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October 11, 2012 | By Susan Denley
Designer Alfred Fiandaca, a favorite of Ann Romney, says she doesn't need any guidance when it comes to style, but does take into account husband Mitt's preferences. "He likes a waistline, and he likes her to show her figure off. He's always staring her up and down and smiling," Fiandaca told The Cut blog. (It's kind of nice to know the presidential candidate still pays attention to what his wife wears after all their years of marriage.) [The Cut] Jennifer Lawrence of "The Hunger Games" is the new face of Miss Dior.
April 27, 2014 | By Seema Mehta
Gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari, who is trailing badly in the polls, said Sunday that former President George W. Bush, 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney and other Republican leaders are aiding his campaign. "A lot of people nationally have been helping," he told reporters after speaking to a Republican women's convention in Orange. "[Former Florida Gov.] Jeb Bush has been helping, [former Indiana Gov.] Mitch Daniels has given a lot of advice on economy policy. "President Bush has been very helpful and made calls and opened doors," Kashkari said.
April 17, 2012 | By Morgan Little
As Mitt Romney's campaign seeks to humanize him in the eyes of prospective voters, one issue beyond his policy stances or his stump statements continues to follow him - his treatment of the family dog Seamus during a family vacation in 1983. Criticism over Romney's decision to place Seamus in a dog carrier and strap him to the top of the family's car during a 12-hour drive to Canada has gone so far as to lead to the creation of a “super PAC” to raise awareness of the incident.
April 23, 2014 | By Jean Merl
Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, taking a broadening role in efforts to help candidates of his party, on Wednesday endorsed former state legislator Tony Strickland, the Strickland campaign announced. The former state assemblyman and state senator is running in the June 3 primary for the Los Angeles-area seat being vacated by Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Santa Clarita), who is retiring when his term expires. McKeon already has endorsed Strickland, one of several Republican candidates in the GOP-leaning 25th Congressional District.
November 5, 2012 | By Christi Parsons and Kathleen Hennessey
The Obamapalooza concert tour hit the Ohio college town (and capital) of Columbus on Monday afternoon with rapper Jay-Z politicizing his lyrics before making a pitch for a big turnout at the polls. Jay-Z modified one of his most popular lyrics, “I got 99 problems but a bitch ain't one,” transforming it into “I got 99 problems but Mitt ain't one.” As he talked, the rapper discovered that he was preaching to the choir - a show of hands revealed that most of the audience had already voted.
March 6, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
PHOENIX - The first money Aaron Harang made in baseball came not from throwing pitches but from restitching gloves. "My dad and I used to take out ads in the Little League program," says Harang, who grew up in San Diego. "People would bring their gloves by and we'd fix them. " He doesn't have to do that any longer. Over the last seven years Harang has made more than $45 million as a pitcher with the Cincinnati Reds, San Diego Padres and Dodgers - and he's owed at least $9 million more from the Dodgers, who signed the right-hander to a two-year, free-agent contract 16 months ago. Yet there was Harang, hunched in front of his corner locker in the Dodgers' clubhouse Wednesday morning, relacing a glove for pitcher Ted Lilly.
April 1, 1987 | BARBIE LUDOVISE
Whoever caught--and kept--Eric Christopherson's lucky catchers' mitt after the Colt World Series in Lafayette, Ind., two years ago should be sure to keep it in a safe place. It may become a collectors' item some day. That mitt, sacrificed to the crowd after his Ocean View Little League team defeated Lafayette, 7-2, in 1985, was one of Christopherson's favorites. He used it as the team won 20 straight games en route to the championship.
August 30, 2012 | By Robin Abcarian
TAMPA, Fla. -- When Pam and Grant Finlayson moved from California to Massachusetts and didn't have a dryer, Mitt Romney helped her fold her laundry. When Pam gave birth to a very sick premature daughter, Kate, he prayed over her in the intensive care unit. “I will never forget that when he looked down tenderly at my daughter, his eyes filled with tears, and he reached out gently and stroked her tiny back,” Finlayson said. “I could tell immediately that he didn't just see a tangle of plastic and tubes; he saw our beautiful little girl, and he was clearly overcome with compassion for her.” That Thanksgiving, Romney and his sons turned up on her family's doorstep with a home-cooked meal.
April 25, 2012 | By Meghan Daum
In my April 19 column , I weighed in on the latest round in the "mommy wars": the firestorm ignited when Democratic pundit Hilary Rosen accused Ann Romney of "never working a day in her life"; a statement President Obama then condemned, saying, "There is no tougher job tougher than being a mom. " By way of exploring the ways in which Americans are obsessed with and define themselves according to circumscribed notions of work, I submitted that...
August 31, 2012 | By James Rainey
TAMPA, Fla. - Appearing on a couple of morning network television shows Friday, potential First Lady Ann Romney sounded like she wanted her 12 minutes back. That would be the 12 minutes of prime television time the night before that her husband's handlers handed to movie icon Clint Eastwood just before the climax of the Republican National Convention. Eastwood, 82, turned the 720 precious seconds into a meandering walkabout through his (not entirely cogent) political beliefs. And Romney, in return, damned him with faint praise.
January 27, 2014 | By Robert Abele
Greg Whiteley's random access memories documentary, "Mitt," available on Netflix and being shown at a Pasadena theater, is a viewing experience both familiar and strange. As a private glimpse inside the swirl that began with the former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's 2008 primary run to be the Republican presidential nominee (losing to John McCain) and concluding with his 2012 status as an also-ran, "Mitt" feels like the kind of behind-the-scenes campaign doc that's eager to clue us in on how candidates function day in and day out. There's Romney in hotel suites hashing out strategy with his family while cracking jokes, tidying the room, playfully arguing, weathering setbacks and staying optimistic in the face of defeat.
January 24, 2014 | By Maeve Reston
In election cycles past, losing presidential candidates have been content to fade into the background, avoiding interviews and sidestepping questions about pressing political matters. But that has not been the case with 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney, who seemed to pop up everywhere from “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” to “The Rachael Ray Show” last fall as he promoted his wife's cookbook , and resurfaced again this month as Netflix released a new documentary about his two presidential campaigns.
January 22, 2014 | Doyle McManus
"Poverty is not some rare disease from which the rest of us are all immune," a leading American politician said last week. "It is but the worst strain of a widespread disease otherwise known as economic insecurity. Most families worry about making ends meet. " That must have been President Obama or some other Democrat, right? Wrong. It was Rep. Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.), Mitt Romney's former running mate and the Republicans' chief budget-cutter on Capitol Hill. Up to now, his most famous statement about the social safety net was that it risked becoming "a hammock that lulls able-bodied people to lives of dependency and complacency.
January 19, 2014 | By John Horn
PARK CITY, Utah -- Mitt Romney may have a home in Park City, but he's not the kind of person you'd expect to attend a movie at the Sundance Film Festival, whose programming leans liberal, particularly among the documentaries. But the former presidential candidate dropped in to the first Sundance screening of “Mitt,” an unusually candid and largely flattering look at Romney shot over the course of his two presidential campaigns. Filmmaker Greg Whitely was given entree to Romney and his family, yet shut out from the campaign strategy meetings that are the staple of movies, books and articles about the political process.
November 1, 2013 | By Mary Ellen Monahan
ISTANBUL, Turkey - Inside the Cagaloglu Hamami, my masseuse, a short, paunchy woman of about 50, sings as she exfoliates me from head to toe with a rough mitt. The sweet melody contrasts with the gruff scrub job. Every few minutes, she douses me with a pail of warm water and off goes another layer of skin and, increasingly, my cares. At one point, she shows me the mitt as if for emphasis. I make a mental note to tip more. A slap on the leg signals me to turn over. I manage to flop onto my stomach, and she begins lathering me all over with soap - first hoisting one arm, then another.
October 12, 2013 | By Maeve Reston
Two presidential campaigns and 40 years of marriage and child-rearing behind her, Ann Romney finds herself in a surprising place: atop the bestseller lists with her own agenda in first position. Romney's new cookbook, "The Romney Family Table," started as an effort to stitch together family recipes. But at a time when her husband Mitt's loss in the 2012 campaign was still raw, she began writing and "it just flowed out. " Critics have mocked the book as a study in domestic perfection served on Oscar de la Renta tableware, but Romney said she wanted to show that their life "wasn't always perfect" and that raising five boys could be more than a little frustrating.
January 26, 2012 | By Matea Gold and Tom Hamburger, Washington Bureau
Some investments listed in Mitt and Ann Romney's 2010 tax returns — including a now-closed Swiss bank account and other funds located overseas — were not explicitly disclosed in the personal financial statement the Republican presidential hopeful filed in August as part of his White House bid. The Romney campaign described the discrepancies as "trivial" but acknowledged Thursday that it was reviewing how the investments were reported and would...
August 25, 2012 | By James Rainey
Parade claims a circulation of more than 32 million. The weekend magazine supplement to scores of newspapers offers the perfectly vanilla, nonthreatening platform for political candidates to introduce themselves. Mitt and Ann Romney get their turn in the comfortable weekly's lap this weekend - the magazine's interview from late last month set amid a lobster supper at the couple's lakeside retreat in New Hampshire. Yet even in this relaxed setting, Romney is dependably himself.
August 31, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Southern California residents who have suffered through days of hot and muggy weather conditions may soon get some relief. A turn in airflow and slightly cooler temperatures and lower humidity may be just around the corner, said meteorologist Carol Smith of the National Weather Service station in Oxnard. "Today we're looking at mid-90s away from the coast ... tomorrow kind of edging down to the mid-80s," she said. "It will still be kind of humid, but the trend is in the direction of drying as we get less moisture coming up in the area.
July 29, 2013 | By Patt Morrison
Oh, how they love that siren song of states' rights -- until they don't like hearing us singing it. In a disturbing story , my Washington colleague Evan Halper chronicles how some D.C. regulators and big corporations -- like the ones that pollute the air and the water in the name of unfettered capitalism, the ones that are cavalier about worker safety and animal welfare -- are so peeved that Californians are using their votes and the state's authority...
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