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June 27, 2009 |
Los Angeles County's top prosecutor says a budget proposal by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger would so weaken court sentencing guidelines that if a swindler such as Bernard Madoff were to be brought to justice in California, he would not face state prison time. Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley has asked Schwarzenegger in a letter to withdraw his proposal to change state sentencing guidelines so certain felonies, such as fraud or grand theft, would be prosecuted as misdemeanors. Facing a $24-billion budget shortfall, Schwarzenegger has proposed the change to save $1 billion over three years by shifting 23,000 criminals from state prisons to local jails and reentry programs.
July 6, 2012 |
On Thursday night, Rachel Maddow had some harsh words for presidential candidate Mitt Romney, calling his campaign a “totally incoherent mess” in response to the Supreme Court's decision in favor of “Obamacare” last week. The ruling has put Romney, whose overhaul of Massachusetts' healthcare system provided the model for Obama's plan, in the difficult position of defending his record while criticizing his opponent's. So far, says Maddow, he's been doing a pretty terrible job. As evidence, the host played footage from a 2008 Republican primary debate in which then-candidate Fred Thompson (remember him?
September 16, 2009
"Tough stand on Malibu home," Sept 12, and "Bank fires exec who allegedly used home," Sept. 15 If the allegations in The Times are true, then I've got to hand it to this senior VP who, when faced with a choice of foreclosed Wells Fargo homes in Merced, Stockton, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, chose instead a multimillion-dollar beachfront home in Malibu. When looking for our next home, you can rest assured that I will contact this most perceptive Wells Fargo executive. How could I go wrong?
October 30, 2013 |
Noted healthcare economist Suzanne Somers received a full screen's worth of valuable Wall Street Journal online space the other day to deliver her judgment on the Affordable Care Act . Before we get to the substance of her argument, let's acknowledge that her piece has added to her worldwide fame . It may not do great things for the Journal's reputation, though. Somers, last seen hawking exercise equipment and cure-all elixirs in infomercials and her website, declared the act to be a "Socialist Ponzi Scheme.
July 5, 2012 |
With virtually all of his prime-time and late-night rivals airing reruns Wednesday night, CNN's Piers Morgan had the airwaves to himself on the Fourth of July. The British host chose to commemorate Independence Day with a special called “Pride of America.” The show featured interviews with several American athletes who will be competing later this month at the Olympic Games in London. On a more meta level, it was also a glimpse ahead into the soft-focus stories of personal triumph that form such a major part of television coverage of the Games.
October 31, 2011
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Monday: Months after Amy Winehouse's untimely death, a new album "Lioness: Hidden Treasures" will feature 12 previously unreleased songs. ( The Sun ) Ali Williams, the actress who shares a smooch with Justin Bieber in his "Mistletoe" video, says the kissing was "just a job. " ( MTV ) Michael Lohan, Lindsay Lohan's dad, is denied bail after allegedly contacting his former fiancee Kate Major, violating a no-contact order.
April 28, 2009 |
Mary Schapiro, the new Securities and Exchange Commission chief, was certain to take a get-tough stance at the agency -- after Bernie Madoff, what other choice did she have? But in addition to all the steps she's taking along those lines -- a new enforcement director, streamlined rules for launching investigations, new procedures for following up on the 2,000 or so hotline tips the agency receives daily -- the SEC also is trying to make itself more transparent.
January 23, 2013
Re "Like him, we are all liars," Opinion, Jan. 19 Not all lies are of the same breadth, depth and impact. Size does matter. By his own admission, Lance Armstrong is a liar. But lying only matters if you get caught - right, Bernie Madoff? Wall Street cleared trillions by lying about the value of worthless loans, making the money lost in the savings and loan scandal of the 1980s and '90s look like chump change. Not only did Armstrong give Oprah Winfrey a scoop to boost her network's sagging ratings, Paramount Pictures is reportedly going to make a (probably profitable)