November 4, 2012
President: Barack Obama. The president's accomplishments during his first four years - steadying the economy, rescuing the automobile industry and winning passage of measures to stimulate the economy, crack down on financial industry abuses and extend health coverage to millions of uninsured Americans, among others - were all the more remarkable given the stubborn and cynical opposition of Republicans in Congress. His balanced plan for continuing the recovery makes him the clear choice over Mitt Romney, whose tired program of tax cuts for the wealthy and increased military spending is a prescription for disaster.
October 23, 2012
With the final presidential candidate debate concluded and the deadline for voter registration passed, the last phase of the long 2012 election season has begun. The Times has completed endorsements for the Nov. 6 ballot, and reiterates those recommendations here. President: Barack Obama . The economy remains sluggish, but the president is leading the nation through the tough times. He is a far better choice than challenger Mitt Romney, whose prescription seems always in flux but revolves around deep and damaging tax cuts for wealthy Americans.
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October 17, 2012
John Durkin Former U.S. senator from New Hampshire Former U.S. Sen. John Durkin, 76, a New Hampshire Democrat who won his seat in 1975 in one of the closest elections in Senate history, died Tuesday at Franklin Regional Hospital in Concord, N.H., after a brief illness. His death was confirmed by an official at the New Hampshire Veterans Home, where Durkin had lived since 2011. Durkin was elected to the Senate on Sept. 16, 1975, after a long fight that wound its way from New Hampshire to Washington and back again.
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October 15, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Arlen Specter, who in 30 years representing Pennsylvania in the Senate offended Republicans and Democrats in almost equal measure with maverick votes and a frank cockiness that finally ended his career in politics, died Sunday at his home in Philadelphia. He was 82. The cause was complications of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, his family said. FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this article said that Arlen Specter's change of party gave President Obama a veto-proof majority in the Senate.
August 27, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - This city known for its eclectic assortment of monuments could soon get another one: the Man in the Sea Memorial Monument, a tribute to military divers. Congress has been asked to bless the privately funded 11-foot-tall bronze sculpture of a diver in helmet and suit, to be erected on the waterfront at the Washington Navy Yard, once the home of the Navy Diving School. Planning has been underway for several years, but the nonprofit group pushing the project hopes to reach new depths in its $10-million fundraising drive with a congressional endorsement.
August 27, 2012 |
ST. PETERSBURG, FL -- With control of the U.S. Senate up for grabs in the November election, you'd think that big issues like the the country's massive fiscal problems would be center stage in the relative handful of contests that will decide whether Republicans take away the Democrats' majority. Of course, you'd probably be wrong. True, the issue of Medicare is a growing focus of attention in campaigns, from the presidential race on down. That's been the case all year in the hotly contested Senate race in Florida, home to the nation's largest proportion of seniors (though both sides are mainly using "Mediscare" tactics to try to influence voters)
August 3, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senatehas paid tribute to National Chess Day. Now it's Sen. Jim DeMint's move. The South Carolina Republican and several of his Senate colleagues have introduced legislation that would require senators to pay for such commemorative resolutions out of their office budgets rather than from the U.S. Treasury. The money comes from the taxpayers in either case, but DeMint says the printing of symbolic resolutions has "gotten out of hand. " His fellow senators are likely to be more judicious about introducing such resolutions if they have to dip into their office budgets to pay the printing costs, he says.
May 15, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Upstart state Sen. Deb Fischer triumphed in Nebraska's bitterly contested Republican primary for U.S. Senate on Tuesday night, winning the right to face Democrat Bob Kerrey in November. The race had become a high-profile showdown among tea party leaders, who split their support among three candidates. The seat being vacated by Democrat Ben Nelson is considered the GOP's best opportunity for a Senate pickup this fall. Former GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin had endorsed Fischer last week, giving the little-known rancher from the Sandhills region a boost.
April 26, 2012 |
NEW YORK -- Warning of a possible disaster if something isn't done soon, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York is pushing lawmakers to make it easier for wildlife officials to cull Canada geese and other birds near New York City airports, where two jet-bird collisions have been reported in the last week. “We cannot afford to sit back and wait for a catastrophe to occur before cutting through bureaucratic red tape between federal agencies,” Gillibrand said Wednesday as she proposed the legislation , which focuses on the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge near John F. Kennedy International Airport.
April 5, 2012 |
For more than a year, Russia has prohibited its government-run museums from sending artworks to exhibitions in the United States. The ban has frustrated and puzzled American museum officials, because it was spurred by a legal decision unrelated to anything the museums themselves have done. Diplomacy has failed to lift it. Hopes have risen recently that the impasse can be broken by a bipartisan bill that passed unopposed in the U.S. House of Representativeson March 19 and is pending in the Senate judiciary committee.