January 10, 2013 |
CARACAS, Venezuela - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has kiddingly called Nicolas Maduro "the bus driver" in reference to his former role as a union leader and mocked his voracious consumption of submarine sandwiches. But the cancer-stricken Chavez, flush from his resounding reelection victory last year, clearly thought highly of Maduro, naming him vice president in October. Now, with Chavez recovering from surgery in Cuba, Maduro in effect must be taken seriously as the president's anointed successor.
January 10, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Requiring all gun buyers to pass a federal background check could be a key part of a White House plan to combat mass shootings, Vice President Joe Biden indicated as he prepared to present recommendations to the president on Tuesday. Speaking to reporters Thursday, Biden said he had found a "surprising recurrence of suggestions" for "universal background checks" in meetings with interest groups. Background checks are not required in private sales by unlicensed dealers, including transactions at gun shows.
December 19, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama committed himself to placing gun control at the top of his second-term agenda, redoubling his intention to tackle the problem of gun violence in spite of daunting political obstacles that have frustrated similar efforts for years. Appearing before reporters in the White House briefing room Wednesday, Obama sought to erase any doubts that he is prepared to stake his prestige on combating what he called an "epidemic of gun violence. " Although he spoke in the aftermath of the massacre last Friday at a Connecticut elementary school, he placed the issue in a broader context, specifically mentioning people killed since then in the "lesser-known tragedies that visit small towns and big cities all across America every day. " As a first step, Obama gave Vice President Joe Biden the task of coming up with specific proposals before the end of next month.
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November 27, 2012 |
Phillip L. Williams, a retired senior executive for Times Mirror Co. who served on its board of directors from 1985 until his retirement in 1993, died Nov. 18 at St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica after suffering a heart attack, his family said. The longtime Pacific Palisades resident was 90. Williams joined the parent company of The Times as a vice president in 1969 and held a variety of executive positions, among them senior vice president for newspapers and television, group vice president, vice president for finance, and vice president for corporate programs.
November 10, 2012 |
The Lakers concluded preliminary talks Saturday with former coach Phil Jackson, a feeling-out process that would continue, The Times has learned. Team Vice President Jim Buss and Jackson met Saturday morning to explore the prospects of Jackson returning to the team. The Lakers are unwavering that there's still a 95% certainty he will be their next coach. It's known that Jackson has already contacted assistant coaches who have worked with him previously about joining the Lakers' staff.
November 8, 2012 |
Vice President Joe Biden, "America's Happy Warrior," as President Obama called him on election night, just got reelected to the second highest office in the land. What does he do to top that? He's guest starring on "Parks and Recreation. " Of course! Biden will play himself in next Thursday's episode, titled "Leslie vs. April," in which Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) finally meets the object of her longstanding celebrity lust. The scenes with Biden, which were filmed back in July, were shot in the Vice President's Ceremonial Office, also known as the Office of the Secretary of the Navy, in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.
October 12, 2012 |
Washington Bureau DANVILLE, Ky. - Whether Thursday's debate between Joe Biden and Paul D. Ryan moved the needle in the presidential contest may have been the only major question left hanging at the end. The vice presidential showdown was everything the first presidential debate was not: wide-ranging and lively, with very different sorts of passion from each side. It was, in short, 90 nonstop minutes of political theater of a kind that rarely materializes in these high-profile, and often stiff and predictable, televised encounters.
October 11, 2012 |
If President Obama seemed as if he'd rather be getting his teeth drilled than debate Mitt Romney last week, Vice President Joe Biden spent most of his 90-minute televised showdown with Paul D. Ryan on Thursday night looking like he was having the time of his life. Certainly the format - the two men next to each other at a table facing moderator Martha Raddatz and the audience - played to Biden's experience and jocular ease. Whereas Ryan sat schoolboy straight or hunched tensely in concentration, Biden leaned back, turned this way and that, and played directly to the cameras.
September 15, 2012 |
BEIJING - Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping appeared in public Saturday after a two-week absence that had sparked intense speculation in the foreign press and on the Internet about his health and possible infighting in the top ranks of the Communist Party. State-run media reported that Xi, who has been tapped to succeed Hu Jintao as president, made an appearance at China Agricultural University in Beijing for observances of National Science Popularization Day. Xi's absence has not been discussed in official Chinese media, but myriad reports in overseas publications have speculated about possible ailments, including a back strain and a heart condition.
September 12, 2012 |
BEIJING - Compared with other Chinese officials who have inexplicably dropped out of view over the decades, either because of ill health or shifting political winds, Vice President Xi Jinping's 10-day absence from the public stage has been but a blip. An ailing Premier Li Peng wasn't seen for about seven weeks in spring of 1993, while Huang Ju, a vice premier, vanished for five weeks in 2006. Deng Xiaoping disappeared for about three months after student demonstrations in 1986, and he took a 24-day breather amid the uprising that culminated in the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown.