October 13, 2012
Re "Combative Biden and Ryan display energy Obama lacked," Oct. 12 No doubt Vice President Joe Biden and Republican rival Rep. Paul Ryan were ready to debate, and each of them made good points for their causes. Both seem sincerely dedicated to helping the people of the United States. However, what was obvious was that these two combative souls were light years away from agreeing on anything, just like the two parties in Washington. What America wants to see is Democrats and Republicans sitting down and coming to agreements on the important matters before Congress.
May 23, 2002
Re "Hollywood Shakes Off Fear of Terror Images," May 20: If they had made a movie of Tom Clancy's 1996 book, "Executive Orders," perhaps the CIA and the Pentagon would have been forewarned of an air attack on important buildings. Clancy writes about a civilian airliner that crashes into the Capitol building while the president is giving his State of the Union address to Congress, the Supreme Court, his Cabinet and other high officials. When the plane crashes into the building it explodes, the building is engulfed in flames and all of the inhabitants perish.
January 26, 2011 |
Republicans dismissed President Obama's State of the Union address as more of the same, saying his call for renewed investment in American education, infrastructure and technology was simply a push for another round of federal spending that shows little commitment to reducing the deficit. "Whether sold as 'stimulus' or repackaged as 'investment,' their actions show they want a federal government that controls too much, taxes too much, and spends too much in order to do too much," said Rep. Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin, in the GOP's official address after Obama's speech.
October 12, 2012 |
Without the advantage (or contamination) of listening to other instant analysts, I gave the debate to Vice President Joe Biden on style and on the substance of economic and tax policy. Rehearsed or not, his exasperation with Rep. Paul Ryan's posturing was engaging, not overbearing, and he checked the "47%" and "don't voucherize Medicare" boxes. With some aid from the moderator, he pounced on Ryan for teasing the voters about which tax breaks Mitt Romney would eliminate to offset his tax cuts.
June 23, 2011 |
In "Wilfred," a new comedy premiering Thursday on FX, Elijah Wood, who was Frodo in "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, plays Ryan, an unhappy young man who, as we meet him, is trying to kill himself. Ryan has had some sort of breakdown or bad luck, the details of which are left vague — we do see that he is on the stated third draft of his suicide note — but this is a show where explanation is less important than action. (The tension between the two will become a recurring theme, in fact.)
November 6, 2009 |
CVS Caremark Corp. shares plunged 20% after the company said its unit for managing pharmacy benefits lost $3.7 billion in contracts and disclosed that antitrust regulators were probing some business practices. The division, which negotiates drug prices with manufacturers for corporate and government customers, lost more business than anticipated, CVS Chief Executive Tom Ryan said. The Woonsocket, R.I., company predicts that margins and operating profit at the pharmacy-benefits management unit will shrink by 10% to 12% in 2010.
December 13, 2013 |
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Rep. Paul D. Ryan are friends and political allies, one helping the other in 2012 when Walker faced a recall attempt and Ryan ran for vice president on the Republican ticket. But when it comes to winning the White House, Walker has sounded less than supportive of a candidacy by his fellow Badger State lawmaker, suggesting someone more like himself. "There's no doubt, as much as I love Paul and some other people mentioned, in my mind it's almost a given that not only for the future of the party but for the future of the country we need to elect either a current or a former governor," Walker, a possible 2016 contestant, recently told USA Today.
April 2, 2010 |
It may be unfair to compare "The Greatest" to a film as rare and perfect as "Ordinary People," but in this case, it's inevitable. Both movies, which involve the impact of a golden boy's accidental death on his troubled parents and self-destructive younger brother, intersect on such an essential level -- they even share the same gifted cinematographer -- it sometimes feels as if "Greatest" writer-director Shana Feste is channeling the 1980 Oscar winner...
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June 20, 2013 |
People gathered in Irvine at the annual conference for "gay cure" group Exodus International seemed to embrace the organization's change of course after its leader apologized to gays and said the church needs to be more embracing of homosexuals. Julie Rodgers, youth leader for Mercy Street Ministries in Dallas, said she and her organization still believe that "God only blesses sexual unions between a man and a woman," but she said it's time for the church to become a more welcoming place.
April 9, 2012
Getting to the game Re "Drive to the new stadium? Developer hopes you won't," April 6 Memo to Tim Leiweke, president of Anschutz Entertainment Group, which wants to build a football stadium in downtown L.A.: Your expectation that many ticket holders will travel via rail to games needs a dose of reality. Last month I took a group of 25 on Metro's Blue Line from Long Beach to AEG's Staples Center for a midweek Clippers game. Many were first-time riders who were thrilled to experience our light rail system.