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August 15, 2012 | By David Horsey
In 2000, Democrat Al Gore won the popular vote but lost the election when the   Supreme Court awarded Florida's electoral votes to  George W. Bush. Is there a chance something that wild could happen again? Given the even ideological split in this country, such a scenario is easy to imagine. Instead of going to bed at a decent hour the other night, I got hooked running numbers with an interactive electoral map of the United States on the Los Angeles Times website. The map lays out the states that the presidential candidates are likely to carry.
August 9, 2012 | By Scott Collins
Al Gore is riding to the rescue of his TV network -- just in time for the big political conventions.  Earlier this year, Current, the upstart outlet the Nobel laureate and former vice president co-founded, got a black eye when it fired commentator Keith Olbermann, partly over disagreements about how the network was covering the primaries. Olbermann lashed back against his former bosses with a lawsuit that's still pending. This week, Current revealed that none other than Gore himself will host the network's coverage of the Republican National Convention later this month, when Mitt Romney is expected to be crowned the official GOP nominee.
June 11, 2012 | By Scott Collins
Al Gore is turning to another cable-news castoff to help prop up his Current TV network. This time, it's Joy Behar. Behar - best-known for ABC's morning gabfest “The View” - will co-host a 6 p.m. talk show Monday through Thursday starting in September for the low-rated outlet founded by Gore and legal entrepreneur Joel Hyatt. The program will repeat in prime time. In a sort of dry run, Behar will guest-host for the vacationing Eliot Spitzer next week on Current's “Viewpoint.” In a statement, Gore, the former vice president and Nobel laureate, called Behar “a beloved veteran television personality with her finger on the pulse of what viewers care about.” Well, sometimes.
April 6, 2012 | By Scott Collins, Los Angeles Times
Keith Olbermann isn't mincing words in his $70-million lawsuit against Current TV. Dumped last week by the upstart cable network, Olbermann let loose a verbal barrage against co-founders Al Gore and Joel Hyatt in a 43-page legal complaint for breach of contract filed Thursday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, accusing them of blackmail and calling them "dilettantes portraying entertainment industry executives. " The lawsuit sets the stage for a high-profile legal battle between two leaders of American liberalism: Gore, a former U.S. vice president and Nobel laureate, and Olbermann, a fiery talk-show host.
March 31, 2012 | By Scott Collins, Los Angeles Times
Following a turbulent year, Al Gore's Current TV finally parted ways Friday with fiery host Keith Olbermann. "Countdown," Olbermann's show, was canceled Friday and was to be replaced by another featuring former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer. In a statement, Gore, the former vice president and Nobel laureate, and his business partner Joel Hyatt took an extraordinary swipe at their outspoken host, to whom they had reportedly given a $10-million paycheck as well as an ownership stake in hopes he would raise the tiny network's profile.
January 18, 2012 | By Maeve Reston
For much of the presidential campaign so far, Mitt Romney has tried to glide above his Republican rivals - - engaging  President Obama in his stump speeches while swatting away criticism from GOP contenders. But in sign of a tightening race in South Carolina, Romney shifted strategy during a midday rally at Wofford University Wednesday - needling GOP rival Newt Gingrich him as a lifelong politician and suggesting that he had little experience creating jobs. Arguing that Gingrich and Obama had taken the same line of attack by criticizing his work at the private equity firm Bain Capital - - which he likes to describe as an assault on "free enterprise" - - Romney pivoted to Gingrich's career in government and mocked job-creation claims made recently by the former House speaker.
September 7, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli
Former Vice President Al Gore is condemning President Obama's decision to back off stricter regulation of ozone emissions, saying he has "bowed to pressure from polluters" instead of "relying on science. " In a posting on his official blog, Gore noted that Obama was disregarding the advice of his own EPA administrator, Lisa Jackson, who called the levels of pollution now allowed "not legally defensible. " In doing so, Gore writes, Obama has "embraced" the environmental views of his Republican predecessor.
February 9, 2011 | By Scott Collins, Los Angeles Times
Now that Keith Olbermann has joined Current TV, the question is whether the combative liberal firebrand can help elevate the 6-year-old network's profile — or whether Al Gore's cable dream will remain stubbornly earthbound. Olbermann, the controversial broadcaster who abruptly exited MSNBC last month, announced Tuesday morning that he will join Current TV, the little-watched but rapidly growing cable outlet founded by former Vice President Gore and legal entrepreneur Joel Hyatt.
September 22, 2010 | By Michael Muskal
Former Vice President Al Gore will make a rare campaign appearance, traveling to a Tampa rally on behalf of Democrat Rep. Kendrick Meek, running third in the topsy-turvy Florida race for U.S. Senate. The Meek campaign on Wednesday announced a Sept. 30 appearance by Gore, a Nobel Prize winner for his work in fighting global warming. “I am honored to have Vice President Gore visit Florida in support of my campaign,” Meek stated. “Together, we'll show Floridians that there is just one candidate who will stand up for Florida's environment and middle-class families in this state.
September 5, 2010 | By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times
Al Gore has had some tough breaks — like losing the presidency after getting more votes than the other guy — but the noted environmentalist achieved a singular honor last week, becoming the first vice president to have a Los Angeles school named after him. And, fittingly, the school will be devoted to environmental themes. But as in the 2000 election, there's a catch. Critics say the campus' location poses a long-term health risk to students and staff. School district officials insist that the Arlington Heights property is clean and safe.
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