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August 25, 2010 | Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
New York Gov. David Paterson and Archbishop Timothy Dolan on Tuesday called for peaceful dialogue in the ongoing discussions about plans to build an Islamic community center and mosque near the site of the Sept. 11 attacks in Manhattan. After a meeting with Paterson, the New York archbishop told reporters at a news conference that he and the governor agreed that people needed to not "be in one another's faces, but to kind of step back and take a sane look at things.
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.
March 11, 2011 | By James Oliphant, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON -- Public criticism by U.S. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley about the treatment of an Army Pvt. Bradley Manning, suspected of giving classified material to WikiLeaks, has given rise to speculation about a rift between the State Department and the Pentagon over the handling of the prisoner. Crowley told a forum in Cambridge, Mass., Thursday that Manning's treatment at the hands of the Defense Department "is ridiculous, counterproductive and stupid. " The remarks were first reported by BBC News.
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.
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