June 21, 2012
Oscar-nominated actress Susan Tyrrell, 67, known for roles in offbeat films including John Waters' Cry-Baby, died at her home in Austin, Texas, on Saturday. A niece, Amy Sweet, told the Associated Press that Ms. Tyrrell died in her sleep. A Travis County Medical Examiner's Office official said a cause of death was pending. "She had a larger-than-life personality," said David Zellner, who directed Ms. Tyrrell in Kid-Thing, which is making the rounds at film festivals.
June 16, 2012 |
HARRISBURG - Guarding taxpayers' money. Imposing no new taxes. Making what Gov. Corbett called "hard choices" about cutting state aid to schools, colleges, the needy. For weeks, debate over Corbett's proposed $27.1 billion annual budget has been dominated by these and other major concerns, reflecting the smaller-government themes of his administration. Then along came the need to find a job for his exiting chief of staff - as a judge. Corbett's nomination of William Ward for an Allegheny County judgeship has raised the hackles of his critics and the eyebrows of a fellow Republican, Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille of the state Supreme Court.
June 2, 2012 |
TRENTON - In January, Gov. Christie named the nation's only openly gay African American Republican mayor as a nominee to the state Supreme Court, marking an extraordinary moment in New Jersey history. The Democrats' rejection Thursday of that nominee, Bruce Harris, may have been even more extraordinary. After he denied tenure to the court's only African American justice, John Wallace of Gloucester County, Democrats had pushed Christie for a "diverse" nominee, saying it was his obligation to offer a jurist who could bring another perspective to the now all-white court.
June 1, 2012 |
TRENTON - Two months after Democrats rejected Gov. Christie's nominee for one of two vacant seats on the State Supreme Court - a historically unprecedented move that marked a major setback for his administration - the Republican is sending another nominee to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday. And the votes aren't there to confirm this one, either, Democratic sources are saying. If Christie can't muscle through the confirmation of Bruce Harris - a Yale Law graduate, an African American, and a gay Republican who plans to recuse himself on the issue of same-sex marriage - then what?
May 13, 2012 |
I'd be the first to admit that I watch and think entirely too much about television. But that doesn't mean that I understand it. Case in point: AMC's intention to put Mad Men's Jessica Paré up for the outstanding-lead-actress category in a drama at this year's Emmys. The channel is obviously convinced that Paré's much-talked-about bordello-grade performance of "Zou Bisou Bisou" at Don's surprise birthday party earlier this season has vaulted her into the first rank of actresses.
May 10, 2012 |
Rick Santorum finally endorsed Mitt Romney for president, but he sure didn't trumpet the fact. The word came near the end of the 13th paragraph of an e-mail that hit the inboxes of Santorum supporters about 11 p.m. Monday - more than 900 words into his 1,107-word message. The former Pennsylvania senator wrote of his "clear differences" with Romney, illuminated during their bitter fight in the primaries, but said he was reassured that the presumptive Republican nominee would stand up for conservative principles after a private meeting the two men held last week in Pittsburgh.
April 25, 2012 |
Mitt Romney cruised to primary victories in Pennsylvania and four other Northeastern states Tuesday against a shrunken field of challengers, cementing his status as the presumed Republican nominee against President Obama in the fall. Romney sought to frame the contest as a referendum on whether Americans are better off now than they were four years ago, arguing that most are not, in a prime-time speech in New Hampshire. "It's still about the economy, and we're not stupid," Romney said.
April 22, 2012 |
BOSTON - Massachusetts may account for about 2 percent of the nation's population, but when it comes to nurturing White House dreams, the Bay State is a political boomtown. Since 1960, at least half a dozen Massachusetts politicians have launched serious campaigns for president, while a handful of others have toyed with the idea. Three captured their political party's nomination and one, John F. Kennedy, went on to occupy the office. The difference this election cycle is that the politician aiming to be the fourth major-party nominee from Massachusetts in the last five decades is a Republican, Mitt Romney.
April 16, 2012 |
Rick Santorum's decision to quit the presidential race last week clarified a number of things: Mitt Romney will be the Republican nominee; the general election will be closer; and for the second cycle in a row, the conservative activists who make up the GOP's base are going to get stiffed. This is not how the 2012 Republican primary was supposed to unfold. When the race unofficially got under way 18 months ago, the tea party was at the peak of its influence, having just handed Republicans control of the House.