September 17, 2012 |
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- It's never easy for a candidate to distill wonky debates about tax policy into terms voters can easily understand. Of late, the Obama campaign has borrowed heavily from the master, using former President Clinton's line about “arithmetic” to make the case that the Romney-Ryan plan doesn't add up. But Monday in Columbus, President Obama took a stab at explaining it in terms Ohio State University football fans would understand....
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 2, 2011 |
One day deep in the administration of George W. Bush — a time of tumult among environmentalists and conservationists — Roger Kennedy found himself shaking his head and sighing. The Endangered Species Act was in the cross hairs of a Republican Congress and his beloved National Park Service, which Kennedy directed from 1993 to 1997, was under assault. Kennedy was disgusted by the partisan bickering. When had stewardship of the environment become a political football, he asked, posing a rhetorical question to a reporter.
August 29, 2011 |
Texas Gov. Rick Perry is standing firm in insisting that Social Security, the federal government's insurance programs for retirees and disabled, is a Ponzi scheme designed to deceive the young. In a weekend campaign stop in Ottumwa, Iowa, Perry, who has surged into the lead in the Republican presidential sweepstakes in at least one major poll, repeated his characterization of the social insurance program that is generally supported by the electorate. He has made the same point before, especially in his book, “Fed Up!
April 18, 2011 |
Republicans quickly seized on S&P's decision to downgrade its outlook on the United States' credit to "negative," injecting the news into the debate over federal spending. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) called the decision "a wake-up call" that supports the party's case for including further budget cuts as part of any move to raise the nation's debt limit. "Today’s announcement makes clear that the debt limit increase proposed by the Obama Administration must be accompanied by meaningful fiscal reforms that immediately reduce federal spending and stop our nation from digging itself further into debt," he said in a statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 2011 |
While most Super Bowl viewers were stuck at halftime with Day-Glo dancers and hip-hop singers, the guests at Gary and Cherna Gitnick's Super Bowl party got to listen to a panel of city leaders pontificate on the problems facing city schools. It was about as entertaining as it sounds. Eleven experts, 45 minutes, and a moderator whose first question was as broad and unwieldy as the Los Angeles school system: How do we develop the school district's infrastructure so that it is efficient, respects parent input, and promotes high school graduation and college enrollment?
August 17, 2010 |
As top Republicans including House Minority Leader John A. Boehner and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich attack plans for an Islamic community center and mosque near the destroyed World Trade Center site, a larger schism is opening up in the GOP over the inflammatory issue. Some Republicans fear that pressing the issue carries risks, diverting attention from bread-and-butter issues and undercutting the party's efforts to broaden its base — just as it is losing ground among other ethnic minorities such as Latinos.