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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
May 22, 1990 | From Associated Press
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.
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