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Los Angeles Times Staff Writers"Oprah and the Obamas." It sounds like a musical act, and there is indeed something of a rock-concert quality to Oprah Winfrey's three-state swing this weekend with Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle. The Obama campaign...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterTom Vilsack was taken aback the first time he met Teresa Vilmain in 1997. He was running for governor of Iowa, his campaign was in trouble and a friend recommended he get help. The woman who turned up did not look anything like the brash political...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterRepublican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee defended himself Tuesday against continuing criticism of statements he made about AIDS 15 years ago, when he called for isolating those stricken with the disease to prevent it from spreading. Huckabee...
HART SEELY is the creator of "Pieces of Intelligence: The Existential Poetry of Donald H. Rumsfeld."IT'S BEEN A dark week for satire. Within 48 hours, two of the world's great punch-line generators — Kevin Federline, alias "Mr. Britney Spears," and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld — abruptly punched out. Not since Oct. 10, 1973 —...
Tags: Merle Haggard, Bono, John Kerry, Crime, Law and Justice, Iraq
Lobbying rips off the public Re "New anthrax vaccine sunk by lobbying," a Times investigation, Dec. 2 The influence of lobbyists becomes more blatant and destructive to the public interest every day. We simply must put an end to it. As long as...
Los Angeles Times Staff WritersAs the front-running Democratic presidential hopefuls barnstorm this snowy state in the final days before the caucuses, Barack Obama, Hillary Rodham Clinton and John Edwards agree on at least one thing: Voters should choose the candidate who will be...
Tags: John McCain, John Kerry, White House, Government, John Edwards
Times Staff WriterNORTH CONWAY, N.H. — A busload of reporters and TV cameras awaits Barack Obama as he steps forward, notes in hand, and begins speaking in his sonorous baritone. Chicken fingers, he says. Cheeseburgers. Barbecued ribs. Baked scallops. Meatloaf. His...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterBrian McGough, a 31-year-old former Army staff sergeant who was wounded in a roadside attack in Iraq, knew he wouldn't get a warm response from talk show host Rush Limbaugh when he starred in an ad by the anti-Iraq war veterans group VoteVets.org. The ad,...
Times Staff WriterLE MARS, IOWA — It will take money to win the Republican presidential straw poll this summer in Ames, Iowa, and Mitt Romney is unabashed about using his to buy votes. Campaigning at an ice cream parlor in this town 200 miles away last week, the...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterBeyond the final tally of votes and delegates, Super Tuesday turned out to be a historic moment: An African American candidate rooted in the racially charged urban politics of Chicago sweeping largely white heartland states from North Dakota and Minnesota...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterAs the race for the Democratic presidential nomination rounds the Labor Day turn and begins the stretch run, the pre-race form book is in tatters. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York is the first woman with a real shot at winning the White House, but...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterIn many states that President Bush captured in the 2004 election, Barack Obama has swelled the ranks of Democrats by the thousands, drawing record numbers of young people and African Americans to the polls. But will this enthusiasm -- which propelled his...
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