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May 21, 1994
Final irony: Recent U.S. presidents have been so bad, even Richard Milhous Nixon looks good! BILL DAVIS Los Angeles
April 27, 2014 | By Seema Mehta
Gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari, who is trailing badly in the polls, said Sunday that former President George W. Bush, 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney and other Republican leaders are aiding his campaign. "A lot of people nationally have been helping," he told reporters after speaking to a Republican women's convention in Orange. "[Former Florida Gov.] Jeb Bush has been helping, [former Indiana Gov.] Mitch Daniels has given a lot of advice on economy policy. "President Bush has been very helpful and made calls and opened doors," Kashkari said.
August 30, 2012
Re "A warmer Romney," Aug. 28 The president is not our buddy. So why is likability the biggest factor in whom Americans elect? Mitt Romney and Barack Obama aren't running for class president. Don't we want someone who is smart and focused, someone who can't be bought, someone whom we can respect even if we don't necessarily "like" him? I'm not suggesting either candidate necessarily is that man; I'm just saying "warm and fuzzy" is not what I'm looking for in a president, so I don't really care what Ann Romney has to say about Mitt the husband, father and grandfather.
April 27, 2014 | By Ramin Mostaghim
Nine months after taking office, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani finds himself under pressure from both his reformist supporters and hard-line conservatives as efforts to spur political change and economic progress have stumbled. Rouhani has faced a backlash in recent weeks from the very base that helped get him elected, which now sees a lack of movement to bolster personal liberties or free political prisoners. Meanwhile, both reformists and hard-liners are increasingly frustrated over economic woes.
August 19, 2010 | By Andrew J. Bacevich
Fifty years ago this summer, with Americans riveted by a presidential contest pitting John F. Kennedy against Richard M. Nixon, Dwight D. Eisenhower contemplated his departure from the White House. As he prepared to retire from public life, Ike sketched out the ideas that would inform his celebrated farewell address, presciently warning against the dangers of a military-industrial complex. Simultaneously, he was plotting ways to overthrow the Cuban government. Eisenhower did not remain in office long enough to implement the plan that his minions hatched.
April 17, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
It may be generations before we see another writer reach Gabriel Garcia Marquez's stature; he was so well-known and well-loved. His novel "One Hundred Years of Solitude" became an international bestseller of previously unknown proportions. After he was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature in 1982, he rubbed shoulders with world leaders, kept writing, and, in countries all over the globe, celebrated books. Now, with Garcia Marquez gone, his fans -- presidents, writers, and more -- have been sharing their appreciation for the man and his work.
March 5, 2012 | By Richard Simon
With ex-presidents earning hundreds of thousands of dollars in speaking fees and book deals, a bipartisan effort is underway in Congress to scale back taxpayer support for well-to-do former occupants of the Oval Office.   The Presidential Allowance Modernization Act seeks to amend a half-century-old law that sought to "maintain the dignity” of the office of the president. The proposal would provide a taxpayer supported pension of $200,000, about the same amount that they now receive.
November 20, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
The Rev. Billy Graham, one of the nation's most famous evangelists whose ministry tended to presidents and paupers, has been taken to a hospital for observation in Asheville, N.C., his spokesman said Wednesday. Graham, who celebrated his 95th birthday on Nov. 7 at a party with guests including Donald Trump and Sarah Palin, went to the hospital Tuesday and is expected to released soon, his spokesman said. “Billy Graham is in the hospital with a respiratory congestion issue, similar to what he had a few weeks ago. As was the case then, we expect he will be able to return home in a day or two,” Mark DeMoss, a family spokesman, said in a statement emailed to reporters.
September 19, 2012 | Doyle McManus
It's one of Mitt Romney's favorite lines: America needs a businessman in the White House. It's "a basic qualification" for the job, he said in his speech at the Republican convention last month, "one that's essential to [the] task. " But what does history tell us? Have our greatest presidents come from the ranks of industry and commerce? Not by any means. INTERACTIVE: Battleground states Of the three presidents generally ranked the greatest - George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Franklin D. Roosevelt - only Washington had real business experience, and that was as an 18th century plantation owner.
August 19, 1991
THE JOB: The office of president was established for the first time by the Third Congress of People's Deputies in March, 1990. The president, under the Soviet constitution, Article 127, is the "head of the Soviet state." The president is elected by universal, direct and secret ballot. ELIGIBILITY: Any Soviet citizen between the ages of 35 and 65 may be elected to the post for a maximum of two five-year terms.
April 27, 2014 | By Ronald D. White
The gig: Olympic medalist Anita L. DeFrantz, 61, is president and a director of the LA84 Foundation, the charitable organization that runs off an endowment of surplus funds from the Los Angeles Olympic Games. In the three decades since those games, LA84 has donated more than $214 million to more than 1,100 Southern California youth sports programs, providing opportunities for more than 3 million children. DeFrantz has spent nearly half her life with the organization, formerly known as the Amateur Athletic Foundation.
April 26, 2014 | By Christi Parsons
As the first U.S. president to visit this Muslim-majority nation in nearly five decades, President Obama will talk trade and security issues with Prime Minister Najib Razak, whom the White House considers a political reformer in a country with a spotty human rights record. But U.S. officials also hope to strengthen “people-to-people” ties, diplomatic speak for trying to spread goodwill and burnish the U.S. image.  Obama, who spent several years living in neighboring Indonesia as a boy, relied on his family history to perform those tasks Saturday after he was welcomed at a state banquet by King Abdul Halim of Kedah, accompanied by dancers dressed in brightly hued brocade.
April 24, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday appointed as head of California's political ethics agency a judge who has overseen the discipline of attorneys. Jodi Remke, presiding judge of the State Bar Court of California, is Brown's choice for chairwoman of the state Fair Political Practices Commission. Her appointment fills a void created six months ago when Chairwoman Ann Ravel moved to the Federal Elections Commission. Good-government activists including Robert Stern, a former general counsel for the California agency and a coauthor of the state Political Reform Act, said they knew nothing about Remke.
April 23, 2014 | By Christi Parsons and Julie Makinen
TOKYO - Declaring that "the United States is and always will be a Pacific nation," President Obama launched an Asia tour designed to assure leaders of ally nations that they have a strong U.S. backup at a time of rising regional tension. Appearing with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday morning, Obama said the "U.S.-Japan alliance is the foundation not only for our security in the Asia-Pacific region but also for the region as a whole. " He later said the U.S. security treaty with Japan "covers all territories under Japan's administration, including the Senkaku islands," but reiterated that Washington did not take a position on competing claims of sovereignty.
April 22, 2014 | By Don Lee
WASHINGTON - After more than four years and 20 rounds of negotiations, the world's biggest free-trade deal in a generation has come down in good part to this: the United States and Japan squabbling over beef. With President Obama due to arrive Wednesday in Tokyo for a two-day summit with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, their aides have been pulling all-nighters in the hope of reaching a compromise on tariffs for beef and, to a lesser extent, pork and dairy products. The proposed 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership is seen as the centerpiece of Obama's promised re-balance in foreign policy priorities to fast-growing Asia-Pacific.
April 22, 2014 | By August Brown
Any Chicago music fan of the '80s and '90s would acknowledge the huge contributions that Frankie Knuckles made to that city's (and American) culture with his blend of disco, electronic music and gay-friendly nightlife. That includes the city's most famous expat: President Obama.   After Knuckles' death last month , the president wrote a condolence letter to his family and friends. DJ and manager David Morales, whose agency Def Mix represented Knuckles, posted it to Facebook this morning.
May 7, 2013 | By Nita Lelyveld
Arden Hayes is 5. He loves Legos and doing flips onto the living room couch. He also loves our nation's presidents. He knows all 44 in order and can tell you something about any one of them. Arden knows a lot about the presidents because he reads a lot. He's been reading since before he turned 2. He recently surprised his parents by reciting the Gettysburg Address word for word. When I wrote about Arden Hayes in Sunday's paper, some readers wondered how the newspaper came to find out about him. In fact, Times photographer Mel Melcon was the first person to notice Arden, when Melcon went to the Nixon Library to cover the opening of a new exhibit.
January 26, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
One of the most popular baseball sideshows is the presidents mascots race during Nationals games in Washington, and their lineup just got a lot beefier with William Howard Taft joining the ranks of Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt and George Washington. That's because Taft was the largest, by mass, of any U.S. leader, tipping the scales at more than 300 pounds, the only president to do so. The race among 12-foot mascots had been best known for two things: Roosevelt never winning and random acts of sabotage as the racers clumsily circle the field during a break in the fourth inning.
April 22, 2014 | By Ramin Mostaghim
TEHRAN - Relatives of Iranians jailed on various security charges held a protest Tuesday outside the offices of President Hassan Rouhani , alleging that the prisoners are being detained unfairly. The demonstration came as Iranian officials denied reports of violent clashes last week in the capital's Evin Prison, where dissidents say many political prisoners are held. Opposition websites and relatives of prisoners reported that authorities stormed a cellblock at  Evin and that many inmates were injured.
April 21, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey and Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON — Two and a half years after President Obama vowed to shift America's diplomatic, economic and military focus to Asia, he will head back to the region this week to try to convince allies and adversaries alike that he really meant it. Since the much-touted decision to "pivot" to Asia, the Obama administration has found itself repeatedly pulled away by crises in the Middle East, political battles in Washington and, more recently, turmoil...
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