| Sep 3, 2014
The latest Gallup poll indicates that 14 percent of the people "moderately disapprove" of Barack Obama's performance as president and 39 percent "strongly disapprove."
Since Obama won two presidential elections, chances are that some of those who now...
| Sep 25, 2014
| 1:00 PM
With division in Washington a solidifying fact of modern American politics, this is a smart moment for a deep examination of the political faction that gave this country the income tax, that railed against business trusts on behalf of working men and...
| Aug 29, 2014
| 7:00 AM
Unlike Steve Almond and Mark Edmundson, the authors of two terrific new books on football, I did not grow up with a father who loved the sport.
My father thinks football is commercialized barbarism — 22 oversized idiots plowing into one another,...
| Aug 26, 2014
| 7:30 AM
The search is on for a new operator for the Inn on Mt. Ada on Santa Catalina Island.
The iconic bed-and-breakfast inn, onetime home of chewing gum industrialist William Wrigley Jr., is closing Nov. 30. All rooms are booked for the remaining nights,...
| Aug 7, 2014
| 8:15 AM
This Spanish/Mediterranean-style home listed in Los Feliz for $3.2 million dates from 1928. Calvin Coolidge was president, and Los Angeles City Hall opened that year.
More recently, the "Old Hollywood" vibe estate sold for $1.55 million two years...
| Jan 7, 2014
| 2:30 AM
French President Francois Hollande has been confronted by the glaring light of reality -- sort of.
On New Year's Day, as his massive tax increases began taking effect, Hollande, a member of the Socialist Party, admitted that taxes in France have become...
| Apr 30, 2014
| 6:00 AM
A rug woven by orphans of the Armenian genocide -- and the subject of modern-day political controversy -- may be put on display after years in White House storage.
Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Burbank) said the White House has committed to exhibit the rug...
| Apr 30, 2014
| 9:07 AM
After a joint letter from more than 30 members of Congress, a letter from local Armenian leaders, years of community pressure and a petition drive on a website, the White House has agreed to exhibit in the near future, likely this fall, a rug made by...
| Apr 15, 2014
| 3:41 PM
Americans say they want politicians to tackle the big issues and get things done. In 2008, they even elected a presidential candidate who said he was interested in "fundamentally transforming the United States of America."
Yet almost every time elected...
| Apr 8, 2014
| 2:30 AM
"THE RIGHT thing to do never requires any subterfuge, it is always simple and direct," said Calvin Coolidge, the 30th president of the United States.
A TV show that interested me last year was "The Americans," on the FX Channel. As you may know, this...
| Apr 10, 2014
| 4:05 AM
Years before John Dillinger, "Baby Face" Nelson and "Pretty Boy" Floyd, there was Gerald Chapman.
Chapman — dubbed "Public Enemy No. 1" by both the press and authorities prior to the FBI's official use of the phrase — was criminally active...