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There was no conciliatory phone call, no heart-to-heart talk to soothe the tensions. No one knows exactly when President Barack Obama and Republican Sen. John McCain went from bitter rivals in the 2008 presidential campaign and foes over health care and national security to bipartisan partners.
PHILADELPHIA — In a city that has become renowned for its hip and innovative restaurant scene, a local tourist attraction is offering decidedly different fare: prison food.
“Through the National Security Agency, the Obama Administration is secretly monitoring Verizon phone calls made in the United States by millions of Americans. An Obama administration official has acknowledged such collection of people’s telephone records is a critical tool to fight terrorism, and is in fact going on.”
American journalism has disgraced itself in the matter of the Benghazi terrorist attack.
At least Romney had binders. Binders full of qualified women to fill cabinet positions, that is. Democrats mercilessly pounded Romney for the binders comment he made during the 2012 presidential campaign, but I’ll bet the Obama campaign now wishes Romney had passed the binders on to Obama since it seems he’s having a hard time picking women to fill his second term cabinet positions.
"Trickle-up poverty, aka socialism, means everyone will be getting crumbs."
"To Friday’s Venter, I am OK with your idea of looking at all the college transcripts of McCain, Palin, Limbaugh, if we could only see Obama’s. Of course this liberal Venter is not educated enough to tell you that his hero spent millions of dollars sealing his records from the public! Where did Obama get the money to pay these lawyers and what is he hiding? I would imagine there is enough information in these transcripts to bring down this so-callled President!"
Here our country is on the verge of being catapulted over a disastrous fiscal cliff and Arizona’s hero, John McCain, and his human appendage, Leslie Graham, have taken it upon themselves to open an attack on U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice. It is such a shameless and dishonest attack on the woman who has been acclaimed for doing a superb job representing our country on the huge world stage.
“Here is a great way to boost our economy. Everyone with a foreign car should go out and buy either GM, Ford or Chrysler. That way your money will give the economy a big boost. Americans should support the USA, not Japan or Korea. When you buy foreign cars they tell you that the cars are made here, which is wrong, the cars are assembled here. Another point: When you buy a foreign car some of your money goes to that country.”
To the 95 Republican members of the House who sent President Obama a letter stating that Susan Rice is not fit to be Secretary of State, a primer.
“To the venter who thinks Linda Turley-Hansen’s Sunday commentary was ‘such hate and vitriol’: What a pity you can’t recognize truth when you see it. She is factual and accurate in all she writes. Take off your ‘liberal glasses’ for once.”
Why are the American people being fed nothing but lies about the Benghazi, Libya Embassy Attack and the murder of Ambassador Chris Stevens? Obama’s UN Ambassador Susan Rice was all over the news programs spouting the Administration’s lie about the Benghazi Embassy attack being “spontaneous,” brought about “solely” to protest the latest anti-Islam “home movie.”
Hollywood is respecting the environment and recycling - again.
Hollywood is respecting the environment and recycling - again.
SAN DIEGO — The attorney for a 22-year-old loner accused of trying to assassinate Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has a low-key style and a record of saving high-profile clients from the death penalty.
Judy Clarke worked on plea agreements that spared "Unabomber" Ted Kaczynski and Eric Rudolph, who bombed abortion clinics in the late 1990s and Atlanta's Olympic park in 1996. She was on a team that negotiated a plea that avoided death for white supremacist Buford Furrow Jr., who shot up a Jewish center in Los Angeles in 1999.
She also helped persuade a jury to spare the life of Susan Smith, who strapped her sons in their car seats and let her car roll into a South Carolina lake in 1994, carrying the boys to their deaths.
Colleagues describe Clarke, 58, as a tireless advocate for her clients and a staunch opponent of the death penalty who shuns the spotlight.
Her lack of ego is "so uncharacteristic among criminal defense lawyers that it's almost freakish," said David Bruck, a close friend since they attended law school at the University of South Carolina and her co-counsel for Smith.
"She'll be invisible to the press," Bruck said. "She won't give you two minutes between now and when the trial is over unless there's a very good reason having to do with her client's defense. She will never get in front of the cameras just to be in front of the cameras."
Clarke, who was raised in Asheville, N.C., has called San Diego home for much of the last 30 years. Her passion and skill at defending death penalty cases have made her a hot commodity across the country, and she travels frequently.
"Some of these cases are not about, 'Is the defendant guilty?'" said Quin Denvir, her co-counsel on the Unabomber case. "It's about what the sentence is going to be. That could be true in this case."
Jared Loughner potentially faces the death penalty on charges of trying to kill the Arizona congresswoman in a shooting spree Saturday. In total, six died and 14 were injured or wounded in the assault outside a Tucson supermarket.
Among the dead was a 9-year-old girl who was born on the day of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, a federal judge and one of Giffords' aides.
Bruck said Clarke has been able to strike deals with prosecutors that initially seemed out of the question.
Furrow stormed a Los Angeles Jewish center packed with children and fired 70 bullets, injuring five people, and then killed a Filipino-American letter carrier by shooting him nine times. In reaching a plea deal that spared him the death penalty, Clarke highlighted Furrow's history of mental problems and how he tried to get help without success.
"The issues in a death penalty case are often not who did it or what did the person do but who is this person?" said Bruck, a professor at Washington and Lee University. "Judy knows how to approach that question."
Tommy Pope, who argued for the death penalty as lead prosecutor against Smith, said the defense team succeeded at casting their client as sympathetic, even though she killed her children.
"Their goal and their task will be to humanize (Loughner)," said Pope, now a South Carolina legislator. "In Smith, they did, and it was effective."
Clarke donated the nearly $83,000 fee that she earned from defending Smith to a South Carolina group that provides legal assistance for defendants in death penalty cases.
Clarke, who didn't respond to phone messages Monday, told the San Antonio Express-News in 1996 that she wanted to be a lawyer since she was 11 or 12 years old and has always been an advocate for the underdog.
"I thought it would be neat to be Perry Mason and win all the time," she said.
She headed the federal public defender's office in San Diego from 1983 to 1991 and in Spokane, Wash., from 1992 to 2002. She is married to Speedy Rice, a law professor at Washington and Lee who focuses on international law and human rights.
Mario Conte, who teaches at California Western School of Law in San Diego and has known Clarke since 1980, said her passion against the death penalty is unique among criminal defense lawyers.
"There are a lot of us who are very philosophically opposed in our line of work, but Judy certainly takes it to another level," he said.
Readers haven't been shy about expressing their feelings regarding Proposition 406, the proposed .25 percent sales tax increase in Gilbert. Here's a sampling of letters we've received.
RICE LAKE, Wis. — The woman killed at a suburban Phoenix race track over the weekend is being remembered by co-workers in northern Wisconsin as a good friend who will be deeply missed.
The tremendous response by donors and families in need of food at Thanksgiving has prompted Chandler CARE Center to try to bolster donations that will be available Friday at the third annual "Back-to-Basics" Holiday Family Assistance Day.
Needy Chandler families can receive many of the fixings to prepare a Thanksgiving meal for free Saturday morning, thanks to the donations of Chandler businesses, students and school employees.
Members of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church are donating more than 1,000 pounds of food to the Chandler CARE Center this week , the largest donation of the year, said Susan Horan, the center’s director.
UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. Security Council swiftly condemned North Korea's nuclear test on Monday as "a clear violation" of a 2006 resolution and said it will start work immediately on another one that could result in new sanctions against the reclusive nation.
The Tribune has selected five outstanding graduating high school seniors as the All-Tribune Scholars of 2009. The students, nominated by their schools, were chosen based on their scholastic accomplishments, and school and community activities. They represent some of the best academic talent in East Valley high schools.
UNITED NATIONS - Key Security Council nations reached agreement Saturday on a statement that would condemn North Korea's rocket launch and toughen U.N. sanctions against the reclusive communist nation.
UNITED NATIONS - The U.S. and its allies sought punishment Sunday for North Korea's defiant launch of a rocket that apparently fizzled into the Pacific, holding an emergency U.N. meeting in response to the "provoctive act" that some believe was a long-range missile test.