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Monday, April 25, 2016

Oil tycoon and conservative mega-donor Charles Koch had kind words for both Bill and Hillary Clinton in an interview Sunday, saying there was an outside chance he could support her in November.

"We would have to believe her actions would be quite different than her rhetoric. Let me put it that way," he said on ABC's "This Week" Sunday. "But on some of the Republican candidates we would -- before we could support them, we'd have to believe their actions will be quite different than the rhetoric we've heard so far."

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Hillary Clinton raised money for her campaign and Democratic party committees from an array of Hollywood figures at the homes of George Clooney and Jeffrey Katzenberg on Saturday.

About 150 people attended the events, with tickets priced at $33,400 per person. Co-hosts contributed $50,000, and event co-chairs contributed $353,000. Money went to the Hillary Victory Fund, a joint committee for the Clinton campaign, the Democratic National Committee and state party committees. The money is split between the entities -- donors are limited to a maximum of $2,700 per person to the Clinton campaign and $33,400 per person to the DNC. Other funds went to state parties. read more

Friday, March 11, 2016

The entertainment industry's rare conservatives (and independents) are lining up behind Trump, the real estate mogul considered one of their own as a former TV star and producer.

At an undisclosed location somewhere in the Los Angeles area, about 200 members of Hollywood's private group of conservative Republicans -- known as "Friends of Abe" -- gathered to watch Thursday's GOP debate between Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and John Kasich. It was an invite-only list that included everyone from recognized actors to rank-and-file studio workers.

It was a snapshot of what could be the entertainment industry's rare conservatives (and independents) lining up behind Trump, the real estate mogul considered one of their own as a former TV star and producer.

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

A Silicon Valley venture capitalist, locked in a battle with the state of California over access to a prime stretch of beach that was popular with surfers, swimmers and fishermen before he bought it and closed it, has proposed a price to restore public access: $30 million. The offer by lawyers for Vinod Khosla was the latest salvo in a case that has touched a nerve in California as resentment grows over issues of wealth, privilege and public land use. The case has generated years of protests as it wound its way through state courts, where two lawsuits aim to force Khosla, who does not live on the property, to let the public back in. read more

Friday, February 05, 2016

The Democratic presidential campaign is most obviously a fight between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. It is also a contest over what kind of party Democrats want to have and what level of purity will be required to be part of it.

The party's leftward swing this year, made obvious by the surge of support for democratic socialist Sanders and his call for political revolution, marks a direct reversal of the party's shift to the center in the 1990s.

Clinton's response to Sanders' strength has been to put forward her own brand of pragmatic liberalism and to insist that her plans are more achievable given Republican strength on Capitol Hill and a deeply-divided country. That is a less-than-satisfying response for many Democrats who want to seize on this campaign to pick a nominee who reflects the party's more-liberal present and not its moderate past. read more


The funny thing is, the Enquirer has a well known reputation for breaking big stories that no one else will touch:

1994: O.J. Simpson's Bruno Magli shoes: prints from the shoes were found on seen, OJ denied owning them, the Enquirer published photos of him wearing those exact shoes.

2001: Jesse Jackson's love child: the Enquirer reported that long-married activist Jesse Jackson had an affair and fathered a child, Jackson confirmed the story under pressure from his family.

2003: Rush Limbaugh's painkiller addiction: the Enquirer alleged that conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh was addicted to painkillers, he ultimately admitted to his audience that the reports were true and entered treatment.

2006: O.J. Simpson wrote a book called 'If I Did It.": the Enquirer announced in October 2006 that Simpson had written a book called "If I Did It," a hypothetical description of his wife's murder, was shortly pulled from publication due to outcry.

2007: Dog The Bounty Hunter's racist phone call: the Enquirer reported that it had a recording of a racist phone call by Duane "Dog" Chapman, who used racial slurs to describe his son's girlfriend at the time, who was black. Dog later admitted to the slur and production of his popular A&E show was halted.

2008: John Edwards and Rielle Hunter Scandal: Enquirer reported that Edwards had a mistress, Rielle Hunter, and a secret love child, the story turned out to be true, ruining Edwards' career and earning the Enquirer a Pulitzer nomination.

2009: Michael Jackson had "six months to live.": the Enquirer reported that pop superstar Michael Jackson had only six months to live because of drug and alcohol addiction, he passed away six months later, in June.

2009: Tiger Woods' affair: the Enquirer reported in November 2009 that he was having an extramarital affair with a woman named Rachel Uchitel, soon, several more women came forward to talk about their exploits with Woods and he admitted to being unfaithful.

2011: Steve Jobs' prognosis: Jobs took a medical leave-of-absence from Apple in February 2011. While many hoped he'd return to the job, the Enquirer published photos of him looking frail and claimed he had weeks to live. Jobs passed away in October of that year.

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