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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
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.
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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.
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.
NEWS
April 4, 2012 | By Robin Abcarian
BROOMALL, PENN. -- With a trio of decisive primary wins vaulting him from frontrunner to a nearly secure place at the top of the GOP presidential ticket, Mitt Romney campaigned like a presumptive nominee on 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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
BUSINESS
March 13, 2014 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON -- Stanley Fischer, the former Bank of Israel president nominated for the Federal Reserve's No. 2 job, defended his work on Wall Street and told senators at his confirmation hearing Thursday that he understood the effect of economic problems on average Americans. Pressed more by Democrats than Republicans on his background, Fischer said his tenure as vice chairman of Citigroup Inc. from 2002 to 2005 was key to his ability to oversee financial institutions as a central banker.
OPINION
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 7, 2014 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Don Murray is a man of convictions. When he was 19 and working as an usher at CBS in New York City for $17 a week while attending the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Murray turned down an offer to sign a contract with Universal for a whopping $150 a week. FOR THE RECORD: Don Murray: An article in the March 7 Calendar section about a UCLA film event honoring actor Don Murray gave the actor's age as 83. He is 84. "They could put you in whatever picture they wanted," explained the genial actor, 83, over the phone recently from his home in Santa Barbara.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 6, 2014 | By Jevon Phillips
Proving that maybe the tastes of MTV are not so different from those of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, three Oscar-nominated films -- "12 Years a Slave," "American Hustle" and "The Wolf of Wall Street" -- are among the movie of the year nominees for the 2014 MTV Movie Awards. The male and female performance categories also echo the academy's choices as Sandra Bullock ("Gravity"), Amy Adams ("American Hustle"), Bradley Cooper ("American Hustle"), Leonardo DiCaprio ("The Wolf of Wall Stre et ")
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 5, 2014 | By David Horsey
The hymn-like tune “Alone Yet Not Alone” has been dumped from the list of five Oscar-nominated songs, and the resulting controversy has developed into a movie-worthy scenario complete with private investigators, a David-versus-Goliath confrontation and all the plot complexities of a who-done-it. Trouble began when the pretty little song with reverent lyrics popped up as a big surprise among the nominees. The movie that bears the same name as the song is a low-budget Christian film that earned a miniscule $134,000 in its initial three-week run. Some of those passed over for the best song Oscar were suspicious.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 4, 2014 | By Scott Collins
The TV ratings were up, but some people wondered if Ellen DeGeneres #overdidit with all the #socialmedia at the #Oscars2014. Sunday's 86th Academy Awards telecast on ABC broke with tradition and reverse-engineered itself for the Twitter generation, with host DeGeneres returning after a seven-year hiatus to order in pizza as a joke for the attendees and, in the night's most familiar image, tweeting out a selfie posed with Bradley Cooper, Meryl Streep,...
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