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December 5, 2013 | David G. Savage
Veteran peace activist Dennis Apel says he was exercising his 1st Amendment rights when he was arrested after marking the start of the 2003 Iraq war by throwing some of his blood at a Vandenberg Air Force Base sign north of Santa Barbara. But after a second trespassing arrest at Vandenberg four years later, the military banned Apel from protesting in the area, including in a space across from the base's main gate along Highway 1, which had been specifically set aside for peaceful public protests.
December 4, 2013 | By Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON - President Obama on Wednesday declared an end to the war on budget deficits and pledged instead to fight the "deficit of opportunity" for the poor and middle class. In a lengthy speech on his economic priorities, Obama said the federal deficit was under control and no longer presented a serious threat to the economy. "When it comes to our budget, we should not be stuck in a stale debate from two years ago or three years ago," Obama said at a nonprofit social services center in a poor neighborhood in the capital.
November 22, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
John F. Kennedy might be Hollywood's favorite politician. More than two dozen actors have portrayed the 35th president, starting with 1963's "PT 109" starring Cliff Robertson, who was chosen by Kennedy. Even 50 years after his death, JFK remains etched in public memory, which leaves actors with the daunting task of bringing Kennedy's lauded image -- and voice -- to the screen. We rounded up four actors performing Kennedy's iconic speeches -- Greg Kinnear in the 2011 miniseries "The Kennedys," Rob Lowe in the 2013 TV movie "Killing Kennedy," Martin Sheen in the 1983 TV miniseries "Kennedy" and Bruce Greenwood in the 2000 film "Thirteen Days" -- and paired them with archival footage of Kennedy delivering the addresses.
November 21, 2013 | By David Zucchino
KABUL, Afghanistan - He expressed outrage, sarcasm and black humor. He cast himself as a lonely voice defending his country's pride and sovereignty against American arrogance. After a frantic week of last-minute negotiations, Afghan President Hamid Karzai delivered a tepid endorsement Thursday of a proposed 10-year security pact with the United States in a rambling speech to an Afghan tribal gathering. But he then surprised attendees - and the world - by saying Afghanistan might not sign the accord until next spring.
November 18, 2013 | By Patt Morrison
It was a dim, damp November Thursday in Gettysburg, Pa., 150 years ago, the ground muddied from rain, the weather much different from the July days of a few months before. The people and the place too were stiller - no gunfire, no thunder of artillery, no shrill of trumpets, no rebel yells, no screams from men and horses torn to pieces. Some 15,000 people showed up at Gettysburg on Nov. 19, 1863, to hear other sounds - the speeches dedicating the new federal cemetery where many thousands had fought four months earlier, and where some 7,000 men had been killed.
November 1, 2013 | By Michael McGough
On April 15, 1974, William Shockley, the Nobel laureate who believed that blacks were less intelligent than whites, was supposed to debate William Rusher, the publisher of the National Review, at Yale University on the topic: “Resolved: That society has a moral obligation to diagnose and treat tragic racial IQ inferiority.” The debate never occurred. As a faculty commission impaneled to study free expression at Yale later reported: “For the first time in memory a speaker tried to speak at a scheduled appearance at Yale and was prevented from doing so by organized disruption....
October 31, 2013 | By Julie Cart
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Thursday called on Congress to move past partisan bickering and fully fund the nation's parks and wildlife refuges, invoking Teddy Roosevelt's call to conservation as a "moral issue. " Delivering her first major address in a speech at the National Press Club in Washington, Jewell chided lawmakers who support the partial government shutdown then criticized the National Park Service for closing cherished monuments. “The real test of whether you support conservation is not what you say in a press conference when the cameras are rolling,” she said, “but whether you fight for it in the budget conference.” Jewell took office in April and faced a 5% across-the-board sequestration cut in the budgets of the agencies she oversees.
October 28, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Ted Sarandos, chief content officer of Netflix, might want to bring his own popcorn and soda the next time he goes to the movies or think about hiring a food taster if he decides to try his luck at the concession stand. During a speech at the 2013 Film Independent Forum, Sarandos blasted movie theater owners while trying to make the case to movie studios that Netflix should get films the same time they debut on the big screen. "Why not premeire movies on Netflix the same day they're opening in theaters?"
October 28, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before cranking "Rock 'n' Roll Animal. " The Skinny: When other kids were buying Beatles albums, I was buying the Velvet Underground's "Loaded. " Lou Reed made me feel blue when I wanted to feel blue and lifted me up when I wanted to get higher. Hope your ride into the sun was a good one, Lou; rest in peace. Today's roundup includes the box-office recap. Also, Netflix executive Ted Sarandos made a speech that angered movie theater owners. Daily Dose: In a big step for audience measurement in the digital era, Nielsen is unveiling a "unified encoding approach" that will allow the rating company to track viewership of content across various screens such as tablets and computers.
October 10, 2013 | By Joe Piasecki
Citing free-speech rights, La Cañada Flintridge leaders voted this week to officially allow fortunetellers, palm readers, psychics and other self-styled clairvoyants to set up shop within city limits. The issue came up after the city received inquiries from fortunetellers weighing a move to La Cañada, city officials said. The only problem was that the city's zoning code did not address fortunetellers or similar vendors, leaving them in a limbo of being neither allowed nor barred.
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