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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
February 16, 2009 | Peter Wallsten
Slowly over the last few weeks, some of Barack Obama's most fervent supporters have come to an unhappy realization: The candidate who they thought was squarely on their side in policy fights is now a president who needs cajoling and persuading. Advocates for stem cell research thought Obama would quickly sign an order to reverse former President Bush's restrictions on the science. Now they are fretting over Obama's statement that he wants to act in tandem with Congress, possibly causing a delay.
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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
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.
NATIONAL
August 17, 2008 | Susannah Rosenblatt, Times Staff Writer
For a few hot hours Saturday afternoon, a sterile stretch of South Orange County suburbia transformed into a rowdy free speech zone outside Saddleback Church in Lake Forest. Nearly 1,000 demonstrators from across the political spectrum descended on the megachurch for the forum with presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama. Protesters bearing drums, banners and megaphones sweated in the scorching sun, rallying passing motorists to toot their horns in solidarity as choppers circled overhead.
NATIONAL
August 17, 2008 | Maeve Reston and Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writers
The presidential candidates were on stage together for just a moment, but John McCain and Barack Obama offered an arresting contrast Saturday night both stylistically and on sensitive issues, most sharply on abortion. In the two-hour forum at Orange County's Saddleback Church, Obama told Pastor Rick Warren that it was "above my pay grade" to define when a baby gets human rights, while McCain quickly answered, "At the moment of conception." The Republican candidate had the easier task in the back-to-back interviews before about 2,800 members of the evangelical church in Lake Forest.
NATIONAL
August 8, 2008 | Peter Nicholas
It's not exactly the language they preferred, but a group of women who had supported Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential bid is happy with a proposed Democratic Party platform plank that denounces sexism. The women, part of a political group called WomenCount, were unhappy with the way Clinton was treated during the Democratic primary. They contend that TV personalities, bloggers and others demeaned her because she's a woman.
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.
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
June 28, 2008 | Janet Hook, Times Staff Writer
Barack Obama, as he introduces himself to the broader voting public, is emphasizing centrist -- even conservative -- positions on hot-button issues. In recent weeks, he toughened his stance on Iran and backed an expansion of the government's wiretapping powers. On Wednesday, he said states should be allowed to execute child rapists. When the Supreme Court the next day struck down the District of Columbia's ban on handguns, he did not complain.
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.
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