June 29, 2013 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - President Obama's first audience of South Africans assembled Saturday in Soweto, and he recalled the protests that tore through the neighborhoods here in 1976, galvanizing the anti-apartheid movement. The 51-year-old president was among the few in the room old enough to remember. The town hall, packed with young people at the University of Johannesburg, was the latest in a series of international youth outreach efforts staged by the president. Obama's foreign travel schedule these days can sometimes look like a globe-trotting college tour.
June 27, 2013 |
For years, Southern chef Paula Deen shamelessly built an audience around high-fat, high-calorie recipes. Never mind the burgeoning obesity epidemic responsible for an increase in such killers as heart disease and diabetes. She was encouraging sticks of butter and celebrating all the way to the bank. It was unconscionable. Fellow celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain was appalled by Deen, sounding this warning in 2011. "The worst, most dangerous person to America is clearly Paula Deen,” he told TV Guide.
June 26, 2013 |
Things got a little weird on the "Today" show Wednesday morning when celebrity chef Paula Deen showed up for the appearance she bailed on two days ago to speak publicly about her use of racial epithets. Appearing defensive and more than a little paranoid, she contradicted her own court testimony, claiming to Matt Lauer that she only used the "n-word" on one occasion, 30 years ago, after she had "a gun put to my head … [by] someone I had gone out on a limb for. " She blamed black people for making it hard to know if the n-word is even offensive.
June 26, 2013 |
Did no one pay attention when David Letterman, forced by a blackmailer to make an adulterous affair public, revealed the secret to handling a personal scandal? You show up, own up and shut up. Unfortunately, celebrity chef Paula Deen opted for the Richard Nixon approach Wednesday morning on "Today. " There finally, after bailing last minute last week, the 66-year-old chef was defensive, self-pitying and more than a little paranoid as she tried to explain herself to Matt Lauer in wake of revelations that she used racial slurs in the past.
June 17, 2013 |
BELFAST, Northern Ireland -- In early remarks after his arrival, President Obama held up a peaceful Northern Ireland as the "proof of what's possible" and called on young people to maintain the work that has stopped generations of deadly sectarian violence. “For you are the first generation in this land to inherit more than just hardened attitudes and the bitter prejudices of the past, you're an inheritor of a just and hard-earned peace,” Obama said in a speech to young people shortly after arriving in the city.
June 6, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The partisan divide over immigration was exposed Thursday as House Republicans voted to stop funding the Obama administration program that has halted deportation of young immigrants who are in high school or college or have served in the military. The party-line vote in the Republican-led House comes as a bipartisan immigration overhaul is moving forward in the Senate. A vote to proceed to debate on the bill is set for next week. House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio)
June 6, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Republican-led House voted along party lines Thursday to prohibit funding for President Obama's Dream Act-styled program, which temporarily halts the deportations of young immigrants if they have served in the military or are attending college. The 224-201 vote underscored the resistance of House Republicans to the immigration overhaul that has gained momentum in the Senate. The amendment was proposed by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), who is among the chamber's most hardened opponents of a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million people living in the country without legal status.
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June 2, 2013 |
Arsine Sargsyan is 23 years old, healthy and uninsured. She chooses to forgo coverage for one simple reason: "I never get sick. " Despite her reluctance, Sargsyan is exactly the type of person insurance plans, states and the federal government are counting on to make health reform work. As the clock ticks toward the 2014 launch of the Affordable Care Act, health leaders across the nation are embarking on a tough task: persuading young adults like Sargsyan to enroll.
May 31, 2013 |
After leaving college at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh last year to move to Los Angeles, 23-year-old Odin Gray debated for several months whether to buy a health insurance policy. An avid bicyclist, he finally decided in December that it was time to buy coverage. "I knew that if anything happened," Gray recalled, "I was going to be in serious trouble and that it could bankrupt me financially. " His decision, it turns out, was a smart one. In January - just one month after buying a policy - he took a spill on his bike while heading to work, he said.
May 31, 2013 |
MEXICO CITY - The Mexican capital has managed to avoid the kind of gangland violence that has gripped many other parts of the country in recent years. But the mysterious disappearance of 11 young people from a bar this week is raising new fear about the city's ability to remain relatively immune from the trouble. The disappearance of the patrons in the Zona Rosa, a nightclub-packed neighborhood just blocks from the U.S. Embassy, has made national headlines and dominated TV news here.