July 30, 2013 |
Caroline Kennedy, President Obama's nominee to be ambassador to Japan, brings a unique celebrity status - though not much in the way of expertise or relevant experience - to the ranks of U.S. diplomats. But in another sense, Kennedy is typical of many of Obama's ambassadorial appointments: She provided him with important support when he was seeking election to the White House. In Kennedy's case, that support took the form of a timely endorsement during the 2008 campaign from the daughter of a beloved Democratic president.
July 27, 2013
Re "Caroline Kennedy picked as diplomat," July 25 Speaking on the economy Wednesday, President Obama told of "the trend of a winner-take-all economy where a few are doing better and better and better" and said that "this growing inequality is not just morally wrong, it's bad economics. " This, on the same day he announced Caroline Kennedy's nomination for the job of ambassador, her qualification being that she happens to be a Kennedy. Obama's rhetoric brings to mind the truism, "Watch what I do, not what I say. " Joel Anderson Studio City ALSO: Letters: Helen Thomas' journalistic legacy Letters: A healthy L.A. River, a healthier L.A. Letters: A better Rx for California's malpractice cap
July 25, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Since the beginning of his second term, President Obama has appointed campaign fundraisers, party allies and other political figures as ambassadors at a level that is now almost double what has prevailed in the last few administrations. More than 56% of Obama's 41 second-term ambassadorial nominations have been political, compared with an average of about 30% for recent administrations, according to U.S. government figures compiled by the American Foreign Service Assn.
July 24, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama on Wednesday announced he would nominate Caroline Kennedy, a close friend and key political ally, as the next U.S. ambassador to Japan. The daughter of President Kennedy, she is president of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation. She has written and edited a series of books, most of them related to the Kennedy family and its legacy, but has never held a government post. The ambassadorship is a major diplomatic assignment, and her appointment comes at an important moment.
July 24, 2013 |
Several months after the idea was first bruited, the White House has announced that President Obama will nominate Caroline Kennedy as ambassador to Japan. The Times had this to say about the idea in an editorial in April: "If Caroline Kennedy were simply a lawyer and author, it's doubtful that she would be on any president's short list for a major diplomatic appointment. But Kennedy is also a member of a storied American political family and an early and valued supporter of Barack Obama's presidential ambitions.
July 24, 2013 |
The summer baseball season is nearing a conclusion, and senior shortstop Nick Rodriguez of Granada Hills Kennedy just might earn himself a college offer. Rodriguez, a starter since his freshman season, leads the Golden Cougars in hitting with an average above .370 and has been playing fabulously in the field. He's drawing interest from UC Santa Barbara, UCLA and San Diego, among others. He has a 3.5 grade-point average. Kennedy plays at El Camino Real at 5 p.m. on Thursday in a quarterfinal game of the VIBL playoffs.
July 24, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy is in a position to decide - again - whether California's overcrowded prisons must release more than 9,000 inmates by the end of this year, but at the risk of sending some violent criminals back to the streets. Two years ago Kennedy spoke for a 5-4 majority in upholding one of the largest prison release orders in U.S. history, affirming a three-judge panel in California that concluded prisoners were dying from a lack of decent medical care because of severe overcrowding and the state's failure to act. Kennedy said the conditions amounted to cruel and unusual punishment.
July 9, 2013 |
After Ian Kennedy hit Yasiel Puig and Zack Greinke with pitches above the shoulder, sparking a brawl in the Dodgers 5-3 win over the Diamondbacks on June 11, catcher Tim Federowicz said the team hoped they would face Kennedy again this season. Tuesday they did. And after Kennedy plunked Hanley Ramirez in the top of the first inning, the Dodgers retaliated with their bats -- striking double-digit hits for the second straight game in a 6-1 victory while Ricky Nolasco threw seven innings in his team debut, giving up one run and four hits.
June 22, 2013 |
Despite the conservative tilt of the Roberts Supreme Court, gay rights supporters expect the justices to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act this month. Their hopes are pinned on Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, the court's usual swing vote, who has written two important pro-gay-rights opinions in the past and voiced skepticism of the law during the court's hearing in March. If he joins the court's four liberals, DOMA is history. Kennedy, however, could surprise the court watchers.
June 15, 2013 |
One of the toughest jobs for a fantasy owner is deciding how long to stick with a struggling pitcher. Staff writer Tim Hubbard looks at four usually reliable starters whose problems on the mound are making life miserable for their owners. Cole Hamels Philadelphia Along with Roy Halladay, another of the Phillies' Big Three who has been uncharacteristically pedestrian in 2013. The left-hander went 0-6 in May and has a 5.32 ERA at home. On the plus side, he did strike out 11 Marlins last week … of course, they are the Marlins.