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November 18, 2012 | By Morgan Little
Mitt Romney, who just two weeks ago was the Republican Party's standard-bearer, seen by many as the all-but-elected president of the United States, has turned into a punching bag for fellow Republicans looking to distance themselves from his controversial “gifts” remark. “What the president's campaign did was focus on certain members of his base coalition, give them extraordinary financial gifts from the government, and then work very aggressively to turn them out to vote,” Romney said during a call with campaign donors Wednesday . Whether it's an instance of politicians smelling blood in the water as the party, following Romney's defeat, finds itself without a figurehead, or genuine outrage, a number of Republicans have eagerly castigated their former nominee.
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April 27, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard C. Parks and his staff are drafting an official city resolution to condemn racist remarks attributed to Clippers owner Donald Sterling and push the NBA to make “appropriate sanctions.” Parks said such sanctions would be similar to those used against former Cincinnati Reds owner Marge Schott, who was repeatedly suspended from managing the baseball team in the '90s. The resolution, still being drafted Sunday afternoon, will also demand an apology to Magic Johnson and “the entire Los Angeles community,” back the decision by the Los Angeles chapter of the NAACP to drop plans to honor Sterling, and ask local newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times, to stop running ads for Sterling “that display his commercial real estate empire and his alleged civic activities.” “Sterling's actions are inconsistent with the United States human rights laws, the long-standing positions of the L.A. City Council, the diversity of the community, the fan base of the Clippers and the very high percentage of minorities who worked for and are working for the NBA,” Parks said in a statement Sunday.
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NEWS
August 15, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
President Obama dismissed Republican claims that Vice President Joe Biden had a nefarious intent when he said the GOP would “put y'all back in chains” at a campaign stop in Virginia on Tuesday, telling People magazine in an interview his remarks had to be considered in context. Rather than being about “division and hate and anger,” as Mitt Romney said of Biden's remarks, the president said his running mate was saying only that "you, consumers, the American people, will be a lot worse off if we repeal these [Wall Street reform]
SPORTS
April 27, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
OAKLAND -- A week after he preached to a congregation that included some of his players at a Van Nuys church, Mark Jackson found himself delivering a different kind of sermon. The Golden State Warriors coach and ordained minister, speaking to the media Sunday before Game 4 of his team's first-round playoff series against the Clippers, described allegedly racist remarks attributed to Clippers owner Donald Sterling as “unfortunate, disappointing and [there's] no place in society for those thoughts or that mentality.
NEWS
May 22, 2012 | By Morgan Little, This post has been updated
WASHINGTON -- The fallout from Newark Mayor Cory Booker's criticism of the Obama campaign's use of Bain Capital against Mitt Romney continues, with Booker objecting to "being used by the GOP" to help the Romney campaign. Booker, who said that frequent Obama campaign attacks on Romney were “nauseating” during a Sunday appearance on NBC's “Meet the Press,” has been trying to refine and refute his remarks. In an interview with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow on Monday, he expressed dismay over becoming the center of a Republican National Committee "I Stand With Cory Booker" petition.
NATIONAL
August 20, 2009 | Associated Press
Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) lashed out at protester who held a poster depicting President Obama with a Hitler-style mustache during a heated town hall meeting on the healthcare overhaul. "On what planet do you spend most of your time?" Frank asked the woman, who had stepped up to a microphone at a senior center to ask why Frank supported what she called a Nazi policy. "As you stand there with a picture of the president defaced to look like Hitler and compare the effort to increase healthcare to the Nazis . . . it is a tribute to the 1st Amendment that this kind of vile, contemptible nonsense is so freely propagated," Frank said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2013 | By Los Angeles Times Staff
President Obama's comments about California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris' good looks continue to generate controversy. “You have to be careful to, first of all, say she is brilliant and she is dedicated and she is tough, and she is exactly what you'd want in anybody who is administering the law, and making sure that everybody is getting a fair shake,” said Obama during a California fundraiser on Thursday. “She also happens to be by...
NEWS
June 16, 2011 | By William Gibson, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Debbie Wasserman Schultz and other Democrats were quick to pounce on Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s remark in Tampa on Thursday that he can relate to the jobless because “I’m also unemployed.” “I’m networking,” Romney reportedly told a small gathering of job seekers. “I have my sight on a particular job.” Romney was speaking light-heartedly, but Democrats called it a clueless and insensitive reference in a state with a double-digit unemployment rate.
NEWS
June 30, 2011 | By James Oliphant
MSNBC suspended political analyst Mark Halperin on Thursday morning after he used an anatomical epithet to describe President Obama on the “Morning Joe” show. Halperin, an editor at Time magazine, was discussing Obama’s barbed comments aimed at Republicans made at Wednesday’s press conference and said that he thought the president was a being “kind of a .... " “Mark Halperin's comments [Thursday] morning were completely inappropriate and unacceptable,” MSNBC said in a statement.
NEWS
February 16, 2012 | By Kim Geiger
A wealthy backer of GOP presidential contender Rick Santorum left his interviewer scratching her head Thursday when he suggested that in the olden days, birth control was less expensive because women just squeezed an aspirin between their knees to prevent them from having sex. Foster Friess, the retired mutual fund executive from Wyoming who has been basking in the spotlight recently thanks to his six-figure donations to a 'super PAC' backing Santorum,...
WORLD
April 27, 2014 | By Christi Parsons
President Obama on Saturday condemned the “incredibly offensive racist statements” attributed to Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, calling them a sign of how the U.S. continues to wrestle with its legacy of "slavery and segregation. " But Obama also said he thinks such remarks from “ignorant folks” draw outrage because they're so out of sync with the American self-concept. “We've made enormous strides, but you're going to continue to see this percolate up every so often,” Obama said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 2014 | By Maura Dolan
OAKLAND -- Clippers fans entering the Oracle Arena in Oakland before their team's playoff game Sunday against the Golden State Warriors denounced the racial remarks attributed to Clippers owner Donald T. Sterling and called for a public apology. Some L.A. fans said they did not wear their Clippers gear for fear of inciting animosity. One woman in a Clippers jersey carried a sign denouncing Sterling. A Warriors fan in blue and gold shouted to a Clippers' fan in red: “You guys need a new owner!
SPORTS
April 27, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
OAKLAND - Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson said Sunday the National Basketball Players Assn. wants the NBA to bar Clippers owner Donald Sterling from playoff games the rest of this season and impose the maximum penalty allowed under league bylaws if racist remarks purportedly made by Sterling can be verified as his. Johnson, who is assisting the players union in its response to the controversy surrounding Sterling, said the players have asked for...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 2014 | By David Zahniser
This post has been updated, as indicated in the notes below. A recording said to be of Clippers team owner Donald J. Sterling making racist remarks was met with swift condemnation from Los Angeles city leaders and prompted a call for the city to formally denounce him. Mayor Eric Garcetti said through a spokesman Saturday that he condemns the "statements and sentiments" attributed to Sterling. Councilman Bernard C. Parks, who represents a portion of South Los Angeles, went further, saying the council should take a formal position denouncing the remarks and demanding action from the NBA. [Updated at 4:07 p.m. PDT, April 26, 2014: Garcetti issued further remarks: "These statements are offensive and despicable and have no place in Los Angeles.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 26, 2014 | By Chris Lee
Snoop Dogg has a few choice words for Donald J. Sterling, embattled owner of the Los Angeles Clippers. Unfortunately, almost none of them are fit for publication in a family newspaper's blog. On the heels of an audio recording obtained by TMZ which the website says captures the Los Angeles business magnate upbraiding his girlfriend for “associating with black people” and “taking pictures with minorities” at Clippers games, the erstwhile Doggfather blasted Sterling with his own obscenity-packed videotaped rejoinder posted on Instagram on Saturday.
SPORTS
April 26, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
The NBA said it is conducting an investigation following a report by TMZ late Friday of an audio recording that allegedly captures Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling making racist statements in the course of an argument with a friend. A person identified by TMZ as Sterling can be heard in the recording, said to be made made earlier this month, telling a female friend, identified as V. Stiviano, that he was upset she posted a picture on her Instagram account of herself next to Lakers legend Magic Johnson.
NEWS
January 9, 2012 | By Maeve Reston
Reporting from Nashua, N.H. -- The difficult truth about political ads is that context often doesn't matter -- and on Monday, Romney uttered a line that he will likely come to regret by November if he wins the Republican nomination for president.  At a time when Romney is facing an onslaught from independent groups attacking his experience at the private equity firm Bain Capital, the normally cautious candidate slipped up in Nashua on Monday morning...
NEWS
October 11, 2012 | By Kathleen Hennessey
Democrats who waited in vain last week for President Obama to hit Mitt Romney on his "47%" remark didn't have to wait long for Vice President Joe Biden to pounce Thursday night in the one and only vice presidential debate. At first opportunity in his face-off against Rep. Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin, Biden spouted off a long and rehearsed attack on the GOP ticket, casting them as hostile to the middle class and dismissive of nearly half of America. Asked about the administration's economy policy, Biden quickly pivoted to Romney's opposition to the auto bailout.
NATIONAL
April 25, 2014 | By John M. Glionna
Militant Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy on Friday apologized for his comments published this week on African Americans and slavery but refused to back off from his intended point that the federal government was too powerful, saying that his remarks came “from the heart.” In a daily news conference from his ranch in Bunkerville, north of Las Vegas, the 67-year-old rancher, who is in a prolonged battle with federal officials over grazing rights...
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