October 3, 2013 |
Like many bad things in life, the current standoff over money to keep federal programs running has proved easier to stumble into than to get out of. Now the stalemate is about to get more complex. The reason: Congress has a second deadline to deal with. This one involves the federal debt limit. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, who has been the chief Democratic strategist in the current standoff, explicitly linked the two issues in comments Wednesday evening after a meeting at the White House.
October 2, 2013 |
Thousands of consumers started shopping in new health insurance exchanges this week as enrollment in Obamacare launched in California and across the country. Many people are unsure what President Obama's Affordable Care Act will mean for them. They have questions about how much insurance will cost and what type of benefits will be available, among many other concerns. Join this Twitter chat with reporter Chad Terhune, who has covered healthcare for many years at The Times and other publications.
October 1, 2013 |
Government agencies have shut down because Congress has failed to pass the necessary money bills, known as appropriations, needed to keep them open. What's the impact? Q: Will mail delivery and post offices keep operating as usual? A: Yes. The Postal Service is a quasi-independent entity and does not depend on annual appropriations, so its business will continue as usual. Q: How about Social Security, Medicare and Medi-Cal? A: Those programs will also continue, with checks being sent out as normal.
September 30, 2013 |
Much of the federal government will shut down as of midnight. What will be closing, why and what impact will it have? Question: Why a shutdown? Answer: Every year, Congress has to approve laws, known as appropriations, that provide money for federal agencies. The new budget year begins on Oct. 1, and Congress has failed to pass a single one of the appropriations. An effort to pass a stop-gap bill to provide temporary money has stalled in Congress: Republicans have insisted they will not approve the stop-gap measure unless Democrats agree to block money for President Obama's healthcare law, and Democrats have refused to do that.
September 20, 2013 |
Architect Elizabeth Diller was in Los Angeles this week for a press event at the Broad, the new $140-million Bunker Hill museum her New York firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro is designing for philanthropists and art collectors Eli and Edythe Broad. Before she appeared with Eli Broad, Mayor Eric Garcetti and the museum's founding director, Joanne Heyler, Diller took Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne on a tour of the building, which is under construction and expected to open next fall.
September 20, 2013 |
When plans commenced in 1987 to build Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown L.A., architect Frank Gehry was a relatively youthful 58 years old. By the time the hall was completed, after a number of delays and setbacks - not to mention some acrimonious bickering among its key players - the architect had become a 74-year-old eminence grise . Gehry, now 84, recently sat down for a conversation at Disney Hall with Times music critic Mark Swed and...
September 19, 2013 |
Throughout the Duchess of Cambridge's much-publicized pregnancy, her chic maternity wear was the subject of worldwide attention. Even after the birth of her son, George Alexander Louis, on July 22, the former Kate Middleton continued to wear maternity clothing that was both elegant and stylish. Her brand of choice, Seraphine , has been scrambling to restock the duchess' personal picks, which immediately sold out when she was photographed wearing them. Cecile Reinaud, head designer and owner of Seraphine, has a background in marketing and business, but her knack for fashion led her to make maternity clothing for her friends when they were pregnant.
August 19, 2013 |
Maybe it's the bald head, or perhaps it's the haunted-looking eyes, but British actor Mark Strong has a track record for playing baddies, from murderous aristocrat Lord Blackwood in "Sherlock Holmes" to the scheming antagonist Godfrey in "Robin Hood. " Now he's portraying a rather more complicated (though still imperfect) character, the anguished Detroit cop Frank Agnew, in AMC's new series "Low Winter Sun. " It's a role the British actor knows well: He also played Frank Agnew in the 2006 British miniseries upon which the drama is based.
August 6, 2013 |
Brad Stone, a longtime Silicon Valley reporter, has been working for years on what he hopes will be the definitive account of Jeff Bezos and the rise of Amazon, the online retailing giant founded in 1994. His new book, “The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon,” is slated to be published in October by Little, Brown. On Monday, he got handed fodder for a new chapter, when Bezos once again did something unexpected and risky: he bought a newspaper, the Washington Post.
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August 6, 2013 |
The high-pitched Amber Alert that hit cellphones across Southern California overnight may have confounded and annoyed, but the text message also prompted a fresh round of questions. Chief among them: Just what was that and how can I stop it from happening again? What is it? The Wireless Emergency Alert is a new program for cellphones that started Jan. 1, replacing the previous “opt-in” system. Cellphone owners now receive messages automatically , based on their proximity to the emergency, not based on their phone number.