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May 10, 2013 | By David Horsey
Republicans could make an easy hit on the Obama administration by highlighting the State Department's apparent bureaucratic blundering during and after the deadly terrorist attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, last fall, but they refuse to settle for such a small political prize. Instead, they have got themselves all steamed up and snarling about heinous, impeachable offenses that are figments of their imaginations. The latest round of House hearings about the Benghazi incident provides a perfect example of how American politics has been warped and gummed up by bombastic, partisan extremism.
March 13, 2014 | By Robert Faturechi
The candidates for Los Angeles County sheriff sharpened their attacks Wednesday night, accusing each other of mismanagement and opportunism in front of a Van Nuys audience gathered for their second debate. Assistant Sheriff Jim Hellmold, one of two candidates tapped to run by former Sheriff Lee Baca, called out former Cmdr. Bob Olmsted more than once. Before retiring, Olmsted oversaw the department's most troubled jails. He has described himself as a whistle-blower who tried to alert top brass about inmate abuse and aggressive deputy "gangs" but was ignored.
January 11, 2011 | Jonah Goldberg
In the wake of the horrendous shooting rampage in Tucson, why isn't anyone talking about banning "Mein Kampf"? Or "The Communist Manifesto"? Or for that matter, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," "Peter Pan" or "The Phantom Tollbooth"? After all, unlike Sarah Palin's absurdly infamous Facebook map with crosshairs on congressional districts that some pundits have blamed for the violence, we have some evidence ? suspect Jared Lee Loughner's own words ? that these books were a direct influence on him. And to listen to partisan ghouls such as Keith Olbermann exploiting this horrific crime, any rhetoric or writing or images that contributed to it must be stopped and those who don't accept blame and then repent (specifically Palin)
December 9, 2013 | By Steve Chawkins
Edouard Molinaro, a French film director best known for his groundbreaking, gay-themed comedy "La Cage Aux Folles," died Saturday at a Paris hospital. He was 85. He had a pulmonary illness, according to French media. Molinaro made more than 30 feature films, some with top French stars such as Catherine Deneuve, Brigitte Bardot and Jean-Paul Belmondo. Although he was well established in France before "La Cage Aux Folles," American audiences didn't know much of him until his madcap tale of a gay couple and their drag nightclub - La Cage Aux Folles, or, the Cage of Crazies, on the French Riviera.
June 22, 1997
Re: President Clinton's race initiative. I listened to the president's speech dealing with racial harmony in the United States. While I think he did a wonderful job with the rhetoric of the bully pulpit, I would have been far more impressed had the president taken that opportunity to announce an executive order to the effect that henceforth no governmental application, program, entitlement or document would inquire of the applicant's racial makeup....
March 9, 2012 | By Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times
Newt Gingrich sees victory in the Alabama and Mississippi primaries on Tuesday as a chance - perhaps his last - to show he remains a viable contender for president. For Rick Santorum, wins in the Deep South hold the potential to drive the former House speaker out of the race, strengthening him for the battle to topple GOP front-runner Mitt Romney. As for Romney, Alabama and Mississippi are an opportunity to diminish, if not crush, the insurgent candidacy of Santorum with an aggressive ad campaign.
February 19, 2010 | By Kathleen Hennessey
Both rising stars and faces from the past borrowed from the movement of the moment Friday at an annual meeting of conservatives, where the language and energy of the "tea party" movement took center stage. "Patriots in this room and patriots across this country are rising up. And we have a message for liberals: We're planting the flag on common ground, and if you try to take our freedoms, we will fight back!" Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty told the activists gathered for the Conservative Political Action Conference.
October 17, 1987
Bork's battle cry that he must fight the opposition to his appointment as a Supreme Court justice to defend the law and public service against a dangerous public campaign, should prepare us for the latest in the art of disinformation. What he really means is that he must quell the American people's growing realization that this Administration only makes policies and appointments with political intent which never improve the welfare of the people. Bork's continued fight will accomplish three things: defend the agenda of the New Right (the real special interest being catered to)
February 23, 2003
"Fresh Voices in Tough Fight" (editorial, Feb. 18) condemned "the city's Haydens" and their "tired rants" against L.A.'s war on gangs. The war on gangs is a failure. In the past two decades, over 10,000 mostly young men have died in local gang wars. The Times thinks it's "fretting" to speak of "demonizing" gangs, but demonizing perpetuates the war. The Times insultingly claims that I don't care about victims. It seems to believe that gang members' deaths are deserved deaths. Such rhetoric is good politics and relieves frustration but is bad policy.
August 20, 2004
Your Aug. 17 article about Sen. Tom Harkin's comments about Bush/Cheney started with "Sen. Tom Harkin pushed the name-calling in the presidential race to a new level Monday.... " If you meant by injecting the truth into the race, I agree. But you meant that he had lowered the level. I don't know why the media give this administration such a pass on its words and actions when Bush/Cheney drove the level of rhetoric in this campaign to the bottom a long time ago. In the same issue, you feature a long article about the ugliest smear campaign in memory attacking Sen. John F. Kerry's distinguished war record.
September 30, 2013 | David Lazarus
"All of this would be funny if it weren't so crazy. " That was President Obama commenting the other day about some of the irresponsible, outlandish and just plain idiotic things critics have been saying about the Affordable Care Act. We've now reached an important milestone: Pre-enrollment begins Tuesday for people to sign up for insurance through the online exchanges created by the healthcare reform law. Actual coverage will begin Jan. 1....
September 30, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
State insurance-buying exchanges - one of the centerpieces of President Obama's controversial 2010 healthcare law - begin their first open enrollment period Tuesday, an event that both supporters and opponents have been eagerly anticipating practically since the legislation was signed 3 1/2 years ago. For the first time, low- and moderate-income Americans who don't have health benefits at work will be able to sign up for comprehensive coverage at...
September 18, 2013 | Doyle McManus
In the wake of his dizzying reverses over chemical weapons in Syria, President Obama has been blasted as inconsistent, impulsive and amateurish in his conduct of foreign policy. But when you look at his actions rather than his words, there's more consistency than meets the eye. Consider the evidence. In 2009, when Iranians rose in rebellion against the mullahs in Tehran, Obama gave their ill-fated "Green Revolution" rhetorical support. But he also went on negotiating with the Tehran government, because his first priority was making a deal over Iran's nuclear program.
August 28, 2013 | By Cathleen Decker
President Obama's commemoration of the 50 th anniversary of the March on Washington underscored both the great advantages of the presidency and its daunting limitations. A forum in which a president has to compete with the famously loquacious Bill Clinton and the ghost of Martin Luther King Jr. could make fearful any speaker, even the confident Obama. His effort did not carry the drama of King's speech - a near impossibility - and also lacked some of the easy familiarity with which Clinton, a child of the segregated South, talked about the import of events 50 years ago. Still, Obama did seize an opportunity, nationally televised, to extend and update the reach of the civil rights movement into current times, emphasizing its relevance to a nation which, if its black/white schisms are nowhere near healed, now finds itself riven along many more demographic and cultural fault lines.
August 9, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
U.S.-Russian relations have been deteriorating since President Vladimir Putin returned to the Kremlin last year and began ratcheting up anti-American rhetoric that has played into "old stereotypes about the Cold War,” President Obama said at a White House news conference Friday. Though Obama rejected the idea that he has a bad relationship with Putin, he said he has had “mixed success” in getting the Kremlin leader to focus on the future and what the two nations can agree on, rather than the past and what divides them.
July 29, 2013 | By Daniel Miller
Activist investor Daniel Loeb, the chief executive of hedge fund Third Point, has turned up the heat on Sony Corp. in his call for the  electronics and media giant to make an initial public stock offering of up to 20% of its entertainment arm. Loeb, who since May has made multiple public pleas for the Tokyo-based company to adopt his proposal, said in his second-quarter letter to Third Point investors that Sony's entertainment arm "remains poorly...
January 26, 2003
Re "How Will Iraqis Greet Their 'Liberators'?" Commentary, Jan. 23: It's very rare for another person to speak my whole heart on any subject, but Walter Bernstein has done it. Listening to what our government has to say about this war and about justice, ethics and responsibility at home, I shake my head in bewilderment. I didn't think I'd moved, but this is not the country I grew up in. Anne Watston Redondo Beach So President Bush says allies' challenges to his Iraq policy are like "a rerun of a bad movie" (Jan.
September 2, 2012 | By Chris Megerian, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - Republican Assemblyman Tim Donnelly was thundering on the chamber floor against a proposal to make drivers stay 3 feet from cyclists, a regulation he said would chip away at Californians' liberty. As his voice rose, a Democratic colleague stepped in. "I'm tired of you hollering on the floor!" shouted Assemblyman Warren Furutani of Gardena, who urged Donnelly to "use his inside voice. " The interruption was met with scattered applause. That was Monday, the first day of a marathon week in the Capitol.
July 21, 2013 | By David A. Lehrer and Joe R. Hicks
During the week since the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin, the responses to the tragic event, the trial and the verdict have been predictable. That an unarmed youth lost his life and the perpetrator of the act walked free catalyzed angry and sometimes violent street protests. However unfortunate, that is hardly surprising. The legal nuances of second-degree murder, manslaughter, evidentiary rules and jurors' decisions don't often penetrate through the fog of the 24/7 news cycle.
June 6, 2013 | By Ray Takeyh
Iran's presidential election is again inviting speculation about which candidate can nudge the Islamic Republic toward moderation and pragmatism. Such conjectural games miss the point that the theocratic state is defined by an ideology that demonizes the West and relies on conspiracies to explain global affairs. The guardians of the Islamist state are emphatic in their belief that America harbors an enduring animosity not just toward their state but to the Muslim world. Its next president, drawn from the ranks of regime loyalists, is unlikely to temper this noxious political culture.
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