January 31, 2009

Saturday: Rod Blagojevich!

Posted: 03:17 PM ET

Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich tonight! blagojevich4 He says the fix was in.  Rod Blagojevich pleads his case on Larry King Live!  Tonight, 9pm ET.

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January 30, 2009

Larry Comments on Joe Torre

Posted: 04:25 PM ET


larryking   I've known Joe for many years, and this is the first time I've ever known him to be involved in a controversial situation.  I'm interested if he thought the book would get the kind of reaction it's getting.

   I wonder if he has a double feeling about the book.   Does he feel the Yankees betrayed him by offering him a cop-out contract last year?  Does he think this book is betraying the Yankees, or is this getting even?  Is this a double betrayal?

   His comments about Alex Rodriguez are getting a lot of attention too.  A-Rod is a fascinating study.  He's probably the best player in baseball, but there are so many side effects to him that are almost unbelievable.  I want to know what it's like to manage him.  And what are A-Rod's true feelings about Derek Jeeter.

  I also want to ask about Manny Ramirez - three months and no signing!  And about the Yankees - what was it like to manage in that pressure cooker?  And what are the differences between managing in New York and Los Angeles.   Not many people have managed in both places - in fact I don't think anyone has managed in both before.

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Check out these stories on Joe Torre

Posted: 03:40 PM ET

There's a lot of buzz out there today about Joe Torre the current manager of the LA Dodgers.  But he's not talking Dodger baseball on LKL, rather focusing on his years with the NY Yankees.

Here's a little round-up on Torre around the web:

LA Times – "Joe Torre puts Dodgers in an awkward position" – Just as the Dodgers are gearing up for the new season, their manager is out pitching a controversial book about his days with the Yankees. From the first day of rookie ball, a young player hears two cardinal rules: What happens in the clubhouse stays in the clubhouse. Don't put yourself ahead of the team.  By violating both of those covenants, by sharing clubhouse secrets and by upstaging the team that employs him with a book tour to talk about a team that does not employ him, Torre has left the Dodgers in an awkward position on the eve of spring training.


NY Times – In this article, Joe Torre talks about his relationship with Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman; about Alex Rodriguez, of whom he is critical in the book; and he also does not seem fazed that he helped write a book that could irritate some people in baseball while he is still the manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers. “Knowing that my name is on it, I know I’m going to have to answer for it,” Torre said of the book’s contents.

------------------- – Joe Torre's first interview with LKL is tonight – talking about his new book, which exposed teammates' criticisms of third baseman Alex Rodriguez and disclosed details of Torre's fractured relationship with general manager Brian Cashman, reveals a side of Torre that didn't publicly surface during his 12 years as manager of the Yankees.

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Friday's LKL: Joe Torre

Posted: 02:04 PM ET

It's a Joe Torre EXLCUSIVE!  The whole sports world is talking about the explosive allegations in the former Yankees' manager's new book, "The Yankee Years,"3025458ES_D016495040 and tonight Joe talks to Larry first.

He's now managing the LA Dodgers, and in his new book  claims Yankees players called A-Rod, "A-Fraud."  And wait till you hear what he has to say about George Steinbrenner and Yankee pitcher David Wells!

He's talking to Larry BEFORE the book comes out on Monday!

Has Joe violated the sacred trust between manager and player?   Will YOU read his book?

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Imagine getting your news on the INTERNET??

Posted: 01:46 PM ET

So – back in 1981 – when CNN was only a year old and 4 years before there was "Larry King Live" – a local San Francisco reporter did a story on the possiblity of getting your news on a computer instead of from the newspaper... imagine that...

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One of the 15 vying for Rahm Emanuel's vacant seat

Posted: 11:25 AM ET
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It's a crowded field out there to replace Rahm Emanuel in the U.S. House of Representatives – there's 15 candidates in the Democratic primary and we came across one of their tv ads and HAD to share it with you...

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There still better be funny beer ads on Sunday

Posted: 10:46 AM ET

For television viewers, the Super Bowl offers an annual midwinter spectacle. On Sunday, in addition to a football game and a halftime show, they can watch Madison Avenue try to walk a tightrope.1superbowl

The advertisers, which are spending up to $3 million for each 30-second commercial during Super Bowl XLIII, have a tricky task before them. They must figure out the right way to speak to consumers worried about the wretched economy while at the same time not ignore the long-standing appeal of Super Bowl Sunday as a night of escapist fare.

“Advertisers have to strike a delicate balance this year,” said Tim Calkins, a marketing professor at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

“They need to recognize the environment we’re in,” Mr. Calkins said, “so they don’t want to appear too flip, making light of a tough situation.”

(Read More HERE)

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Mom of octuplets has 6 other kids

Posted: 09:14 AM ET

The mother of a woman who gave birth on Monday to octuplets said her daughter already has six children at home and was undergoing fertility treatment.

The Los Angeles Times reported on Thursday that Angela Suleman said her daughter had the embryos implanted last year, resulting in the eight births.

"They all happened to take," Suleman told the Times. "I looked at those babies. They are so tiny and so beautiful."

The woman declined to have the number of embryos reduced when she discovered she was carrying multiples, the Times reported. The six older siblings range from ages 7 to 2, according to the newspaper.

Suleman said she was concerned about her daughter's homecoming because her husband, a contract worker, is due to return to Iraq.

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VP Biden: Time to put the middle class first

Posted: 08:31 AM ET

by Joe Biden, Vice President of the United States

For years, we had a White House that failed to put the middle class front and center in its economic policies.

President Obama has made it clear that is going to change. And it's why he has asked me to lead a task force on the middle class.

America's middle class is hurting. Trillions of dollars in home equity, retirement savings and college savings are gone. And every day, more and more Americans are losing their jobs.

For the backbone of the USA, it's insult on top of injury. Over the course of America's last economic expansion, the middle class participated in very few of the benefits. But now in the midst of this historic economic downturn, the middle class sure is participating in all of the pain. Something is seriously wrong when the economic engine of this nation — the great middle class — is treated this way.

(Read More of the VP's commentary HERE)

Filed under: Economy • Vice President Biden

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January 29, 2009

Schneider: GOP's new rallying cry is 'Back to Basics'

Posted: 10:51 AM ET

By Bill Schneider, CNN's Senior Political Analyst

With the departure of President George W. Bush, Republicans have a new rallying cry: "Back to basics!"

Nothing is more basic to the Republican philosophy than smaller government, a principle many Republicans believe got lost at the end of the Bush administration. "President Bush in the last few months has opened up the door to Mr. Obama's big-government activism," Ken Blackwell said earlier this month.

Blackwell, the former Ohio secretary of state, is one of six candidates running for the chairmanship of the Republican National Committee. Republicans believe they lost in 2006 and 2008 because they became a "me too" party. And Democrats can play that game better.

"Republicans blew it on spending, but now Democrats are on steroids with spending," says Rep. Zach Wamp, R-Tennessee.

(Read more of Schneider's commentary HERE)

Filed under: Larry King Live • Politics

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