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March 8, 2014
Re "Obama nominee blocked in Senate," March 6 To justify his vote against Debo Adegbile - President Obama's nominee to head the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division - Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said in an interview, "When someone has a history of helping cop-killers, this is what happens. " As an American patriot, I am sure Graham also knows the history of this nation, including details surrounding the 1770 Boston Massacre. If so, I wonder what his thoughts might be on what a Founding Father and future president did based on his recognition of the right of those accused of a crime to a fair trial.
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OPINION
April 27, 2014 | Doyle McManus
Hillary Rodham Clinton sure sounds like a woman who wants to run for president. "If you really want to do something, if you believe you're the right person to do it, if you think that it could make a difference, then you have to be willing to compete, to get into the arena," she told an audience at Simmons College last week. And women in their 60s aren't too old to be effective, she added. Far from it. At that age, "women are raring to go because they feel like they've fulfilled their responsibilities, their kids are now on their own, it's now time for them to show what they can do. " Plenty of Democrats hope Clinton heeds her own words.
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NEWS
April 25, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
The Republican National Committee officially declared Mitt Romney the party's presumptive nominee Wednesday and announced steps toward a full merger of the two entities' campaign infrastructure. The move comes after a night in which Romney won all five Northeast states that held primaries, giving him another major delegate boost even though he's still shy of the 1,144 he needs to formally clinch the nomination. The party already has taken steps to help its eventual nominee prepare for the general election, and said Wednesday it is clear Romney will be their candidate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
NEWS
November 12, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans blocked another of President Obama's nominees to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the latest chapter in a long-running battle between the parties over seats on the influential court. The 56 to 41 vote for Cornelia "Nina" Pillard, a Georgetown law professor, was shy of the 60 needed to end a Republican filibuster. One senator voted present. Pillard was one of three nominees Obama announced in June to fill out the court, considered second only to the U.S. Supreme Court in its importance in the judicial branch.
NEWS
April 17, 2012 | By Seema Mehta
A Rick Santorum fundraising mailer that hit Iowa households Monday -- nearly a week after he dropped his presidential bid -- is raising eyebrows because it harshly attacks the presumptive GOP nominee, Mitt Romney. The mailer, first reported by the Des Moines Register , contains a letter signed by Santorum that says, "It truly frightens me to think what'll happen if Mitt Romney is the nominee. " "My friend, Republicans and conservatives will be crippled by a nominee who presents zero contrast with Barack Obama on the major issues of this election," the letter says, repeating an attack on Romney that Santorum made constantly on the campaign trail.
NEWS
March 13, 2012 | By Colby Itkowitz, The Morning Call
Rick Santorum has a litany of reasons Republicans shouldn't elect Mitt Romney as their nominee. But if it came down to it, Santorum would support him. At least that's what Santorum's top strategist, John Brabender, said Tuesday during a phone interview about Republican fracturing ahead of the Deep South dual primaries. At the end of the day, Brabender said, "they'll rally behind us and we'll rally behind them" to beat President Obama . "No one can unify [Republicans]
NEWS
October 21, 2012 | Times staff
George S. McGovern, a three-term U.S. senator from South Dakota who was the Democratic Party's nominee in the 1972 presidential contest, died today at age 90, the Associated Press reported. McGovern's campaign against President Nixon and the war in Southeast Asia attracted millions of angry, anti-establishment voters. But his bid for the White House was hurt by two factors: Nixon's effort to sabotage the Democrats, which became known as the Watergate affair, and McGovern's choice of Sen. Thomas Eagleton of Missouri as his running mate.
NEWS
April 4, 2012 | By Robin Abcarian
BROOMALL, PA. -- With a trio of decisive primary wins vaulting him from front-runner to a nearly secure place at the top of the GOP presidential race, Mitt Romney campaigned like a presumptive nominee Wednesday. And well he might. It's no longer simply wishful thinking on the part of the former Massachusetts governor to portray himself as the Republican who will face President Obama in November. With decisive wins in Wisconsin, Maryland and the District of Columbia on Tuesday, his stance is as mathematically defensible as it is logical.
NEWS
December 20, 2012 | By Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON -- The White House is again coming to the defense of a possible Cabinet nominee, even before President Obama makes up his mind on the post. White House spokesman Jay Carney backed up former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel on Thursday, saying the possible pick for secretary of Defense has been a "remarkable servant to this country. " "What I can tell you is that Sen. Hagel fought and bled for his country. He served his country well. He was an excellent senator," Carney told reporters.
NATIONAL
April 11, 2014
By Christi Parsons and Michael A. Memoli WASHINGTON - President Obama named White House budget director Sylvia Mathews Burwell to take over the Department of Health and Human Services on Friday, saying there was "no manager as experienced and as competent" to oversee the next phase of his signature healthcare law. "Sylvia was a rock, a steady hand on the wheel" as the administration dealt with the government shutdown last year, Obama told a...
ENTERTAINMENT
April 9, 2014 | By Andrea Wang
The following is a full list of nominees for the 2014 Billboard Music Awards: ARTIST AWARDS Artist Miley Cyrus Imagine Dragons Bruno Mars Katy Perry Justin Timberlake New artist Bastille Capital Cities Ariana Grande Lorde Passenger 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WORLD
April 8, 2014 | By Christi Parsons and Paul Richter
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration has told Iran that its nominee for ambassador to the United Nations is “not viable," but the White House did not outline steps it might take to derail the potential appointment. Jay Carney, the White House spokesman, said President Obama has serious concerns about Tehran's choice of Hamid Aboutalebi, who has acknowledged that he was a member of the student group that led the 1979 armed takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. Carney did not say if what he described as "diplomatic jargon" meant the State Department would refuse to grant a visa to Aboutalebi.
OPINION
March 25, 2014
Re "NRA's latest target," Editorial, March 23 The Times believes that the "gun lobby's skewed view of the world" is responsible for the opposition in the Senate and by the National Rifle Assn. to Dr. Vivek Hallegere Murthy's nomination to be the next U.S. surgeon general. Certainly, Murthy - as well as myself, a former Navy medical officer and an NRA member - understand that guns kill people everywhere. But we do live in a free country, and though I disagree with the NRA on this particular point, I believe the "far too powerful gun lobby" has just as much right to speak as those who have the same right to listen and agree or disagree.
OPINION
March 23, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
The National Rifle Assn. has a problem with Dr. Vivek Hallegere Murthy, President Obama's nominee for surgeon general, but it has nothing to do with Murthy's medical expertise. It's that Murthy thinks gun control is smart public health policy. Unfortunately, too many members of the Senate share the gun lobby's skewed view of the world, much to the detriment of the country and, it seems, to Murthy's chances of being confirmed. Murthy, an outspoken Obama supporter since before the 2008 election, earned an undergraduate degree at Harvard, an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a medical degree from the Yale School of Medicine; he teaches medicine at Harvard and is an attending physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston; he's served on a federal medical advisory board and is involved in medical nonprofit groups, all according to the White House.
NATIONAL
March 21, 2014 | By Daniel Rothberg
WASHINGTON - In recent years, the National Rifle Assn. has stepped into fights over judicial nominees it views as weak on 2nd Amendment rights, but its decision to oppose a surgeon general nominee takes the powerful lobby into new territory, expanding its campaign to a post that has no direct power to regulate guns. President Obama's nominee, Dr. Vivek H. Murthy, a Massachusetts internist and former emergency room doctor, has called for more stringent gun laws. But he also testified at his Senate confirmation hearing last month that he would not use the surgeon general's office as a bully pulpit to push for them.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 30, 2013 | By Sherry Stern
Within minutes after they were nominated for Tony awards Tuesday morning, Cyndi Lauper, Harvey Fierstein and Lin-Manuel Miranda were among the nominees tweeting their reactions. Lauper, the '80s pop goddess, received her first Tony nomination for writing the words and music for "Kinky Boots," which received the most nods overall with 13. She quickly sent out two tweets. ‏"OmG! OMG!! wow we got nominated!! @KinkyBootsBway !!! OMG!!!" FULL COVERAGE: Tonys 2013 "I'm crying and jumping up and down!
NEWS
January 16, 2012 | By John Hoeffel
In a tent revival-like warm-up before the 16th Republican presidential debate, Newt Gingrich, arriving about the time the event was scheduled to end, made the most pointed argument to a conservative gathering for why he, not Mitt Romney, should be the nominee. "I want to be very direct for a couple minutes," he said, as the inside of the white tent darkened in the dusk, leaving the former speaker of the House standing in a halo of light. "Unless a conservative wins on Saturday, we're going to end up with a moderate nominee who in my judgment will have a very, very hard time defeating Barack Obama.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 2014 | By Robin Abcarian
The new documentary about Anita Hill opens with a close-up of a telephone and a bizarre voice mail message: "Good morning, Anita Hill. It's Ginni Thomas, and I just wanted to reach across the air waves, and the years and ask you to consider something. I would love you to consider an apology sometime, and some full explanation of why you did what you did with my husband. So give it some thought, I certainly pray about this and hope one day you will help us understand why you did what you did. OK!
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