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April 3, 2014 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court's decision to lift the cap on the amount donors can contribute in a congressional election cycle promises to shift power to the political party's established leaders, who had lost ground to outside groups. With the demise of the $123,200 limit for the two-year election cycle, party stalwarts such as House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will be able to raise multimillion-dollar checks from wealthy contributors for new campaign committees.
June 13, 2008 | Chris Lee
Edward Norton may be one of the best actors of his generation, not to mention a guy with a lot of Hollywood hustle. But after his recent tango with Marvel Studios and Universal over the final cut of the big-budget comic adaptation “The Incredible Hulk” (in which he stars), Norton has in all likelihood sealed his image as a prickly perfectionist. Norton couldn't be reached for comment; earlier this week, the actor-writer-producer-director embarked on a monthlong African vacation at what would have been the peak of his promotional duties for "Hulk" (which smashes into multiplexes today)
April 13, 1989 | DOYLE McMANUS, Times Staff Writer
A White House document released in the trial of Oliver L. North indicates that President Bush, while vice president, was informed that U.S. military aid was being given to Honduras as a "quid pro quo" because of that country's help for Nicaragua's Contra rebels. The document, a memorandum distributed at a 1985 Oval Office meeting attended by Bush, strengthens earlier indications that he was aware the Reagan Administration was promising aid to Honduras in exchange for help for the Contras at a time when Congress had prohibited U.S. aid "directly or indirectly" to the rebels.
August 30, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
The Justice Department's criminal division is investigating allegations that Senate Republicans and the tobacco industry violated federal law by illegally colluding to torpedo anti-smoking legislation in June. The department quietly informed Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) on Aug. 17 that it would examine whether the industry and Senate Republicans engaged in an illegal quid pro quo: political advertising in exchange for votes.
September 23, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Following the success of shows as disparate as "Homeland," "House of Cards" and "Scandal," our nation's capital has become the thrilling center of the universe, and politics has become the new police precinct. Two of the more anticipated shows of this fall season, "Hostages" on CBS and "The Blacklist" on NBC, follow D.C.-based stories and face off, beginning Monday at 10 p.m. Which is so bad for "Hostages"; though it gets points for ambition, "The Blacklist" blows it out of the water.
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 | Carina Chocano, Times Movie Critic
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 | Susan King
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.
August 26, 2007 | Vani Rangachar
With a dollar worth only about 50 British pennies this summer, travelers need every edge they can get. Late can help you get more bang for your quid. What's hot: The prices for rooms in London and other parts of England are low. For London on Aug. 19, I saw rooms at a Thistle chain hotel for 79 pounds, about $160, a downright steal in the capital these days. The listings include maps showing location, available amenities, photos and user reviews.
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