Sandra Fluke, the activist Rush Limbaugh once called a prostitute because she said her Catholic law school, Georgetown, should offer free birth control for women, is in L.A. today. She's the headliner at a City Hall rally organized by a group called the Action. What do they want? An end to tax brea ... More >>
This week the cinephile community is focused on AFI Fest, but here are some other special event films we recommend: Friday, Nov. 2 Women have made giant leaps in history, but every so often someone tries to put them in a binder. Oprah-approved doc Miss Representation explores the correlation betwe ... More >>
Smithsonian: The 11 Things You Didn't Know About Wheaties. LA Observed: Paul Ryan's new speechwriter is, among other things, a vegan. Bon Appetit: How to make the best homemade french fries ever. Grub Street LA: Jon Shook and Michael Voltaggio head to Baja. The Huffington Post: Nancy Pelosi's ob ... More >>
Mayor V.If President Obama is reelected, he might have to put L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on his list of people to thank. Villaraigosa is taking the high-profile position of chair of the Democratic National Convention this summer, which will take place in Charlotte, North Carolina, accor ... More >>
NorCal's Nancy Pelosi finds nothing shady about her convenient investment in Visa.As we learned on "60 Minutes" last night, many of the politicians we've elected to U.S. Congress have clearly been using their backdoor V.I.P. passes to gather exclusive intel on when to buy and sell stocks, bon ... More >>
TMZAnthony Weiner probably wishes there was no such place as Los Angeles. First an L.A. blogger revealed that the U.S. congressman from New York was sexting -- including at least one nude penis photo -- with women who aren't his wife. Now L.A.-based TMZ published 11 Weiner pics -- one nude, ... More >>
If you only have 140 characters, they should be worth reading, no? Depends on whose Twitter feed you read. Time Magazine has just published a list (of course they did) of the top 140 Twitter feeds around the country. No, sorry, neither Charlie Sheen nor Kim Kardashian made it -- Neil Gaiman is #1, S ... More >>
Billionaire and Prop. 27 supporter Haim SabanUpdate, 11:50 p.m.: With 39 percent of California precincts reporting, Prop. 27 is heading for a huge loss -- 60 percent of voters oppose the ballot measure and 40 percent support it. California voters approved Proposition 20 and shot down Propos ... More >>
By Hillel Aron California's "Ribbon of Shame" Congressional District 23 stretches more than 200 miles from outside Camarillo to the Monterey Co. border, narrows to 100 yards and is said to "disappear at high tideUpdate: Before Nov. 2, read about shadowy Michael Berman, a map-making guru who ... More >>
Howard Berman camp issues denial; consultant Michael Berman won't talk
By Hillel Aron The California Legislature's crack gerrymandering teamThe editorial boards of California newspapers agree: Proposition 27, which would overturn a voter-approved 2008 reform that prevents Sacramento legislators from gerrymandering voting districts to keep their jobs, is an ugly ... More >>
Magic Johnson with Nancy Pelosi: His real estate invesments haven't paid off for Connecticut.L.A. basketball royal Earvin "Magic" Johnson has been in the news lately for his decisive in-the-paint financial moves, including dropping his Starbucks franchises and selling his slice of the Lakers. ... More >>
By Hillel Aron Mastering the PolitburoHaim Saban is different than you and me: he's the 287th richest man in the world, worth $3.3 billion. The Egyptian Jew, who looks an Ian McShane/Silvio Berlusconi cross, created The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. And he's the biggest giver to Proposition ... More >>
President Obama will be in Los Angeles this month to help raise money for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, according to Variety (via LA Observed). You can rub shoulders with the prez for only $2,500 when he meets with Hollywood industry supporters at the home of ER and The Wes ... More >>
Rev. Desmond TutuAIDS Healthcare Foundation president Michael Weinstein isn't the only person slamming President Barack Obama's AIDS strategy, which L.A. Weekly reported last week. Now Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu has spoken out. "I appreciate that tough financial times require the ... More >>
The respected Pew Research Center several hours ago revealed that Americans from all walks of life are beset with distrust for government at all levels, plummeting from 73 percent who said they trusted government in the Eisenhower era, to only 22 percent who say so today.Howard Berman ‚ÄčThis week's ... More >>
Equality California, one of the most politically connected gay rights organizations in California, has issued a statement urging a "thorough investigation" of the possible murder of August Provost, a 29-year-old gay African-American sailor who was shot and killed at Camp Pendleton in Southern Califo ... More >>
Today at 4 o'clock Marcy Winograd will announce her second Democratic primary run against Congresswoman Jane Harman. Winograd's event takes place at the entrance to the Venice Pier, which is located near the northern edge of the 36th District. In 2006 Winograd, an English teacher at Crenshaw High Sc ... More >>
Harman Heard? A 2006 National Security Agency phone tap allegedly recorded South Bay Congresswoman Jane Harman offering to lobby the Justice Department on behalf of two members of the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee accused of espionage. The call was reportedly with an Israeli agent. In ex ... More >>
BY MARC COOPER Republican strategists are now privately admitting they face the real possibility of an historic down-ticket catastrophe come November 4th. The demise of the entire Reagan Era could possibly be certified by the Democrats winning a 60-seat filibuster-proof majority in the Senate. Re ... More >>
With notes on Harry Reid the unknown poet of the political speechwriting?
The group Recreate '68 tries to ignite the passion of another generation
I made my way to Civic Center Park, near the state capitol building in Denver, around midday on Tuesday, hoping to find signs of dissident life to add a bit of hot blood to what had been so far a rather anemic Democratic National Convention. It was the morning after a confrontation between police an ... More >>
And I'll stay home if I want to
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Dem Congress waits for cover on Iraq
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