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February 24, 2001 | NICK ANDERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Of all the acts of executive clemency that President Clinton granted as he was leaving the White House, few strike as close to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton as her husband's decision to reduce the prison terms of four New York Hasidic Jews convicted of bilking tens of millions of dollars from the government. Sen. Clinton, New York's Democratic junior senator, has said that in general she was a bystander while President Clinton made his decisions on clemency.
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WORLD
December 3, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY -- A fugitive drug kingpin convicted in the slaying of an American federal agent is urging Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to resist U.S. “pressure” for his extradition and to end the manhunt pursuing him, an official said Tuesday. Atty. Gen. Jesus Murillo Karam confirmed to reporters the existence of a letter written by Rafael Caro Quintero, who was released from prison in August after serving 28 years of a 40-year sentence for the 1985 slaying of DEA agent Enrique Camarena.
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NEWS
December 8, 1992 | JAMES GERSTENZANG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The President of the United States picked up the phone in the family quarters of the White House Sunday night and delivered this message to his Secret Service detail, which is ever ready to escort and protect him: "Feel like going jogging tonight. In the nude." NOT! Not the President, that is. The call did come from the Lincoln Bedroom and it did sound just like the President. But it was Dana Carvey of "Saturday Night Live."
WORLD
November 25, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
With the clock ticking down to an end-of-year deadline for a U.S.-Afghan security agreement, U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice on Monday failed to persuade recalcitrant Afghan President Hamid Karzai to sign the pact, according to Afghan and U.S. accounts of the meeting. Karzai refused Sunday to heed the vote of a 2,500-member national assembly advising him to conclude the deal that would keep several thousand U.S. troops in Afghanistan to train national military and police forces after U.S. troops withdraw next year.
NEWS
July 29, 1999 | FAYE FIORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
James E. Rogan has wedged his 6-foot-1 frame into a phone booth between the men's room and a kitchenette in a House office building. The air stinks of stale cigar smoke and there's no place to sit. But who cares? His 20 minutes in this cramped closet will be rewarded handsomely. On the other end of the line is radio talk show host G. Gordon Liddy, broadcasting live to a syndicated audience of hard-right Clinton haters.
NEWS
December 4, 1998 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
He mocked the sanctimony of all who "sermonized about how terrible lying is." Granted, lies were told, he said, but it hardly makes sense to "label every untruth and every deception an outrage." He also condemned the "disconcerting and distasteful whiff of moralism and institutional self-righteousness" that led Congress to conduct hearings on the deceptions coming from the White House and he denounced the result as "a witch hunt."
NEWS
April 28, 1994 | Researched by APRIL JACKSON, JANICE L. JONES and CAROLINE LEMKE / Los Angeles Times
There are 36 Presidents buried in 17 states and Washington, D.C. Richard Nixon is the only one buried in California. Although seven of them have presidential libraries, only five of them are buried there. A chronological review of Presidents, through Nixon, and particulars about their gravesites: Number of Presidents Buried by State More Presidents are buried in Virginia, New York and Ohio than any other state. A quick look at where presidents are buried, and how many there are, by state.
NEWS
January 20, 1993 | ELIZABETH MEHREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
About Bill Clinton's face: "He has a kind of self-assuredness on the left side. . . . From the right side, his right eye especially, I would say this is a person who has a great command of factual data." The author of this assessment, Allen M. Hirsch, has spent not one minute in the presence of the new President of the United States.
NEWS
January 12, 1989 | Associated Press
Following is the prepared text of President Reagan's farewell address to the nation Wednesday night: My fellow Americans, this is the 34th time I'll speak to you from the Oval Office, and the last. We have been together eight years now, and soon it will be time for me to go. But before I do, I wanted to share some thoughts, some of which I have been saving for a long time. It has been the honor of my life to be your President.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 10, 1992 | DENNIS McDOUGAL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A false report that President Bush died at a Japanese banquet came within seconds of being broadcast over CNN's Headline News early Wednesday, spurring renewed efforts on the part of the Atlanta-based all-news network to prevent such hoaxes from making their way to the airwaves in the future. CNN spokesman Steve Haworth acknowledged Thursday that Headline News anchor Don Harrison did begin to report "tragic" news at 6:45 a.m.
WORLD
February 24, 2013 | By Shashank Bengali and Hashmat Baktash
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Sunday ordered U.S. special forces troops to leave a strategic eastern province, accusing the Americans and Afghans working for them of torturing and abducting civilians. Karzai's office charged that in Wardak province, southwest of Kabul, a university student who was detained during a U.S. operation was later found with his head and fingers cut off. In another case, U.S. forces allegedly detained nine villagers who are still missing.
SPORTS
November 24, 2012 | By Kevin Baxter
Sunil Gulati knows economics. So much so that students at Columbia, where he is a senior lecturer, have been known to spend as many as 13 hours in a registration line to get a spot in his class. Gulati also knows soccer. So much so that Alan Rothenberg, the founder of Major League Soccer, called him "the single most important person in the development of soccer in this country. " Now we're about to discover whether Gulati knows how to make the two work together because Wednesday, Gulati, president of U.S. Soccer, announced the formation of an eight-team women's professional league that will begin play in the spring.
OPINION
November 4, 2012
President: Barack Obama. The president's accomplishments during his first four years - steadying the economy, rescuing the automobile industry and winning passage of measures to stimulate the economy, crack down on financial industry abuses and extend health coverage to millions of uninsured Americans, among others - were all the more remarkable given the stubborn and cynical opposition of Republicans in Congress. His balanced plan for continuing the recovery makes him the clear choice over Mitt Romney, whose tired program of tax cuts for the wealthy and increased military spending is a prescription for disaster.
OPINION
October 23, 2012
With the final presidential candidate debate concluded and the deadline for voter registration passed, the last phase of the long 2012 election season has begun. The Times has completed endorsements for the Nov. 6 ballot, and reiterates those recommendations here. President: Barack Obama . The economy remains sluggish, but the president is leading the nation through the tough times. He is a far better choice than challenger Mitt Romney, whose prescription seems always in flux but revolves around deep and damaging tax cuts for wealthy Americans.
WORLD
November 18, 2011 | By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
  Pakistan's ambassador to the United States was summoned back to Islamabad this week to explain his role in a purported attempt to get Washington's help in reining in his country's powerful military. The envoy, Husain Haqqani, faces questioning in a controversy involving a Pakistani American businessman's claim that the businessman passed along a memo from President Asif Ali Zardari seeking Washington's assistance in fending off a possible military overthrow. The businessman, Mansoor Ijaz, claimed in a newspaper column Oct. 10 that he delivered the memo to Adm. Michael G. Mullen, then the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, at the request of an unnamed senior Pakistani diplomat.
OPINION
October 3, 2011 | By Leon Aron
The news itself was hardly startling. It has been increasingly clear during the last year that the Regent (Vladimir Putin) would recover the throne from the Dauphin (Dmitry Medvedev). But now that it seems a certainty that Russia is headed for (at least) 12 more years of Putinism, alarm bells ought to be sounding. Why? Because by every indicator — macroeconomic, political, social — the system that Putin forged in the early 2000s is all but exhausted and is driving the country toward a dead end. It must be radically reformed, or better yet, discarded.
NEWS
October 4, 1991 | GERALDINE BAUM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Shortly after James Buchanan, a courtly bachelor, moved into the White House in 1857, hiscritics began wondering if the treachery in his Administration was caused by his unmarried state. "Cain was a bachelor, and so was Judas Iscariot!" one newspaper warned. Buchanan left office as one of the least popular Presidents in American history, and the "experiment to elect a bachelor" was deemed a failure, with the newspaper noting: "For being freed from the cares of domestic life . . .
NEWS
January 1, 1999 | JAMES GERSTENZANG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For an hour at sunset here, the president strolled on the beach with his dog and a friend, pitching a soggy tennis ball again and again into the waves or onto a ridge of sand and watching the dog bound after it. "Where's your ball? Where'd you lose it?" Bill Clinton called out to the occasionally befuddled Buddy. The beep-beep-beep of Secret Service agents' hand-held metal detectors, employed to scan beach-walking tourists, offered an odd counterpoint to the rhythm of the waves.
WORLD
November 23, 2010 | By David S. Cloud, Los Angeles Times
Bolivian President Evo Morales on Monday accused the United States of undermining democratic government in Latin America in a speech about purported plots and conspiracies originating in Washington, as U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates listened only a few feet away. Gates showed no noticeable reaction as Morales opened a conference of defense ministers with a rambling, hourlong address that condemned the U.S. military, several former American ambassadors to Bolivia, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the International Monetary Fund and two members of the U.S. Congress.
SPORTS
August 26, 2010 | Grahame L. Jones, On Soccer
The tiresome dance involving U.S. national team Coach Bob Bradley and U.S. Soccer is getting on my nerves. Does he want to stay? Does the federation want him back? Does anyone outside of the small band of U.S. soccer fanatics really give two figs one way or another? Bradley has been a success. So keep him. Stop messing about. Just throw some more money at him — his $600,000 salary, plus bonuses, is a pitiful amount and should at least be doubled — and let him get on with the job. Bradley has been a failure.
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