August 18, 2012 |
JANESVILLE, Wis. - In September 2008, as Wall Street was roiling with calamity, Rep. Paul D. Ryan was facing another looming disaster back home. A General Motors plant, the lifeblood of his hometown, was set to close. The huge Suburbans and Tahoes from the Janesville production line were no longer in vogue. The aging plant was to stop production by Christmas - unless Ryan and other Wisconsin officials could save it. Ryan, then the ranking Republican on the House Budget Committee, flew to Detroit to cajole GM executives.
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July 22, 2012 |
Los Angeles Times Alexander Cockburn, the radical and acerbic journalist who had written longtime columns in both the conservative Wall Street Journal and the leftist outlet the Nation, died Friday in Germany. He was 71. The influential writer had been fighting cancer, according to his editor, Katrina vanden Heuvel. Unlike another prominent writer, Christopher Hitchens, with whom he had often been compared, Cockburn did not share the story of his illness. It was a rare quiet move in a career characterized by a thirst for public debate.
July 10, 2012 |
COLORADO CITY, Ariz. - Isaac Wyler is one of the unwanted ones. For years, he has endured a cruel banishment from those he once considered brethren - followers of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Out here on the desert high plains, guarded by big-shouldered buttes, church outcasts are dismissed as apostates, ostracized in life and condemned to burn in hell after death. Wyler was among several members banished by church leader Warren Jeffs in 2004 for unspecified sins.
July 8, 2012 |
The public intellectual has become a rare creature in America, but Kurt Andersen has helped keep it from going extinct. He co-founded Spy magazine, was editor of New York magazine and now writes pieces like Time's 2011 person of the year story, the Protester. These days, though, he mostly splits his time between hosting "Studio 360," broadcast weekly to 160 NPR stations, and writing the occasional bestselling novel. His next book, "True Believers" (Random House: 447 pp., $27), comes out Tuesday.
June 28, 2012 |
Activision Blizzard Inc., which earlier Thursday said it may shut down or sell its Radical Entertainment game studio, issued a follow-up statement later in the day saying it is laying off 90 developers at Radical, or 86% of the staff, and is keeping a skeleton crew of 15 developers to work on Activision's other games. The Santa Monica company insisted that it will not be selling Radical, which created the "Prototype" series of games. Activision cited poor sales of "Prototype 2" as the reason for downsizing the studio.
June 28, 2012 |
Activision Blizzard on Thursday confirmed it is seeking to sell or shut down Radical Entertainment, the game studio that created the "Prototype" action-adventure series of games. The Santa Monica game company in a statement said the decision stemmed from the failure of "Prototype" to "find a broad commercial audience. " Activision did not say how long it will continue to pay Radical's 90 employees, or whether it will shut down the studio entirely. "We met with the team and are currently exploring various options for the future of the studio, including a potential sale of the business," Activision said.
June 12, 2012 |
On Monday night, Stephen Colbert came to the defense of one of the most controversial activist groups in America: Catholic nuns. In recent months, the Vatican has made an effort to rein in religious women whose practices subvert or otherwise deviate from official church doctrine. The crackdown began back in April, when the Vatican issued a report criticizing the largest organization of nuns in the United States for promoting “radical...
May 20, 2012 |
Political advocacy corrupts academic institutions. Why? Because the mind-set of a genuine academic teacher is in every important respect the opposite of a political activist's. Academic teachers want to promote independent thought and analytical skills; political activists want conformity. The one fosters intellectual curiosity and encourages opposing viewpoints; the latter seeks to shut it down. This vital distinction is well understood. In California, the state Constitution contains this unambiguous statement: "The university shall be entirely independent of all political or sectarian influence and kept free therefrom.
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May 9, 2012 |
He had already been proclaimed "the Picasso of children's books" by Time magazine when Maurice Sendak, then in his 30s, wrote and illustrated "Where the Wild Things Are," a dark fantasy that became one of the 10 bestselling children's books of all time. Published in 1963, the book was a startling departure from the sweetness and innocence that then ruled children's literature. "Wild Things" tapped into the fears of childhood and sent its main character — an unruly boy in a wolf costume — into a menacing forest to tame the wild beasts of his imagination.
May 2, 2012 |
ARLINGTON, Va. - Newt Gingrich finally ended his Republican presidential candidacy Wednesday, unbowed and with a backhanded endorsement of the party's presumptive nominee. Flanked by members of his family at a suburban Virginia hotel, the former House speaker said he would work to elect Republicans at all levels this fall. "As to the presidency, I'm asked sometimes, 'Is Mitt Romney conservative enough?' And my answer is simple: 'Compared to Barack Obama?' You know, this is not a choice between Mitt Romney and Ronald Reagan.