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January 22, 2013
Re "Second time is historic in its own right," Column, Jan. 20 Since it has been 150 years since the Emancipation Proclamation and nearly 50 years since the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, we are painfully reminded of the reality of Sandy Banks' observation "that we can't undo the damage of generations of injustice simply by passing a law. " But each of us, while realizing it is not easy, can contribute to progress by accepting and...
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2014 | By Frank Shyong
A UCLA student suffered chest injuries and burns to his face and neck when a laboratory oven exploded Saturday evening, authorities said. The student was conducting a science experiment on the second floor of the campus engineering building at around 6 p.m. when the accident happened, according to Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphries. The student is in fair condition at a local hospital with injuries that are not life-threatening, Humphries said. The lab has been closed off to allow fire officials to investigate, but students and staff have not been ordered to evacuate the six-story building.
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NEWS
January 25, 2012 | By Kathleen Hennessey
Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner says he's "confident" he won't be serving a second term, even if President Obama is reelected. "He's not going to ask me to stay on, I'm pretty confident," Geithner told Bloomberg Television on Wednesday. "I'm confident he'll be president. But I'm also confident he's going to have the privilege of having another secretary of the Treasury. " Cabinet secretaries are rarely expected to serve a second term, and Geithner is no exception. As the last remaining member of Obama's original economic team, Geithner has fought back rumors of his departure before.   In August, after a brutal fight with Congress over raising the debt limit, many speculated that the secretary was preparing to resign.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- Former Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley has called for an additional criminal investigation into the case of alleged improper political donations to the campaign of San Diego County Dist. Atty. Bonnie Dumanis. In a letter this week to California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris, Cooley said that although there was already a federal criminal case underway, there may be "violations of state and municipal codes" that are outside the jurisdiction of federal prosecutors.
NEWS
April 24, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
What a difference four years makes. Tuesday's primaries throughout the Northeast are expected to give President Obama enough delegates to officially clinch the Democratic nomination for a second term. The milestone comes more than a month earlier than it did in 2008, when Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton battled each other until the final primary contests in early June. This time, Obama faced no significant primary challenger. Instead his Chicago-based campaign operation has been building a massive field and digital operation to prepare for the general election battle.
NEWS
January 17, 2013 | By Paul West
President Obama begins his second term with a job approval rating higher than it was for much of the last two years but still well below that of most other presidents who have won reelection. A new Pew Research Center opinion survey, released Thursday, found that 52% of the public approves of the job Obama is doing.  A little over a year ago, his approval rating had fallen to a low point of 44%, the independent polling outfit noted. But Obama's rating still lags when compared with all but one of the last seven presidents who won another term.  Bill Clinton, the last reelected Democrat, launched his second term with a 59% approval rating.  He concluded it at 61%, despite having been impeached along the way. Ronald Reagan was at 62% when he took the oath of office for the second time in 1985.
NATIONAL
November 7, 2012 | By Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times
President Obama overcame a disappointingly slow economic recovery and a massive advertising onslaught to win a second term Tuesday night, forging a coalition of women, minorities and young people that reflects the changing political face of America. The outcome was surprisingly swift. The TV networks called the race against Republican Mitt Romney less than 20 minutes after the polls closed on the West Coast, as a succession of battleground states tipped the president's way. About 90 minutes later, the former Massachusetts governor offered his concession in a phone conversation with the president.
NATIONAL
November 8, 2013 | By David Horsey
President Obama's hollow promise that Americans who liked their own healthcare plans would not have to give them up under Obamacare may prove to be another tempest in a tea party teapot, but it might also balloon into a political gale that blows away the highest hopes for his second term in the White House.  Winning reelection to the presidency is often a triumph before a fall. Richard Nixon won a second term in a landslide; two years later, the Watergate scandal forced him to resign.
NEWS
February 18, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON -- In a surprise announcement that adds to a growing list of Senate retirements, Nebraska Republican Mike Johanns said Monday that he will not seek a second term in 2014. Johanns, who was elected to two terms as the state's governor and served in George W. Bush's Cabinet as agriculture secretary, said in a letter to his constituents that it was simply the right time to end his three decades-long career in public office. "Between the two of us, we have been on the ballot for primary and general elections 16 times and we have served in eight offices. It is time to close this chapter of our lives," Johanns wrote along with his wife, Stephanie, who was a county commissioner and state senator.
NEWS
October 23, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
BOCA RATON, Fla. - President Obama delivers a closing message to voters in a new television ad touting progress over the last four years and sketching the outline of his plan for a new term. The 60-second spot, which begins with a montage of sunny American scenes and continues with Obama speaking directly to the camera, is part homage to Ronald Reagan's "Morning in America" message and part a reaction to Mitt Romney's criticism - reflected in some public polling - that the current incumbent has failed to offer voters details about how his next four years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2014 | By Dan Weikel
Los Angeles police shot and killed a suspect in Tujunga on Friday afternoon while investigating a reported disturbance, authorities said The shooting occurred about 3:35 p.m. in a residential neighborhood in the 6400 block of Olcott Street when officers encountered the suspect, according to police.  HOMICIDE REPORT: Homicides in Tujunga since 2007 The name of the suspect and details about the incident were not available Friday evening....
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2014 | By Richard Winton
Within hours after getting out of jail for trespassing at singer Selena Gomez's Calabasas  home, a homeless man returned to the property on Friday and was arrested again, Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said. Authorities say Che Cruz, 20,  violated the specific orders of a judge earlier this week to stay away from the singer. Cruz was arrested on suspicion of trespassing, sheriff's officials say. His arrest came two days after he was sentenced to 45 days in jail and three years' probation for entering Gomez's guest house bathroom on Sunday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 2014 | By Joel Rubin and Kate Mather
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck announced Thursday he is interested in a second term as the city's top cop. In comments to reporters at a monthly media briefing, Beck said he would be "more than proud" to continue as the head of the agency should city officials make the offer. Speaking from a terrace on the top floor of the Police Department's downtown headquarters, Beck said he had conveyed his wishes to Mayor Eric Garcetti and members of the Police Commission, which oversees the LAPD.
NEWS
March 31, 2014 | By David Lauter
WASHINGTON - New data from Gallup starkly illustrates how a racially tinged generation gap has shaped American politics in the Obama era - a reality that likely will hurt Democrats this year, even as it threatens to damage Republican prospects for the future. Americans 65 and older have become increasingly Republican since Obama's election and currently stand as the only generation in which more people lean to the GOP than to the Democrats, according to Gallup's analysis of a year's worth of data, representing 18,000 interviews.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - When Councilman Kevin Faulconer raises his hand Monday and is sworn in as mayor, he will take over the final 33 months of Bob Filner's scandal-shortened tenure. But in political terms the key number is not 33, but 20, or maybe 24 - the number of months before Faulconer, a Republican, will need to begin campaigning for a second term. Historically, that has not been a problem here. No San Diego mayor has been denied reelection since a Democrat lost in 1971 - one mayor, a Republican, was even reelected while he was fighting corruption charges that ultimately drove him from office.
NATIONAL
February 15, 2014
Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. recently talked with Washington Bureau Justice Department reporter Timothy M. Phelps about various aspects of his last five years in office. Second Term Agenda : What I have tried to do in this second term, after a conversation with, a memo that I shared with the president, is to really kind of put some attention on the areas that are of great interest to me and of great interest to him as well. Criminal justice reform, reformation of the voting rights act, works on financial fraud cases, I mean these are the kind of things that I've been interested in for a good amount of time but we have focused on as part of the second term agenda.
NEWS
May 5, 2012 | By Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON -- With a day of large rallies and the unveiling of his stump speech, President Obama on Saturday will acknowledge what has been obvious for months: He is in official campaign mode. In appearances at college campuses in Columbus, Ohio, and Richmond, Va., Obama will outline his case for reelection and explain the new "Forward" campaign theme his team announced in recent days. People close to his plans say Obama isn't going for the vibe of his 2008 campaign, which he kicked off on a frigid day at the old state capitol in Springfield, Ill., more than five years ago. That event focused on the historic nature of Obama's candidacy and on soaring ambitions for the country.
NATIONAL
February 15, 2014 | By Timothy M. Phelps
WASHINGTON - Eric H. Holder Jr. sounds like a man who suddenly found a second wind. During his first four years as America's top law enforcement officer, Holder's tenure at the Justice Department seemed so unfocused and controversy-prone that even Democrats began to question what the nation's first African American attorney general had accomplished, and whether he had the passion to stick it out. But since President Obama's reelection, the...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 2014 | By Seema Mehta
Facing a daunting effort to unseat Gov. Jerry Brown, Republican activists in California are openly worrying about whether the party's donors, elected leaders and voters will embrace any of the GOP gubernatorial candidates. If Neel Kashkari or Tim Donnelly - the two major GOP candidates hoping to challenge Brown in November - do not receive enough support to gain momentum, critical races across the state could be lost. They include several tight congressional races that could affect the party's level of power in Washington and enough state legislative contests to affect Republicans' ability to increase their voice in Sacramento by breaking the Democrats' supermajorities there.
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