September 12, 2014 |
EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. - They bashed President Obama, praised each other's leadership, and shared a hug on stage. Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and Gov. Christie, who campaigned for Romney in the run-up to the 2012 election, were together again Wednesday - this time at a fund-raiser for the New Jersey Republican Party that doubled as a 52d birthday celebration for Christie. And this time Christie, the chairman of the Republican Governors Association, is the one publicly mulling a bid for the Republican nomination in 2016 - though he assured attendees Wednesday night that he was focused on his "main job" as governor.
September 4, 2014 |
D efinition of insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. - Albert Einstein Unbelievably, the drumbeat has begun for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney to run for president a third time. The man who lost twice for president is now being encouraged by many party leaders to give it another try. Congressman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, recently told MSNBC: "I think he's proven right on a lot of stuff. I happen to be in the camp that thinks he's actually going to run and I think he will be the next president of the United States.
August 22, 2014 |
U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, bruited as a possible 2016 Republican presidential contender, said Wednesday night that he wished his former running mate, Mitt Romney, would undertake a third campaign for the White House. "He has what it takes," Ryan said during an appearance at the Union League to promote a book, one of the prerequisites of a modern candidacy. "He has the intellect. He has the principles and the integrity, so I would love it. " Ryan added that Romney has said he's not interested, but "I tell him all the time" that he should run. Ryan was the 2012 GOP vice-presidential nominee on the ticket with Romney.
April 25, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - In three Philadelphia-area House districts now held by Republicans, registered Democrats actually outnumber their GOP counterparts. Two are in South Jersey and the other is Bucks County-based. The numbers help explain why Democrats are once again targeting Republican seats in the suburbs, trying to take advantage of some of the country's most competitive districts and two retirements that will deprive the GOP of the power of incumbency. But which seats around the region are actually within Democrats' reach?
March 31, 2014 |
Dear President Obama: Last week, you were super-busy in Europe, warning Vladimir Putin not to invade eastern Ukraine. Meanwhile, Moscow's takeover of Crimea is a done deal, and there's even more worrying stuff going on elsewhere. Your CIA chief, John Brennan, just told a House panel that al-Qaeda central is now using Syrian territory to train Western jihadis to attack Europe and America. In Afghanistan (remember Afghanistan?), Taliban bombers are threatening this week's elections.
January 29, 2014 |
This year's Sundance vision of the world - terrible, lean, bleak, demanding, a whole lot unfair, and maybe a little whimsical - was 30-30. It was a showcase for a generation of filmmakers coming into their 30s in an event that itself turned 30. The 110 films spread over 10 sections seemed to say, "Enough nonsense, here's what's really happening behind the curtain of American life. " So all you strivers out there in a depressed economy, take a look at Whiplash , written and directed by Damien Chazelle and one of the festival's opening set of four films.
November 7, 2013 |
NEW JERSEY'S produced great leaders in the past - that blue-eyed crooner who rose to Chairman of the Board, or the loner on guitar who became The Boss, and that neurotic wiseguy who became leader of the Soprano crime family. But the Garden State hasn't produced a U.S. president in more than 100 years (Grover Cleveland), and out by icy Lake Sunapee in New Hampshire, up in the bleachers at wrestling matches in Davis County, Iowa, and all along the Reedy River in Greenville, S.C., Republicans aren't quite ready to place all their dreams into Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in 2016.
July 27, 2013
By Carter Eskew Republicans are greeting President Obama's summer push on the economy with derision. To House Speaker John Boehner and others, the president seems like an aging rock star whose recycled hits became stale years ago. Yet he still tours, playing to smaller and smaller arenas. While the president is unlikely to be celebrated for his economic record, his presidency marks the end of Republican orthodoxy on economic matters dating to the late 1970s. The Republican frame for 40 years has been that Democrats are the party of tax, spend, and regulation, while Republicans are the party of tax cuts, austerity, and deregulation.
July 22, 2013 |
A national urban policy would not have saved Detroit, but the city's bankruptcy filing Thursday was a vivid reminder of how the problems of America's cities have long ceased to be a focal point of the political debate in presidential campaigns or the policy debate in Washington. The closest the candidates came in 2012 to the specific topic of the cities was the contentious argument between President Obama and Mitt Romney over the federal bailout of the auto industry. Obama pummeled Romney for an article he had written for the New York Times in late 2008 opposing federal intervention.
July 12, 2013 |
* THE NEWSROOM. 10 p.m. Sunday, HBO. AARON SORKIN is not going to blink. And why should he? As "The Newsroom" returns to HBO, "The West Wing" creator's series about cable news is still the show that a year ago I called "both wonderful and terrible" - a quote that inexplicably failed to make it into any ads - and is still entertaining. In a way that only occasionally makes me want to throw things at the screen. Picking up 14 months after the events of the first season finale, Sunday's premiere introduces us to a $1,500-an-hour lawyer played by Marcia Gay Harden.