April 11, 2010 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 30, 2009 |
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 |
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 |
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.
November 29, 2009 |
President Lou Dobbs. Has a nice ring to it, right? Well, he's starting to think so. Word out of New York last Monday was that LD is pondering a run for the White House. The 64-year-old award-winning former radio/TV host, the son of a Texas propane dealer (no gasbag jokes, please), was asked on a radio interview Monday about this "crazy idea" floating around of him seeking the presidency of these United States. His response: "What's so crazy about that? Golly!"
December 17, 2009 |
Overnight gloom at international climate negotiations here has given way to cautious afternoon optimism, with delegates and observers expressing hope today that world leaders are moving toward clearing several key roadblocks to a new agreement to limit greenhouse gases. Two moves revived the talks, which appeared this morning to be dangerously close to flat-lining. The Obama administration announced that it would join allies in raising $100 billion by 2020 to help the world's poorest countries adapt to climate change, a number that stunned many environmentalists with its size -- and which appears to meet the top demand of China, whose stalemate with the United States had bogged down the negotiations.