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August 2, 2012 | By Seema Mehta
ASPEN, Colo. -- Holding up a report card that gave President Obama a string of red marks on unemployment, housing foreclosures, the deficit and other measures, Mitt Romney said Thursday that the president has failed to carry out the promises he made when accepted the Democratic nomination not from far where he spoke. “I know in a campaign talk can be cheap, you can say anything. But results, if they're not done the right way, they can be real expensive,” Romney told supporters in Golden, Colo.
August 28, 2012 | Doyle McManus
TAMPA, Fla. - The conventional wisdom is that this week's Republican National Convention needs to make Mitt Romney more "likable" - to replace his image as a frosty billionaire with the warmer (and, friends say, more accurate) picture of a family man, devout Mormon and private do-gooder. And yes, the convention began on Tuesday with biographical tributes, testimonials to Mitt the mensch and an appealing speech from the candidate's appealing wife, Ann Romney, who said: "You can trust Mitt....
January 26, 2010 | By Christi Parsons and Peter Nicholas
Moving to address rising voter anger over federal deficits and the tattered shape of their own pocketbooks, President Obama will propose a freeze on non-defense-related federal spending as well as expanded aid to middle-class families in his State of the Union speech Wednesday night, White House aides said Monday. To counter the soaring federal deficit, which polls show is a major factor in voters' discontent, Obama will announce that the budget blueprint he files next week will contain a "hard freeze" on discretionary spending that lasts through 2013, an effort his advisors liken to the fiscal discipline average families impose on themselves every day. Obama and Vice President Joe Biden unveiled the outlines of their relief package for the middle class at a White House meeting Monday.
May 19, 2010 | By Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times
When American tanks tore through her neighborhood, ripping up the roads as they uprooted a nation, she stayed put, refusing to move abroad like many of her wealthy friends. When the black-clad gunmen took over her religiously mixed west Baghdad neighborhood, turning it into a killing field, she wouldn't let them drive her out of the country she loved. And even when they killed her husband, gunning him down as he left work, she fought through her grief, staying in Iraq and hoping for better times.
March 20, 2009 | Mike Boehm
The protagonist of "Goldfish," the play by John Kolvenbach having its premiere tonight at South Coast Repertory, is an admirable, talented but beleaguered young man whose name, Albert Ledger, would sound a loud ding in any ear attuned to Hollywood. But Kolvenbach's cultural antennae evidently don't pick up the frequencies that buzz with celebrity news and gossip. "Heath Ledger? That did not occur to me," the earnest yet easygoing New Yorker says when his choice of a name comes up.
August 22, 2012 | By Walter Hamilton
The vast majority of middle-class Americans say their financial well-being has been crimped over the last 10 years by sagging home values and dreary job prospects, according to a new survey. About 85% of middle-class people say it's tougher now than a decade ago to maintain their living standards, according to the Pew Research Center report. “Since 2000, the middle class has shrunk in size, fallen backward in income and wealth, and shed some - but by no means all - of its characteristic faith in the future,” the report states.
January 22, 1994
Heaven help the working person! President Clinton has resolved for 1994 to help the middle-class--again. FORREST BONNER Huntington Beach
August 23, 2012 | By Rebecca Trounson, Los Angeles Times
The idea of a large, stable middle class is central to America's sense of itself. But the U.S. middle class has been steadily shrinking, dropping from 61% of all adults 40 years ago to a bare majority now, a new study finds. This middle tier of American society also has slipped downward in terms of its income and wealth in the last decade, according to the report released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center. And it has lost a share of its traditional faith in the future. "The notion that we are a society with a large middle class, with lots of economic and social mobility and a belief that each generation does better than the next - these are among the core tenets of what it means to be an American," said Paul Taylor, the Pew Research Center's executive vice president.
July 3, 2011 | Michael Hiltzik
By all accounts, BMW's parts distribution warehouse in Ontario was one of the jewels of the company's system. Supplying dealer service departments throughout Southern California, Arizona and Nevada, it received gold medals from BMW for its efficiency and employed several of the top-ranked workers in the country. In the roughly 40 years its workers had been represented by the Teamsters union, there had never been a labor stoppage. Times being what they are, when a Teamsters committee came to the plant in early June to open negotiations over a new contract to start Sept.
January 4, 2010 | Hector Tobar
The middle is what holds Los Angeles together. Not too rich, not too poor. Right in the middle of the curve -- a place that doesn't inspire much passion. But without the middle class, what is Los Angeles? Imagine a metropolis where all the homes have either iron bars on the windows or walls and guards to keep away the riffraff. A city of castes. Gated communities and gangland, with nothing in between. In other words, a Third World city. With our economy in the dumps and public services and the education system in crisis, it's easier to imagine Los Angeles becoming such a place.
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