August 24, 2012
Re "GOP hadn't planned on this debate," Aug. 22 Is The Times kidding? The GOP and the tea party elements that have taken it over have been spoiling for this debate ever since they captured the House and numerous state legislatures in 2010. After running on the economy and jobs, the Republicans have instead introduced bills seeking to limit women's access to reproductive health services, to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood, to put women's clinics out of business and even to restrict access to contraception.
February 17, 2003 |
Hundreds of thousands of chanting, placard-waving people marched through downtown Sydney on Sunday to protest Australia's possible involvement in a U.S.-led war on Iraq. Organizers estimated the crowd at 500,000; police said at least 200,000 people showed up but agreed that it was Australia's biggest protest since the Vietnam War. Australia is one of Washington's staunchest allies and has deployed 2,000 troops to the Mideast. Prime Minister John Howard reaffirmed his support for U.S.
April 11, 2012 |
MENDENHALL, Pa. -- Within hours of Rick Santorum's withdrawal from the presidential race Tuesday, leading Republicans were focused on the difficult task ahead: uniting a fractured party behind Mitt Romney. That work got underway in Pennsylvania on Tuesday night shortly before Romney's appearance at the Chester County GOP dinner where the state's junior senator made a plea to members of his party to set aside their loyalties and get behind the former Massachusetts governor. “He can't do this alone.
January 29, 2009 |
Barack Obama ended four wars during his first week as president. With just a few words and strokes of his pen, the president ended the war on terror, the war on Islam, the war on science and the war on women. In his first executive orders, Obama effectively dismantled the elaborate structures that supported the Bush administration's "war on terror." On Jan. 22, he ordered the closure of the Guantanamo prison and a halt to the much-criticized military commission trials.
August 26, 2012 |
BOSTON - Rejecting Democratic efforts to convince voters that Republicans would “wage a war on women” with their policies, Mitt Romney offered an unusual defense of his Massachusetts healthcare plan in an interview that aired Sunday, and offered another condemnation of Missouri Congressman Todd Akin. Akin created an uproar and major political problem for his party when he made the baseless assertion in an interview last Sunday that after a “legitimate rape,” women have a biological mechanism to prevent a pregnancy.
October 10, 2012 |
DELAWARE, Ohio - Mitt Romney clarified Wednesday that he remains opposed to abortion and would take action if elected president to reduce the number of abortions that are performed in this country and around the world. “I think I've said time and again. I'm a pro-life candidate. I'll be a pro-life president,” Romney told reporters while greeting supporters at Bun's Restaurant here. “The actions I'll take immediately are to remove funding for Planned Parenthood. It will not be part of my budget.
September 30, 2013 |
It's back-to-school time and parents' worries abound. Will the new teacher be any good? Will my child have friends in the new class? Will budget cuts limit the offerings in art, music or sports? There's one worry that's universal: Are my kids safe after school? The combination of shorter school days and the lack of after-school child care creates a mismatch for many full-time employed parents, especially mothers. Imagine that you have a child whose school day ends at 2 p.m. but you don't get home until 6 p.m. or later.
May 3, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - If Barack Obama's first presidential campaign was part cultural phenomenon, part national movement, his second may look a bit more modest - like a series of well-run Senate campaigns. Facing the reality of running as a bruised incumbent in a politically divided country, Obama's advisors say they are plotting a strategy that doesn't depend on a wave of support to lift the president's chances across the country. And it won't hinge on a single theme based on ideas such as "hope" and "change" that defined the campaign and captured the zeitgeist in 2008.
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December 16, 2013 |
Never underestimate the power of a pop star with more than 16 million Twitter followers. Over the weekend, Miley Cyrus tweeted a selfie with big implications for a Los Angeles actress and moviemaker. In the photo, Cyrus pulls her Chanel sweatshirt up to reveal her breasts, bare but for two strategically placed red stars proclaiming “Merry Christmas.” "THANK YOU NY for being one of the few states to @freethenipple ,” Cyrus tweeted. Later, she added, “It's not about getting your [breasts]
July 3, 1989 |
Anti-abortion forces hailed the Supreme Court decision today restricting abortions, declaring it will help end "legalized child killing," but pro-choice supporters blasted the decision as a "war on women." It was clear to all sides that the court's 5-4 departure from past decisions marked the beginning of battles that will be fought out in election booths, state legislatures and the high court itself. "We see this as a remarkable victory for us in the pro-life movement.