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September 14, 2010

Primaries in 7 states and DC today – Bill Maher on LKL tonight!

Posted: 09:15 AM ET

Note: Bill Maher will be our guest TONIGHT on 'Larry King Live' to discuss today's primaries, and look ahead to the mid-term elections!

Here are some things to watch for in Tuesday's races:

Ugliness in Delaware: The Tea Party Express poured money into the insurgent campaign of Christine O'Donnell. She is challenging longtime congressman and former Gov. Mike Castle, who is backed by the party establishment, in Delaware's Republican Senate primary. In some of the most vicious campaigning seen so far this year, Castle supporters have attacked O'Donnell, accusing her of defaulting on personal bills and not paying income taxes - which she denies - and calling her "delusional."

Establishment Republicans think they have a shot at picking up Vice President Biden's old Senate seat if Castle, a former governor, is their candidate, but don't stand a chance if O'Donnell wins the primary. But O'Donnell, who's been endorsed by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, says the attacks have backfired and only intensified support around her.

The state GOP chairman said he had received death threats because of his support of Castle and had moved his family out of their home. O'Donnell condemned the threats.

READ MORE OF TODAY'S POLITICAL STORIES HERE!

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August 13, 2010

Politics is King: Primary Tuesday marred by plane crash

Posted: 09:15 AM ET

This past Tuesday's primaries took a backseat to the news of a plane crash in Alaska that killed Senator Ted Stevens and four other passengers. Former NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe was also on board, surviving with three others.

Regarding the primaries, a lot of the coverage focused on Connecticut and the race to replace retiring Senator Chris Dodd. Former World Wrestling Entertainment executive Linda McMahon won Connecticut's GOP Senate primary, setting up a general election battle against the state's attorney general.

A few political stories did get a little less news coverage, though, including these:

** Levi Johnston, the father of former AK Governor Sarah Palin's grandchild, is running for her old post of Mayor of Wasilla, Alaska.  Not as a call to civic duty, rather as a reality show called "Loving Levi: The Road to the Mayor's Office."

** Vice President Joe Biden's Air Force 2 plane was involved in a minor accident when the plane's engines caused a small private plane to topple over. (NYDailyNews)

** If a Supreme Court Justice trips and is not hurt, is that news?  Apparently so… (WPRI-TV)

**The reigning Super Bowl Champs, the New Orleans Saints, celebrated their championship (6 months later) at the White House.  The White House press corps was treated to some BBQ shrimp compliments of one of the players.

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July 30, 2010

Politics is King: All eyes on Rhinebeck for Chelsea Clinton's wedding

Posted: 12:37 PM ET

While we're still waiting on the jury to decide the fate of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich in his corruption trial, as well as what will come of the ethics charges against NY Representative Charlie Rangel, the political chatter this week has been about one thing...

The upcoming wedding of Chelsea Clinton.

So many questions are out there: Who will design her dress (Vera Wang?), where will it be (Rhinebeck, NY?), who will be there (Oprah?), and will she change her last name (Chelsea Mezvinsky)?

We'll know much more after Saturday's ceremony, and in the meantime, check out some of these other stories you might have missed this week:

*Erin Andrews, of ESPN and DWTS fame, was on Capitol Hill this week pushing for tougher laws against stalking. You probably knew this from watching LKL on Tuesday night.

*President Obama knows every detail about the U.S. nuclear arsenal, and whether or not Area 51 does indeed house aliens… but during his visit on “The View,” he admitted he doesn’t know who “Snooki” is... (NYDaily News)

*Will former Florida Governor Jeb Bush follow his brother's and dad's footsteps and run for President in 2012? He answered it HERE (The Hill)

*What does comedian/actor Bill Murray watch on television?  While it should be CNN, his answer may surprise you. (Mediabistro)

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July 23, 2010

LKL Tonight – Can prison inmates be reformed?

Posted: 11:41 AM ET

Tune in TONIGHT at 9pmet/6pmpt for a special "Larry King Live" – we've got Dog the Bounty Hunter, Judge Greg Mathis and other discussing whether prison inmates can be reformed.  Do you think they can?  Let us know in the comments!

via Judge Mathis' website:

TV personality Judge Greg Mathis is launching a Prisoner Initiative entitled PEER standing for Prisoner Empowerment Education and Respect. Through the initiative Judge Mathis will visit jails and prisons throughout the country to encourage inmates to change their lives.  Motivated by his own experience as a troubled youth who overcame the challenges of being incarcerated, Judge Mathis will share his personal experiences and offer advice and encouragement to inmates.

To date, the Judge has made PEER appearances at the Wayne County Jail in Detroit, where he was previously sentenced to serve nearly one year, the Fulton County Jail in Atlanta, GA, the State Correctional Institution at Chester, PA and most recently spoke with the youth population at Rikers Island, NY. The Judge, who is scheduled to return back to NY to speak with the adult male population at Rikers as well as visit Sing Sing, will visit Cook County Boot Camp in Chicago, IL on March 26th.

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June 20, 2010

Monday night – LKL 2-hr telethon to help the Gulf coast

Posted: 08:43 PM ET

TUNE IN ON MONDAY for our special two-hour Larry King Live telethon, “DISASTER IN THE GULF: How You Can Help,” from 8 to 10pm Eastern, a star-studded effort to raise funds for United Way, The National Wildlife Federation and The Nature Conservancy, organizations working directly with the families, individuals and wildlife affected by the Gulf oil spill.

Guests include Justin Bieber, Deepak Chopra, Cameron Diaz, Philippe Cousteau, Ted Danson, Kathy Griffin, Chelsea Handler, Randy Jackson, Kerry Kennedy, Lenny Kravitz, Jenny McCarthy, Tim McGraw, Alyssa Milano, Aaron Neville, Edward James Olmos, Victoria Principal, Robert Redford, Gloria Reuben, Tyson Ritter, Richard Simmons, Ian Somerhalder, Sam Trammell, Melania and Ivanka Trump, Pete Wentz, Herbie Hancock, India.Arie, with a special performance by Sting.

Guests talk with Larry on set and via satellite and also participate in the program’s telephone banks taking viewer calls, or in a special online Social Suite—hosted by Ryan Seacrest—for participants using internet social media such as Facebook and Twitter. Celebrity guests post live Facebook updates during Monday’s telethon and the hashtag #CNNHelpGulf is used for viewers and online participants wanting to join the conversation on Twitter.

For more information on the three organizations involved in this initiative please visit the following:

HELPING COMMUNITIES with UNITED WAY

United Way is offering help to the families along the Gulf that are facing financial, educational and health-related challenges as a result from the economic disruption from this Oil Spill. The United Way Gulf Recovery fund will provide emergency assistance, such as help with food, rent and utilities, and support long-term recovery efforts to rebuild these lives and these communities.

SAVING WILDLIFE with THE NATIONAL WILDLIFE FEDERATION

The National Wildlife Federation Gulf Oil Spill Restoration Fund supports efforts to find and save oiled wildlife, and help recover their delicate ecosystems that make up their nesting and breeding grounds.

RESTORING THE GULF with THE NATURE CONSERVANCY

In response to the Gulf Coast oil spill, The Nature Conservancy has launched their Fund for Gulf Coast Restoration, expanding their efforts for long term recovery for the Gulf of Mexico and habitats along the coast, including salt marshes, oyster reefs, marshlands, beaches and estuaries.

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Worst case scenario for the Gulf oil spill: 4.2 million gallons per day

Posted: 06:36 PM ET

You've seen the devastation. Now it's your chance to help. Tune in Monday night for a special "Larry King Live, Disaster in the Gulf: How You Can Help" telethon featuring an all-star panel of guests joining forces in the Gulf region. Don't miss "Larry King Live," 8 p.m. ET Monday on CNN.

(CNN) - A BP estimate made after the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon noted that as much as 100,000 barrels per day could leak into the ocean if the blowout preventer and wellhead were removed, a higher worst-case scenario than previously reported.

According to an internal BP document released Sunday by Rep. Edward Markey, D-Massachusetts, BP believed that the worst-case scenario could be as high as 100,000 barrels, or 4.2 million gallons of oil per day.

The figure is the highest yet to surface regarding the leaking oil well. At the disaster's outset, BP claimed the leak was about 1,000 barrels a day, a number it later revised to 5,000 and then much higher. BP told the House Energy and Commerce Committee that the worst-case scenario was 60,000 barrels (2.5 million gallons) a day, lower than what the document states.

The document, submitted in May, maintains the 60,000 barrel estimate, but stipulates that if the "blowout preventer and wellhead are removed and if we have incorrectly modeled the restrictions, the rate could be as high as 100,000 barrels a day."

Markey said the document "raises very troubling questions about what BP knew and when they knew it."

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June 18, 2010

LKL MONDAY: Disaster in the Gulf: How You Can Help telethon

Posted: 02:20 PM ET

TUNE IN ON MONDAY for our special two-hour Larry King Live telethon, “DISASTER IN THE GULF: How You Can Help,” from 8 to 10pm Eastern, a star-studded effort to raise funds for United Way, The National Wildlife Federation and The Nature Conservancy, organizations working directly with the families, individuals and wildlife affected by the Gulf oil spill.

Guests include Justin Bieber, Deepak Chopra, Cameron Diaz, Philippe Cousteau, Ted Danson, Kathy Griffin, Chelsea Handler, Randy Jackson, Kerry Kennedy, Lenny Kravitz, Jenny McCarthy, Tim McGraw, Alyssa Milano, Aaron Neville, Edward James Olmos, Victoria Principal, Robert Redford, Gloria Reuben, Tyson Ritter, Richard Simmons, Ian Somerhalder, Sam Trammell, Melania and Ivanka Trump, Pete Wentz, with a special performance by Sting.

Guests talk with Larry on set and via satellite and also participate in the program’s telephone banks taking viewer calls, or in a special online Social Suite—hosted by Ryan Seacrest—for participants using internet social media such as Facebook and Twitter. Celebrity guests post live Facebook updates during Monday’s telethon and the hashtag #CNNHelpGulf is used for viewers and online participants wanting to join the conversation on Twitter.

For more information on the three organizations involved in this initiative please visit the following:

HELPING COMMUNITIES with UNITED WAY

United Way is offering help to the families along the Gulf that are facing financial, educational and health-related challenges as a result from the economic disruption from this Oil Spill. The United Way Gulf Recovery fund will provide emergency assistance, such as help with food, rent and utilities, and support long-term recovery efforts to rebuild these lives and these communities.

SAVING WILDLIFE with THE NATIONAL WILDLIFE FEDERATION

The National Wildlife Federation Gulf Oil Spill Restoration Fund supports efforts to find and save oiled wildlife, and help recover their delicate ecosystems that make up their nesting and breeding grounds.

RESTORING THE GULF with THE NATURE CONSERVANCY

In response to the Gulf Coast oil spill, The Nature Conservancy has launched their Fund for Gulf Coast Restoration, expanding their efforts for long term recovery for the Gulf of Mexico and habitats along the coast, including salt marshes, oyster reefs, marshlands, beaches and estuaries.

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Politics is King: Goat press conference gone bad

Posted: 12:16 PM ET

As oil continued to spread along the Gulf Coast this week, President Obama returned to the region for his first overnight trip.

Upon his return to Washington, D.C. , he spoke to the nation from the White House, marking his first address from the Oval Office.  No doubt, that location would have been preferred for BP CEO Tony Hayward, who was grilled on Capitol Hill by lawmakers over the company's handling of the oil spill.

These are all stories you've probably paid attention to this week... now for some you may have missed:

1. Rep. Anthony Weiner is recovering from an injury sustained at a press conference he held jointly with a goat.  Seriously.  Check it out HERE (The Hill)

2. Guess which former Secretary of State has 'very firm breasts' according to a Korean foreign minister?  No, it is not Henry Kissinger.  Found out who it is HERE (The Hill)

3. The FBI file on former U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy was released this week. A lot of it was regarding death threats made against the senator, with one involving someone with 'psychic powers' (SmokingGun)

4. Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart tied the knot this week.  What does this have to do with politics (rest assured it isn't an 'Indiana' joke)?  Click HERE to see who presided over their wedding! (K-Earth)

5. The Council on Foreign relations added a HUGE A-list celebrity to their roster.  Click HERE to find out who it was, and click HERE to find out exactly what the Council on Foreign Relations does. (Washington Post)

NOTE: DON'T FORGET TO TUNE IN TO OUR SPECIAL 2-HOUR LKL TELETHON, "DISASTER IN THE GULF-HOW YOU CAN HELP," ON MONDAY FROM 8-10pmEastern!!

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June 17, 2010

Inmate set to die by firing squad asks Supreme Court for stay of execution

Posted: 08:55 AM ET

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is a story we're keeping an eye on today – and we're interested in hearing from you.  Do you think the Supreme Court should grant a last-minute stay of execution?

Washington (CNN) - A Utah death row inmate who would become only the third person to die by firing squad in the United States in 33 years appealed to the Supreme Court on Wednesday, seeking a last-minute stay of execution.

Ronnie Lee Gardner's lawyers filed the first of what are expected to be several appeals to the justices. He is scheduled to be put to death early Friday for the shooting death of attorney Michael Burdell during a botched escape attempt from custody in 1985 at a Salt Lake City, Utah, courthouse.

Among the claims the 49-year-old prisoner raises in his appeals is that he has been a death row inmate too long.

"He asserts that executing him now, after nearly 25 years on death row in Utah, so lacks retributive or deterrent value that it violates the Eighth Amendment," Andrew Parnes, Gardner's lawyer, told the high court. He did not return phone calls from CNN seeking comment.

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June 11, 2010

Politics is King: Biggest thing to happen to Washington DC since...

Posted: 02:53 PM ET

There was big news in Washington this week.

Sure, there were a bunch of primaries on Tuesday, and the Palestinian President met with President Obama at the White House to talk about Middle East peace, but that's not it.

Stephen Strasburg made his debut for the Washington Nationals.

With that, here are some other stories you may have missed this week:

1. Former IL Governor Rod Blagojevich was ordered to stop tweeting during his corruption trial.... you can see Blago's last tweet HERE (TIME)

2. Disgraced former lobbyist Jack Abramoff was transferred Tuesday from prison to a Maryland halfway house to serve out the remainder of his sentence (CNN)

3. On his 40th birthday, former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick moved in to a new home... a level-four state prison in Michigan (Detroit News)

4. AZ Senator John McCain and "Snooki" from the 'Jersey Shore' discussed a very important health issue over twitter this week. (Vanity Fair)

5. What do some White House staffers do in their down-time away from work?  You'll have to click HERE to find out. (Famous DC)

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