January 28, 2014 |
Bill Hader has always been one of the nerdier "Saturday Night Live" alums, and he cemented that image with his appearance on "Conan" on Monday with his naked plea to be in the new "Star Wars" movies. There's a lot of secrecy surrounding director J.J. Abrams' revival of the "Star Wars" franchise, including the roles the director is looking to fill. But Hader, who left "SNL" after last season, is available. And he has very specific talents he made sure to display in case Abrams happened to be watching.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 26, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - A lawsuit filed Christmas Eve alleges that a prominent California lobbying firm sought influence by directing illegal contributions to dozens of politicians - including nearly a third of the Legislature. The suit charges that Sloat Higgins Jensen and Associates tapped its roster of Fortune 500 clients to steer hundreds of thousands of dollars in checks to favored politicians - although the document fails to name any. According to the court papers, company founder Kevin Sloat, who was once an aide to former Gov. Pete Wilson, also improperly gave gifts to legislators, instructing that no written record of them be kept.
December 24, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - California's congressional delegation has entered the fierce jockeying among states to land a Boeing Co. manufacturing plant. But even with the promise of jobs, it can be tough to unify the fractured group of lawmakers. Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-Long Beach) gathered the signatures of most but not all of the state's 53 House members for a letter urging the Chicago-based aerospace company to choose Long Beach for production of its next-generation 777X airliner. The California lawmakers cited, among other things, the state's "rich history" of aerospace manufacturing and the existing assembly plant and workforce in Long Beach.
December 18, 2013 |
Should Robert Griffin III's dad be flagged for interference? According to the Bleacher Report's Jason Cole , Robert Griffin II has lobbied Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder to dump Coach Mike Shanahan in favor of Baylor Coach Art Briles, who coached RGIII for four seasons in college. Last week, reasoning that the quarterback had absorbed too many hits already, Shanahan announced his decision to sit Griffin for the remainder of the season. Cole also reported that the younger Griffin is known inside the Redskins for his stubbornness and unwillingness to accept criticism.
December 14, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - After a year that produced limited results, at best, for their cause, advocates of new gun-safety laws are recalibrating strategy, hoping to find more success at the ballot box and upset the conventional wisdom that opponents of gun control have an iron grip on Washington. Political groups seeking to counter the influence of the National Rifle Assn. and others in the gun lobby hope to score some victories in next year's midterm election. But they are setting modest goals.
December 9, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration will launch a lobbying push Tuesday to stop Congress from approving harsh new penalties for Iran, a move the White House warns could sink international negotiations aimed at curbing Tehran's nuclear program. A bipartisan group of lawmakers, including Sens. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Mark Steven Kirk (R-Ill.), has nearly completed sanctions legislation that it hopes to attach as an amendment to the annual, must-pass defense authorization bill, which could face a vote this week before Congress adjourns for the holidays.