May 15, 2011 |
Where were you when you found out about the death of Osama bin Laden? Or, a better question: What did you do next? Here's what students at Yale University did. After President Obama finished his speech, they headed to the quad to celebrate. They chanted "U-S-A!" and "Yes we did!"; they waved American flags, blasted vuvuzelas, took pictures with their arms raised or wrapped around one another. They bellowed "The Star-Spangled Banner," along with stadium standbys like "We Are the Champions" and "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye.
May 3, 2011
NEW YORK (AP) — The Wall Street Journal is the largest U.S. newspaper. Its average weekday circulation is 2.1 million. That's according to the Audit Bureau of Circulations, which released newspaper circulation figures Monday for the six months through March. USA Today is at No. 2 with 1.8 million, and The New York Times is third with more than 900,000 on average Monday to Friday. The Times has the most circulation on Sundays, with 1.3 million. The circulation numbers are not comparable with the figures from last year because of new rules governing what counts as circulation.
April 27, 2011 |
As football-related bets go, this one truly is a mortal lock: Roger Goodell will not be greeted warmly Thursday night when he steps to the podium at the NFL draft. … Fans loathe lockouts. … Noting the rare confluence of a British royal wedding and the NFL draft within 10 hours of each other, USA Today's Mike Lopresti offered a primer contrasting the overblown spectacles. … "The audience for one will include royals from Swaziland and Romania, dressed in regal splendor," he wrote, while "the audience for the other will include draftniks from Hoboken and New Rochelle, dressed in Giants and Jets jerseys.
March 29, 2011 |
With Kemba Walker and Connecticut headed to the Final Four after finishing ninth in the Big East, it's time to consider opening the tournament to everybody. … The regular season already has been rendered virtually meaningless, and quadrupling the size of the field to 256 teams, for instance, would add only one week to the tournament. … The regular season might benefit too because, with tournament bids guaranteed, coaches presumably would be more inclined to schedule nonconference games against quality opponents.
March 1, 2011 |
A stretch in which UCLA has won 12 of 14 games while posting victories over St. John's and Arizona was not enough to thrust the Bruins into the national rankings Monday. Apparently, there's no beating the perception that the Pacific 10 Conference is dreadful. "They're probably getting unfairly dinged by everyone around the country, and me as well, because the league is down," said George Schroeder, a columnist from the Eugene (Ore.) Register-Guard who did not include the Bruins in the Associated Press poll he submitted this week.
January 27, 2011 |
Republicans are viewed more favorably than unfavorably for the first time since 2005, while Democrats have improved their standing but are still below their time-tested levels, the USA Today/Gallup poll reported on Thursday. The findings describe a much more level playing field as Republicans and Democrats head into the 2012 presidential election cycle. According to the poll, 47% of Americans said they had a favorable view of the GOP compared to 43% who had a negative view, a significant turnaround.
January 27, 2011 |
Most Americans said they had a positive reaction to President Obama's State of the Union speech, according to the latest USA Today/Gallup poll, posted Thursday on the newspaper's website. Yet the poll was not all good news for the president. More Americans said they supported the Republican call to cut spending than Obama's proposed five-year freeze on discretionary domestic spending at current levels. A majority of Americans also threw cold water on whether there will be a political thaw after Republican and Democratic lawmakers crossed the aisle to sit with each other during the president's speech.
December 23, 2010 |
As Washington policymakers consider stronger online privacy protections, a new poll has found that nearly 7 out of 10 Internet users don't think advertisers should be allowed to target them based on their Web-surfing habits. The use of behavioral targeting to deliver online ads has been drawing increasing criticism. The Federal Trade Commission this month backed the creation of a do-not-track mechanism for Web browsers, similar to the popular do-not-call registry designed to prevent telemarketing calls.
October 10, 2010
In all the Hollywood journalism flicks, is there a more famous one-liner than the one in "All the President's Men" when Hal Holbrook tersely directs Robert Redford to "Follow the money"? It's truer now than ever. Bruce Beattie reminds us of the judicial branch's role in off-the-charts political spending. Dan Wasserman turns up the heat on big "tea party" donors. And Gary Varvel burned the president for deficit spending ? tight in his own backyard tour. So much for the checks. On to the balances.