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BUSINESS
April 10, 2009 | Mike Dorning and Rebecca Cole
President Obama, meeting with homeowners at the White House, said the government's efforts to drive down interest rates had fueled a surge in refinancing -- putting money into many homeowners' pockets during the current economic crisis. But almost all the refinancing so far involves borrowers with conventional mortgages who are not in serious financial trouble. The president's own programs for helping troubled homeowners are just beginning to get off the ground.
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NATIONAL
January 18, 2009 | Jonah Goldberg
Presidential inaugurations are in many ways the high-water marks of any presidency because they're so full of hope. All things seem possible. The rivalries and backbiting haven't set in yet, at least not publicly. Even the inevitable disappointments over Cabinet picks and White House staffing are tempered by the wide-eyed dreams of an ambitious agenda. Everyone -- or at least everyone who backed the guy -- has that "we can make this the best yearbook ever!" feeling. Then comes the letdown.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 14, 2014 | By Ed Stockly
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of Feb. 16 - 22, 2014 in PDF format This week's TV Movies   See latest XXII Winter Olympics TV schedule here. SERIES MythBusters Herding cats doesn't sound easy; neither does catching a greased pig. But the team is going to test both, along with a few colorful barnyard myths, in this new episode. 8 p.m. Discovery Ghost Adventures Returning with two new episodes, paranormal investigators Zak Bagans, Nick Groff and Aaron Goodwin visit a castle related to the Dracula tales, then investigate an L.A. home they think is experiencing supernatural activity related to the Manson Family murders.
NEWS
April 2, 2013 | By Ed Lorenzen
In his March 22 blog post criticizing proposals to switch from the consumer price index to "chained CPI" to determine cost-of-living adjustments for Social Security beneficiaries and other items in the federal budget, Michael Hiltzik claimed that there were "no grounds" for the statement made in a recent paper from the Moment of Truth Project (" Measuring Up, The Case for Chained CPI" ) that the chained CPI provides a more accurate measure of inflation than the measure currently used.  In fact, experts across the ideological spectrum agree that the chained CPI is indeed more accurate.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 12, 2013 | By Ed Stockly
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of April 14 -20, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies   SERIES Doctor Who The Doctor and Clara (Matt Smith, Jenna-Louise Coleman) land on a submarine in 1983 that has an alien on board. 5 and 8 p.m. BBC America Orphan Black Sarah (Tatiana Maslany) wants to leave town after learning she is a clone in this new episode.
NATIONAL
October 6, 2010 | By Peter Nicholas and Christi Parsons, Tribune Washington Bureau
As President Obama remakes his senior staff, he is also shaping a new approach for the second half of his term: to advance his agenda through executive actions he can take on his own, rather than pushing plans through an increasingly hostile Congress. A flurry of staff departures and promotions is playing out as the White House ends a nearly two-year period of intense legislative activity. Where the original staff was built to give Obama maximum clout in Congress, the new White House team won't need the same leverage with lawmakers.
NEWS
November 13, 2007 | JONAH GOLDBERG
'The question is: Should we be giving an extra $120 billion to people in the top 1%?" So asked Gene Sperling, Hillary Clinton's chief economic advisor, at a recent National Press Club panel discussion. Translation: It's the government's money, and anything left over after Uncle Sam picks your pockets is a "gift."
BUSINESS
September 28, 2010 | By Jim Puzzanghera and Tom Petruno, Los Angeles Times
The guessing game about who will replace Lawrence Summers as President Obama's top economic advisor is ramping up. With Wall Street and Washington fond of speculation, the names of two high-powered Southern Californians surfaced Tuesday to add to a growing list of possible successors for Summers as director of the National Economic Council. The latest buzz was that Obama would tap one of two big names from Newport Beach mutual fund giant Pacific Investment Management Co.: widely regarded fund manager Bill Gross or Chief Executive Mohamed El-Erian.
NEWS
September 6, 2012 | By Seema Mehta
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom said early Thursday that he will run for governor in 2014 if Jerry Brown does not seek reelection. “If Jerry Brown doesn't run, I have every intention of running. If he does run, I have every intention of supporting him enthusiastically,” Newsom said, adding that there was no indication that Brown does not plan to seek reelection. He brushed aside questions about whether he would also be interested in a U.S. Senate bid if one of the state's two Democratic incumbents were to retire.
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