November 30, 2012 |
Just weeks after the election, President Obama has launched a campaign-style drive to gain the upper hand in budget talks with Republicans. How the negotiations play out will provide a much clearer measure of exactly how much clout he gained in winning re-election. Obama's success at the polls was due in no small part to his campaign organization, which is getting well-deserved attention for its sophisticated use of analytics . (The famously data-driven Mitt Romney, on the other hand, may have been misled by faulty internal numbers, as a recent New Republic article illustrated.)
October 27, 2012 |
Even in vividly blue California, President Obama's luster has faded since his historic victory here in 2008, a new poll has found. Despite his sizable lead over Mitt Romney, the president is unlikely to repeat his historic 2008 margin of victory here because of his diminished power to pull in people who don't traditionally support Democrats, according to the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll. The drop in appeal across party and demographic lines has translated, at this point, to a 14-point edge over the Republican nominee among likely voters - well below Obama's 24-point victory in 2008, the biggest margin in modern times.
July 3, 2012 |
Andy Griffith, who died in his sleep Tuesday at age 86, was buried on his North Carolina farm mere hours after his early morning death. Cindi Griffith, the actor's wife since 1983, was at his side when he died, the family told the Charlotte Observer . "He is the love of my life, my constant companion, my partner, and my best friend," she said in a statement to the paper. "I cannot imagine life without Andy, but I take comfort and strength in God's grace and in the knowledge that Andy is at peace and with God. " PHOTOS: Life in pictures | Celebrities react | Notable deaths The prompt, intimate service and interment "had been planned for some time," a funeral spokesman told CNN. Griffith, who died about 7a.m., local time, on the Outer Banks' Roanoke Island, was buried by 11:30 a.m., a Twiford Funeral Homes representative told TMZ. "He has been laid to rest on his beloved farm on Roanoke Island," the funeral home's website said Tuesday.
January 8, 2013 |
Huell Howser, the host of the public television series "California's Gold," left behind a wealth of material when he donated the entire 18-season run of his state travelogue series to Chapman University in Orange County. And as noted fans of Howser commemorate the host's passing on Sunday at age 67, their memories can now be backed up with video assistance. On KCET's website , the channel that aired "California's Gold," comedian James Adomian, who did a killer Howser impression for Funny or Die and the "Comedy Bang Bang" podcast, recalled his favorite episode as the "Firefall.
May 7, 2013 |
Lana Parrilla is getting her own fairy-tale love story: The actress is now engaged to beau Fred Di Blasio. The "Once Upon a Time" star, who plays Evil Queen / Mayor Regina Mills on the ABC fantasy series, was traveling in Israel last week with actors from ABC's "Scandal" when Di Blasio, a software executive, popped the question in the Negev Desert on April 28, her rep confirmed to the Ministry. The couple prefers to keep details of the proposal...
February 14, 2013 |
Megyn Kelly is pregnant with her third child, the news anchor announced Thursday morning in a cute Valentine's Day-themed segment on Fox News' "America Live. " "Every Valentine's Day we always struggle to find just the right gift and yet, this year I believe that we found the perfect solution," Kelly said on air. "Happily, Doug and I are expecting another baby. " Doug would be Douglas Brunt, her businessman husband. The babies have come in regular succession for the couple, with son Edward Yates Brunt born in September 2009 and daughter Yardley Evans Brunt arriving in April 2011. Kelly's good pal Janice Dean, a Fox News Channel meteorologist, got the party going with a congratulatory Valentine graphic while others from the crew gifted the anchor with balloons and flowers.