July 4, 2013 |
"It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that is pretty important. " - Martin Luther King Jr. In the half-century or so since John Lewis had his head bashed in on Selma's Edmund Pettus Bridge, the Deep South has undergone a stunning social, cultural, and political transformation. Just ask Paula Deen. Her black patrons, if she has any left, are free to go inside her Savannah restaurant, request a table, and pay for the privilege of her heart-attack specials.
February 22, 2013 |
A FEDERAL JUDGE on Thursday upheld the city's ban on political giving by police officers and ruled that they could not contribute part of their paychecks to a political-action committee. Siding with Mayor Nutter's administration, District Court Judge Juan Sanchez said in his decision that the Home Rule Charter provision banning cops from political activity is still constitutional, because of the Police Department's history of corruption and the potential for abuse if cops became more politically organized.
February 8, 2013
Cardiss Collins, 81, an Illinois Democrat who reluctantly filled her late husband's seat in Congress in 1973 and over the next quarter-century became one of the most prominent black women on Capitol Hill, died Feb. 3 at Inova Alexandria Hospital in Alexandria, Va. A family friend, Mel Blackwell, said she had complications from pneumonia. Mrs. Collins won a special election for the congressional seat six months after her husband, Rep. George Collins, died when a commercial jetliner on which he was a passenger crashed near Chicago's Midway Airport, killing more than 40 people.
December 9, 2012 |
MANAMA, Bahrain - American envoys challenged assertions Saturday that Washington seeks to diminish its role in Middle East affairs, insisting that U.S. political ties and energy needs bind the country closely to a region full of "threat and promise. " The defensive tone by U.S. officials, in response to questions raised at an international security summit in Bahrain, reflects growing speculation about a possible U.S. policy realignment toward Asia at the expense of Mideast initiatives.
November 12, 2012 |
JERUSALEM - They spent their journalistic careers analyzing, covering, and skewering Israel's politicians. Now, a striking number are vying to join their ranks. Four prominent Israeli TV anchors and news pundits are leaving their jobs and running for parliament in Israel's coming elections, reflecting the rising star power of media personalities for an electorate that has long had a penchant for retired army generals. The recent surge of journalists-turned-politicians reflects in part a desire for new blood in a political scene long dominated by the same faces.
October 1, 2012 |
Pat Robertson stood before Independence Hall Saturday and proclaimed that "This nation belongs to Jesus. " The 82-year-old broadcaster, a stalwart of the Christian right, spoke to a crowd of nearly 10,000 that had gathered on the mall to reverse the course of what they called a United States gone wrong. "I ran for president once, and it's a mistake I wouldn't want anybody to make," said Robertson, who had walked to the lectern slowly and hunched over. "We will never change America through politics.
July 9, 2012 |
CAIRO - Egypt's Islamist president fired the first volley Sunday in his battle with the nation's powerful generals, calling on the Islamist-dominated parliament to reconvene despite a military-backed court ruling that dissolved it. A week into his presidency, the surprise move by Mohammed Morsi threatened to plunge the country into a new bout of instability and violence, nearly 17 months after the ouster of authoritarian leader Hosni Mubarak....
June 29, 2012 |
CAIRO - The Muslim Brotherhood has stopped talking about its longtime dream of an Islamic Egypt and expelling Israel's ambassador to Cairo. Instead, President-elect Mohammed Morsi is hurriedly building a diverse alliance with leftists, liberals, and Christians to bolster his battle to end military rule. Those familiar with the group's inner workings say, however, that this may only be a short-term strategy that will give way later to a push for the stricter imposition of Islamic law. That could partly explain why the secular generals who took over from ousted President Hosni Mubarak 16 months ago will not relinquish their hold on most levers of power.
June 23, 2012 |
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Pakistani lawmakers elected a ruling-party loyalist with a checkered past as prime minister Friday, restoring government to the country after days of political turmoil. But the election of Raja Pervaiz Ashraf was unlikely to calm the tensions roiling the country, and many predicted he would face the same fate as his predecessor, who was ousted this week. The drama highlighted the turbulent nature of politics in this nuclear-armed country that is vital to U.S. hopes for ending the war in Afghanistan.
May 23, 2012 |
CAIRO - Egypt's presidential campaign has been full of startling moments. At one point, ousted President Hosni Mubarak's last prime minister rode into a rally on a white horse like a knight, promising to restore Mubarak-era stability and ensure secular rule. A veteran of the old regime, Ahmed Shafiq was himself booted from office by protests weeks after his former boss fell last year. Now he's a presidential candidate, his dramatic entrance before a cheering crowd typifying the choices facing Egyptians in this week's landmark vote, between voices from the authoritarian past and Islamists promising an uncertain future.