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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 1998
Re "Fong for the Senate," editorial, Oct. 25: You characterize Matt Fong as a "low-key Republican moderate," also stating that he supports a woman's right to a first-trimester abortion. Fong's money is then literally not where his mouth is. Anyone who donates $50,000 to the Traditional Values Coalition, a conservative religious group that lobbies lawmakers to outlaw abortion and block equal-rights laws for gays and lesbians, loses the right to claim he's a moderate (Oct. 25, 26). Fong has accused his opponent [incumbent Sen.]
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WORLD
February 6, 2014 | By Batsheva Sobelman and Paul Richter
JERUSALEM - Emerging from a black limousine, the tall man in the bushy gray wig lectures a small crowd of Israelis on how their holy city of Jerusalem belongs to followers of all religions - "Jews, Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Klingons and Hobbits. " He asks a young passerby, "Do you think I deserve a Nobel Prize?" The two-minute spoof video, released on YouTube this week by ultranationalist Israelis, is the latest sign of how critics of a possible Mideast peace deal have focused their ire on the effort's chief champion, U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry.
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 9, 2012 | By August Brown
The ugly subculture of neo-Nazi punk rock is back in the news after the shooting at a Sikh temple near Milwaukee. But within the punk community itself, many voices have loudly opposed this strain over the decades and worked to combat it with music. Jello Biafra , the founder of the pioneering Bay Area punk band Dead Kennedys, label owner and one of the most outspoken leftist activists in music, wrote perhaps the defining anti-Nazi punk anthem in 1981. We can't print its title, but we spoke with Biafra -- who now fronts Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine -- about the history of Nazi punk and his own legacy in opposing it. A condensed and lightly edited transcript of his remarks follows: I wrote that song in 1981, and at the time, it was aimed at people who were really violent on the dance floor; they didn't call it mosh pits yet. It began to attract people showing up just to see if they could get in fights in the pit or jump off stage and punch people in the back of the head and run away.
WORLD
February 1, 2014 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY - Salvadorans vote Sunday in a presidential election that may give former leftist rebels a second chance at government - or return national leadership to the right-wing party that ruled the country for two decades. Opinion surveys have shown an extremely tight race, especially with the entrance of a new third party run by a former conservative president with family members tied to notorious corruption cases. More than 20 years after the end of a civil war in which more than 75,000 people were killed, choices remain stark in El Salvador, the tiny Central American country that, after Mexico, is the leading source of Spanish-speaking immigrants in Southern California.
NEWS
May 22, 2003 | Renee Tawa
It's hard not to notice the rise of conservative writers, such as right-wing pundit Ann Coulter ("Slander") and Fox cable news host Bill O'Reilly ("The No Spin Zone"), on bestseller lists these days -- a trend that is increasingly being recognized in the book industry. Bookspan, which runs the Book-of-the-Month Club, announced this week that it will introduce a yet-unnamed club later this year aimed at conservatives.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 22, 1993
Since when does The Times go by labels instead of substance? Your Column Right ("Why Accept the Hubris of Tyrants?" June 15) is unrecognizable to me as a right-wing statement. It is, in fact, a passionate reaffirmation of basic liberalism, i.e., a dominant concern for conscience and social justice. Further, it is not just liberal, but progressive, in that it's a call to action, not merely analysis. I guess you were led astray by the author's place of business. I, too, almost turned the page when I saw American Enterprise Institute.
BOOKS
September 25, 2005
IN his review of Jesse Helms' memoir, "Here's Where I Stand" (Book Review, Sept. 4), Matthew Continetti observes that Helms began his career viewed as a far-right conservative by advocating such ideas as a flat tax, privatizing Social Security and opposing integration but that today the country has caught up with his beliefs. The sad conclusion is that Continetti may be correct. RALPH S. BRAX Lancaster
ENTERTAINMENT
July 14, 1985 | CHARLES CHAMPLIN
It is probably the Original Sin of film critics to read more into a film than was ever there. At very least it is an occupational obsession to insist that, in movies as in the hula, every little movement has a meaning. If there is portent in the fall of a sparrow, there is a thrust of phallic overtone in a loaf of bread and a whole volume of autobiography in the little boy cuffed. Clint Eastwood recently complained that over-readers were a pain in his existence.
OPINION
September 1, 2012
Responding to an Op-Ed article Sunday on last year's mass killings in Norway and Islamophobia, Larry Shapiro wrote in a letter published Tuesday: "Nathan Lean is more concerned by acts of vandalism against Muslim institutions, suggesting that these acts are inspired by various activists and writers who spread Islamophobia. His prescription is censorship. He suggests that right-wing terrorism is of greater concern. "American terrorism carried out by the likes of David Koresh and Timothy McVeigh has nothing to do with Muslims.
OPINION
June 15, 2013
Re "A tale of two Obamas," Opinion, June 11 As Jonah Goldberg peeks out from inside his bubble and states that "most Democrats…[have] seen the last five years as a tale of tea-party-fueled madness and racism," he needs to be reminded that it's most Americans who have seen this. My perverse pleasure of occasionally listening to Rush Limbaugh is severely diluted when Goldberg's talking points are all but written versions of Limbaugh's sputterings. It's time for him to get past Benghazi and the IRS scandal and to deal with weightier issues, like the balance between freedom and security as it relates to the National Security Agency's surveillance of Americans - or else his column remains totally inside the bubble.
SPORTS
December 13, 2013 | Helene Elliott
OTTAWA - The most impressive aspect of rookie right wing Tyler Toffoli's recent play isn't that he has earned points in three straight games and four of the last five, because he has always been a scorer. He personifies one of hockey's great, quaint sayings - that the puck seems to find him. He was a prolific scorer in the junior ranks and in his one full season with Manchester (N.H.) of the American Hockey League, and he has eight goals and 15 points in 18 games with the Kings this season.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details. Is the Great Transgender Bathroom & Sports Team Scare of 2013 on the verge of petering out? Last August, Gov. Jerry Brown set off a right-wing frenzy when he signed into law an anti-discrimination bill that seemed pretty straightforward: Transgender public school students in California should be able to use the sex-segregated bathrooms and play on the sex-segregated sports teams of the gender with which they identify, not the gender listed on their school records.
SPORTS
October 18, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Matt Frattin is now intimately familiar with the repercussions of a couple of miscues while playing for Kings Coach Darryl Sutter . Frattin, a right wing acquired from the Toronto Maple Leafs in the off-season, was among the group of Kings who lapsed in allowing Nashville's Matt Cullen to score a first-period goal Thursday. And when a similar Predators pass got by Frattin and pressured Kings' defenders about midway through the third period, he found his minutes in the Kings' 2-1 shootout victory to be 2 minutes 22 seconds after the second intermission.
NATIONAL
October 3, 2013 | By David Horsey
Americans hate Obamacare but love the Affordable Care Act. That is the big story from one of America's more reliable sources of information, Jimmy Kimmel. Kimmel, the comedian who hosts ABC's late-night talk show, “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” posted a camera crew on a street in Hollywood and had them interview a random sample of Americans. The question put to these people was “Which do you support, Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act?” Of those who ended up featured in an appallingly hilarious clip on Kimmel's show, not a single one knew that Obamacare and the Affordable Care Act are one and the same thing.
NATIONAL
September 26, 2013 | By David Horsey
Ted Cruz may not have killed Obamacare with his 21-hour speech on the Senate floor this week. He may not have endeared himself to most of his Republican colleagues, who think his grandstanding wasted precious time. He may not have done anything good for the country, given that his extended harangue has made a government shutdown more likely. But he probably did something good for one person: Ted Cruz.  The freshman Republican senator from Texas is an upstart, a renegade and a destructive force -- not the kind of personality that generally does well in the tradition-bound United States Senate.
WORLD
September 4, 2013 | By Mery Mogollon and Chris Kraul
CARACAS, Venezuela - With parts of Venezuela still dark after a mysterious blackout that left the capital and 17 states without electricity, President Nicolas Maduro laid the blame on opposition sabotage as his government scrambled to respond to the power failure. The power shutdown began midday Tuesday after an apparent failure in high voltage transmission lines in Aragua and Guarico states, which led to total outage in several of the country's most populous areas. Power was restored by early Wednesday to most of metropolitan Caracas, the capital, and a dozen states, according to the government.
OPINION
April 23, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
"If history were to repeat itself," warned President Franklin D. Roosevelt in his 1944 State of the Union address, "and we were to return to the so-called normalcy of the 1920s, then it is certain that even though we shall have conquered our enemies on the battlefields abroad, we shall have yielded to the spirit of fascism here at home. " The "normalcy" of the 1920s that Roosevelt referred to was a time of peace and prosperity. The decade began with Republican President Warren G. Harding commuting the sentences of many of the people imprisoned under a sedition law during the Wilson administration, including the socialist leader Eugene V. Debs.
NATIONAL
April 16, 2009 | Greg Miller
The economic downturn and the election of the nation's first black president are contributing to a resurgence of right-wing extremist groups, which had been on the wane since the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, according to a U.S. intelligence assessment distributed to state and local authorities last week.
SPORTS
August 30, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Teemu Selanne decided to return and retire Friday, the Ducks' 43-year-old legend announcing in a humorous video that he'll play the 2013-14 season, his last as an NHL player. "I'm very happy, very excited," Selanne said after spending another summer in his native Finland mulling the decision. "Obviously, we have a good team. We have all the tools to go all the way. " The defending Pacific Division-champion Ducks will pay Selanne $2 million, a cut from his $4.5-million salary last season, according to a hockey official unauthorized to speak publicly about financial information.
NATIONAL
July 4, 2013 | By Brian Bennett and Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON - When House Republicans file into the Capitol on Monday to start thrashing out a response to the Senate's landmark immigration bill, former President George W. Bush will be presiding over a ceremony for new U.S. citizens at his newly minted library in Dallas. In a keynote address to mark the center's first major policy event, Bush will argue that overhauling the nation's immigration laws will be good for the country. A panel discussion titled "What Immigrants Contribute" will follow.
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