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September 26, 2011 | By Peter Nicholas
It's not often that people plead with a president to raise their taxes. But in a town hall event in Silicon Valley, President Obama found an audience in sync with his argument that the rich need to pay higher taxes so there is enough money for college scholarships, research and public works projects. Looking out at the crowd Monday, Obama called on a retired Google employee, Doug Edwards, who said: “My question is, would you please raise my taxes?" The audience applauded.
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NEWS
October 18, 2011 | By Seema Mehta
Donald Trump, who flirted with a presidential run earlier this year, headlined a telephone town hall with GOP presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann on Monday. It was his first public appearance with a candidate in the 2012 race. The town hall was marked by Bachmann's deference to the New York City real estate mogul. She called him “Mr. Trump” and he called her “Michele.” When participants asked questions, Trump routinely answered first and Bachmann played cleanup.
NEWS
September 20, 2012 | By Christi Parsons
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- President Obama today defended his administration's efforts to protect American diplomats around the world in the wake of a round of violent attacks on embassies in the Middle East. A journalist at an afternoon town hall meeting here asked Obama why his administration “wasn't better prepared with more security" at the time of the attack on the consulate in Benghazi, Libya, where four Americans were killed last week. Obama did not directly address the point about preparation in advance, but he said that as soon as officials saw the initial events near the embassy in Cairo before the attack in Benghazi, his administration worked with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to take precautions.
NEWS
September 30, 2011 | By Paul West
Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry may have backed down on tuition breaks for illegal immigrants, but he's doubling down on his skepticism of climate-change science. At a New Hampshire town-hall style meeting, his first of the campaign, the Texas governor sparred Friday evening with a questioner who tried to pin him down on the issue.  The man, whom Perry addressed as “Mike,” began by noting a 2011 report from a panel of experts chosen by the National Academy of Sciences, which concluded that climate change is occurring and “is very likely caused primarily by the emission of greenhouse gases from human activities.”  The man noted that Perry had ducked - twice--when asked at the Reagan Library debate this month to name the scientists he found most credible on the subject.
NATIONAL
October 15, 2012 | By Kathleen Hennessey and Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times
President Obama and Mitt Romney will go head-to-head Tuesday in their most challenging debate format: the town hall, where they will field questions from more than a dozen undecided voters sitting a few feet away as millions of Americans watch from home. Both men have held dozens of town halls with voters over the years, yet neither has sparkled in that setting. Each is cool and cerebral, often seeming more comfortable behind a lectern. The event in Hempstead, N.Y., moderated by CNN's Candy Crowley, will put them in a format tailored to produce interaction with voters, rather than heated exchanges with each other that fire up their supporters.
NATIONAL
March 26, 2009 | Christi Parsons
President Obama will take questions in the East Room of the White House today, but they won't be coming from the Washington press corps. Instead, the questions are being posed by visitors to the White House website, and then vetted by other visitors for their relevance and importance. Those queries that rise to the top of the pile will be posed to the president at 11:30 a.m. EDT, in an order based on popularity, administration officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 2010 | By Shane Goldmacher, Los Angeles Times
Reaching out to a key voting bloc, Republican Senate nominee Carly Fiorina held a Latino-themed town hall Saturday afternoon in Sacramento, heaping praise on California's Latino community for representing "the best of who this nation is." "Bienvenidos," Fiorina beamed to the crowd of less than 20, who were nearly matched in size by her staff in a downtown Mexican eatery. The event, paired with Fiorina's launch of a new Spanish-language website, Amigos de Carly, is part of an ethnic outreach tour for the former Hewlett-Packard chief executive in her bid to unseat incumbent Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer.
BUSINESS
August 21, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
Things got heated Tuesday at a Yelp town hall meeting intended to debunk misconceptions and ease business owners' concerns about the popular reviews site. Since launching nearly a decade ago, Yelp has been subject to endless criticism by business owners who accuse the website of manipulating reviews based on whether the companies fork over advertising dollars. The backlash hasn't prevented Yelp from becoming the premier site for reviews on everything from restaurants to plumbers.
BUSINESS
April 15, 2012 | By Andrea Chang
Silicon Beach is spreading to Venice. The quirky beach-side community drew hundreds of attendees to a packed town hall meeting dubbed The Emergence of Silicon Beach on Thursday to discuss the burgeoning Westside tech scene and how to attract firms and talent to the area. Executives from Google, local start-ups Viddy and Mogreet, and accelerator Amplify were on hand for a panel moderated by Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl, who repeatedly told audience members that they were witnessing a “Venicessance.” Nearly two dozen tech companies set up booths to tout their products and ideas to about 400 attendees.
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