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May 8, 2013 | By Lisa Mascaro and Brian Bennett, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - The immigration reform bill crafted by a bipartisan group of senators has deeply split the Republican minority even as lawmakers prepare to take the first votes on the proposal Thursday. Alabama's Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions, a conservative former prosecutor with a courtly drawl, has emerged as the leading opponent of the bill. He is aiming at his GOP colleagues with unusual zeal, and calls out the architects of the bill as, essentially, dishonest. "Sen. Flake is wrong: It's not a 13-year path to citizenship or welfare," blared one recent missive from Sessions targeting Arizona's Republican senator, Jeff Flake, who helped draft the legislation.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 2011 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
Much has been opined about taxes over the generations, but my favorite still is the observation of Oliver Wendell Holmes: "Taxes are what we pay for civilized society. " The Supreme Court justice's law clerk supposedly responded: "I've got about as much civilized society as I can afford. " But that may be apocryphal. Gov. Ronald Reagan, in 1967, boldly told the grass-roots California Republican Assembly that he was raising taxes by a record amount and most voters supported him "because they see the need to balance the budget.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 1992
Let me get this straight. The liberal Democrats are intolerant because they refuse to tolerate the racial bigotry and sexist sentiments, which are sadly embraced by many Americans. The Republicans are tolerant, on the other hand, because they are willing to accept these honorable sentiments as part of their own. This sounds remarkably like the "family values" message that was so successful for the Republicans in the recent election. Keep up the good work! KAREN KAUFMANN Los Angeles
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 1992
The Republican Party wants to cut down on regulation of big businesses, bust labor unions and eliminate plaintiff lawyers and laws that protect the rights of working people. If Republicans get everything on their wish list, we won't have to read "The Jungle" by Upton Sinclair to see how intolerable working conditions were in America 100 years ago--we'll be living it! PHILIP R. BLUSTEIN Beverly Hills
NEWS
June 12, 2013 | By Morgan Little
A majority of Americans oppose National Security Agency programs using records gathered from telecom and Internet companies, according to a poll released Wednesday. Fifty-three percent told Gallup they disagree with federal efforts to “compile telephone call logs and Internet communications,” with 37% saying they approved. The poll differs from findings of a Pew Research Center/Washington Post survey released Monday, which found that 56% of Americans believe the NSA's use of secret court orders in an effort to prevent terrorism was acceptable.
OPINION
October 31, 2010 | By Lawrence R. Jacobs and Theda Skocpol
Republican congressional candidates have declared war on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ? or Obamacare, as they call it. They have called for its repeal, and promised to work toward that end if elected. But the rhetoric is largely political theater. Even if Republicans were to gain control of both the House and Senate in the upcoming election, they would not have 60 votes in the Senate to overcome a filibuster. And President Obama would surely wield his veto pen to prevent destruction of his signature legislative achievement.
NEWS
December 8, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli
With fewer than four weeks until the first votes are cast in the presidential race, a surprising finding: Republicans' enthusiasm about voting is on the wane. At the same time, Democrats are increasingly enthusiastic about the 2012 vote, cutting into what had been a distinct advantage on the part of Republicans. A new Gallup survey shows that 49% of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents say they are more enthusiastic about voting in the White House race compared with past elections, while 44% are less enthusiastic.
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