July 22, 2005 |
They laughed at each other's jokes, nodded in agreement on the need for reform, and decried the atmosphere of partisan combat gripping American politics. There was a time when former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a Republican, and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, a Democrat, were mortal political enemies, metaphorically if not literally at each other's throats. But that all seemed a distant memory yesterday as Clinton and Gingrich sat together on a podium at the National Press Club and called on both parties to fix a national health-care system that they said was crumbling.
May 19, 1993
For a while there, we were beginning to think Governor One-Note had widened his gaze to take in more than abortion. Silly us. During his 1990 campaign for a second term, Robert P. Casey talked a lot about his plans for Pennsylvania, and only a little about his desires to make abortion harder to get. But after Casey's re-election, it seemed the commonwealth, without its informed consent, had become a staging area for a national crusade...
June 17, 1998 |
We can't avoid running into these racing Earnhardts these days. And the Earnhardts can't avoid people running into them. Dale Earnhardt barges into Rusty Wallace's garage at Michigan Speedway after their cars collided during practice for the Miller Lite 400 Winston Cup race. Wallace accepts blame for the accident. Yesterday, Earnhardt spoke at the National Press Club in Washington. Dale Earnhardt Jr. not only has inherited his father's racing talent, he also is quickly annoying some of his fellow drivers.
December 6, 1992 |
Santa's sack won't be the only one bulging this Christmas season. Letter carriers will be straining under record amounts of mail, as thousands of them retire under an early-out program just wrapped up by postal brass. The early-retirement program attracted more interest than anticipated. Some 30,000 workers were expected to accept the six-month pay incentive to retire early; about 47,000 accepted the offer. The exodus has some officials warning that this Christmas season might not be so merry at the Postal Service.
May 13, 1986 |
The CEO of Bell Atlantic predicted yesterday that local telephone rates will continue to rise and said phone companies must battle the public's view that service has deteriorated. "I will be the first to admit that basic rates have risen and will continue to rise moderately," Thomas Bolger, Bell Atlantic chief executive, said before reporters, industry representatives and government regulators during a conference at the National Press Club. Bolger said the increases will be necessary to compensate for the company's loss of subsidies from long-distance service.
September 16, 1986
I respond to Edwin Guthman's Sept. 7 column, which outlined a presentation by Ernest Boyer to the National Press Club. In addressing the unique needs of urban schools, and the large segment of the impoverished serviced by them, Mr. Boyer proposed that educational reform include: proper nutrition for expecting mothers and children, top priority to early education and the adjustment of school schedule to conform to this age of working mothers and latch...
March 26, 1987 |
Surgeon General C. Everett Koop wants it known that he has not changed his pro-life stance, even though he believes that pregnant women with AIDS should be told abortion is an option. "I have not changed my position, because when you are against abortion, you are against abortion," Koop said yesterday in an interview with Knight- Ridder reporters. Despite his reputation as a conservative and anti-abortionist, Koop has drawn the ire of the religious right recently because of his campaign for better sex education and the use of condoms to stop the spread of AIDS.
January 15, 1988 |
Japanese Prime Minister Noboru Takeshita yesterday called for an expanded "global partnership" with the United States, while the American trade ambassador criticized Takeshita's newest trade proposal. U.S. Trade Representative Clayton Yeutter said the prime minister's proposal to improve American companies' access to Japanese construction contracts "does not meet our needs. " Just hours before Takeshita spoke to the National Press Club, Yeutter said the contracting proposal falls short and is "vague in terms of which public works programs are going to be opened up. " "We're going to have some tough, hard negotiations ahead," Yeutter told National Public Radio.
July 28, 1988 |
Karoly Grosz, the first Communist leader of Hungary to visit the White House, told President Reagan yesterday that his country would reorganize its economy to permit more private businesses, and he promised greater political freedoms for Hungarians. Grosz, a reformist leader who became prime minister last year and Communist Party chief in May, met with Reagan and other top administration officials for two hours. He said Hungary "will reorganize its economy" to expand the private sector and allow more foreign investment.
December 19, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta warned Congress on Tuesday that the budget stalemate and lawmakers' spending choices were among the greatest threats to the U.S. military. If the fiscal cliff's automatic cuts are not avoided, the Pentagon could face about $500 billion in across-the-board budget reductions, he said. Speaking as lawmakers try to wrap up negotiations on a defense bill, he said defense officials had built a budget that tries to protect military readiness while also providing needed services to troops who have been involved in wars for more than 11 years.