June 22, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Gov. Christie affirmed his "pro-life" views before a gathering of religious conservatives here Friday, reaching out to a vocal Republican bloc on an issue he rarely emphasizes in New Jersey. But as he spoke to religious voters who can be influential in GOP presidential primaries, Christie also tied his views to causes with middle-ground appeal, saying that valuing life also means taking a less-punitive approach to drug addiction and boosting education for all children. "I believe if you're pro-life, as I am, you need to be pro-life for the whole life," Christie told about 400 conservative activists at a conference hosted by the Faith and Freedom Coalition.
May 21, 2010 |
If money is power, and power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely, and money is the root of all evil, then Alex Gibney's documentary about the superlobbyist and convicted felon Jack Abramoff illustrates these cautionary koans with alarming, and damning, detail. A twisting tale of ambition, greed and hypocrisy, of moral lassitude and bold-faced chicanery, Casino Jack and the United States of Money focuses on the chameleonlike Abramoff, a charismatic mover and shaker who shook down American Indian tribes, Asian clothing factory owners and members of Congress, pocketing millions in the process.
March 10, 2010 |
DES MOINES, Iowa - Former Sen. Rick Santorum declared "a turning point in America" yesterday to a crowd of conservative Republican voters who help launch presidential elections from this early caucus state. Santorum preached to the flock on issues close to their political hearts, promising a battle against terrorism, abortion rights and same-sex marriage. That last issue has drawn true ire here since the Iowa Supreme Court last April declared a ban on same-sex marriages unconstitutional, clearing the way for Iowa to become the first state outside the Northeast to allow gays to marry.
January 12, 2006 |
If you're the sort who enjoys those giant jigsaw puzzles that consume consecutive summer vacations, have we got a scandal for you! Corrupt lobbyist Jack Abramoff may be the biggest piece of the puzzle, but there are scores of others that, once pieced together, form an almost cartoonish picture of extreme greed and corruption. Start with the characters, a surreal hodgepodge of caricature, including: el capo Abramoff, the gangster in too-tight overcoat and fedora striding from the courthouse; a variety of politicians and K Street lobbyists, all looking as if they just remembered they left a porn site up on their mother-in-law's computer; and, not to leave anyone out, American Indians - that most sacred of all American victim groups.
November 7, 2005 |
Lobbyist Jack Abramoff was not at the Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing last week, but he was the central topic, as Congress continued to probe what some call one of this generation's most outrageous political scandals. It was J. Steven Griles' turn to testify Wednesday, but it could have been any number of people. Griles, a former Interior Department deputy, was called to address suggestions that Abramoff had improperly influenced his federal work. Griles, who denies wrongdoing, is just the latest in a line of Republican officials and conservative leaders to be linked to Abramoff, who has been accused of mocking the laws that govern money and influence in American politics.
October 16, 2005 |
Perhaps the best case that can be made for Harriet Miers is the one President Bush made out of the gate: "I know her heart. I know what she believes. I know her well enough to be able to say that she's not going to change, that 20 years from now she'll be the same person with the same philosophy that she is today. " Of course, the last person Bush judged by getting "a sense of his soul" was Vladimir Putin. Twenty years ago, Miers was giving money to Al Gore and the DNC, and a few years before that she was Catholic.
March 7, 2004 |
Whoop, whoop, whoop! Behold the happy warrior. The high-pitched laugh comes from down low in the wheelchair, where Max Cleland sits with his leg stumps, as he rants merrily about President Bush, gesturing wildly with his only arm, as rivulets of sweat streak across his blue dress shirt. Nearly 34 years after he was cleaved in half by a grenade in the heat of battle, he's storming into combat like a man on a mission, reborn after a bitter political defeat, determined to take Bush down for John Kerry, his Vietnam brother in arms.
October 12, 2002 |
Their interest and their influence fading, Christian conservatives are struggling to regain the power that not long ago helped Republicans elect a president and win control of Congress. Since Bill Clinton left the scene, Christians have retreated from elective politics, no longer stirred to anger by a president they abhorred, and frustrated by their inability to enact laws barring abortion and permitting school prayer. In 2000, an estimated four million Christian conservative voters sat out the election.
October 1, 1999 |
On the surface, it would not appear that anything is remotely amiss at the Christian Coalition. The group that has made itself synonymous with the religious right is celebrating its 10th birthday. Its founder and leader, Pat Robertson, is talking up plans to register a million new voters for the next national election. And today marks the beginning of its annual Washington "victory" conference - a glitzy affair that will feature speeches by five Republican presidential candidates, including Texas Gov. George W. Bush, all of them seemingly anxious to pay obeisance.
July 26, 1999 |
If Gov. Ridge is scuttling to the Right to win a spot on the national Republican ticket - and there's evidence he is - he'd better scuttle faster. Not only has he reportedly been bad-mouthed by one unnamed archbishop (as noted today in Clout on Page 8), there's also a sense in some GOP circles that the easier things go for presidential front-runner Texas Gov. George W. Bush, the tougher it could get for Ridge. Bush now looks like a runaway winner for the GOP nomination. But some GOP insiders say if conservative Republicans anxious about Bush's "compassionate conservative" views can't get a fight in the primary season, they will want a fight for VP. "With [conservative N.H. Sen.]