August 12, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - As Rep.Paul D. Ryan begins to campaign as the presumed Republican vice presidential nominee, one aspect of his political career will be with him always: his votes. After nearly 14 years in Congress, the Wisconsin representative has amassed a record on many of the critical issues that have come to define the country's partisan divide. Overall, Ryan's votes define him as a loyal GOP foot soldier - one who has sided with party leaders even in cases in which some other small-government conservatives have refused to do so. In crucial moments near the end ofGeorge W. Bush's presidency, for example, when the White House pleaded with Congress for a bank bailout plan to save free-falling financial markets, Ryan joined the effort to pass the Troubled Asset Relief Program.
January 17, 2010 |
Four decades after Broadway Joe Namath brashly predicted the New York Jets would beat the heavily favored Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III -- and then came through on that guarantee -- Rex Ryan's Jets have quietly pushed their own pile of chips to the middle of the table. In an itinerary for his players that somehow was obtained by the media, Ryan had set aside Feb. 9, two days after the Super Bowl, for a celebration through the middle of Manhattan. In a divisional playoff game today, under threatening skies, the San Diego Chargers plan to rain on Ryan's premature parade.
August 8, 1998
That DreamWorks' publicity department would want to elevate "Saving Private Ryan" to cult status goes without saying. That the L.A. Times would collaborate with them is dismaying and disappointing ("Contending With 'Private Ryan's' Legacy," by Robert W. Welkos, Aug. 5). Much is being made of the film's "grit and reality," when in fact we've seen all the spurting blood, oozing guts, missing limbs and twisted bodies countless times already. They're a staple of action-adventure films and have been ever since Sam Peckinpah first made a fetish of gore.
December 22, 2009 |
The countdown to the Vancouver Olympics will take another leap forward Wednesday, when Belarus will become the first of 12 competing hockey federations to announce its roster for the men's tournament. Russia, a potential gold medalist, will announce its powerful roster on Christmas. Defending champion Sweden will declare its entries Sunday. The parade will end with announcements by Canada on Dec. 30 and the U.S. on Jan. 1 during the Winter Classic. As the host nation and self-proclaimed inventor of hockey, Canada will face the most scrutiny and pressure in Vancouver.
May 29, 2011
The GOP's guy? Re "Run, Ryan, run," Opinion, May 24 What a brilliant idea to draft Wisconsin Rep. Paul D. Ryan for the Republican nomination for president. After all, he is responsible for this nonsense about privatizing Medicare to save it. He's like his fellow Republicans, who argue that our national debt demands it while they continue to add to the debt with tax breaks for oil companies and the wealthy. Meanwhile, the middle class will be hit with more taxes as the budget crisis is passed on to state and local governments.
December 14, 2008 |
When Army Sgt. Ryan Kahlor returned from two combat tours in Iraq last year, he was a walking billboard for virtually every affliction suffered by today's veterans. He had a detached retina, a ruptured disc, vertigo, headaches, memory lapses and numbness in his arms. Fluid seeped from his ears. He was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. He was violent and suicidal. He carried a loaded handgun everywhere. He drank until he passed out. He cut himself.