August 23, 2000 |
Vice President Al Gore, courting a major veterans' group his Republican rival addressed the day before, said Tuesday that he would back a military pay raise to keep the U.S. military the "best-trained, best-equipped, best-led fighting force in the entire world, bar none." Gore, who ended a four-day riverboat trip down the Mississippi on Monday, took pains to counter rival George W. Bush's portrayals of a U.S. military in disrepair.
December 29, 1990 |
A quarter of a century passed and Leonard Lowe only grew older. Leonard Lowe is the fact-based character played by Robert De Niro in the new film "Awakenings." As a young boy he contracted an encephalitic sleeping sickness. Almost 30 years later, an experimental drug woke him up. Eventually the drug failed and Lowe returned to his coma.
December 6, 1991 |
It is hardly a coincidence, Samuel K. Skinner's friends say, that his favorite Chinese restaurant is the one frequented by George Bush. The savvy new White House chief of staff has shown a knack for making the right friends at the right time throughout his life. First he hitched his wagon to the rising star of James R. Thompson, who would become a four-term governor of Illinois. Then he jumped to Washington as secretary of transportation and began cementing a personal bond with President Bush.
June 16, 1991 |
Former President Ronald Reagan on Saturday labeled as "absolute fiction" charges that he or his campaign staff conducted talks with Iran to prevent the freeing of American hostages held at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran before the 1980 election.
July 9, 1995 |
Sen. Bob Dole's assiduous efforts to curry favor with religious and social conservatives--a major theme of his presidential campaign for the last few months--appears to be paying off, yielding words of praise from leaders of the conservative movement and preventing his Republican rivals from monopolizing the support of this key GOP primary voting bloc. In the past several weeks, the Senate majority leader has engineered the defeat of surgeon general nominee Dr. Henry W. Foster Jr.
October 20, 1992 |
Hours after riots erupted in Los Angeles last May, Gov. Bill Clinton debated whether to visit an inner-city neighborhood and speak about racial tensions. The inspiration was political but also historical: During the 1968 presidential campaign, Robert F. Kennedy had given a dramatic speech in Indianapolis after Martin Luther King Jr. was slain, trying to calm an explosive situation. Clinton was keenly aware of the parallel.
October 14, 2000 |
At 9:15 Tuesday night soap-opera star Nancy Lee Grahn, who plays attorney Alexis Davis on ABC's "General Hospital," stepped in front of a banner that read "Daytime for Gore/Lieberman" and, wearing a long black skirt and pink leather jacket, faced a bank of television cameras. The political gathering for Democratic soap-opera stars had started more than an hour late.
March 1, 1998 |
It's no surprise that cigarette makers and anti-tobacco law firms are lobbying hard in Congress for the giant tobacco truce. The deal would give the former crucial legal protections and the latter fat fees. But from the nooks and crannies of the economy, a hodgepodge of groups whose stake in the outcome is less apparent also is competing for lawmakers' attention--ranging from insurance giant Aetna and the hotel workers union to pint-sized cigarette marketer Single Stick.
August 30, 1998 |
President Clinton wrapped up a restless vacation on Martha's Vineyard island on Saturday having made a cautious--sometimes faltering--start on repairing some of the damage to his presidency. Fresh from his Aug. 17 admission that he had an inappropriate relationship with former White House intern Monica S. Lewinsky, Clinton arrived in Martha's Vineyard 12 days ago with two goals. One was to demonstrate that he still retains political authority with the voters.
April 18, 2000 |
One year after the Columbine High School shooting, newly energized gun-control forces are grappling with a potentially critical split within their ranks over a key strategic decision: How far can they hope to go in reining in guns? For all the recent talk of "smart" guns, trigger locks and other innovations in weapons safety, an increasingly vocal minority in the gun-control community is arguing that nothing short of a ban on handguns will stem gun violence.