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NATIONAL
February 23, 2012 | By Richard Simon and Colby Itkowitz, Reporting from Washington
A U.S. senator for barely three months, Rick Santorum, then just 36, sought to strip 72-year-old Republican Mark O. Hatfield of a committee chairmanship for voting against a balanced-budget constitutional amendment. The longtime Oregon senator kept the gavel, but Santorum put his colleagues on notice in 1995 that he would bring a brash, more partisan style to the genteel chamber to advance conservative causes. About a decade later, Santorum backed Sen. Arlen Specter, a supporter of abortion rights, over a more conservative, antiabortion challenger in Pennsylvania's GOP primary.
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NATIONAL
February 17, 2012 | By Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times
Wilshire Boulevard, which collides with many enclaves as it wends through Los Angeles, is the perfect thoroughfare for a presidential aspirant looking to woo niche voters. Newt Gingrich made his pitch Thursday to two distinctly different groups along Wilshire: Asian American business leaders in Koreatown, and Jewish voters who paid to lunch and pose for photos with the former House speaker in an Italian restaurant in Beverly Hills. Gingrich, who arrived in California on Monday, has trailed badly in polls and fared poorly in the last five states to hold voting contests.
NATIONAL
February 11, 2012 | By David Horsey
President Obama is trying to accommodate Catholic bishops on birth control, but at CPAC, Republican presidential candidates still ranted about his assault on religion. At the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington on Friday, Newt Gingrich warned that Obama would “declare war” on the Catholic Church if he were reelected. Mitt Romney, who in recent days has been decrying Obama's “war on religion,” pledged that he would “reverse every single Obama regulation that attacks our religious liberty and threatens innocent human life in this country.” Rick Santorum said the proposed mandate requiring all employers, including religious organizations, to provide insurance coverage for contraceptives is the kind of coercion that threatens religious freedom.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 2012 | Steve Lopez
The way things are going in the GOP presidential primary, there's now an outside chance that California's 169 delegate votes — the most of any state in the nation — could come into play. Who knew? It seemed, way back when, that Mitt Romney was a safe bet to make it to the dance with President Obama in November. Then Newt Gingrich came on like the bull terrier he is, followed by a surprising surge from Rick Santorum. If the seesaw ride continues, it could even make California's June 5 primary relevant for once.
OPINION
February 5, 2012
Cracked and broken Re "Suits could force L.A. to put money into sidewalks," Jan. 31 It's truly a sad state of affairs when it takes a lawsuit to force our city leaders to do the right thing. Sidewalk maintenance is not just a civil rights issue for the disabled; rather, it has been an unresolved issue of poor management by those responsible for getting the job done. We should all be ashamed of ourselves for not demanding that our elected officials find a way to provide funds to maintain our sidewalks.
NATIONAL
February 3, 2012 | By Michael J. Mishak and Ashley Powers, Los Angeles Times
This is not a place of farmhouses, mom-and-pop diners, chitchats with voters over apple pie. This is a place of neon signs, abandoned homes, billboards promising quick vasectomies and slot machines shouting: Wheel! Of! Fortune! Nevada is a landscape unlike any the Republican presidential field has seen. A few days of mad-dash campaigning in advance of Saturday's caucuses presented the four candidates with an uncomfortable choice: Do you let the Vegas in? Most tried to keep it out. And failed.
NATIONAL
January 23, 2012 | Staff and wire reports
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney reportedly paid about $3 million in federal income taxes in 2010 on income of $21.7 million. Romney's tax returns show most of his income came from investments. He also gave nearly $3 million combined to charitable causes and the Mormon Church, helping reduce his effective tax rate to less than 14%. The former Massachusetts governor agreed to make public his 2010 federal tax returns, and his estimates for 2011, after opponents on both the left and right charged that he was hiding his income and assets.
NATIONAL
January 19, 2012 | By Alana Semuels, Los Angeles Times
They amble in every morning to the back table, shake hands and sit beneath the sign saying "B.S. Community table," which, depending on whom you ask, either stands for Bible study or another kind of B.S. This morning, the nine or so people at the diner are talking politics as they lean over cheese-covered grits, thick omelets and triangles of toast covered in butter. "When I was in the service, I remember when we were worrying about China. Now we're asking them for money?" says Cecil Wright, 84, the eldest member of this group of retirees, shaking his head.
NEWS
January 16, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
Newt Gingrich defended the questions he's raised about Mitt Romney's record at Bain Capital while Rick Perry called on the GOP front-runner to offer greater disclosure of his finances as the Republican presidential candidates began the first of two debates before what could be the decisive nominating contest in South Carolina on Saturday. Perry, the Texas governor, urged Romney to release his tax returns so that Republican voters could fully vet the candidate they will put up against President Obama this fall.
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