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July 31, 2013
Berthold Beitz Industrialist honored for saving Jews during WWII Berthold Beitz, 99, who was honored for saving hundreds of Jews in occupied Poland during World War II and became one of postwar West Germany's leading industrialists, died Tuesday. Steelmaker ThyssenKrupp, where he was the honorary chairman of the supervisory board, announced his death but gave no further details. Beitz and his wife, Else, were honored by Germany's main Jewish group in 2000 for saving hundreds of Jewish workers at an oil field he managed in occupied Poland from deportation to Nazi death camps.
December 12, 2012 |
Shortly after the 1988 presidential election, pollsters asked Democrats whom they favored to be their party's nominee in 1992. The strongest candidates were Sen. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts and Gov. Mario M. Cuomo of New York. The governor of Arkansas, Bill Clinton, didn't even register. Eight years ago, after another election, the pollsters tried again. The front-runners for the 2008 Democratic nomination, they found, were Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and John F. Kerry. The newly elected senator from Illinois, Barack Obama, wasn't on the list.
November 21, 2012 |
Obama for America provided a hint Wednesday of what its post-campaign role may be, sending supporters an email promoting the president's stance on the fiscal cliff and encouraging recipients to spread the White House's message. “Your voice and action helped reelect President Obama,” the email declares. It thanked everyone for their support and responded to what the group says has been a persistent request: “Keeping you informed about how the president is fighting for you so you can continue to talk to your friends, family and neighbors.” Detailing Obama's plan for dealing with the fiscal cliff, the email lists the proposal to extend tax cuts for 98% of Americans and 97% of small businesses, ending the tax cuts for the top 2% of Americans and more than $3 trillion in cuts.
November 13, 2012 |
CHICAGO - Early on election day, in two tight, tucked-away rooms at Obama headquarters known as the Cave and the Alley, the campaign's data-crunching team awaited the nation's first results, from Dixville Notch, a New Hampshire hamlet that traditionally votes at midnight. Dixville Notch split 5-5. It did not seem an auspicious outcome for the president. But for the math geeks and data wizards who spent more than a year devising sophisticated models to predict which voters would back the president, Dixville Notch was a victory.
November 7, 2012 |
You know all that talk about how Superstorm Sandy will revivify efforts in Washington to address climate change? Write it down somewhere, because a few days or weeks from now it will be forgotten. So will concerns about income inequality, and pledges to protect Social Security and Medicare from harm. They may be heading to the back burner after having only momentarily made it to the front. These predictions are based on these issues' weight in the recent presidential campaign, which is barely any weight at all. Both candidates tirelessly reminded us that this election was "important," but the most important issues at stake for individual voters, for business and for the economy at large flitted by in their stump speeches and the three debates faster than you can say "attention span.
November 5, 2012 |
Presidential campaigns that are behind in electoral college polling have been known to do desperate things. Perhaps that explains the latest from Romney-Ryan supporters, who are attacking President Obama for a recent speech. "The dust-up is over a comment Obama made on Friday while stumping in Springfield, Ohio," The Times reported Saturday. "When the president mentioned Romney's name, the crowd booed. 'No, no, no - don't boo, vote,' Obama responded. 'Vote. Voting is the best revenge.'" The Romney campaign immediately announced plans for a television ad featuring footage of Obama and then a clip of Romney saying that people ought not to vote for "revenge" but because of “love of country.” Before they get into the editing room, however, the folks over at Romney campaign HQ might want to call Calvin Tomkins, longtime art writer at the New Yorker.