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NEWS
September 1, 2012 | By Maeve Reston
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - On college football's opening weekend, Mitt Romney took the opportunity to mix in some new sports metaphors with his now-familiar critique of President Obama's record. “We are at a 30-year low in startups and new businesses, and that's where jobs are created,” Romney said at an outdoor plaza overlooking the river in Jacksonville. “He said he'd measure success by whether people were able to find new jobs. We have 23 million Americans out of work, or dropped out of the workforce or can't find full-time work.” “Look, if there's a coach whose record is zero and 23 million, you get rid of him and get someone new,” Romney said to huge cheers.
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OPINION
January 27, 2007
Re "State aims for Feb. 5 primary to boost clout," Jan. 20 All states should move their primaries to the same date. It is deeply undemocratic that voters in Iowa and New Hampshire have more of a say in who our presidential candidates are than voters in other states. Next to the Electoral College, which gives more weight to votes in certain states, and the two-party system, which leaves the will of millions of voters unaccounted for, this is a major blemish on the oldest modern democracy.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 2, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
A plan to double film permit fees on public lands has produced a rare moment of bipartisanship in Washington. Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-Los Angeles) joined more than 50 other representatives from both sides of the aisle this week, sending a letter to the U.S. Department of Interior and Department of Agriculture requesting that fees for filming on public lands not be increased. The departments, squeezed by budget cuts, are considering a plan that would double filming fees. On the set: movies and TV Cardenas and a bipartisan group of representatives contend the higher fees would drive more production out of the country.
NEWS
November 29, 2013 | By Brian Bennett
WASHINGTON--President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama spoke for 30 minutes Friday with about 20 activists who are fasting at the steps of the Capitol to an effort to pressure House Republicans to overhaul immigration laws.  Three of the protesters, including labor leader Eliseo Medina, have not eaten in 18 days and are drinking only water.  Sitting with the group inside a heated tent, Obama told the fasters that he supported their...
NEWS
January 25, 2007 | Tina Daunt, Times Staff Writer
THE presidential dash for dollars is officially underway in Hollywood. On Wednesday, DreamWorks trio David Geffen, Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg sent a letter to 700 political donors and activists asking them to donate $2,300 per person to attend a reception for Sen. Barack Obama's presidential exploratory committee at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Feb. 20.
NATIONAL
January 21, 2009 | Janet Hook
The Senate, acting within hours of President Obama's inauguration, confirmed six of his Cabinet secretaries and his budget director Tuesday, but postponed for one day a vote on the nomination of Hillary Rodham Clinton as secretary of State. Sen.
NEWS
February 7, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON - Careful to not let a rare legislative accomplishment go unnoticed, President Obama will jet to an agricultural research hub in Michigan on Friday to sign into law the long-delayed farm bill and deliver a speech on the importance of rural America to the economy. In his brief trip to Michigan State University in East Lansing, Obama will outline a new administration-wide effort to boost exports from rural America and point to a new report from his economic team on the growth in the agricultural sector.
NATIONAL
August 17, 2003 | From Associated Press
Thursday's blackout came too late to make the formal agenda of the nation's governors meeting that kicked off Saturday, but updating the nation's power system is a hot topic among state leaders with competing interests. The dispute became clear at what was supposed to be a feel-good press conference to kick off the National Governors Assn.'s summer meeting. Idaho Gov.
NEWS
April 13, 2001 | From Associated Press
Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura joined crews piling sandbags Thursday as residents of the Red River Valley fought to keep the river from overflowing emergency dikes and swamping homes and businesses. Meanwhile, strong storms and high winds cut electricity to thousands of people in Ohio, Michigan, Nebraska and Colorado, a day after tornadoes damaged buildings and killed two people in Iowa. Flood waters rose Thursday on the Minnesota, Mississippi, St.
NEWS
February 5, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON--The Obama administration has selected the locations for seven new regional centers that will help farmers and ranchers adjust to the increasing risks and extreme weather associated with climate change. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will announce the sites Wednesday, according to a White House official. President Obama unveiled the  program this summer as part of his broader plan to address global warming. The centers, which the Agriculture Department calls climate hubs, will link local agriculture producers with universities, industry groups, state governments and federal agencies such as the Department of Interior and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
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