October 15, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama was poised to claim a victory in the shutdown-and-debt showdown with Republicans as Congress worked toward a deal - except, perhaps, on the one demand he wanted most. The president's healthcare law seems likely to emerge unscathed or barely nicked, and he is not offering budget cuts in exchange for a debt limit increase as he did in 2011. But throughout the 15-day government shutdown, Obama has said he is not only trying to resolve this crisis, but to prevent a sequel.
October 14, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - After a decade of stalemate, diplomats from Iran, the U.S. and five other nations are about to meet for talks that will provide the clearest evidence yet of whether recent signs of a thaw in relations presage an agreement over Tehran's nuclear ambitions. Iran wants assurances at the talks Tuesday and Wednesday in Geneva that if it plunges into serious negotiations, it might win international approval to enrich uranium. Although uranium enriched at low levels is used to fuel civilian power plants, many nations fear that Iran, despite denials, wants to enrich it to high levels for use in bombs.
October 13, 2013
If you go Ft. Ord National Monument; (831) 394-8314, http://www.blm.gov/ca/hollister. (Currently closed due to the government shutdown.) Ft. Ord Dunes State Park, Beach Range Road, Marina, Calif.; (831) 649-2836, http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=580 , The town of Marina just north of Ft. Ord has a number of chain motels (www.seemonterey.com/hotels/) as well as the luxurious Sanctuary Beach Resort, 3295 Dunes Drive; (877) 944-3863, http://www.thesanctuarybeachresort.com . Junior suites from $219 midweek.
October 12, 2013
Re "Garcetti favors familiar faces," Oct. 10 This article is worthy of being turned into a "Seinfeld" episode - because it's about nothing. L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti is picking the team that will help him enact his policies. He must choose people he knows will do that. After Mayor Tom Bradley was elected in 1973, I collected resumes for his administration. Because of the historic nature of that election, its results were known worldwide. We received several hundred applications from all over the world, from Tarzana to Tanzania.
October 10, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The federal budget standoff moved toward at least a temporary end Thursday as Speaker John A. Boehner announced that House Republicans would agree to extend the government's borrowing authority for six weeks, setting up late-night negotiations between the White House and Congress. In announcing his plan, Boehner (R-Ohio) said Republicans no longer would insist on any policy changes in return for allowing the government to continue borrowing. But he did not agree to reopen federal programs that shut down last week.
October 8, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama will nominate Janet L. Yellen to be the next head of the Federal Reserve, the White House said Tuesday. If confirmed, the former UC Berkeley economist would become the first woman to lead the world's most powerful central bank in its 100-year history. Yellen, the Fed's vice chair, would replace Ben S. Bernanke, whose second four-year term as chairman expires Jan. 31. She would take over at a crucial time as the central bank prepares to reduce its unprecedented support for the economy while trying to avoid damaging the still-fragile recovery.
October 7, 2013 |
Freddy Garcia was given the nickname "Big Game" when he was with the World Series-winning Chicago White Sox. Well, he will have one of those Monday, this time for the Atlanta Braves. The veteran right-hander, 37, spent most of this season in the minor leagues, but he will be the starter in Game 4 of the National League Division Series with the Braves trailing the Dodgers two games to one and on the brink of elimination in their best-of-five-games series. Garcia described the Dodgers as a "powerful team" with a "powerful lineup" during a media session Sunday afternoon and nothing that happened in Game 3 will have changed his mind.
September 30, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Three and a half years after President Obama signed his landmark healthcare law, his administration made its final preparations Monday to begin enrolling millions of Americans in health insurance amid persistent anxiety over possible technical problems and intense opposition from Republican critics. Administration officials emphasized that a government shutdown would not prevent the federal website for enrolling in health coverage - http://www.healthcare.gov - from going live at 8 a.m Eastern time Tuesday, allowing consumers to begin signing up for plans.
September 23, 2013 |
NAIROBI, Kenya - Authorities said they were going floor by floor through a darkened, smoldering mall early Tuesday as they searched for remnants of a team of attackers that had seized the building, and that they believed all those trapped or held hostage had been freed. But after conflicting statements from Kenyan officials about the status of operations, and on-and-off volleys of heavy gunfire and explosions, much remained unclear, including how many hostages there might have been and how close the nearly three-day drama really was to being over.