December 5, 2013 |
Prohibition ended 80 years ago Thursday. The top headlines on the Los Angeles Times' front page conveyed the news: " Dry Era End Proclaimed on Utah's Ratification: Roosevelt Calls on Nation to Ban Bootlegger and Saloon's Return; Huge Liquor Imports Authorized" "Rum Flows in Quietly: Repeal Hailed in Sane Style" My favorite tidbit from the main story involves when and how President Franklin Roosevelt signed a proclamation about the...
November 19, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The latest polling on President Obama and his signature healthcare reform law provides a raft of bad news for the White House and Democrats, but a strong cautionary note for Republicans as well: The public disapproves of what Obama has done, but doesn't support the GOP's alternative. First the bad news for Obama: The latest Washington Post/ABC News poll shows the public by 55%-42% disapproves of his performance in office. By 63%-33%, Americans disapprove of his handling of the health law. Perhaps even more ominously for the president, by 52%-46%, the public now has an unfavorable view of Obama, himself.
October 22, 2013 |
Another week, another attack on the 2010 healthcare law. Days after opponents of Obamacare failed to derail it by shutting down the government, a federal court in Washington took up a lawsuit aimed at canceling the premium subsidies the law provides for many low- and moderate-income Americans. It's the first of two such challenges to reach the federal courts this month, and it illustrates - again - how some of the law's critics are trying to repeal it by inflicting the maximum possible damage on the public.
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October 20, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - It seems pretty simple: If a student has male genitalia, the kid uses the boys' bathroom. If there are female organs, then it's the girls' room. Right? But what if the student wears a skirt, makeup and lipstick, and has a penis? Which restroom then? California voters may be asked to answer that question next year in the November election. And it's not really so simple after all. What if a kid with a penis is standing at the boys' urinal wearing a dress and a pretty hair bow?
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September 20, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO--The National Organization for Marriage, which backed Proposition 8's now defunct ban on same-sex marriage, announced Friday that it would work to repeal a new California law that permits transgender students to use bathrooms that correspond to their gender identity, not their physical sex. Brian Brown, president of the anti-gay marriage group, called the transgender law “a horrible attempt by activists to strip society of...
September 18, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - House Republicans united Wednesday around a plan to use the threat of a government shutdown as leverage to repeal President Obama's healthcare law, confident the American people are on their side. House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) yielded to his right flank by agreeing to attach the healthcare law repeal to a must-pass bill to keep the government funded past Sept. 30. A vote is expected Friday on a bill that would allow the government to stay open for the next few months.