January 24, 2008
THE WORLD'S gone mad. A major Hollywood star appears devoid of all common sense when it comes to matters of religion, and the same malady is on display in the life of a leading presidential contender. First, there's Tom Cruise. According to the just-out unauthorized biography of Cruise by Andrew Morton, one of filmdom's biggest stars is now an enlightened leader of the sect whose members believe that deceased founder L. Ron Hubbard will soon re-emerge. Hubbard died in 1986, but Morton writes that Scientologists have detailed preparations for his return that include maintaining apartments around the world complete with some of his personal property.
October 1, 2012 |
Advisers tried to talk him out of it. They said it was foolhardy for a Republican presidential candidate. Yet Michigan Gov. George Romney insisted in fall 1967 that he would visit the poorest neighborhoods in 17 cities. "We must rouse ourselves from our comfort, pleasure, and preoccupations and listen to the voices from the ghetto," he said. Forty-five years later, George Romney's son, Mitt, was captured on a video at a $50,000-a-plate fund-raiser saying he'd never win the votes of the 47 percent of Americans "who are dependent upon government, who believe they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to take care of them, who believe they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it. " They don't even pay federal income taxes, for Pete's sake.
August 11, 2012 |
Tens of thousands of working people are expected to gather today on the Eakins Oval, in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. We aim to recapture the spirit of 1776, put our best ideas on the table, and ignite a debate about how we can take control of our destiny. We're doing this in advance of the Republican and Democratic conventions because we think both parties need to revisit their priorities. The experiences of Americans who have lost their jobs, their homes, their savings, and their dreams over the past decade have shown us that we need to refocus the national conversation on what it will take to rebuild American prosperity and a strong middle class.
August 26, 2012 |
COMMERCE, Mich. - Republican Mitt Romney raised the discredited rumor that President Obama wasn't born in the United States, jokingly declaring "no one's ever asked to see my birth certificate" as he campaigned Friday near his own Michigan birthplace. Romney later insisted the remark was just a joke and not meant to question Obama's citizenship. But the comment risked creating an unwanted distraction for Romney in his last few days of campaigning before the Republican National Convention begins Monday.
April 25, 1994 |
After rejecting entreaties from politicians that she run for the U.S. Senate, Michigan radio personality Ronna E. Romney heard from a group she couldn't turn down: her listeners. Goodbye broadcast booth, hello ballot box. "I couldn't have run if it wasn't for radio," she said recently. "People need someone to believe in. They don't believe in politicians. " Across the United States, radio talk-show hosts have gone from railing against Congress to running for it. Inspired by feverishly loyal audiences and by political parties' weakening control of the nomination process, at least nine full- and part-time radio personalities are seeking election to Congress this year, including two vying for U.S. Senate seats.
November 9, 1994 |
Just days after bulky George Foreman struck a blow for aging boxers, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy slugged his way to election victory, retaining his crown as liberalism's heavyweight champ. Early returns gave Kennedy a comfortable lead over Republican challenger W. Mitt Romney, due in part to a quarter-million-dollar "Team Kennedy" phone effort that identified 300,000 Kennedy voters and called them all yesterday. "If they didn't have a ride, we got them a ride," said Michael Kennedy, the senator's nephew and campaign manager.
November 25, 2011
By Richard J. Mouw Some voters are convinced that if Mitt Romney wins the Republican nomination, we run the risk of ending up with a member of a "cult" in the White House. Many of my fellow evangelicals are especially concerned about this possibility. Some are unhappy with me because I have gone on record saying that Romney's church, the Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is not a cult. It's not that these folks believe that Mormons are unfit for any public office.
July 9, 2012 |
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. - Mitt Romney privately raised millions of dollars from New York's elite on Sunday, as Democrats launched coordinated attacks against the Republican presidential candidate, intensifying calls for him to explain offshore bank accounts and release several years of tax returns. The line of attack, dismissed by the Romney campaign as an "unfounded character assault," follows new reports that raise questions about Romney's personal wealth, which could exceed $250 million.
February 8, 2002 |
If the 2002 Winter Olympics were a Broadway show instead of a renewal of the world's most popular sports tournament, that show would never have seen the lights of the big stage. With the financial, legal, political and security challenges that have confronted the Salt Lake City Games, any other production would have quietly struck the set and closed during rehearsals. In a tribute, however, either to the native tenacity of the local hosts or to the steamroller inevitability of the commercial entity that is the modern Olympics, the flame will be lit in Rice-Eccles Olympic Stadium and 2,400 athletes from 80 nations will gather for what promises to be the biggest and best Winter Games ever produced.
April 29, 2012 |
I want to show you something I wrote 12 years ago. George W. Bush was the presumptive Republican nominee, and everyone was dying to know who his running mate would be. One hot prospect was due to give a speech in Washington, and so, on a hot July morning, I went to check him out. It was bedlam. Scores of gawkers seemed juiced by the notion that the man in their midst might wind up a heartbeat away. The winner of the veep contest, I wrote, "might well be the slim guy with the silver hair and sharp tongue who sauntered into a marble lobby and waved hello to 100 of his new best friends.