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November 22, 2012 | By Michael Kinsley
Bill Clinton became president on a platform of "change. " Not change in any particular way - just change in the abstract. Like characters in a Chekhov play, Americans found daily life unbearable in some usually unspecified way, and dreamed of escape. But they didn't have the energy to achieve escape velocity. Then along came this fast-talking charmer, and suddenly we left Chekhov behind and were in "The Music Man. " Modifying Clinton's formula only slightly, President Obama's mantra in 2008 was "change you can believe in. " This year, a major part of Republican nominee Mitt Romney's challenge to Obama was throwing this formula back in the president's face.
July 28, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
LONDON -- The gymnasts on the U.S. women's team giggle like the teenagers they are as they show off their stash of Olympic pins. A "fave," says team captain Aly Raisman, is the one from Kellogg's cereal. "Snap, crackle and pop" is a slogan almost no American can ignore, so don't blame the girls for their Kellogg's love. And expect them to perform with equal amounts of snap, crackle and pop Sunday when the women's gymnastics competition begins. PHOTOS: London Olympics | Day 1 It will be qualification day for team finals, all-around finals and individual event finals, and the U.S. is expected to be well-represented in everything.
July 12, 2012
Re "Obama draws line in tax debate," July 10 The article states that over the next decade, $800 billion could be realized by raising tax rates on the top 2% of taxpayers. That's $80 billion a year. Given what Washington spends in a single day, the president's proposed tax hike on the rich would pay for a few weeks of federal expenditures per year. Does the president want to win the election or fix the economy? This "tax debate" is not about fair taxes; it's about votes.
April 30, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
It looks like the Obama campaign may have settled on its slogan for the 2012 election: "Forward. " Four years ago, Barack Obama ran on another one-word slogan, "Change. " Now, as President Obama prepares to hold the first public campaign rallies for his reelection, his team is giving a sense of what his pitch to voters will look like. A seven-minute Web video (watch below) lays out what it says was the precarious state of the nation when Obama took office in 2009 and the steps he took to begin addressing the challenges.
February 25, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
Coming off a rough year, Taco Bell is ditching its old "Think Outside the Bun" motto for a new slogan: Live Mas. The Irvine chain plans to make a big show out of the switch, starting with a television ad airing during NBA All-Star events this weekend. Mas is Spanish for "more," emphasizing food as an experience instead of fuel, according to the company. The Mexican-style restaurant chain's revamp is part of an ongoing effort to recapture customers. Last year, a lawsuit — eventually dropped — over the content of the chain's seasoned beef filling hurt sales.
December 18, 2011 | David Holley, Special to the Times
Vaclav Havel, the former dissident playwright who led Czechoslovakia's 1989 "Velvet Revolution" against communism and then served as his country's president, died Sunday. He was 75. Havel, a former chain smoker with chronic respiratory problems, had been in failing health the past few months and died at his weekend home in Hradecek in the northern Czech Republic, his assistant, Sabina Tancevova, told the Associated Press. World leaders mourned his death. Lech Walesa, the former Polish president and Solidarity movement founder, called Havel "a great fighter for the freedom of nations and for democracy" whose "voice of wisdom will be missed.
November 2, 2011 | By Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
Since the first days of Occupy L.A., protesters have used posters, paintings and hand-printed T-shirts to call for major political and economic change. On Tuesday, demonstrators turned to new canvases: two large wooden box-like fences the city built to protect a historic fountain and memorial to fallen firefighters outside City Hall. Shortly after the structures went up Tuesday morning, protesters took to them with spray paint, scrawling pictures and slogans. On the fence barricading the fountain, someone wrote "No Borders" and "Power 2 the People.
October 25, 2011 | By Peter Nicholas, Washington Bureau
Another month, another White House catchphrase. “Pass this bill” looks to have been retired by White House message-makers. The heyday for President Obama's three-word exhortation came in September, after he put forward his $447-billion jobs plan. Speech after speech, Obama commanded lawmakers to “pass this bill. " Day after day, Congress refused. With the impasse in its seventh week, the White House is trying a different approach, encapsulated in a new three-word slogan that is part plea, part battle cry. “We can't wait.
August 1, 2011 | By Bill Shaikin
In calmer times, the true blue Dodgers fan might decide whether to buy a Matt Kemp T-shirt for his wardrobe or a Clayton Kershaw jersey. In these turbulent times, the discerning Dodgers fan can decide whether to buy a shirt that supports a player or maligns the owner. As Frank McCourt has expanded his two-year legal battle to retain ownership of the team from divorce court to bankruptcy court, the opportunities for fans to share their discontent have expanded as well. And, for a few entrepreneurs among those agitated fans, those frustrations have turned into business opportunities.
July 24, 2011 | By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
At the height of Whitney Barry's marriage, she had a beautiful walk-in closet with more than 50 pairs of designer shoes, cashmere sweaters and handbags. Now, she's a divorced mother of two who has had to downsize her closet. But she's had help. She consigned designer pieces for The Divorcee Sale, a fashion event that has been held in Los Angeles, and for the first time this weekend in Orange County. A percentage of the proceeds will go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and Meredith Israel, a New York woman with stage-four breast cancer.
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