Navy four months before graduating from Yale University in 1966. With U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War escalating rapidly, joining voluntarily offered more attractive options to a young college graduate than did waiting to be drafted. After completing officer candidate school, 23-year-old Ensign Kerry was assigned to the guided-missile frigate U.S.S. Gridley, based in Long Beach.
Sen. Barbara Boxer got her start in politics protesting the Vietnam War. But when it comes to the terrorist attacks on New York and the Pentagon, she sounds like an unabashed hawk. "It cannot stand," the California Democrat declared. Rep. Jerrold Nadler is another veteran of the antiwar movement. But the New York Democrat hasn't the slightest hesitation about a war on terrorism. "When someone attacks you," he said, "you've got to respond."
February 26, 2004 | Maria L. La Ganga and Janet Hook, Times Staff Writers
He fought Ronald Reagan over Nicaragua and missile defense programs. He fought for more cops on the street, cleaner air and protecting the Alaska wilderness. To hear John F. Kerry tell it as he runs for the Democratic presidential nomination, he has been in the vanguard of dozens of legislative and policy battles during his almost 20 years as a senator from Massachusetts.
May 23, 2004 | Gerald Nicosia
Gerald Nicosia is the author of "Home to War: A History of the Vietnam Veterans' Movement" (Crown Publishers, 2001, forthcoming in a new edition from Carroll & Graf this August). His research for the book included a Freedom of Information Act request to the FBI in 1988 for records of the agency's surveillance of an antiwar group, Vietnam Veterans Against the War. On June 21, 1989, Sen.
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