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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)
August 23, 2013 | By Cathleen Decker
Onto the Scranton, Pa., stage the vice president came on Friday, in vintage form. He pumped his fist. He pointed at friends arrayed there, in his hometown. He bellowed a favorite insult:  “Malarkey!” He smiled the broad Irish smile, undimmed. The only reference to the terror of the week - camping out with his adult son at a cancer center in Texas - came when he told the crowd that “things are good at home in Delaware.” “My son Beau's fine; sends his love.…He's doing well,” Biden said, leaving unstated whether he was offering a medical diagnosis or an attitudinal one. It was another example of what Biden would no doubt gladly do without, but which has formed him: the merging of personal strife and his political life, and the tenacity required to get through it all. His first wife and their daughter were killed in a car accident shortly after his first election in 1972, as they were out Christmas shopping.
April 11, 2014 | By David Ng
San Diego Opera has enlisted the spin expertise of Mark Fabiani -- the  former deputy mayor of Los Angeles and former special counsel to President Bill Clinton -- to handle the company's public relations as it faces mounting criticism over its decision to shut down. A PR man with a long roster of prominent clients, Fabiani was an ascendant L.A. politician during the '80s. He served as the chief of staff under L.A. Mayor Tom Bradley and also took on the role of deputy mayor. Fabiani later served as special counsel to President Clinton, advising him on the Whitewater scandal and other matters.
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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