June 11, 2011
Like it or not, and we didn't like it, the Supreme Court's controversial decision in Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission determined that corporations have a constitutional right to make independent expenditures in connection with an election — expenditures, that is, on behalf of (or against) a candidate, but not given directly to the candidate's campaign. Such spending, the court said, may not be limited. But the court left standing a 100-year-old prohibition on direct corporate contributions to political campaigns.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 1998 |
Can't find anything exciting at the box office? Relax, movie fans, the Dreamteam comes to the rescue. Hollywood's dynamite new production team of Trent Lott and Newt Gingrich are back with a summer blockbuster guaranteed to shock, outrage, anger and entertain you. It's bigger than "Godzilla." It's scarier than "Deep Impact." It's sleazier than Monicagate. It's . . . Chinagate!
April 28, 2001 |
Tongue specializes in visions of the liberated, fearless, articulate body, aiming for a physicality so free it verges on the anarchic and anti-choreographic. But as much as director Stephanie Gilliland loves to reap the whirlwind with her nine-dancer, locally based troupe, she manages to reinvent the process each season.
June 13, 2008 |
Given its pitch-black subject matter, you'd expect "Quid Pro Quo" to take a quick nose dive into something dank and lurid, never to emerge. Instead, writer-director Carlos Brooks and stars Nick Stahl and Vera Farmiga do something unexpectedly moving with this modern noir detective story, in which a wheelchair-bound NPR reporter descends into the world of "wannabe" amputees and paraplegics.
June 9, 2008 |
Writer-director Carlos Brooks began conceptualizing his feature film debut, "Quid Pro Quo," which opens Friday, some eight years ago. "I wanted to write a different story, something unusual," he explains. "I had an idea for somebody who was impaired in some way. He would get some sort of talisman that would help him overcome the impairment, and in return, I thought, he would have to help the person who impaired him in the first place." His initial idea, the filmmaker admits, didn't tread water.
May 22, 1990 |
A Colorado savings and loan that counted one of President Bush's sons as a director made inflated loans to developers who had to reinvest part of the money in the thrift, federal regulators said today. The House Banking Committee opened two days of hearings on the $1-billion collapse of the Silverado Banking, Savings & Loan Assn. of Denver. Bush's son, Neil, is to testify on Wednesday.
February 6, 2006
Re "The GOP's New, Familiar Face," Feb. 3 So Ohio's John Boehner has been elected by the Republicans in the House of Representatives as their majority leader in order to gain distance from corruption charges? Boehner is hardly a "fresh face" from the lobbyist scandals that have plagued the GOP this last year. In 1995, Boehner distributed checks from a tobacco industry group to congressional allies, moments before a vote on a key tobacco measure. Bright light must continue to shine on such disgusting betrayals of the public trust.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 1989
In response to "Scarcely Senatorial" (editorial, Oct. 29): It really rankles me to watch those who make the laws be the most adept at breaking them. I guess it should figure that way though, and we shouldn't be surprised that Cranston's devious scheme to fund his reelection campaign completely defeated the intent of the Fair Political Practices Commission's rules. But the quid pro quo of this money-raising hanky-panky is the big crime committed against the taxpayers.