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May 5, 2012
President Obama officially launched his re-election campaign with public rallies in Columbus, Ohio, and Richmond, Virginia, on Saturday.With that launch came a re-tooled stump speech which both defended his record in office and laid out the contrast with Republican nominee Mitt Romney. The speeches in both cities were largely the same. Here's a full transcript of his remarks in Columbus, following the acknowledgement of local leaders. OBAMA: "I want to thank so many of our Neighborhood Team Leaders for being here today.  You guys will be the backbone of this campaign.  And I want the rest of you to join a team or become a leader yourself, because we are going to win this thing the old-fashioned way -- door by door, block by block, neighborhood by neighborhood.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2014 | By Seema Mehta
Comparing illegal immigration to a war that threatened the United States' future, GOP gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly once exhorted citizens to rise and join his fight to stop people from crossing the border, according to audio of a speech he gave in 2006. "I am a descendant of Jim Bowie, who died at the Alamo," Donnelly, then a leader in the Minuteman border-patrol group, said at a rally in Temecula that year. "It is rumored that he took a dozen Mexican soldiers to their deaths before they finally killed him. How many of you will rise up and take his place on that wall?"
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 24, 2011 | By Ben Fritz
"The King's Speech" and "Black Swan" are indie hits in the U.S., but in Great Britain, they're just plain hits. The two low-budget specialty pictures took the No. 1 and No. 2 spots, respectively, at the British box office this weekend, beating such bigger-budget and seemingly more mainstream fare as "The Green Hornet" and "The Dilemma. " "The King's Speech," which stars Colin Firth as King George VI and Geoffrey Rush as his speech therapist, took the top spot for the third weekend in a row in the nation where the story takes place.
WORLD
March 22, 2014 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING - Michelle Obama strayed into taboo territory during a speech Saturday at China's Peking University in which she called the rights of free speech and worship "the birthright of every person on this planet. " The first lady dropped her remarks toward the end of an otherwise uncontroversial speech to Chinese and U.S. students about overseas exchange programs. "We respect the uniqueness of other cultures and societies," Obama said with a caveat nodding to Beijing's frequent protestations that Westerners don't understand their system.
OPINION
July 4, 2010
It's the nation's 234th, and cartoonists exercised their 1st Amendment rights. Rob Rogers shot off his mouth (malicious about militias!) and answered the timeless question: "Boxers or legal briefs?" Nick Anderson, lamenting a lack of confirmation fireworks, voiced a low opinion of a high court nominee's right to remain silent. And Matt Bors, displaying his constitutionally protected dark irony, energetically reminded us that freedom of speech isn't free, even if you gift-wrap it in the flag.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 9, 2009 | Erin Aubry Kaplan
In March 2008, Barack Obama gave himself an extended audition for president with "A More Perfect Union," his now-famous speech on race delivered in Philadelphia. It was not something Obama wanted to do; up to that point, race was something the black candidate had avoided talking about in any terms other than hopeful and optimistic.
OPINION
April 28, 2013
Re "Going for a spin of Cal State," April 24 Cal State University Chancellor Timothy P. White should augment his visits to all 23 campuses with a review and revision of their unconstitutional discrimination and harassment policies that violate the rights of students and faculty members. According to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, 14 Cal State campuses have harassment policies that ban substantial amounts of speech that do not constitute true harassment and are in fact protected by the 1st Amendment.
NEWS
May 17, 2011 | By Peter Nicholas, Washington Bureau
It looks like Osama bin Laden has dropped out of Obama's campaign speech. In his speech Monday night at a DNC fund-raising event, Obama mentioned that his administration has made progress against Al Qaeda, but he doesn't mention Bin Laden specifically. "We have gone after Al Qaeda relentlessly — and made America safer in the process," he said to applause, according to the White House transcript. Contrast that to his speech on May 10 at a fundraiser in Austin, Texas, where he said: "And because of the extraordinary bravery of the men and women who wear this nation's uniform and the outstanding work of our intelligence agencies, Osama bin Laden will never again threaten the United States of America.
OPINION
September 22, 2012
Re "Free speech or incitement?," Opinion, Sept. 18 Sarah Chayes falsely equates shouting "fire" in a crowded theater with producing and distributing a film that "satirically" criticizes a religion. Free speech is supposed to be challenging, provoking and, at times, distasteful. For example, some Americans have for years tried (in vain) to secure a constitutional amendment making it a crime to desecrate the country's flag. Most clear-thinking politicians would have nothing to do with this.
NEWS
September 1, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli
Is the candidate with the "titanium spine" comparing herself to the Iron Lady? Michele Bachmann drew a connection with Margaret Thatcher in a speech to a veterans group today, praising the resolve of the former British prime minister along with another GOP icon, Ronald Reagan. "It took two very strong leaders on the world stage, one a woman and one a man, to reverse the course of their respective countries," Bachmann said at the American Legion convention in Minneapolis. The Minnesota congresswoman equated the Iranian hostage crisis, resolved after Reagan took office, to Thatcher's handling of the Falkland War, saying, "We should heed the lessons that they hold for dealing with those who seek to wreak havoc on peace and on democracy across the world today.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2014 | Robin Abcarian
It came as no surprise to anyone who had been paying attention that Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul won the presidential straw poll at last weekend's annual Conservative Political Action Conference near Washington, D.C. The CPAC crowd is dominated by younger male conservatives, the constituency who flocked to the doomed presidential campaign of Paul's father, now-retired Texas Rep. Ron Paul. But the speech that Paul gave on the afternoon of second day should really be heard by all Americans, Democrats and Republicans alike.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 2014 | By Kate Linthicum
In a speech to Jewish leaders in Los Angeles on Thursday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu drew parallels between Nazi Germany and Iran, warning of dire consequences if anti-Jewish rhetoric is allowed to go unchecked. "There is a regime today that calls daily for our annihilation, openly and unabashedly," Netanyahu told a crowd of several hundred people gathered at the Museum of Tolerance, which houses Holocaust-related materials. "Our principal lesson in history is that when someone says they're going to annihilate you, take them seriously.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 2014 | Robin Abcarian
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - A famous conservative walks into a ballroom …. If he is sticking to tradition, he opens with a joke. Or a story that makes him look good or brave or important. On Thursday, the American Conservative Union hosted a handful of high-profile Republicans at its annual Conservative Political Action Conference, some of whom are eyeing the 2016 Republican presidential race.They came to the Gaylord National Resort just south of Washington, D.C., to fire up the base, boost their profiles with the tea party party wing of the GOP or, in the case of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie ( who was pointedly not invited last year after cozying up to President Obama )
ENTERTAINMENT
March 4, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
"Dallas Buyers Club" star and newly crowned Academy Award winner Jared Leto was the only Hollywood figure to address the current political unrest in Ukraine during the award show Sunday, but his words of support for the former Soviet republic weren't heard in Russia, where an edited, taped broadcast of the ceremony aired Monday. With tensions escalating between the two nations, Leto said in his acceptance speech for supporting actor, "To all the dreamers out there around the world watching this tonight, in places like the Ukraine and Venezuela, I want to say we are here.
NEWS
February 24, 2014 | By Kerry Cavanaugh
If you ever been to a Los Angeles City Council meeting, you'll remember them. They're the gadflies who fill out speaker cards to opine as many agenda items as possible, usually as an excuse to rail against whatever injustice they feel the city has imposed on them. They're obnoxious time wasters who infuriate those who want the council meetings to move more efficiently. Yet time and time again, a court has, rightly, side with the gadflies and ruled the City Council has violated the 1st Amendment by cutting off or ejecting two particular activists from meetings.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 2014 | Emily Alpert Reyes
Two men who were repeatedly kicked out of Los Angeles City Council meetings for violating public comment rules won part of a free-speech lawsuit against the city last year. But a jury recently awarded them only a few dollars for their trouble. The meager awards are the latest turn in a long-running case that pitted the Venice Beach performers against council rules banning "personal, impertinent, unduly repetitive, slanderous or profane remarks. " Like many government bodies across the country, the council has often wrestled with how to regulate public comments and keep meetings orderly.
NEWS
September 3, 2011 | By Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times
Sarah Palin did not announce a presidential candidacy Saturday in her speech to the Tea Party of America. Instead, she hit the usual "tea party" high notes about the dangers of a second Obama term and the perilous financial situation the country faces. But in addition to those familiar themes, she also unleashed a high spirited attack on “corporate crony capitalism” and the “permanent political class.” It was not lost on the crowd of about 2,000 that a certain Texas governor has spent most of his career in office and has been accused of rewarding his financial backers.
NEWS
April 5, 2011 | By Anthony York, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Gov. Jerry Brown sounded optimistic about the state's budget problem Tuesday, downplaying the partisan rift that has halted budget negotiations in the Capitol. "Breakdown is not unexpected, it's just part of the bargain," Brown told a meeting of the California Medical Assn. in Sacramento. "But breakdowns do lead to breakthroughs. It's just a matter of patience and a certain degree of creativity. " Brown repeated his vow to balance the state's books "without smoke and mirrors" and with a public vote.
WORLD
February 22, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko
KIEV, Ukraine - The most ardent foe of Ukraine's embattled president was freed from prison Saturday and rushed to the capital, where she was greeted by tens of thousands of supporters chanting her name, some so overcome by emotion that they fainted. Events in Kiev and around the country had the feel of a revolution nearing its culmination. Having retreated to his eastern stronghold, President Viktor Yanukovich fulminated in an Internet clip against "Nazis" and "bandits. " He insisted he still was the country's leader and that he would not resign.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 15, 2014 | By Todd Martens
Ellen Page has been met with an outpouring of celebrity support after she fought back tears during an emotional speech Friday in Las Vegas in which she came out as gay. Utilizing her totem as an actress, Page early in her address singled out the entertainment industry as one that "places crushing standards on all of us. "  "Not just young people, but everyone," Page said at the  Human Rights Campaign 's inaugural "Time to Thrive" conference...
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