April 16, 2011 |
Donald Trump filled several roles Saturday: self promoter, crowd pleaser, economic analyst, and slashing critic of President Barack Obama. He didn’t do what many of the 2,500 to 3,000 people gathered to hear him at a tea party rally wanted, declare himself a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination. But he drew cheers by dropping tantalizing hints. The crowd roared approval when he said he wasn’t quite ready to apply the signature line, “You’re fired,” from his reality TV show to Obama.
May 5, 2012 |
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 the 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.
August 13, 2012 |
DES MOINES -- The soapbox at the Iowa State Fair has long been a tough place for politicians to talk to voters - it's where Mitt Romney famously told a protester that corporations are people as he was heckled by the crowd - but it's probably an even tougher place for a young congressman to speak on his first day solo as a vice presidential candidate. But that was the situation that Paul D. Ryan walked into Monday, as the newly minted candidate got his first taste of the ins and outs of participating in a national presidential campaign.
July 30, 2010 |
Want to know how to tick off a funnyman quickly? Tell people not to take him seriously. Richard "Kinky" Friedman has staked out a career generating chuckles, guffaws and belly laughs. He started out singing often-outrageous songs in the 1970s fronting one of the few Jewish country music bands, Kinky Friedman & the Texas Jewboys, then for the last two decades he's kept readers smiling with his one-liner-filled mystery novels starring himself as a wisecracking but reluctant hero.
May 20, 2005 |
Stump A Novel Niall Griffiths Graywolf Press: 228 pp., $15 paper * If Wales looms in your imagination it is probably because of Dylan Thomas' charming "A Child's Christmas in Wales," the best known work by a Welsh writer. There is also the faint possibility that David Jones' two masterpieces, "In Parenthesis" and "The Anathemata," introduced you to, among other things, the historical and linguistic complexity of Wales and the Welsh.
September 13, 2011 |
We've been hearing a lot of depressing news in recent years about the dire financial prospects for big daily newspapers, including the one you're now holding. Or watching. Or, in the argot of the digital age, "experiencing. " But at the risk of sounding like I'm whistling past the graveyard, I'd like to point out that there are thousands of newspapers that are not just surviving but thriving. Some 8,000 weekly papers still hit the front porches and mailboxes in small towns across America every week and, for some reason, they've been left out of the conversation.