Some photography recently left on the cutting room floor, courtesy of our own photo wiz Luis Sinco.
Seattle’s socialist, Occupy-approved city council member
Seattle has long been a bastion for liberal politics, but newly-elected City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant pushes the city’s political envelope with her avowed ties to socialism and the Occupy movement. The city’s more conservative political figures are skeptical of Sawant, but her supporters have successfully rallied around her, and her central call for a $15 minimum wage.
Says Sawant of her position outside of the typical political structure:
"It is time, high time, that we workers opt for a mass political alternative to the two big-business parties!"
Photos: Alan Berner / Seattle Times, Ted S. Warren / Associated Press
President John F. Kennedy was known for his openness in crowds. On the day of his assassination — 50 years ago this week — he famously chose to ride in a convertible through the streets of Dallas. As these two Los Angeles Times archival photos illustrate, he was more than comfortable with people, crowds and convertibles.
At top is a photograph of a 1962 moment that is now all but impossible for a president to replicate: a 20-minute beach frolic with admirers.
And below that is the president arriving, in 1961, at the Santa Monica home of actor Peter Lawford, who was married to Kennedy’s sister from 1954 to 1966. The caption pointedly notes that the president had foregone the usual closed limousine in favor of a convertible.
Original published captions follow.
Top, Aug. 20, 1962: BEACH FROLIC — Admirers, some fully-clothed and others in swim suits, surround President Kennedy as he stands in surf after taking a swim in the Pacific at Santa Monica. Scores followed the President into the water, frolicked happily with him for 20 minutes. Credit: Los Angeles Times / UCLA Library.
Bottom, Nov. 20, 1961: AT THE BEACH — A smiling President Kennedy hastens from convertible to the Peter Lawford beach home in Santa Monica to spend some time in the sun. Instead of taking usual closed limousine to the beach, President chose the convertible. Credit: Los Angeles Times / UCLA Library
Previously on L.A. Times Past:
test reblogged from latimespast
Initial Obamacare enrollment numbers disappoint
From our initial report on the release of enrollment figures for state exchanges, and more distressing for the White House, anemic totals for the healthcare.gov site:
Just 106,000 Americans successfully signed up in October for health coverage through President Obama’s healthcare law, the administration announced Wednesday in a report that underscored damage from the botched launch of the law and gave critics new fuel in their effort to roll it back.
The tally falls well short of administration hopes that as many as 500,000 people would select a health plan in the first month of enrollment.
Photo: J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press
John F. Kennedy’s rise to the presidency, in photos
As we near the 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s assassination on Nov. 22, 1963, Framework takes a look back at some of our own coverage of the nation’s most photogenic president.
Photos: Larry Sharkey, S.A. Hixson, William Murphy / Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Times archives
Read about next week’s cover, “Reboot,” by Barry Blitt, online now: http://nyr.kr/1cufZex
Another shot across the bow of the much-maligned launch of healthcare.gov, which new documents reveal successful signed up just a handful of people in its opening day.
test reblogged from newyorker
Shutdown, meet Reopen
The deal makes no significant changes to President Obama’s healthcare law. Democrats provided the additional votes needed to pass the bill in the House.
Photo: The final House vote total of 285-144 as seen on House Television. Credit: House TV / Associated Press, Win McNamee/Getty Images, Pete Marovich/Bloomberg
On Oct. 10, 1973, Vice President Spiro Agnew resigned. He was only the second U.S. vice president to resign. (There is no third. John C. Calhoun, a central figure in the Nullification Crisis of the early 1830s, was the first; he resigned Dec. 28, 1832. If only The Times’ archive went…
test reblogged from latimespast
Everyone the U.S. Government Owes Money To, in One Graph (via Planet Money)
Meanwhile, House Republicans and President Obama are inching toward a possible deal that would temporarily extend the debt ceiling for six weeks.
test reblogged from npr
California’s landmark recall election, a decade later
Ten years ago, California soured on Gov. Gray Davis less than a year after he had been reelected, and decided to hold just the second gubernatorial recall election in U.S. history. What followed was one of the strangest political shows in recent memory:
The spectacle — a snap election featuring a color wheel of 135 candidates, including a former child actor, a porn star and a handful of professional politicians — shook California from its usual political slumber and captivated an audience that watched from around the world.
As for the lasting legacy of the recall, which replaced Davis with actor, bodybuilder and frequent T800 Arnold Schwarzenegger in the state capitol:
…many say the historic election heightened awareness of state government and gave Californians a greater sense of empowerment, even if it failed to extinguish the flickering animosity toward Sacramento. For good or ill, the recall served notice on California’s political class, and still looms as a threat over all those holding elective office.
Photos: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times, Robert Galbraith / Associated Press
A look inside a quiet, empty Yosemite National Park
Times photographer Genaro Molina rushed to Yosemite during the 48-hour window provided to visitors to vacate the park after the government shut down earlier this week, taking a number of photos and running into just a few people in the vacated park.
Photos: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times
Museums, parks and governmental offices are on lockdown; their employees told not to come in, the tourist outside turned away. Away from the front lines, bloated egos in 3-piece suits are whipped into a frenzy in an attempt to spin the narrative and bank votes for coming elections.
The United States is closed for business and deep political divides are poised to keep it that way. With no agreement reached on a budget, the government has shut down and all essential employees have been told to stay home.
That was then, this is now. But sometimes it’s hard to tell.
In 1995, our last shutdown, President BIll Clinton was in the thick of the melee with republicans unhappy with budget proposals, sparking weeks of government shutdowns.
Today President Obama faces an eerily similar situation.
As these diptychs show, with 1995 on the left and 2013 on the right, nothing really changes.
test reblogged from picturedept
The 103rd anniversary of the Los Angeles Times bombing
At 1 a.m. on Oct. 1, 1910, a bombing attack on the Times HQ on Broadway and 1st Street killed 20 Times employees and injured about 100 more.
The explosives were set by two bothers, John J. and James B. McNamara, who were found guilty in 1911. Both were prominent labor activists, and members of the Iron Workers union.
The union had carried out a campaign of dynamite bombings in the past, but nowhere near the scale of that carried out against the Times, which at that time was owned by the strongly anti-labor Harrison Gray Otis.
Photos: Los Angeles Times History Center, C.C. Pierce collection / The Huntington Library