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April 30, 2013 | By Cindy Chang
Comprehensive immigration reform will pass the House of Representatives if reluctant Republicans are convinced that it is a matter of political survival, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said at USC on Tuesday. In conversations with other lawmakers, McCain said, he appeals to their “better angels” in arguing that legal status be granted to the 11 million immigrants who are in the country without proper documentation. But he also appeals to his colleagues' “baser instincts” -- that is, the need to attract the Latino voters who abandoned the GOP in the last presidential election.
April 16, 2013 | By Seema Mehta, This post has been corrected. See note below for details.
As a bipartisan group of leaders in Washington prepare to unveil a landmark immigration bill, former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is planning to host a forum at USC focused on the matter that features significant players in the debate. Among the speakers scheduled to participate in the April 30 summit are former Mexican President Vicente Fox, former U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.). [For the record, 8:45 a.m., April 16: A previous version of this post misspelled Mexican President Vicente Fox's last name as Vincente.
April 8, 2013 | By Arnold Schwarzenegger
I will always remember the day I woke to the news that more than 2,000 fires were burning in California. I thought I must not have heard correctly. Two thousand fires? How could that be? In the end, the state's brave firefighters, joined by contingents from out of state, won the battle. But not before 11 emergency declarations were issued and more than 400,000 acres burned. Countless lives and livelihoods were ruined. Today, there's a new disaster looming, and although it's not as riveting or dramatic as walls of flames and billowing black smoke, it needs our immediate attention.
March 23, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
Arnold Schwarzenegger is mourning the death of fitness impresario Joe Weider, who died Saturday at 93, calling Weider his mentor and the "godfather of fitness. " "He taught us that through hard work and training we could all be champions," Schwarzenegger, a Mr. Universe- and Mr. Olympia-winning former bodybuilder turned actor and former California governor, said in a statement released Saturday. "When I was a young boy in Austria, his muscle magazines provided me with the inspiration and the blueprint to push myself beyond my limits and imagine a much bigger future," he said.
March 23, 2013 | By Rebecca Trounson, Los Angeles Times
Joe Weider, a Los Angeles-based bodybuilding pioneer who created a multimillion-dollar fitness publishing empire and mentored a young Arnold Schwarzenegger from the time the future actor and California governor was a struggling unknown, died Saturday, a family spokeswoman said. He was 93. Weider, who discovered a teenage Schwarzenegger at a bodybuilding contest in Europe and sponsored the young Austrian's move to the U.S., died of heart failure at a Los Angeles hospital, said Charlotte Parker, his longtime publicist.
March 1, 2013 | By Chris Megerian
Arnold Schwarzenegger has found lots of ways to keep busy since leaving the governor's office, from starring in action movies to lending his name to a policy institute at the University of Southern California. Now he's going to be returning to a role that stirred controversy during his stint in Sacramento -- Schwarzenegger will once again serve as executive editor at Muscle & Fitness and Flex magazines. The move was announced on Friday by American Media Inc., which owns the magazines.
March 1, 2013 | By Chris Megerian, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - Arnold Schwarzenegger has found lots of ways to keep busy since leaving the governor's office, including starring in action movies and lending his name to a policy institute at USC. Now he'll return to a role that stirred controversy during his time in Sacramento: serving as executive editor of Muscle & Fitness and Flex magazines. The move was announced Friday by American Media Inc., which owns the magazines. Schwarzenegger, who was named Mr. Olympia seven times, first took the editorship shortly after winning the 2003 gubernatorial recall election.
January 21, 2013 | By Ben Fritz
Arnold said he'd be back. It turns out moviegoers don't want him back. Former California Gov. Schwarzenegger's return to the big screen this past weekend was a bomb, as "The Last Stand" grossed an estimated $7.2 million from Friday through Monday. That's his lowest box office debut since 1986's "Raw Deal. " Accounting for ticket price inflation, it was likely the 65-year-old's worst opening ever. It was a bad weekend for A-list men in general, as the Mark Wahlberg-Russell Crowe political thriller "Broken City" opened to a not-much-better $9.5 million.
January 17, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
Casting the former governor of California as a small-town sheriff squaring off against a drug lord, "The Last Stand" puts Arnold Schwarzenegger back in the saddle as an action movie hero. But don't expect any winking nods to his years in public office - this freewheeling vehicle is strictly concerned with cars, firepower and massive explosions. Johnny Knoxville offers comic relief as the goofball proprietor of a back-road gun museum, which conveniently allows for an odd assortment of weapons to be used in the climactic battle.
January 17, 2013 | By Ben Fritz
Arnold is looking at a scary weekend at the box office. The low-budget horror movie "Mama" is expected to open at No. 1 with about $20 million, including Martin Luther King Day on Monday, according to people who have seen pre-release audience surveys. Meanwhile, "The Last Stand," which marks former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's first starring role in a decade, is expected to have a weak opening of about $12 million. The weekend's other new release, "Broken City," a political thriller starring Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe, is looking at a similarly soft start.
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