Times Reaffirms Garcetti Primary Endorsement

29 April 2013 |permalink | email article

While he lacks executive experience the newspaper’s editorial board has concluded that Eric Garcetti is more likely than Wendy Grueul to rise to the occasion and lead Los Angeles into a successful future. Did Greuel really propose an irresponsible… read full story

History Returns to Boston

27 April 2013 |permalink | email article

A man named Ian wrote in an e-mail, “Although I have lived in the area for almost thirty years, I haven’t necessarily thought of myself as a Bostonian. Although I think Boston is a nice enough city in which… read full story

L.A. Mayor’s Race Heats Up

23 April 2013 |permalink | email article

A day after a USC Price/Los Angeles Times Poll showed her trailing Councilman Gil Garcetti by 10 points City Controller Wendy Grueul is struggling to reestablish a central theme—that she is the workhorse who can get things done, while… read full story

Rupert Murdoch Wins Out In Settlement

22 April 2013 |permalink | email article

Two years ago, Murdock and other board members of News Corp. were sued by shareholders for lax oversight and alleged misdeeds within the sprawling media conglomerate. On Monday News Corp. agreed to settle the $139-million case. The punch line… read full story

Koch Brothers:Inside Track on LAT?

21 April 2013 |permalink | email article

Sunday’s New York Times story about the Koch brothers’ interest in the Tribune Co. newspapers offers little that has not been reported elsewhere although the LA Weekly had the scoop last month. What is new, as LA Observed reported,… read full story

Gabrielle Giffords Is Furious

18 April 2013 |permalink | email article

It is not hard to understand why, writing in The New York Times. the former Congresswoman from Arizona is on fire. Some of the senators who voted against the background-check have met with grieving parents whose children were murdered… read full story

Mourning Boston While Gun Bill Dies

17 April 2013 |permalink | email article

Against the backdrop of the Boston Marathon tragedy. as Joan Walsh writes in Salon, it feels unspeakably sad that even the compromise gun control legislation has has been doomed in the Senate. Bombs, not guns, were used in the… read full story

Social Security: Will Democrats Suffer in 2014 Races?

14 April 2013 |permalink | email article

President Obama’s proposal to cut Social Security benefits have raised serious concerns about a growing number of House Democrats who believe that the party could suffer in the mid-term elections, Although Democrats have long-championed the retirement program, they say… read full story

Cheney on Deep Doo-Doo

12 April 2013 |permalink | email article

Howard Kurtz, in The Daily Beast, discusses Dick Cheney’s assessment of how to deal with Kim Jong-un’s saber rattling. Thus is a man who was determined to go after Saddam Hussein, who wanted to stand up to Iran, who… read full story

Remembering Margaret Thatcher

10 April 2013 |permalink | email article

New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd recalls some memories of The Iron Lady. The grocer’s daughter and the mother of modern conservatism, had her faults, heaven knows. The New Yorker’s John Cassidy called her a combination of Ronald Reagan,… read full story

Why Republicans Are Salivating

09 April 2013 |permalink | email article

Katrina vanden Heuvel, the editor and publisher of the Nation magazine, has got it right. On the very day that a bleak jobs report showed just how feeble the recovery is, the White House revealed that the president will… read full story

A Fine Line in Congress

08 April 2013 |permalink | email article

Obama’s three major priorities are shaping up as test cases for how he and Republicans will work together—or not—in his second term. While he is said to be actively involved in the immigration talks behind the scenes because of… read full story

Obama’s Plan: A Very Tough Sell

06 April 2013 |permalink | email article

Already criticized by friends and foes alike President Obama admits his soon to be released plan on Wednesday is “not ideal” but offers “tough reforms” and scuttles some tax breaks for the wealthy. It’s a mix, he contends, that… read full story

Obama’s Worst Week

05 April 2013 |permalink | email article

The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza reprised Corey Flood in the classic 1980s film “Say Anything.”“Be a man. Don’t be a guy.“The President forgot that life lesson during a speech at a fundraiser in the San Francisco suburbs. He sang… read full story

Gun Lobbyists Who Pack Guns

03 April 2013 |permalink | email article

Once upon a time The National Rifle Association supported background checks for gun owners. No more. As The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank pointed out the organization’s security guards were back on Capitol Hill on Tuesday when the NRA rolled… read full story

Rubio’s Immigration Fear

02 April 2013 |permalink | email article

The Florida senator’s little intervention into the immigration bill basically was designed to achieve two obvious goals: to block Sen. Chuck Schumer from public framing of the issue, and to tell the Beltway Crowd that he’s the one driving… read full story

Right-Wing Conservativism in California

01 April 2013 |permalink | email article

What was once the a moderate party of Dwight Eisenhower was transformed into a radical right-wing organization we see today, was largely born in California. Paul Krugman, the liberal columnist, has pointed out that the Golden State, even more… read full story

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