July 24, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - As the White House tried to pique interest in President Obama's plan to speak Wednesday about the economy, aides promised a "big speech" that would be a sequel to the president's 2011 remarks in Osawatomie, Kan., where Teddy Roosevelt delivered an economic speech with similar themes a century earlier. If that weren't pedigree enough, the White House also noted Obama would be returning to Knox College in Galesburg, Ill.. The school, the site of a Lincoln-Douglas debate, is where he delivered his first major address - also on the economy - after he was elected to the U.S. Senate.
July 24, 2013 |
GALESBURG, Ill. - President Obama sought Wednesday to steer the nation's attention back to his stewardship of an improving economy with a high-profile speech that took credit for a comeback but warned that persistent "inequality of opportunity" and fights over the federal budget could undo the progress. Speaking from a college gymnasium in this economically distressed town, Obama issued his sunniest description yet of the economy and praised the resilience of Americans in the face of diminished income, a sluggish job market and a widening gap between rich and poor.
July 18, 2013 |
Longtime ESPN journalist and current "Good Morning America" host Robin Roberts gave a moving yet upbeat speech in accepting the Arthur Ashe Courage Award on Wednesday night at the 2013 ESPYs at Nokia Theatre. Roberts is a breast cancer survivor and underwent a bone marrow transplant last fall to treat a life-threatening blood and bone marrow disease. "Through it all I learned that true strength isn't when you face down life's challenges on your own," Roberts said. "It's when you take them on by accepting the help, faith and love of others and knowing you are lucky to have those.
June 21, 2013 |
'He who pays the piper calls the tune" is a familiar piece of folk wisdom, but the Supreme Court rightly reaffirmed this week that it is bad constitutional law. At issue was a 2003 law under which the Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Agency for International Development have spent billions of dollars to contain the spread of HIV/AIDs. Nongovernmental organizations that deliver services could not spend federal funds "to promote or advocate the legalization or practice of prostitution or sex trafficking" - a requirement Congress was free to impose.
June 20, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The government may not require people or groups to "pledge allegiance" to its policies as a condition of obtaining grants, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday in a broad defense of the 1st Amendment's protection of freedom of speech. The 6-2 decision written by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. strikes down part of a federal law that requires groups that receive funding to fight AIDS overseas to announce policies "opposing prostitution and sex trafficking. " Since 2003, Congress has appropriated billions of dollars for funding organizations that combat HIV and AIDS.
June 18, 2013 |
It was a graduation speech. Each fifth-grader at Burlingame's Lincoln Elementary gave one. They were allotted one minute to describe their favorite school memory. Some talked about their first teacher. Others talked about a recent field trip to the Hyatt. A blindingly hopeful 10-year-old named Casey Johnstone changed the subject, using his moment to speak for the blinding hope of generations. In the heart of San Francisco Giants country last Friday night, he stepped to the microphone in his bright blue shirt and talked about his love for the Dodgers.
June 15, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Five years ago, when Americans had not yet made up their minds on their choice for president, Europe had. More than 200,000 people crowded the streets of Berlin - a favorite backdrop for U.S. politicians reaching for history - to hear then-candidate Barack Obama promise to turn the page on the unpopular policies of George W. Bush. "Germany meets the superstar," the news magazine Der Spiegel proclaimed on its cover. As he heads to Europe on Sunday for a visit that will culminate with a sequel to that Berlin speech three days later, Obama has been demoted to mere president.
June 13, 2013 |
He is perhaps the premiere 1st Amendment lawyer, and he has an ardent following among liberals - and now, too, among some conservatives. I interviewed Floyd Abrams for this week's “Patt Morrison Asks” column , and where liberals part company with him is over his vigorous endorsement for the Citizens United decision -- not as a campaign issue but as a free speech issue -- and also over the fact that he is sticking up for tobacco companies...
June 11, 2013 |
As Congress revisits federal education policy, gay rights activists are pressing for the enactment of the Student Non-Discrimination Act of 2013, which would prohibit harassment of students in public schools “on the basis of actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.” Laws already on the books prohibit discrimination in public schools on the basis of race, color, national origin and gender. The new act would seem a natural extension. But the bill is sure to be opposed by conservatives who see anti-bullying efforts as a Trojan horse for the “gay agenda” and a threat to free speech.
May 31, 2013 |
Stand down, America. "The Voice's" Adam Levine may not actually hate you. The Maroon 5 frontman and coach for the hit NBC singing competition show stirred up the Internet outrage machine on Tuesday night when he was heard saying, "I hate this country" while waiting to hear the results of a nationwide vote that would determine the fate of two of this team members (they were both voted off the show). Outrage followed, with people calling for Levine to be fired from the show or even deported, but in an interview airing on "CBS This Morning" on Sunday (and recorded before he made his "Voice" comments)