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Today's question: The office of vice president has been regarded as mostly ceremonial. How much (for better or worse) has Dick Cheney changed that? Previously, Edwards and Lichtman digested the candidates' vice president picks. Cheney: a cautionary...
Today's question: Give us your list of best and worst vice presidents in recent history. Previously, Lichtman and Edwards debated the proper role of the vice president, discussed how history might treat Dick Cheney and digested the current candidates'...
The Associated PressLiterary and cultural critic John Leonard, an early champion of Toni Morrison, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and many other authors, and so consumed and so informed by books that Kurt Vonnegut once praised him as "the smartest man who ever lived," has died. He...
Today's question: The Constitution doesn't define the vice president's role beyond a handful of government tasks. What should be the role of the vice president? Previously, Edwards and Lichtman discussed how history might treat Dick Cheney and digested...
Tags: George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Joe Biden, Al Gore, Elections
This weekend, Fidel Castro will step down as president of Cuba, defying expectations that only death would part him from the role. The Times has been on the death watch, and before that, on the re-revolution watch, since way back in 1960. Below,...
Government officials and politicians Spencer M. Williams, 85; federal judge in San Francisco, appointed by President Nixon, who advocated for judges' interests (Jan. 3) Houston I. Flournoy, 78; GOP assemblyman and controller in California who lost the...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterApril 10, 2008 NEW YORK -- The late Norman Mailer, a novelist and cultural provocateur who was rarely at a loss for words, was remembered at a memorial service Wednesday as a man whose deep and abiding commitment to the American novel will be his most...
There's a book I don't remember well, though I can remember precisely where I found it in my elementary school library -- three yards to the right of the door, in the middle of the third shelf from the floor. I was, and remain, a compulsive reader. Back...
'Far Bright Star: A Novel' by Robert Olmstead, 'Inventing American History' by William Hogeland, 'Summer Will Show' by Sylvia Townsend Warner, 'Plants Don't Drink Coffee' by Unai Elorriaga, 'A Final Arc of Sky' by Jennifer CulkinFar Bright Star A Novel Robert Olmstead Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill: 208 pp., $23.95 "Thus far the summer of 1916 had been a siege of wrathy wind and heated air. Dust and light. Sand and light. Wind and light." So begins the story of Napoleon...
Some years ago, when they still lived in Malibu, the late John Gregory Dunne and his wife, Joan Didion, entertained a prominent magazine journalist and author at dinner. It was December and, afterward, they invited their guest to accompany them to their...
Tags: Defense, Death, Book, U.S. Army, Armed Forces
Times Staff WriterNo one since Franklin D. Roosevelt reshaped American politics or restored the primacy of the presidency more than Ronald Reagan. Reagan redefined the message of the Republican Party, expanded its reach to working-class voters who had rejected it for...
Los Angeles Times Names Michael Kinsley Editorial and Opinion Editor and Janet Clayton Assistant Managing Editor for State and Local NewsLOS ANGELES, April 28, 2004 – Michael Kinsley has been named editorial and opinion editor and Janet Clayton has been named assistant managing editor for state and local news, it was announced today by John Carroll, editor of the Los Angeles Times....
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