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April 11, 2010 | By Andrew Malcolm and Johanna Neuman
Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Barney Frank traces the hyper-partisan atmosphere of the nation today to -- wait for it -- the rise of Republican Speaker Newt Gingrich in 1994. Gingrich was a driving force behind that year's so-called Republican Revolution that seized control of both houses of Congress with the "Contract With America" after the first two years of President Clinton's first term. Some Republicans hope for a repeat of that experience in this November's first midterm election for the Obama administration.
January 13, 2011 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
It's a different Gov. Jerry Brown we're seeing these days ? a subtle but significant difference between Brown I and Brown II. The Brown who was governor at age 36 would not have been as bold ? as calmly willing to stick his neck way out ? as the 72-year-old version. The contrast?along with a stark stylistic difference between Brown and predecessor Arnold Schwarzenegger ? was evident at a news conference Monday. The new governor unveiled his cuts-taxes-and-shuffle remedy for closing a projected $25.4-billion budget hole.
December 30, 2009 | By Richard Winton
New Year's Eve revelers are reminded that firing a gun to celebrate is a felony, Los Angeles officials said Tuesday. "Let's not place others in harm's way by shooting a firearm in the air," Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said at a news conference where he was joined by sheriff's and police officials. "It is not only illegal, it is just plain stupid." Last year, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department saw a 19% increase in reports of shots fired during New Year's festivities, and the Los Angeles Police Department reported a 10% jump.
October 30, 2011 | By Batsheva Sobelman, Los Angeles Times
The day after a series of Palestinian rocket attacks and Israeli airstrikes killed nine militants in the Gaza Strip and an Israeli civilian in southern Israel, strikes Sunday appeared to thin out, though tensions remained high. After an early-morning barrage was launched at southern Israel on Sunday, Islamic Jihad announced it would accept an Egyptian-brokered cease-fire and hold its rocket fire while reserving the right to respond to any attacks from Israel. "There is no cease-fire," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, adding that Israel's army would continue to carry out strikes to protect residents in the south from rocket attacks.
February 25, 2011 | By Nicholas Riccardi, Los Angeles Times
Wisconsin's Republican-controlled Assembly early Friday approved a controversial bill to strip most government workers of their rights to collectively bargain, but the measure remains stalled because Democrats in the state Senate remain out of state to prevent a vote in that chamber. The 51-17 vote came after 60 solid hours of debate; shortly after 1 a.m. Republicans abruptly cut off Democrats and quickly tallied enough votes for the measure to pass, then closed the roll. Twenty-eight Democrats, two Republicans and an independent were not able to cast their vote.
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