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July 4, 1990 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Conservative die-hards and reformers went to war Tuesday for the hearts and minds of the Soviet Communist Party, with Yegor K. Ligachev denouncing the Gorbachev era's "reckless radicalism" and other leaders defending policies that stripped the "evil empire" label from their nation. One day after President Mikhail S.
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August 12, 2010 | Ashley Powers
After Sharron Angle scored a come-from-behind victory in June's U.S. Senate primary, political observers wondered if she'd cool her fiery rhetoric in hopes of ousting Harry Reid, the unpopular but well-funded Nevada Democrat who has shepherded President Obama's agenda. Angle had called for scrapping Social Security, dismissed entitlement programs as "idolatry," and urged elimination of the Environmental Protection Agency — the type of positions that served her well as a state lawmaker in a heavily Republican district but were viewed as potentially too divisive for a statewide race.
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NEWS
August 28, 1996 | ROBIN ABCARIAN
There seems to be some confusion in the land over what it takes to raise a child. Does it take a family? A village? An empathetic gorilla? The confusion stems, of course, from the rhetorical cherry bomb lobbed in prime time two weeks ago by Bob Dole at Hillary Clinton, author of the bestseller "It Takes a Village." Said Dole: "We are told that it takes a village--that is, the collective, and thus the state--to raise a child. . . . It does not take a village. It takes a family."
NATIONAL
September 2, 2008 | Dan Morain, Times Staff Writer
Republicans convened their national convention Monday in a session truncated by a hurricane and roiled by vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's revelation that her 17-year-old daughter is pregnant. John McCain's campaign sought to keep the focus on the emergency response to Hurricane Gustav, limiting partisan functions and parties to underscore that Republicans would not repeat 2005's much-criticized response to Hurricane Katrina. Republican National Committee Chairman Mike Duncan opened the convention by urging delegates to take out their cellphones, then giving them a number to call to donate to the Gulf Coast relief effort.
NEWS
June 16, 1996
The political platforms of Russia's front-runners in the presidential election campaign have been long on innuendo and short on specifics, but the policies of incumbent Boris N. Yeltsin and Communist Party challenger Gennady A. Zyuganov are discernibly different on key issues: Private property Zyuganov: Pledges to maintain a balance among state, collective and private ownership of business and industry, but has made clear a preference for state control.
OPINION
August 13, 2000 | Ilene Beckerman, Ilene Beckerman is the author of "Love, Loss and What I Wore." Her new book is "Mother of the Bride: The Dream, The Reality, The Search for a Perfect Dress."
Why is it that who wins the Oscar for best male actor seems more exciting to me than who wins the nomination for president of the United States at either party convention? I knew who was going to win the presidential nomination months ago. Everyone did. But who knew Kevin Spacey would beat out Denzel Washington for the Oscar? Then again, in 1948, I thought Thomas E. Dewey would win. Everyone did.
NEWS
July 20, 1988 | GEORGE SKELTON, Times Staff Writer
The New York labor leader pledged to Michael S. Dukakis and the Baltimore professor who supports the Rev. Jesse Jackson both agreed: If Nicaragua or any other country wants to be communist and pro-Russian, that's its business. "It may be a problem for the United States, but it's self-determination," said Salema Siler Marriott, 47, who coordinates the mental health program at Morgan State University and is a black Jackson delegate at the Democratic National Convention.
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April 6, 1992 | RONALD BROWNSTEIN, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
Has Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton lost just his voice in New York--or also part of his message? That's what some advocates of government reform--including several in the orbit of Clinton's Democratic presidential campaign--say they are wondering after listening to his discussion of urban issues here.
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August 18, 1992 | SARA FRITZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Republican Convention on Monday adopted a stringent, anti-abortion platform plank that disgruntled abortion rights advocates predicted would hurt President Bush's prospects for reelection in November. "It's a terrible mistake," said Rep. Bill Green (R-N.Y.), referring to the platform plank. "It can hurt the ticket. It can hurt party candidates all down the line."
NEWS
August 17, 1988 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, Times Staff Writer
The 1988 Democratic and Republican platforms are dramatically different in vision, in tone, in length and, perhaps most important, in objective. The Democratic platform is a mere 4,500 words, a statement of principles, less specific than any platform in recent memory. Republicans say it could "fit on the back of a postcard." It is "an effort to combat the problem the party had in the past," said William Schneider, the Los Angeles Times' political consultant. "Platforms . . .
NATIONAL
August 1, 2008 | Peter Nicholas, Times Staff Writer
As her chances of becoming vice president recede, some of Hillary Rodham Clinton's supporters are pushing for the Democratic Party's new platform to state that the primary elections "exposed pervasive gender bias in the media" and to call on party leaders to take "immediate and public steps" to condemn future perceived instances of bias.
NATIONAL
July 24, 2008 | Stephen Braun, Times Staff Writer
The competing tax plans laid out by Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain would both add trillions of dollars to the national debt and could add to the tax system's complexity, a nonpartisan tax research group concluded Wednesday in a newly released report. Both campaigns assert that their plans to continue many Bush-era tax cuts and offer new reductions would aid the economy without massive new spending.
NATIONAL
March 26, 2008 | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Times Staff Writer
With the presidential campaign going full tilt, a new government report on a big national problem is usually followed by volleys of rhetoric from the candidates. But on Tuesday, when the annual report on the precarious state of Medicare and Social Security came out, the reaction was not exactly deafening.
NATIONAL
January 21, 2008 | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Times Staff Writer
Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards have been sniping at each other for months over healthcare, but there's one thing the top Democratic presidential candidates agree on: Americans of all ages should have the choice of buying a government-run plan modeled on Medicare. The idea, which would set up a competition between a new government plan and private insurance programs, has been overshadowed by the political horse race.
NATIONAL
December 1, 2007 | Stephanie Simon, Times Staff Writer
It would seem an ideal time for Kansas politicians opposed to abortion to push that agenda, hard. The state's two biggest clinics are under criminal indictment, and two grand juries will soon convene to consider additional charges. But as the political season revs up, the executive director of the Kansas Republican Party has issued a stern warning to his fellow conservatives: Abortion is not a winning issue.
NATIONAL
November 28, 2007 | Michael Finnegan and Stuart Silverstein, Times Staff Writers
Finally, nearly five years into the Iraq war, John McCain sees vindication at hand. More than any other candidate for president, McCain has tied his fortunes to support for sending more U.S. troops into the unpopular war. Now that violence in Iraq has waned after a troop buildup, McCain wants some credit.
NEWS
July 20, 1988 | Associated Press
Following are excerpts from the prepared text of the speech Tuesday night by the Rev. Jesse Jackson to the Democratic National Convention: When I look out at this convention, I see the face of America, red, yellow, brown, black and white, all are precious in God's sight--the rainbow coalition. All of you think you are seated. But you're really standing on someone's shoulders. Ladies and gentlemen: Rosa Parks.
NEWS
April 2, 1992 | CONNIE KOENENN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The standard sales pitch gets right to the point: "Republican women are developing a financial support network to elect pro-choice GOP women candidates to the House and Senate. Would you like to join?" Since last December that question has been asked nationwide--in telephone conversations between friends, in letters to women's professional groups, at neighborhood teas, over restaurant lunches, at cocktail receptions. Stung by the realization that they hold only nine of 435 seats in the U.S.
NATIONAL
November 20, 2007 | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Times Staff Writer
When Rudolph W. Giuliani was diagnosed with prostate cancer in the spring of 2000, one thing he did not have to worry about was a lack of medical insurance. Today, the former New York mayor joins two other cancer survivors in seeking the Republican presidential nomination: Arizona Sen. John McCain has been treated for melanoma, the most serious type of skin malignancy, and former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson had lymphoma, a cancer of the immune system.
NATIONAL
November 13, 2007 | James Rainey, Times Staff Writer
Politicians of both parties trooped into Boston's historic Faneuil Hall as a fife and drum corps played. Business titans stood alongside labor and religious leaders. Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney even welcomed the man who had once been his bitter foe in a U.S. Senate contest -- Democratic lion Edward M. Kennedy.
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