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January 5, 2009 | Tracy Wilkinson
Who was that masked man? Fifteen years after his uprising shocked Mexico's status quo, and a year after he more or less dropped out of public view, Subcomandante Marcos had made a comeback appearance. At least, it seemed to be Marcos. He was, after all, wearing his trademark black ski mask. Followers were convinced.
January 4, 2009
Re: A well-stocked Cabinet," editorial, Dec. 28 I do believe that President-elect Barack Obama has a "well-stocked Cabinet" -- one stacked with men. Obama's appointment of only three women to his Cabinet is extremely disappointing. That his Cabinet will have the same number of women as President Clinton's 1993 appointments is a failure of creative thinking, management recruitment and recognition of the important value that women bring to these critically important positions. I had hoped for change, but the country got more of the same (gender)
January 3, 2009 | David Wharton
No one had told James Keefe the whole story, so it took a few moments for the UCLA forward to grasp the ramifications. When the Bruins played at Oregon State on Friday night, they were facing a team coached by Craig Robinson, who also happens to be President-elect Barack Obama's brother-in-law. "So we don't have the U.S. rooting for us?" Keefe asked. At least not 53% of the United States. And hardly anyone inside Oregon State's aging Gill Coliseum.
January 1, 2009 | From Times Wire Reports
North Korea issued a New Year's message with a promise to strengthen its military, but it broke with tradition by not accusing the U.S. of anything and only briefly mentioning its controversial nuclear program. The joint editorial by three major newspapers offers an indication that the country may hope to build up ties with the incoming government of President-elect Barack Obama.
December 8, 2008 | Times Wire Reports
The 200 workers occupying Republic Windows and Doors in Chicago drew an influential supporter on the third day of their sit-in. President-elect Barack Obama said at a news conference that the company should follow through on its commitments to the workers. They were abruptly fired last week and are seeking severance and vacation pay. "The workers who are asking for the benefits and payments that they have earned, I think they're absolutely right, and understand that what's happening to them is reflective of what's happening across this economy," Obama said.
December 5, 2008 | associated press
Former President Jimmy Carter has written a new book on the Middle East with a title he hopes will not be as controversial as the last one, which was called "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid." Carter, 84, said that "We Can Bring Peace to the Holy Land" will be published in January, just after the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama. "I was going to call it 'Yes, We Can.' My wife talked me out of it," Carter joked toward the end of a panel discussion on human rights at the Carter Center in Atlanta this week.
December 1, 2008
Re "Clinton's stature no guarantee of success," news analysis, Nov. 24 Although concerns regarding Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's loyalty to President-elect Barack Obama are legitimate, I question whether Clinton would allow her future ambitions to be quelled by refusing to support a very popular leader. Though Clinton has a fiercely loyal base and considerable power, she cannot afford to pursue a hard-headed foreign policy against her boss' will. If Obama's popularity wanes, Clinton could assert her own policies and begin to set herself apart, as she did during the campaign, but it would be foolish to appear as the lone dissenter before then.
November 28, 2008
Re "Sensible meets radical," Nov. 25 After eight years of President Bush often naming people to important posts whose most important qualification was their ideology, it is refreshing to see President-elect Barack Obama's economic team. This group is one that looks at facts on the ground over pure ideology. You won't see many flamethrowers on this team. Instead, it's a group of brilliant people who won't toe a party line but rather will do what is best for the American people. No less is needed during this economic crisis.
November 24, 2008 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
Desiree Rogers, a prominent Chicago businesswoman and Harvard MBA, will be named White House social secretary, sources in the presidential transition office told the Washington Post. Rogers, 49, is a friend of President-elect Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, and is a leader in Chicago corporate and social circles. Her appointment signals that the Obamas consider the job crucial to how they introduce themselves to the nation and to the world. She was a major fundraiser for Obama, and has long been part of the Obamas' inner circle.
November 20, 2008
Re "FCC needs an upgrade," editorial, Nov. 14 Your editorial made valid points regarding opportunities for improvement in the Federal Communications Commission. The current FCC is largely dysfunctional. President-elect Barack Obama will have the privilege of appointing a new FCC chairman, giving the Democrats a majority of three FCC commissioners. Right out of the gate, the new chairman will have to deal with a potential train wreck when analog television broadcasts cease Feb. 19, 2009.
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