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June 8, 2013 | By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times
PARK CITY, Utah - After women, young voters and Latinos fled from the Republican Party in droves in 2012, some GOP leaders thought they had a chance to turn things around. They embarked on a "listening tour" and put out a report acknowledging that many voters viewed the party as intransigent and suffused with old white men. But change has come slowly. While some Republican senators are working in Washington on a bipartisan immigration package that they hope will improve the party's image, the debate over social issues and gay marriage continues to dominate, and relations between conservative tea party factions and more moderate party elements seem as fractious as ever.
June 7, 2013 | By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times
PARK CITY, Utah - Inside the ballroom of a posh resort in Deer Valley, the old Mitt Romney was back. Outlining the biggest challenges facing the country before an intimate gathering of 200 of his biggest donors, the man whose political career was built on his business success was dashing through graphs and charts in a PowerPoint presentation - one tracing the GDPs of the world's largest nations dating back to 1500. In a departure from some of his recent television interviews, in which he has sharply criticized President Obama, the 2012 Republican nominee did not mention his former rival, according to interviews with guests at the event.
May 7, 2013 | By Walter Hamilton
Al Gore and Mitt Romney have little in common -- except, perhaps, their net worth. Gore, the environmental activist and former U.S. vice president, has amassed a net worth that may exceed $200 million, according to an analysis by Bloomberg . That's not far from the roughly $250 million net worth of Romney, who came up short in his 2012 presidential bid. Though best known for his crusading environmental efforts, Gore also appears to be...
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.
March 5, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
On the surface, Dennis Rodman and Mitt Romney would seem to be polar opposites: One's an infamous bad boy with a taste for flashy clothing and body piercings; the other's a straitlaced Mormon whose guiltiest pleasure is chocolate milk . But on “The Daily Show” Monday night, Jon Stewart remarked on the similarities between the two men, who each made high-profile appearances on Sunday - Rodman on “This Week” on ABC, fresh off...
March 3, 2013 | By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times
Stepping back into the spotlight for the first time Sunday, Mitt Romney offered a blunt critique of President Obama - accusing his former rival of playing politics rather than finding a resolution to across-the-board spending cuts now being enacted. The former Massachusetts governor and Republican presidential nominee acknowledged a handful of mistakes in his first post-campaign interview with "Fox News Sunday," during which he also said he did not envision a future in politics. He called his failure to engage minorities in 2012 "a real mistake" and admitted that he had suffered "real damage" from the fallout of his now-infamous comments that 47% of Americans were dependent on government assistance and unlikely to vote for him. But he did not back away from his controversial assertion that Obama won the election by securing the loyalty of key groups such as Latinos and African Americans with programs like his healthcare plan.
March 1, 2013 | By Ed Stockly
Customized TV Listings are available here: Click here to download TV listings for the week of March 3 - 9, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies   SERIES "The Graham Norton Show" Richard Gere, John Malkovich, Saoirse Ronan are guests and Taylor Swift performs in this new episode. 7:15 and 10:15 p.m. BBC America "The Surrogate" Cameron Mathison and Amy Scott star in this new TV movie about a couple who seek help in having a baby.
February 24, 2013 | By Paul West
WASHINGTON -- Almost four months after his presidential election defeat, Mitt Romney is planning a return to the national political stage. The 2012 Republican nominee will appear, with his wife Ann, on Fox News Sunday next weekend, Chris Wallace, the program's host, announced Sunday. It will be his first televised interview since the November election. Romney also plans to speak next month at the Conservative Political Action Conference, a high-profile forum for conservative politicians.
January 21, 2013 | By Mark Z. Barabak and Maeve Reston
Had things gone his way, Mitt Romney would have raised his right hand Monday and sworn an oath to serve as the nation's 45 th president. Instead, the vanquished Republican nominee spent the day at home in La Jolla, out of sight if not quite out of mind. Former campaign aides said they had no details on how Romney spent his day, or whether he was among the millions of TV viewers who watched the events in Washington from afar. But his absence from public view was consistent with the low profile Romney has kept since being soundly defeated by President Obama in both the Electoral College and popular vote.
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