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September 30, 2013 | By Noam N. Levey
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 - - from going live at 8 a.m Eastern time Tuesday, allowing consumers to begin signing up for plans.
September 29, 2013
Re "Team USA rides a comeback wave," Sept. 26 Congratulations to The Times for finally getting coverage of the America's Cup race on the front page. The only losers in this event are the people who didn't watch it. To see those 7-ton catamarans gliding over the water at 50 miles an hour like prehistoric pterodactyls, balanced on a single rudder tipped with a hydrofoil wing, was beyond belief. As an engineer whose highest achievement in sailing is getting a 14-foot Hobie Cat to fly a hull, I cannot imagine what had to go into the design of those creations, to say nothing of the skill of those who sail them.
September 28, 2013
Re "The GOP's Obama," Opinion, Sept. 24 Jonah Goldberg's comparison of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and President Obama is a sidesplitter. Just because both went to Harvard Law School doesn't mean they're similar. Cruz is intelligent, but he lacks common sense. He represents Texas, the state with the largest percentage of uninsured individuals, and he puts all his effort into defunding the Affordable Care Act. His own GOP colleagues have told him he doesn't have the votes to defund the healthcare law. Cruz is the albatross around the GOP's neck, and although everyone else can see it, he is unaware of the harm he is doing to his party and country.
September 28, 2013
Re "Another Clinton campaign?," Opinion, Sept. 25 When Bill Clinton bemoans the length of modern presidential campaigns, he only has to look in the mirror to see who is to blame. Much of his first term in office was a "permanent campaign," in which almost everything he did was in preparation for his 1996 reelection effort. Enrico Mutascio Palm Springs ALSO: Mailbag: L.A. Unified's high-tech train wreck Letters: Boston's Menino did it; so can Garcetti Letters: No, Republicans don't want to kill grandma
September 23, 2013 | By Nicholas Soi and Robyn Dixon
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.
September 19, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY - Rescue teams were searching Thursday for an estimated 68 people believed buried in a mudslide after multiple storms battered large swaths of Mexico, killing nearly 100 people nationwide and leaving thousands stranded or homeless. While much attention was focused on tourists caught in the Pacific resort of Acapulco, grimmer reports emerged from villages in that hard-hit region of Guerrero state, which were largely cut off from aid and may have suffered large-scale devastation.
September 15, 2013
What place lifts your spirits? We asked a group of seasoned travelers to describe their happy places, the destination they conjure in times of trouble. The allure is aesthetic, but it's also emotional. The place is reminiscent of home - or the polar opposite of home. It is exotic - or ordinary. Wherever it is, it beckons these travelers to lay down their burdens and put their cares at bay. Here are their choices. To tell us about yours, email .
September 12, 2013
Re "Testing a new curriculum," Editorial, Sept. 8 National security demands that the U.S. produce the world's top scientists. Why, then, is K-12 achievement in the sciences low compared to many other advanced nations? The reason is simple. As indicated in your fine editorial on standardized testing under the new Common Core curriculum, there is no requirement in federal law for science proficiency testing. Only when there is required testing of students, as there is in English and math, will much more attention be given to science in our schools.
September 12, 2013 | By Paul Richter and Sergei L. Loiko
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John F. Kerry and his Russian counterpart huddled Thursday in Geneva in a push to disarm Syria of chemical weapons, even as Syrian President Bashar Assad warned that he wouldn't surrender his toxic arsenal unless the Obama administration stopped arming rebels battling to overthrow his government. Assad's comments suggested another hurdle for the hastily arranged talks, which were already fraught with considerable risk, and threatened a separate diplomatic process at the United Nations.
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