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January 31, 1987
In his letter Senesi urged his fellow Americans not to lose the patriotic momentum that President Reagan has set in motion with his "Leadership That's Working." He wrote as if the Iran/ contra scandal was an annoying interruption in the good times at hand. Yes, Mr. Senesi, this Administration has enjoyed some successes. But all of the successes have been accompanied with the notion that they were successes because the "pride is back." If we delude ourselves into keeping up this "renewed" pride in ourselves despite rational reasons to continue questioning our motives and our leaders' actions, then we embark on a very dangerous path.
March 20, 2014 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Lawrence E. Walsh, a former federal judge and Wall Street lawyer who spent a frustrating seven years as the independent counsel investigating misconduct by Reagan administration officials in the Iran-Contra affair, died Wednesday at his home in Oklahoma City after a short illness, his family said. He was 102. Walsh undertook the controversial job when he was 75 and semi-retired from a career that began in the mid-1930s, when he prosecuted racketeering in New York City. The Republican later was appointed to the federal bench, served as president of the American Bar Assn., and was No. 2 in President Eisenhower's Justice Department before spending two decades with the powerful law firm of Davis, Polk & Wardwell.
April 3, 1988 | ELIZABETH MEHREN
A quiet recluse in Southern France, Graham Greene, 83, has written a new novel, "The Captain and the Enemy." The book is scheduled for September publication from Viking, Greene's publisher from 1938 until 1970, when he moved to Simon & Schuster. The new book, the author explains in a preface he calls an "apologia," has a long and curious history. Greene began the book in 1974 but put it aside.
September 26, 2013 | By Don Lee
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is racing to finish negotiations on a Pacific free-trade pact by year's end, but it's running up against a potentially major obstacle at home. A bipartisan majority in the Senate this week sent a letter pressing the administration to address "foreign currency manipulation" in its talks with Japan and 10 other participating nations in the so-called Trans-Pacific Partnership. The Senate letter didn't mention any country. But there has been an outcry in congressional and business circles, particularly the auto industry, over Japan's much-weakened currency.
June 26, 1986
A U.S. Court of Appeals panel has refused to bar a lawsuit challenging the selection process for members of the Federal Reserve's policy-making committee. The three-member panel denied a request by the Administration to order U.S. District Judge Harold H. Greene to dismiss the suit brought by Sen. John Melcher (D-Mont.) challenging the constitutionality of the Federal Open Market Committee, which regulates the nation's money supply.
August 30, 1987 | JOHN HANRAHAN, United Press International
When Gordon Adams of the Defense Budget Project, a private watchdog group, returned last October from a visit to Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., he wanted a copy of the materials used in a briefing he attended there on the defense budget's economic impact. He wrote Offutt asking for the materials--none of which was classified. Amazingly, he recalled, officials responded that it was Air Force policy not to release briefing scripts or graphs.
November 11, 1987 | ROSS K. BAKER, Ross K. Baker is a professor of political science at Rutgers University
There is a scene in "Zorba the Greek" in which Madame Hortense, the village harlot, is in her bed dying and the people of the town flock to her apartment. They come not to pay homage to the old woman but to steal her possessions. As she breathes her last, the villagers stream past her bearing bedsprings, bird cages, anything that can be carried. Her final moments are blighted by human avarice. So it is with the advanced senescence of the Reagan Administration.
January 12, 1988 | Associated Press
A prosecutor dropped contempt charges Monday against principal Joe Clark after the tough-talking administrator agreed that he should not chain school doors shut. Clark also said he probably would be leaving soon to take a job in the Reagan Administration. Clark, who once kept Eastside High School doors chained to keep drug dealers out, was charged with violating a court order that school exits be kept open for safety reasons during school hours.
August 24, 1987 | NORMAN KEMPSTER, Times Staff Writer
Recently declassified U.S. government documents show the Reagan Administration accused Vietnam in 1981 of using biological warfare against insurgents in Laos and Cambodia even though government scientists at the time considered the evidence to be flimsy and misleading, Foreign Policy magazine said Sunday.
August 29, 2013 | By Robin Wright
So the U.S. launches a military strike. Then what? As the Obama administration and the U.S. military plot military action against Syria, they should be spending just as much time - and arguably more - considering what happens next. Once Washington crosses the threshold of action, there's no retreating from blame for anything that follows, whether through action or inaction. And in the weeks and months to come, dangers will only deepen. First, quick hits rarely achieve enduring political goals - and often produce more costs or unintended consequences than benefits.
May 26, 2013
Re "Ruling on Rios Montt raises questions," May 22 When, in 1954, the U.S. government overthrew popularly elected progressive President Jacobo Arbenz, it initiated a horrendous reign of terror that resulted in the deaths of more than 100,000 Guatemalans. Ex-President Efrain Rios Montt, who came to power in 1982, was the first former head of state to be convicted of genocide in his own country. However, the verdict was overturned last week by the Constitutional Court after intense lobbying by Guatemala's rightist business federation.
March 31, 2012 | By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON — When the incoming Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. came before the Senate for confirmation seven years ago, President Reagan's solicitor general gave him a warm endorsement as a "careful, modest" judge. "He's not a man on a mission," Harvard Law professor Charles Fried testified, adding that Roberts was not likely "to embark on constitutional adventures. " But two years ago, the Roberts-led Supreme Court struck down the federal and state laws that for a century had barred corporations and unions from pouring money into election campaigns.
July 15, 2009 | Elaine Woo
Jane Dalton Weinberger, who coaxed her husband, Caspar W. Weinberger, into politics and was a loyal Washington wife during three Republican administrations before she began to write and publish children's books, died Sunday at a nursing facility in Bar Harbor, Maine. She was 91. She had been in poor health for several months before suffering a massive stroke last week, according to her son, Caspar Weinberger Jr.
February 9, 2008
Ronald Reagan: A Feb. 1 commentary about President Reagan's legacy stated that taxes in 1989 were $999 billion and the deficit was $141 billion. The correct rounded-off amounts are $991 billion in taxes and a deficit of $153 billion. It also stated that taxes were a higher share of the economy at the end of the Reagan administration than at the end of the Clinton administration; the opposite is true.
May 8, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Perry Day Quick, a senior staff economist for the Council of Economic Advisers during the Carter and Reagan administrations, died of colorectal cancer Tuesday at his home in Washington. He was 61. Quick also worked as a senior economist for the Federal Reserve Board and helped shape Democratic presidential candidate Gary Hart's economic policy for his campaign. He also served on the Democratic Leadership Council.
July 29, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Charles W. Bray, 72, spokesman for former Secretary of State William P. Rogers during the tumultuous days of the Nixon administration, died Sunday of pneumonia at his home in Milwaukee. Bray was Rogers' press secretary during much of the Vietnam War but resigned in 1973 after Henry Kissinger replaced Rogers as secretary of state. Bray left because he was angry that the White House, acting without court orders, had wiretapped some high-ranking State Department officials.
January 31, 2006 | David G. Savage, Times Staff Writer
Twenty-five years ago, President Reagan came to Washington with bold plans to move the Supreme Court to the right. He and his lawyers wanted a high court that would uphold state laws that impose the death penalty, restrict abortion and allow a greater role for religion in public life. They favored property rights over environmental regulation, states' rights over broad federal authority and executive power over Congress and the federal courts.
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