November 8, 2012 |
Hollywood's most successful director turns on a dime and delivers his most restrained, interior film. A celebrated playwright shines an illuminating light on no more than a sliver of a great man's life. A brilliant actor surpasses even himself and makes us see a celebrated figure in ways we hadn't anticipated. This is the power and the surprise of "Lincoln. " Directed by Steven Spielberg, written by Tony Kushner and starring Daniel Day-Lewis as the 16th president of the United States, "Lincoln" unfolds during the final four months of the chief executive's life as he focuses his energies on a dramatic struggle that has not previously loomed large in political mythology: his determination to get the House of Representatives to pass the 13th Amendment outlawing slavery.
September 3, 2012 |
After months of laboring to define Mitt Romney, Democrats head into their national convention this week hoping to fuse his image with that of the Republican Party and its unpopular congressional caucus. Obama's team plans to portray the Republicans as an association of ideologues hoping to return to power with the election of a pliant White House servant who would follow a conservative, tea-party-driven agenda. In the Democrats' version of the campaign, Romney is a man with little substance who has subordinated himself to the party's most right-wing forces.
July 4, 2012 |
After a month in which some prominent Democrats op- enly questioned President Obama's campaign strategy, the mood at the White House has risen, with strategists believing their efforts to define Mitt Romney as a corporate outsourcing specialist are proving a success with swing voters. The shift can be seen in several recent polls that have shown Obama ahead in key states and moving upward nationally. In Gallup's daily tracking poll, for example, Obama has taken a 48%-44% lead over Romney, the first significant lead that either candidate has held since late April in Gallup's survey.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 2, 2012 |
The subject was reproductive rights, the audience was fervently pro-choice and the panelists were activists from Planned Parenthood, the National Organization for Women and the ACLU. But although the players may have been typical, the game plan was anything but. What was billed as a political strategy session last month by the L.A. chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women seemed to unexpectedly open a new front in an old war over access to abortion: Personal confession.
May 30, 2012 |
In a footnote to the long and often caustic Republican primary contest, Mitt Romney surpassed the number of delegates needed to clinch the presidential nomination Tuesday night by winning the Texas primary. The former Massachusetts governor, eager to challenge President Obama in what figures to be a close and expensive general election, hailed the milestone at a fundraiser in Las Vegas. "This was a big day, by the way, 1,144, we finally got there," Romney told donors who had raised as much as $250,000 each to attend the first event of the night with developer Donald Trump at his hotel just off the Strip.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 2012 |
WASHINGTON and LOS ANGELES - It's not a TV political drama but it could be. Call it "The McKeons. " It's set in the sunny, suburban and largely conservative Santa Clarita Valley and stars Republican Rep. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon, former co-owner of a chain of western wear stores turned powerful congressional committee chairman. His wife, Patricia, long by his side during campaigns, has launched her own bid for political office at age 69. Though it's unusual to have a husband and wife on the same ballot, the race has another odd twist: Patricia McKeon's chief rival in the June state Assembly primary is a former staffer to her husband, Scott Wilk.