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April 11, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
BALTIMORE - The good staffers of Vice President Selina Meyer's office had been trying to put out a fire all afternoon when their slightly discombobulated leader, played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus, turned up on the set of HBO's "Veep. " Before she stepped into character, however, Louis-Dreyfus had a question. "Did you talk to the actors about the script changes?" she said to the show's creator and all-around head coach, Armando Iannucci, as he sat behind a monitor watching takes. He nodded.
March 15, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
My father always told me to beware a man with no regrets. Even a life lived wisely with the best intentions, he said, is inevitably pocked with mistakes and anyone who tells you otherwise is lying. Dick Cheney is a man with no regrets. When the Showtime documentary "The World According to Dick Cheney" had its premiere at this year's Sundance Film Festival, many expressed disappointment that director R.J. Cutler, an Oscar-nominated documentarian whose films include "The War Room" and "A Perfect Candidate," did not take a harder line or produce more damning evidence of the former vice president's role in various national scandals.
March 12, 2013 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck were among a high-powered roster of public figures whose personal and financial information was posted on the Internet. The data, which include purported home addresses, Social Security numbers, phone numbers and credit reports, appeared on a website that seemed to originate in Russia. The Secret Service and the FBI said Tuesday that they were opening investigations, and President Obama confirmed the apparent breach.
March 12, 2013 | By Geoffrey Mohan
Losers, also-rans, the 99% and underachievers may have reason to cheer. Winning an Emmy, a presidential election or a spot in the baseball Hall of Fame does not mean you live longer and better, according to a new study. Researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health compared baseball Hall of Fame inductees, Emmy Award winners and former presidents and vice presidents with their losing adversaries and found that their heightened socioeconomic status didn't confer a great advantage for longevity and health.
March 10, 2013 | By David Lauter
WASHINGTON -- Put some 650 political reporters, high-ranking government officials and their friends in a hotel ballroom for dinner, and, if nothing else, you get a good indicator of the conventional wisdom in the capital. Some years, one of the joke-telling speakers at the Gridiron Club's annual dinner wows the crowd with wit or poise, boosting his or her standing. Barack Obama did that as a senator. This time, though, the big winner appears to have been a man who wasn't there -- Vice President Joe Biden.
March 2, 2013 | By Mery Mogollon and Chris Kraul, Los Angeles Times
CARACAS, Venezuela - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who has been out of public view since his December surgery for cancer, is undergoing another round of chemotherapy in a bid to stop the spread of the disease, Vice President Nicolas Maduro said. Speaking at a Mass at the military hospital where Chavez was admitted Feb. 18, Maduro said late Friday that the treatments would be "difficult. " "But he has a strength superior to the treatments that he is receiving, and he is in a good state of mind," Maduro said.
February 24, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times
MEXICO CITY - In one of the strongest portents yet of a post-Castro Cuba, President Raul Castro said Sunday that his newly granted five-year term would be his last, and he took on a relatively young vice president who presumably could succeed him. It was the first time a deadline had been put on the Castro era, which saw the island ruled by first Fidel and then Raul Castro for more than half a century since the 1959 revolution ousted an abusive, U.S.-backed...
February 16, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
The Clippers say they are not calling around the NBA shopping point guard Eric Bledsoe and center DeAndre Jordan. But for the second time this month reports have circulated connecting the two Clippers with speculation about a trade involving Boston star Kevin Garnett. Gary Sacks, the Clippers' vice president of basketball operations, didn't mention any names, but said "every team has called me" and that "it's my job to call them back and to listen. " "I haven't called anybody to say, 'Hey, we have Eric Bledsoe and would you like him?
February 12, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
A lot of people are scratching their head today over the International Olympic Committee's decision to drop wrestling from the Summer Olympics, starting with the 2020 Games. The sport many people believed should have been dropped, modern pentathlon, survived. How could this be? Well, this might be a clue: Juan Antonio Samaranch Jr., the son of the former IOC president, is vice president of the International Modern Pentathlon Union and a member of the IOC board. “We were considered weak in some of the scores in the program commission report but strong in others,” Samaranch told the Associated Press.
February 6, 2013 | Patt Morrison
Al Gore hails from Tennessee, but when he comes to California next week, he'll be coming back to his spiritual home. In 2000, Californians gave him a double-digit lead - 1.3 million votes - over George W. Bush for president. His documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth," won an Oscar. California's GOP governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, signed the nation's most groundbreaking greenhouse-gases law. Californians buy the Prius; the rest of the country buys Ford trucks. Gore arrives amid the hoo-hah over the half-billion-dollar sale of Current TV to Al Jazeera, and touting a hefty new book magisterially titled "The Future.
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