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October 31, 1992
Americans can rejoice that President Bush is "convinced that we can begin writing the last chapter of the Vietnam war."This is likely to lead to closing the book on Americans missing in action from the Indochinese war. It can also lead to increased American trade with Vietnam, both to hasten its liberation from communism and to give American firms a fair shot at the market. And, finally, it opens the way to diplomatic relations, which should help the Cambodian settlement bring peace at last to Southeast Asia.
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By David Horsey | October 30, 2012
Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock, the Tea Party usurper who took down Sen. Richard Lugar in the Republican primary, created the biggest political buzz last week by uttering the following sentence in a televised debate: "I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, it is something that God intended to happen. " In an exercise that is becoming repetitive this year, slightly more sane Republicans like Mitt Romney and John McCain were forced to disassociate themselves from the comments of one of their political compatriots -- not that Mr. Romney put much distance between himself and Mr. Mourdock.
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By David Horsey | October 30, 2012
Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock, the Tea Party usurper who took down Sen. Richard Lugar in the Republican primary, created the biggest political buzz last week by uttering the following sentence in a televised debate: "I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, it is something that God intended to happen. " In an exercise that is becoming repetitive this year, slightly more sane Republicans like Mitt Romney and John McCain were forced to disassociate themselves from the comments of one of their political compatriots -- not that Mr. Romney put much distance between himself and Mr. Mourdock.
NEWS
October 1, 2012
Things certainly seem to be breaking President Barack Obama's way of late. A slew of new polls last week showed gains for him in crucial battleground states, most notably Ohio, the one state no Republican has ever won the presidency without. Mr. Obama won't repeat his feat of taking Indiana, and North Carolina may be a stretch, but polls in Florida, Virginia, Nevada and elsewhere suggest the possibility that this election might not even be that close. But before Obama supporters start measuring the White House for second-term drapes, they may want to consider the strong possibility that the race is far from over.
FEATURES
By Los Angeles Times | November 19, 1991
HOLLYWOOD -- Now that "JFK," Oliver Stone's take on the Kennedy assassination, is on its way to theater next month, what's left for socially conscious filmmakers looking for conspiracies to unravel? Now there's the "October Surprise" -- the dark tale of political intrigue that suggests President Bush and the late William Casey were involved in a plot to delay the release of U.S. hostages held in Iran until after the 1980 presidential election. The controversial subject has already spawned books and could be headed for the big screen.
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By Jack W. Germond & Jules Witcover | August 7, 1991
Washington -- IN DECIDING to investigate whether the 1980 Reagan campaign sought to delay the release of American hostages held in Iran until after the presidential election, the Democratic congressional leadership is walking on eggs. But it is walking just the sao a real contest. In an effort to shelter themselves from charges of election-year politicking, House Speaker Tom Foley and Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell have specifically declared that they "accept the statement of President Bush that he neither participated in or had any knowledge of such contacts (with Iranian officials holding 52 Americans)
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By EDWARD ROEDER | July 5, 1991
Washington -- Allegations of an ''October surprise'' in the 1980 elections present the Democratic leadership in Congress with an opportunity and a duty to do something right, something Congress hasn't done well since Watergate: conduct a major investigation of a potentially momentous scandal. Ironically, conflicts of interests posed by their campaign finances may cost the Democrats this chance.Democratic leaders are daunted by the duty, and by the risk of another fiasco like the Iran-contra inquiry that turned up more hot air than smoking guns.
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By ROGER SIMON | July 26, 1992
Why do I get the funny feeling that the lower George Bush dips in the polls the greater the chance he will launch a military strike against Iraq?Not that Saddam Hussein doesn't deserve to be attacked. But you've got to wonder about the timing.This is a critical period for George Bush politically. Four years ago, Bush launched his attacks on Mike Dukakis early, months before the Republican convention.And he did so because the late Lee Atwater, his campaign manager, told him that unless he did something dramatic, he would be buried by the Democrats.
SPORTS
By Frank Brown and Frank Brown,New York Daily News | November 3, 1991
They will not receive a trophy and they will not be paid a penny for having earned this distinction. In fact, unless someone sends them a copy of this page, the Vancouver Canucks probably will go about their business without ever having learned that a select panel, consisting of yours truly, has named them the NHL's Surprise Team for the month of October.There were other candidates. The Washington Capitals, famous for rotten starts, were a powerhouse in the opening month. And the Winnipeg Jets, who don't get noticed much, were playing shockingly strong defense until the final three games.
NEWS
By Knight-Ridder Newspapers | September 30, 1992
DALLAS -- From the moment Ross Perot dropped out of the presidential race in mid-July, he discussed coming back with an "October surprise," said two former Perot coordinators.They said Mr. Perot talked behind closed doors with 47 state coordinators about the advantages of letting George Bush and Bill Clinton beat each other up, and then coming in as the fresh face in the campaign a few weeks before the November election."Anybody who believes I quit may be in for an October surprise," an attendee, Cliff Arnebeck, quoted Mr. Perot as saying during a Dallas meeting two days after he withdrew from the race.
SPORTS
Phil Rogers | September 24, 2011
Enjoy the undercard. There is an abundance of intriguing storylines in baseball these days, and most of them will be like Matt Kemp's run at the Triple Crown — over and out of sight by the time the World Series rolls around. Justin Verlander could win 25 games. The Rays and Cardinals could force their way into the playoffs with dramatic victories down the stretch, and the Red Sox and Braves both could survive alarming collapses. Kirk Gibson could put himself on the playoff roster as a one-legged pinch hitter.
BUSINESS
By MARKETWATCH | November 4, 2005
CHICAGO - The nation's retailers posted surprisingly strong October sales yesterday, powered by better merchandising and pentup consumer demand after a string of big hurricanes. Overall, the industry recorded a 4.4 percent increase in same-store sales, the closely watched gauge of stores open more than a year, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers. "This is great stuff," said Richard D. Hastings, retail analyst at Bernard Sands LLC. "It shows again that you can't bet against the consumer.
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By Paul West and Paul West,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | October 12, 2004
WASHINGTON - "October surprise." The words can give campaign strategists the shivers and keep presidential candidates awake at night. This year, President Bush and Sen. John Kerry have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on television ads, crisscrossed the country for months, registered countless new voters and crammed for a debate series that concludes tomorrow night. But with polls showing the presidential race very much up for grabs, events could play the most crucial role in deciding who wins.
SPORTS
By Peter Schmuck and Joe Christensen and Peter Schmuck and Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF | October 26, 2002
ANAHEIM, Calif. - It hasn't been an easy offseason for Anaheim Angels starting pitcher Kevin Appier, but he has been given a chance to make it all better with a strong performance tonight in Game 6 of the 98th World Series at Edison International Field. Not that he was hoping for anything like the sudden-death challenge that faces him tonight. "We're backed into a corner now," Appier said. "Obviously, we were hoping to avoid that, but we still have two wins under our belts. Granted, our chances aren't as good as they were a couple of days ago, but we've won two games in a row a lot this year."
NEWS
By JACK GERMOND & JULES WITCOVER | September 12, 1994
WASHINGTON -- The Republicans are muttering darkly about another "October surprise" -- in this case President Clinton ordering an invasion of Haiti to crystallize support behind his administration shortly before the Nov. 8 congressional elections. Even Dan Quayle took a moment from his new role as self-anointed arbiter of family values to charge that the president is planning the action for political reasons.In fact, the situation in Haiti presents far more political risk for Clinton than any gain he could hope to realize.
NEWS
By JACK GERMOND AND JULES WITCOVER | September 10, 1994
WASHINGTON -- The Republicans are muttering darkly about another "October surprise" -- in this case, President Clinton ordering an invasion of Haiti to crystallize support behind his administration shortly before the Nov. 8 congressional elections. Even Dan Quayle took a moment from his new role as self-anointed arbiter of family values to charge that the president is planning the invasion for political reasons.In fact, the situation in Haiti presents far more political risk for Clinton than any gain he could hope to realize.
NEWS
By New York Times News Service | January 13, 1993
WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan House panel has concluded that there is no merit to the persistent accusations that people associated with the 1980 presidential campaign of Ronald Reagan struck a secret deal with Iran to delay the release of U.S. hostages until after the election."
NEWS
By New York Times News Service | January 13, 1993
WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan House panel has concluded that there is no merit to the persistent accusations that people associated with the 1980 presidential campaign of Ronald Reagan struck a secret deal with Iran to delay the release of U.S. hostages until after the election."
NEWS
By JACK GERMOND & JULES WITCOVER | December 5, 1992
WASHINGTON -- There is some obvious political irony in th decision to send American troops into Somalia. If this situation had come to a head six weeks ago, President Bush might have won re-election to a second term.The Democrats always feared an "October surprise" -- meaning some foreign policy crisis that would argue against electing an untested young governor of Arkansas to the presidency. And if Somalia hardly qualifies as a crisis in terms of American interests, it has many of the trappings.
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