September 13, 2012
Former figure skater Michelle Kwan announced that she is engaged to marry Clay Pell, a member of the White House's national security staff. "It was a simple decision and it made sense," Kwan, 32, told People magazine . Wow, that sounds so romantic. Kwan, 32, won nine U.S. figure-skating championships, five world championships and two Olympic medals before retiring in 2005. Pell, 30, proposed on Sept. 3 on Block Island off the coast of Rhode Island. The couple first met in April 2011.
August 29, 2012 |
Four years ago, GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin -- then a relatively obscure governor of a remote state -- made a barn-burning speech at the Republican National Convention that vastly exceeded the punditry's (admittedly low) expectations. Although things went downhill from there for Palin, it was a clutch performance that helped establish the then-governor of Alaska as a national figure. The expectations will be quite a bit higher for Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), the GOP's current nominee for vice president, when he steps up to the microphone Wednesday night.
August 21, 2012 |
RENO -- As his campaign calibrates its message to the new fight against Mitt Romney and running mate Paul D. Ryan -- a leading House Republican -- President Obama repeatedly singled out the Senate's top Democrat as he took his education message to Nevada on Tuesday evening. In the audience for Obama's campaign rally at a community college here was Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, elected in 2010 to his fifth term representing the Silver State. And in a campaign in which House Republicans have long been a proxy for attacks on Romney, Obama notably played up his partnership with Reid in fighting for the middle class.
April 30, 2012 |
The phrase "supply side" usually calls up visions of Ronald Reagan and the Laffer curve . That's because it typically refers to supply-side economic theory , which argues that the way to promote production and economic growth is to cut marginal tax rates, especially the higher ones on upper incomes. I'm not an economist, but I'd argue that there's a second version of supply-side thinking at work in Washington these days. On a number of social programs, Republicans are trying to reduce the supply of federal dollars on the theory that the aid has driven up prices far faster than ordinary inflation.
April 17, 2012 |
PHILADELPHIA - When President Obama told a Russian leader that he could be "more flexible" after the election - during what he thought was a private conversation - Mitt Romney came down like a hammer. He accused his Democratic rival of "pulling his punches with the American people" and hiding his real agenda. Romney found himself in similar circumstances Monday after he was heard telling donors at a Florida fundraiser that while he planned to slash government programs, he probably would not share those plans with voters before November.
October 25, 2011 |
For almost a week, Nate Grant has sat cross-legged on a wall at the Occupy Wall Street encampment, holding a cardboard sign that bears his scrawled grievance: "Students Ought Not Be a Means of Profit. " Strangers have harangued him: "Get a job, you commie. " Tourists have photographed him. Others have stopped to engage in existential standoffs. "I have to pay interest on my car loan," a banker told Grant. "What's the difference between that and you paying off a student loan?" This sparked a debate that lasted so long that the 22-year-old protester from New Jersey missed out on getting a free sleeping bag. He spent his first night at the protest sleeping on cold concrete.