January 22, 2014 |
"Poverty is not some rare disease from which the rest of us are all immune," a leading American politician said last week. "It is but the worst strain of a widespread disease otherwise known as economic insecurity. Most families worry about making ends meet. " That must have been President Obama or some other Democrat, right? Wrong. It was Rep. Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.), Mitt Romney's former running mate and the Republicans' chief budget-cutter on Capitol Hill. Up to now, his most famous statement about the social safety net was that it risked becoming "a hammock that lulls able-bodied people to lives of dependency and complacency.
November 23, 2013 |
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras - A new party is challenging the business and political establishment that has ruled Honduras since civilian government took charge a generation ago. And its candidate is the wife of a former president deposed by those interests in a 2009 coup, a dramatic throwback to years past. One of her opponents is the military general who overthrew her husband. Such are politics in Honduras, a longtime U.S. ally that has emerged as the prime symbol of an increasingly violent, dysfunctional Central America and now stands as the main transshipment point for Colombian cocaine headed for the United States.
September 25, 2013 |
So, will Hillary Rodham Clinton run for president? In an interview with New York Magazine published this week, the former secretary of State acknowledged that she's wrestling with the idea but still needs time "to weigh what the factors are" before "making a decision one way or the other. " While Clinton is weighing factors, her supporters are building a campaign operation. A group called "Ready for Hillary" has collected more than 1 million Facebook "likes" and compiled preemptive endorsements from a long list of national figures, including Bill Clinton campaign veteran James Carville, civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.)
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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.