America will no longer settle for anything less than the best. We must reclaim our country’s best and dream big and bold and daring.
President-elect Donald Trump
Had we caught him on Election Day, Trump’s pollster, Tony Fabrizio, later said, he would have predicted that Clinton had a 55% chance of winning. Clinton’s own aides would have put her chances higher. So would nearly all independent analysts. But it was not to be. The first sign of trouble came when polls closed in Florida. Clinton had amassed such a big lead in early voting that Democrats thought Trump could not possibly catch her, but suddenly the race in the state was too close to call. So it went through the evening as one after another, Trump eked out victories in the key contests. His victory was the biggest political upset since Harry Truman’s in 1948. In the end, Clinton would win the popular vote by more than 2.8 million votes, but not enough in the states she really needed.
With his turn as the perpetually frazzled Leo Bloom in "The Producers," Gene Wilder created an indelible portrait of comic neurosis and set the stage for two future collaborations with Mel Brooks – “Blazing Saddles” and “Young Frankenstein,” both released in 1974 – that are among the most beloved comedies in Hollywood history. He was 83.
He did occasionally think of himself as a comic actor, but actor first. There were very few things that could hurt his feelings, and one of them was if he was described as a comedian as opposed to an actor.
You realize, if they nominated hosts, I wouldn't even have this job.
In 2012, a Times investigative series called attention to the overwhelming white maleness of the film academy. So when, for a second year in a row, the acting categories of the 2016 Oscars were filled with white faces, #Oscarssowhite became more than a hashtag.
The ensuing criticism and calls for a boycott, which started right after the nominations were announced in January, made it clear changes must be made. A Times analysis found that wouldn’t be easy, but the academy began addressing the problem, vowing to double the number of women and minority members by 2020.
Times staff members offered their own list of 100 possible candidates, many of whom became part of the academy’s unprecedented opening up of its membership, achieved by inviting 683 to join its largest and most diverse class.
Reagan knew where he wanted to go, but she had a better sense of what he needed to do to get there.
Biographer Lou Cannon
Former First Lady Nancy Davis Reagan, whose devotion to her husband made her a formidable behind-the-scenes player in his administrations, was one of the most influential presidential wives in modern times. She was 94.
It’s not literary, I wouldn’t presume to suggest that. But I think you can elevate it a little bit sometimes with the most important part of the medium, which is what people are saying.
With a craggy, time-weathered face, cigarette-burnished voice and a deep well of elegant yet unsparingly economical turns of phrase at his command, Safer, who died shortly after announcing his retirement from "60 Minutes," produced a body of work spanning more than 60 years that casts a long shadow in an industry he helped define. He was 84.
I have learned that music helps a lot of people survive, and they want songs that can give them something -- I guess you could call it hope.
White, center, was the co-founder and leader of the groundbreaking ensemble Earth, Wind & Fire, borrowing elements from funk, soul, gospel and pop for a distinctive sound that yielded six double-platinum albums and six Grammy Awards.
As Latin Night at Orlando's Pulse nightclub was drawing to a close on June 12, about 320 people danced and drank to thumping reggaeton, salsa and merengue. Minutes later partyers were fleeing into the street. Some clutched gunshot wounds. Others were splattered with the blood of people they didn’t know. Those still trapped in the gay nightclub could only hide.
A total of 49 people were killed and 53 more injured — the deadliest shooting in modern American history. The gunman, 29-year-old Omar Mateen, died in a shootout with SWAT officers three hours after his rampage began. Mateen called 911 during the siege, pledging his allegiance to the militant group Islamic State.
I think it’s the beginning of the end of the war on marijuana United States.
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom
The campaign to legalize marijuana rolled along this fall, with voters approving recreational pot laws in several states, including California, and sanctioning medical use in others. Arizona defeated legalization, but pot is now legal in some fashion in more than half the states. But how legal is legal? Federal law still regards marijuana as a banned substance, and incoming Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions has said the country needs “grown-ups in charge” to just say no.
There were many stars of the Democratic convention; the nominee was not one of them. First Lady Michelle Obama provided the emotional high point for many Democrats. Her husband, the president, made a forceful case for his chosen successor. And former President Bill Clinton bathed the Democratic crowd in a nostalgic glow. But on the convention’s final night, the defining words were not from the nominee, but from a previously little-known lawyer from Virginia, a Pakistani immigrant whose son had died fighting for the U.S. in Iraq and who waved a pocket copy of the Constitution in the air as he denounced Donald Trump. Clinton received a big bump in polls from the convention, but the fact that so little was remembered of her own speech pointed to trouble ahead.
U.S. women’s gymnast Simone Biles departed the Olympic Games with five medals, four of them gold. The teenager from Spring, Texas, joined three other women in winning four gymnastics golds at an Olympics, last accomplished 32 years ago by Ekaterina Szabo of Romania.
It’s pretty insane of what I’ve accomplished my first Olympics.