June 2, 2013 |
As President Obama prepares to nominate three new judges for what is probably the nation's most important federal appeals court, Republicans in the Senate are escalating their attempts to stand in his way. Last month the Senate unanimously confirmed Deputy Solicitor General Sri Srinivasan for a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. But the appearances of harmony in that vote are deceiving. Srinivasan, who also served in the Justice Department in the George W. Bush administration, had bipartisan support and was seen as less ideological than some other Obama nominees.
May 21, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday that he will delay votes on several of President Obama's nominees for key posts until July, a decision raising the prospect that he'll seek further changes to Senate rules that would allow executive appointments to be confirmed by a simple majority. Senate leaders had considered holding a vote this week to confirm Richard Cordray as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a nomination Republicans have maintained they would filibuster unless the Obama administration agreed to overhaul the agency.
April 22, 2013 |
Tara Reid's outburst in a Los Angeles store got her thrown out of the shop, according to a report out Monday. The "American Pie" actress last week reportedly hit AllSaints, an edgy British brand shop, to get an outfit for the second weekend of the Coachella Arts & Music Festival in Indio, where the actress tweeted that she was planning to see her favorite band, Infected Mushroom. She was said to be seen demanding a discount from employees at the Robertson Boulevard location and "berating" them for refusing her, the New York Post reported . The actress insisted she should get the discount because she was famous, then "began to scream at them and was escorted out. " "She was screaming," a source told the paper.
April 14, 2013 |
Cable television can offer a pretty fruitful career for a young actor, what with the juicy roles and the increasingly abundant viewership. But somehow or another, the film world often comes calling. Add Reid Scott's name to the list of actors in that category. The 35-year-old has been on something of a TV roll in the past few years. He was the male lead in the hit TBS comedy "My Boys" for its three seasons, then in 2010 signed on play Laura Linney's doctor in Showtime's Emmy-nominated "The Big C," which wraps its final season this spring.
March 29, 2013 |
Reid Flair, the 25-year-old son of WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair, died Friday, wrestlingobserver.com is reporting . Details surrounding his death are unknown at this time. Flair's agent, Melinda Morris Zanoni, released the following statement: "We are heartbroken to confirm that Ric's son, Reid, has passed away today March 29, 2013 in Charlotte, NC. The investigation into the cause of death is ongoing. Reid was an incredible son, brother, friend, and professional wrestler. No words can describe the grief that Ric and his family are experiencing and they do request privacy during this devastating time.
March 23, 2013 |
PHOENIX - The NFL's eight new head coaches have yet to conduct a practice, or even solidify their rosters, but already they can be roughly divided into three groups. The haves, the might-haves and the have-nots. That's those who have an answer at quarterback, those who might, and those who clearly don't. "It's like a writer without a pen; there's a problem," Kansas City's Andy Reid said at the league's annual owners meetings last week. "You've got to make sure that you've got that position taken care of. " Reid feels good about his situation, having traded for San Francisco's Alex Smith.
March 21, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The gun legislation set to hit the Senate floor next month will include universal background checks, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced Thursday. Reid (D-Nev.) plans to introduce a bill Thursday evening that will include provisions on background checks, school safety and gun trafficking. He had said earlier this week that he hoped the full Senate would begin deliberation on the gun control package in early April. The expansion of background checks has been the focal point of President Obama's gun violence prevention initiative.
March 19, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - To advance a cause that has defined her political career, Sen. Dianne Feinstein brought the father of a child killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School to Capitol Hill, where he talked about the last time he saw his first-grader alive. She brought in police officers to press her case against her law-and-order opponents. She made it personal, evoking the time she had sought a pulse on the wrist of San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk, shot seconds before, and found her fingers "in a bullet hole.
March 18, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - It was bound to happen: As the sequester budget cuts are felt around the country, lawmakers are having second thoughts - and trying to tinker with them in a way that could lead to a full-scale government shutdown. Senators want to load up a routine spending bill with provisions to reopen the White House to tours, shield meat inspectors from furloughs and keep air traffic control towers staffed, among other changes that would rearrange the across-the-board cuts. Nearly 100 amendments have been filed by senators on both sides of the political aisle, stalling the measure that is needed to keep the government running after March 27. Without approval, the government would shut down, a prospect lawmakers and President Obama have said they want to avoid.
February 27, 2013 |
Alex Smith is headed to Kansas City, the first major acquisition by the Chiefs since Andy Reid took over as coach. A person with knowledge of the trade told the Associated Press on Wednesday that the Chiefs have agreed to a deal for the 2005 top overall draft pick, who lost his starting quarterback job in San Francisco to Colin Kaepernick last season. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the trade does not become official until March 12, when the NFL's new business year begins.