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.
June 4, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- Congress returns its attention this week to women's issues, with the Senate voting on legislation to ensure paycheck equity as GOP front-runner Mitt Romney tapped a Republican congresswoman to be his campaign liaison in the House. Women remain among the most sought-after voters, and Democrats are trying to shore up their historic advantage with females. President Obama has enjoyed a gender gap advantage among women, but Romney does better among white women, according to recent Gallup polling.
March 2, 2012 |
In unleashing his sharp words against a law student this week, talk show host Rush Limbaugh - who called the student a “slut” and a “prostitute” for advocating expanded access to birth control - sparked rebukes from President Obama, fellow Republicans and longtime sponsors of his talk show. Obama entered the fray Friday when he called Sandra Fluke, a third-year Georgetown University law student, to express support after she drew Limbaugh's ire when she testified in favor of the administration's new rule requiring employers to offer health insurance plans that cover birth control.
May 15, 2012 |
Temporary workers are often in high demand in a shaky economy. Businesses aren't yet ready to commit to full-time employees, especially when an economic recovery is far from certain. But in the latest recession and recovery, temporary workers seem even more prevalent than usual. Employment in temporary services grew 8.7% from April of last year to the same month this year, compared with just a 3.5% gain for the broader category of professional and business services over the same period.
October 30, 2012 |
If you want to understand why conservatives have lost faith in the so-called mainstream media, you need to ponder the question: Where is the Benghazi feeding frenzy? Unlike some of my colleagues on the right, I don't think there's a conspiracy at work. Rather, I think journalists tend to act on their instincts (some even brag about this; you could look it up). And, collectively, the mainstream media's instincts run liberal, making groupthink inevitable. In 2000, a Democratic operative orchestrated an "October surprise" attack on George W. Bush, revealing that 24 years earlier, he'd been arrested for drunk driving.
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.
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 6, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama tried to burnish his credentials with a crucial group of voters Friday, saying his administration would do more forwomen's health and economic status than his Republican opponents. Speaking at a White House forum on women in the workforce, Obama defended his attempts to boost healthcare access, paychecks and employment opportunities for women. He declared much of the recent political back-and-forth over women's issues "oversimplified. " "Women are not some monolithic bloc.
April 26, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- Sidestepping a politically dangerous fight, Senate Republicans made temporary peace with Democrats to approve the reauthorization of a popular law designed to help prevent and respond to domestic and sexual abuse. Passage of the Violence Against Women Act on a 68-31 vote gives momentum to the legislation, which would reauthorize more than $650 million in programs. Fifteen Republicans joined Democrats in passage. But the bill still faces hurdles in the House, where Republican leaders plan to offer an alternative proposal.