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May 7, 1999 | From Associated Press
CNN changed its mind about having Vice President Al Gore host its "Larry King Live" program just hours before the show aired Thursday night, instead scheduling him as a guest. CNN Executive Producer Wendy Whitworth had approached Gore last weekend to see if he was interested in hosting the show for an evening to discuss the shootings in Littleton, Colo., and the tornadoes in the Midwest. Gore agreed, but the network changed its mind Thursday afternoon.
December 3, 2003 | From Associated Press
Democratic presidential candidate Wesley K. Clark will begin airing television commercials this week in three states with Feb. 3 primaries, spreading the TV ad wars beyond Iowa and New Hampshire. Clark's campaign is spending about $200,000 in each state -- South Carolina and Oklahoma beginning Tuesday and Arizona later in the week -- to run for at least a week a 60-second biographical ad that highlights his military career.
House Republicans fired a political rocket at Vice President Al Gore on Wednesday, dropping funding for a project he had proposed for the nation's space budget. At issue was Gore's idea for sending up a U.S. satellite, to be called Triana, that would transmit pictures 24 hours a day to the Internet, showing images of cloud formations, large fires and other phenomena.
Prompted by Vice President Al Gore's claim that he created the Internet, Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott took credit Friday for inventing the paper clip. Firing off the latest salvo in a game of tit-for-tat begun a day earlier, Lott issued a tongue-in-cheek release saying he "created" the paper clip. "During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the paper clip," said Lott (R-Miss.
January 31, 2014 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO -- A coalition of healthcare providers and insurance companies has amassed a massive financial show of force as they prepare to fight an effort to raise limits on medical malpractice awards. The opposition campaign had $31.3 million at the end of December, almost entirely in loans, according to a report filed Friday. The loans allow the contributors to retract their money if the proposed initiative does not qualify for the November ballot. Meanwhile, supporters had just $374,843 in the bank at the end of December, but all of their resources came from cash contributions.
May 16, 2000 | From a Times Staff Writer
Texas Gov. George W. Bush routinely accuses his opponent, Vice President Al Gore, of stretching the truth. But now the presumed Republican presidential nominee has found the way to make Gore really mad: accuse him of owning stock.
January 24, 2013 | By Gary Goldstein
The underwhelming, would-be political satire "Knife Fight" plays more like a failed network TV pilot than the savvy feature it clearly set out to be. Think: Aaron Sorkin-lite, uh, really, really lite. Rob Lowe, in an odd flip on the upright Republican senator he played on "Brothers & Sisters," stars as Paul Turner, a thriving campaign advisor and "fixer" stuck on constant spin cycle. That is, when he's not making faux-serious speeches, often directed to his newbie assistant (Jamie Chung)
December 13, 2003 | From Associated Press
Going from the U.S. military to a big investment banking house off Wall Street, Wesley Clark's income soared from less than $100,000 in 1999 to more than $1.6 million last year, according to the Democratic presidential candidate's tax records released Friday by his campaign. More than half of the retired general's income in the last two years came from giving speeches and writing books, according to Clark's financial disclosure form filed with the Federal Election Commission.
July 16, 2010 | By Shane Goldmacher, Los Angeles Times
Despite two losses in court and a dwindling stock of legal arguments, John Chiang has made himself the roadblock to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's attempt to ratchet down the paychecks of some 200,000 state employees to minimum wage. Chiang, the state controller, has said the order is illegal. He has said it is impractical. He has said his computers can't do it. Mostly, he's just said no. Through the tussle, the unassuming 47-year-old Democrat has emerged as an unlikely counterweight to the muscle-bound Schwarzenegger.
June 18, 2001
The good old days for Sacramento were only months ago, when lawmakers were happily distributing the largess of a $9-billion state budget surplus. Now, the annual budget process is a shambles of backbiting and penny-pinching, courtesy of the electricity crisis and a faltering economy. Gov. Gray Davis and Democratic leaders are going through the unpleasant ritual of cutting hundreds of millions from the revised $102.9-billion spending plan Davis submitted in May.
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