October 31, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Arnold Schwarzenegger met with a bunch of California Democrats and Republicans on Wednesday while on Capitol Hill to lobby for after-school programs. But it was notable that the one with whom he strode to the podium at a Capitol news conference was Sen. Barbara Boxer. The once strident opponents and ideological firebrands have mellowed over the years. Schwarzenegger's path to the political middle is well-documented. Activists in the state GOP were ready to ex-communicate the movie star who first ran for office as an antitax crusader, but who had raised taxes by the time he exited government in 2010.
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October 30, 2013 |
The Obamacare rollout in California has been bumpy, but it's running much more smoothly here than in most of America. And for that, we can thank former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Gov. Jerry Brown deserves kudos, too. But it was Schwarzenegger who leapt in and became the nation's first governor to embrace the federal Affordable Care Act and begin planning to implement the ambitious program. "The Republican governor who preceded us jumped early and we accepted the baton that he tossed," says Diana Dooley, Brown's secretary of the Health and Human Services Agency.
October 29, 2013 |
Model Kate Upton's brushes with sports usually seem to involve posing in a swimsuit for Sports Illustrated. But for the December issue of Golf Digest , she got to wear links-appropriate attire while golfing great Arnold Palmer taught her to swing a club. In this behind-the-scenes video, it's clear that Upton is more comfortable posing for the camera while Palmer is more at ease lining up a shot. But they both seem to be having fun. The issue is available on tablet now and on newsstands starting Nov. 5. ALSO: Miley Cyrus covers December Cosmo Ralph Lauren reveals U.S. winter Olympics uniforms Chris March's Target Halloween headgear: Big fun, little money
October 25, 2013 |
A few weeks back, I reviewed the movie "Pulling Strings," a bilingual, cross-cultural romantic comedy set around the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City. I found the film to be unexpectedly charming, with a sort of breezy appeal many recent Hollywood rom-coms strain toward but fail to achieve. My review made a mention of the actress Stockard Channing, noting that she "steals every scene she's in because, well, she's Stockard Channing. " This was followed by a parenthetical: "About all that need be said of Tom Arnold's performance as a bumbling embassy administrator is that he is not Stockard Channing.
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October 9, 2013 |
This is the 10th anniversary week of California's first and only recall of a governor. But no one is celebrating. We replaced a career politician, Democrat Gray Davis, with a Hollywood action hero, Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger. Big mistake. It was like calling in an inexperienced repairman who made things worse and cost us a lot. Yes, he championed a couple of sorely needed political reforms - nonpartisan redistricting of congressional and legislative seats and a top-two open primary system.
October 7, 2013 |
It may be too soon, a mere decade after the California recall, to assess its lasting legacy. There have been significant changes in the way elections are run in the state, which, if proponents are correct, may eventually produce a more compromising class of lawmakers less beholden to special interests. Far easier is noting all that wasn't accomplished by the upheaval: The budget wasn't balanced or the deficit painlessly whittled away. The interest groups and their seductive cash weren't banished from Sacramento.