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  • When Family Fortunes Beget Vicious Power Struggles

    02/12/2016 6:18:59 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    New York Times ^ | 02/12/2016 | By JAMES B. STEWART
    Consider the plight of Shari Redstone, the daughter of the billionaire media mogul Sumner Redstone. Much of her family's fortune is tied to the ailing 92-year-old Mr. Redstone. He owns 80 percent and she owns 20 percent of National Amusements, the private business that controls two giant media companies -- Viacom and CBS. Upon Mr. Redstone's death, his interest passes to a trust with his grandchildren as beneficiaries. But Mr. Redstone hardly set the stage for an orderly transition. He stubbornly held on so long as executive chairman of both CBS and Viacom that shareholders began to question his ability...
  • Jeb Bush Struggles to Galvanize His Family’s Donor Base as Campaign Falters

    10/23/2015 8:53:06 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 31 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 10/22/15 | Rebecca Ballhaus and Biography @rebeccaballhaus Christopher
    As Jeb Bush heads to Texas on Sunday to rally top fundraisers along with his father and brother, former presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, the family’s vaunted financial network is mostly disengaged and splintered—and his campaign stock is falling. The one-time front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination is roughly tied for third place among GOP contenders in campaign cash and has fallen to fourth or fifth place in national polls, including the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News survey. His crowds are modest. He failed to dominate in either of the GOP debates, and million-dollar ad buys in...
  • Jeb Bush orders across-board pay cuts as campaign struggles

    10/23/2015 8:48:49 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 44 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/23/15 | Alex Isenstadt and Eli Stokols
    Jeb Bush on Friday ordered across-the-board pay cuts to his struggling presidential campaign and warned staff that job functions would change. On a Friday conference call, top officials said resources would shift heavily to ballot access and voter contact. One person on the Friday morning staff call said they were left with the impression that "very few people will be left in Miami." Danny Diaz led the call. Sally Bradshaw also spoke. So did general counsel Megan Sowards. Although campaign officials insisted they're still in strong shape, the moves — combined with Bush's stagnant poll numbers, despite millions having been...
  • Russia Tones Down the Rhetoric as Its Economy Struggles

    10/23/2014 12:16:59 PM PDT · by upbeat5 · 13 replies
    The Fiscal times via ^ | October 23, 2014 | Rob Garver
    Russia’s leaders have continued to criticize the economic sanctions imposed by the West over their invasion of Ukraine, but the official complaints from Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov have recently taken a more-in-sorrow-than-in-anger tone. The sanctions, Lavrov and others suggest, won’t really hurt the Russian economy in the long term, but are damaging to international cooperation in general. Related Stories Moody's cuts Russia's sovereign rating by one notch to Baa2 MarketWatch Russia warns of ‘prolonged’ period of cold relations with U.S. Fortune [$$] Russia's Debt Downgraded The Wall Street Journal Russia's Investment Grade Status Teeters On Edge Following Moody's Downgrade Forbes...
  • Obama's Struggles Hampering Democratic Recruitment

    05/13/2013 3:01:20 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | Alex Roarty | National Journal
    Imagine you’re a red-state Democrat contemplating a run for Senate. Here’s what you’ve seen during the opening months of President Obama’s second term: A still-tepid economic recovery, a culturally polarizing agenda on immigration and guns, and fears of Obamacare’s possibly haphazard implementation. The White House’s uneven second-term start shows little sign of improving. Questions about what administration and State Department officials knew about the origins of last year’s deadly attack on a consulate in Benghazi have hounded them since last week’s congressional hearing. The explosive revelation Friday that the IRS targeted conservative non-profit outside groups seems certain to put Obama...
  • Obama struggles to keep Dems from killing tax cuts

    12/07/2010 5:56:31 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 85 replies · 2+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/7/10 | Stephen Ohlemacher and Charles Babington - ap
    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama struggled Tuesday to prevent wholesale defections by fellow Democrats that could sink the tax deal he worked out with Republicans — angry opposition that could subject millions of Americans to a big holiday-season tax increase. Many GOP lawmakers seemed ready to embrace the Obama-GOP compromise and declare victory. The question was whether enough Democrats would join them in support, especially in the House, where liberal resentment of the president's concessions on tax breaks for the wealthiest runs strong. Obama went on national TV to give a ringing defense of his compromise, declaring it the necessary...
  • Obama tells Ohio audience of own family struggles

    09/08/2010 4:09:45 PM PDT · by Nachum · 71 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 9/8/10 | Staff
    President Barack Obama is getting a little personal about the sluggish economy, telling a Cleveland audience about his own family's struggles and hardships. Obama noted Wednesday that his grandfather served in World War II while his grandmother toiled in factories back home. He was raised by a single mother who put herself through school and got up before sunrise to help him with schoolwork. And, the president says, first lady Michelle Obama's father kept working in spite of suffering from multiple sclerosis that forced him to walk with crutches.
  • Mama Bear Struggles to Free Cub

    07/29/2010 12:09:05 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 15 replies · 3+ views
    Fox News ^ | 7-29-10 | Fox News
    Man in Anchorage, Alaska captures mother rescuing baby bear from fishing net on video
  • Oil powerhouse Venezuela struggles to keep lights on

    10/22/2008 7:14:25 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies · 1,102+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 10/22/08 | Brian Ellsworth
    SAN FELIX, Venezuela (Reuters) – Despite having some of the world's largest energy reserves, Venezuela is increasingly struggling to maintain basic electrical service, a growing challenge for leftist President Hugo Chavez. The OPEC nation has suffered three nationwide blackouts this year, and chronic power shortages have sparked protests from the western Andean highlands to San Felix, a city of mostly poor industrial workers in the sweltering south. Shoddy electrical service is now one of Venezuelans' top concerns, according to a recent poll, and may be a factor in elections next month for governors and mayors in which Chavez allies are...
  • Spitzer Struggles

    01/29/2008 9:17:17 PM PST · by jdm · 6 replies · 95+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | Jan. 30, 2008 | by Kevin Kusinitz
    ~excerpt~ BETWEEN GROWING UP IN Rhode Island and later moving to New York, I've witnessed a lifetime of political corruption. It's part of the landscape, like barren trees in the winter and obese tourists in the summer. When an elected official vows to "clean up the capitol," I calmly wait for the headline that features his or her name followed by the words "under investigation." And so it is with New York Governor Elliot Spitzer. As Attorney General, Spitzer was known as the Sheriff of Wall Street, bringing down the wing tipped bad guys with a loaded subpoena and a...
  • CA: Despite big checks from tribes, state GOP struggles with debts

    01/24/2008 7:57:59 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies · 110+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 1/24/08 | Michael R. Blood - ap
    The California Republican Party is struggling to get out of debt, creating a potential drag on voter registration and other party-building efforts in the midst of a heated campaign season, records showed Thursday. As of last week, the state GOP's main account had a balance of $3.2 million but $3.4 million in unpaid obligations. The party's federal account - used to finance activities that support congressional candidates - listed a balance of $34,000 but nearly $460,000 in debts, according to records filed last month. The shaky finances are due in large part to sluggish fundraising. The party collected $5.6 million...
  • CA: Senate struggles to reach budget deal as GOP insists on cuts (All-nighter ahead)

    07/20/2007 8:09:30 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 408+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 7/20/07 | Aaron C. Davis - ap
    The state Senate leader on Friday said the package of tax credits the Assembly approved to win passage of a state budget was "dead on arrival," leaving the fate of the $145 billion spending plan in doubt. The announcement left Senate Republicans and Democrats searching for agreements on spending cuts and possibly reforms to environmental regulations so they could seal a deal on California's overdue budget. The fiscal year began July 1, and lawmakers were scheduled to begin their summer recess Friday. Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata called a floor session even as he and Senate Minority Leader Dick...
  • Edwards struggles to hold South Carolina

    03/19/2007 5:51:30 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 497+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/19/07 | Jim Davenport - ap
    WINNSBORO, S.C. - The temptation of the Democrats' high-powered candidates may be too much for the South Carolina voters who helped John Edwards to his only presidential primary win in 2004. With its status as one of the four early voting states in the 2008 nomination race, South Carolina could again provide a much needed boost to Edwards' campaign. But state Democrats are attracted to rivals Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama (news, bio, voting record), with Edwards struggling to hold onto his previous support. Some voters say Edwards, the native son from Seneca, S.C., had his chance and...
  • Automakers' struggles affecting NASCAR (Belt-tightening time for the racing teams)

    01/25/2007 7:02:38 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 33 replies · 847+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/25/07 | Chris Jenkins - ap
    CONCORD, N.C. - When asked about Ford Motor Co.'s announcement that it lost a record $12.7 billion last year, the director of Dodge's racing program cringes as if he just swallowed a swig of motor oil. These aren't the best of times for the U.S. auto industry, and the effects are starting to trickle down to NASCAR. Folks in the race team shops sprinkled throughout suburban Charlotte are worried about tightening their belts _ and not just the ones on their engines. Mike Accavitti, director of Dodge Motorsports and SRT Product Planning, said teams must start finding ways to become...
  • Philly struggles with 'code of silence' (5-year-old is latest slaying victim)

    12/08/2006 12:43:23 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies · 1,132+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/8/06 | MaryClaire Dale - ap
    PHILADELPHIA - City prosecutors struggled in a high-profile case this week to get fearful witnesses to stick to their stories, finding a deeply entrenched "code of silence" at work even in the slaying of a 5-year-old girl. In an example of witnesses "going south," or recanting testimony, four key witnesses in the Sept. 25 drive-by shooting of Casha'e Rivers took the stand in city court and withdrew statements they previously gave police. In the most striking reversal, a witness whose statement was videotaped by police one day after the slaying told the judge he had just told police what they...
  • GOP struggles for a plan to reunite party

    11/12/2006 11:44:53 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 134 replies · 1,849+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 11/12/06 | Finlay Lewis - CNS
    WASHINGTON – With their control of Congress ended decisively by voters coast to coast, Republicans of all ideological stripes wasted no time last week pointing fingers as they began jockeying for position to remake the party. Conservative leaders spent the days after their defeat racing to TV studios and microphones to insist that the Republican Party – and not conservatism – is to blame for what President Bush ruefully called a “thumpin'.” Pat Toomey, president of the Club for Growth, complained that the party had strayed from its goal of limiting government's growth and argued that the election “was not...
  • Baghdad Morgue Struggles To Cope With Flow Of Bodies

    05/04/2006 7:33:59 PM PDT · by blam · 6 replies · 424+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5-5-2006 | Oliver Poole
    Baghdad morgue struggles to cope with flow of bodies By Oliver Poole in Baghdad (Filed: 05/05/2006) The month after the bombing of the Golden Mosque in Samarra was the bloodiest in Baghdad's modern history, with 1,294 bodies arriving at the city's morgue. Ninety per cent had been shot, said the facility's deputy director, Dr Qaiss Hassan, as official figures were released of the carnage that came after the destruction of the revered Shia holy site on Feb 22. A coffin arrives at the morgue There was a wave of tit-for-tat sectarian killings as Shia mobs rampaged through the Iraqi capital,...
  • Schwarzenegger, facing re-election, shifts warily on immigration , ... struggles to win popularity

    04/28/2006 7:05:12 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 380+ views
    ap on San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 4/28/06 | Michael R. Blood - ap
    LOS ANGELES – Last year, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger backed a federal plan to build a stretch of border fence between San Diego and Tijuana. This week, he said walling off hundreds of miles of the California-Mexico border is a strategy from the Stone Age. It's not the only example of his complex – and sometimes shifting – views on illegal immigration, an issue that has given rise to a national movement during his time in office. California's governor certainly should have a role in the debate over leaky borders and the not-so-invisible illegal labor economy. The state has more illegal...
  • Cancun Struggles To Recover From Wilma

    12/20/2005 2:55:51 PM PST · by blam · 10 replies · 617+ views
    BBC ^ | 12-20-2005 | Claire Marshall
    Cancun struggles to recover from Wilma By Claire Marshall BBC News, Cancun The sun is shining, and the sea is a beautiful deep azure. But nearly two months after Hurricane Wilma, the beach is out of bounds and Cancun's main strip looks like a building site. The beach is now out of bounds Cranes dot the horizon. Piles of rubble lie by the side of the road. There seem to be more construction workers than tourists here. For the moment, the jewel of Mexico's tourism industry has definitely lost its sparkle. The president's pledge of having the resort fully up...
  • Media Struggles to Protect Sources

    04/26/2005 1:52:56 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 469+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/26/05 | Pete Yost - AP
    WASHINGTON - Unfavorable court rulings have the news media facing their most serious challenge in more than three decades over protecting the identities of confidential sources. The latest defeat came last week when a federal appeals court in Washington declined to reconsider a three-judge panel's ruling compelling Time magazine's Matthew Cooper and The New York Times' Judith Miller to testify before a federal grand jury about their sources or go to jail for up to 18 months. The two reporters have been called to testify about the leak of an undercover CIA's officer's name. In a separate case, The Associated...
  • French town struggles with pedophilia case (Angers, FRance)

    03/04/2005 8:59:43 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 797+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 3/4/05 | Verena Von Derschau - AP
    ANGERS, France (AP) - This town in western France, known for its medieval castle and Cointreau liqueur, now has a new, more sordid reputation - as the home of a pedophilia ring where parents allegedly raped, abused and pimped children and even babies. Sixty-six people have gone on trial this week, but some residents still apparently refuse to accept that such crimes could be perpetrated in their midst. "I've heard people say to me, 'But you know, these children were used to it.' It's the horror of horror," said Deputy Mayor Michelle Moreau. The trial's second day Friday was devoted...
  • 'PrimeTime Live' struggles with ratings plunge (23%), staff unrest

    02/10/2005 4:56:35 PM PST · by Libloather · 32 replies · 1,512+ views
    USA Today | 2/10/05
    USA Today Diane Sawyer anchors PrimeTime, where ratings have dropped 23% this year.
  • Kerry Struggles To Lose Elitist Tag With Voters

    07/23/2004 6:27:52 PM PDT · by blam · 11 replies · 381+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7-24-2004 | Alec Russell
    Kerry struggles to lose elitist tag with voters By Alec Russell in Washington (Filed: 24/07/2004) The Democrats' presidential challenger returned to his birthplace yesterday seeking to give an answer to a key question hanging over his campaign: who exactly is Senator John Kerry? With polls showing him neck and neck with President George W Bush, he is in a better position at this stage of the race than any challenger since Ronald Reagan in 1980. He has also raised more money than any challenger in history and with his cv as a Vietnam War hero cannot easily be tarred with...
  • CA: Governor struggles with state's realities

    11/23/2003 10:37:33 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 145+ views ^ | 11/23/03 | Robert Salladay - SF Chronicle
    <p>Sacramento -- On the door leading to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's private offices, there is a large plaque dedicated to former Gov. Edmund G. "Pat" Brown. At eye level to all who enter, there is another name in equally large type: Gray Davis, who dedicated the lobby area to Brown and literally left his mark on Schwarzenegger's door on the way out.</p>
  • CA: Assembly struggles to reach budget consensus

    07/29/2003 12:35:10 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 195+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 7/29/03 | Ann E. Marimow
    <p>SACRAMENTO - In an early morning vote today after a grueling day of arm-twisting, the Assembly rejected a $70.8 billion budget that slashes spending, but leaves the state saddled with a $7.9 billion deficit next year.</p> <p>Assembly leaders continued to press reluctant lawmakers this morning to change their votes and approve the plan the Senate passed Sunday night. The Legislature's budget stalemate, which slipped into its 29th day, has damaged California's credit rating and cut off payments to critical state programs.</p>