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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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NATIONAL
February 9, 2010 | By Christi Parsons
The White House officially launched its fight against childhood obesity Tuesday morning, with First Lady Michelle Obama appearing in a televised interview announcing it and then standing by her husband as he signed a memo ordering federal agencies to work together on the project. "I love burgers and fries, and I love ice cream and cake, and so do most kids," the first lady told Robin Roberts on ABC News' "Good Morning America." "We're not talking about a lifestyle that excludes all that."
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.
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.
NEWS
November 5, 1998
Here are the latest returns in the gubernatorial races nationwide. For California results, see tables on state returns. (i)=incumbent.
NATIONAL
May 13, 2013 | By Wes Venteicher, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - The drought that caused record wildfires in California and other Western states last year is expected to persist through the summer, but fewer firefighters will battle this year's blazes in other regions because of federal budget cuts, top federal officials said Monday. The U.S. Forest Service will hire 500 fewer firefighters this year, the result of "line by line" budget reductions required by Congress, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a conference call with reporters.
NEWS
January 31, 2011 | By Rosie Mestel, Los Angeles Times
The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans may seem unremarkable -- eat more vegetables, limit saturated fat, etc. But some nutrition scientists are pleased that they seem to do one thing more forcefully than before: Tell us to eat less. "I’m in shock," writes Marion Nestle , an author and New York University professor who has followed these proceedings and written about the politics of them for years: "The new guidelines recognize that obesity is the number one public health nutrition problem in America and actually give good advice about what to do about it: eat less and eat better.
NATIONAL
July 22, 2010 | By Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau
The White House has apologized to a former USDA employee it now says was fired before the situation involving controversial videotaped comments was fully reviewed. "A disservice was done, for which we apologize," White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Wednesday afternoon, saying he spoke for the entire administration. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was attempting to reach the former employee, Shirley Sherrod, to speak further about the matter, Gibbs added. Vilsack said in a statement released overnight that he would reconsider the department's decision to demand Sherrod's resignation.
NATIONAL
May 11, 2010 | By Andrew Zajac
Poultry processing plants will have to reduce the number of chicken and turkey carcasses that test positive for the toxic bacteria salmonella and campylobacter under new federal rules intended to prevent tens of thousands of food-borne illnesses each year. The standards, which the Agriculture Department unveiled Monday, are projected to result in 39,000 fewer cases of campylobacter infection and 26,000 fewer cases of salmonella poisoning,  Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a telephone call with reporters.
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