September 28, 2009

Bill Clinton: 'Vast right-wing conspiracy' as 'virulent' as ever

Posted: 12:47 PM ET

The "vast right-wing conspiracy" that attacked him during his presidency has been weakened, but continues to operate against President Obama, former President Clinton said Sunday.

On NBC's "Meet the Press," Clinton was asked about the term his wife Hillary Clinton, now secretary of state, famously coined. "Is it still there?" host David Gregory asked.

"Oh, you bet. Sure it is. It's not as strong as it was, because America's changed demographically, but it's as virulent as it was," the former president replied.

"I mean, they're saying things about him [Obama] - you know, it's like when they accused me of murder and all that stuff they did," Clinton said, in an apparent reference to conspiracy theories surrounding the suicide of White House deputy counsel Vince Foster.

"It's not really good for the Republicans and the country, what's going on now," Clinton said. "I mean, they may be hurting President Obama. They can take his numbers down, they can run his opposition up. But fundamentally, he and his team have a positive agenda for America."

The nation needs "a credible debate about what's the right balance between continuing to expand the economy through stimulus and beginning to move back to fiscal balance," Clinton said. "We need a credible debate about what's the best way to get to universal [health care] coverage."

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Explosive evidence from Travolta extortion trial

Posted: 08:55 AM ET

Is it the smoking gun?

The trial of two defendants accused of trying to exort $25 million from John Travolta in return for handing over a document relating to the death of the star's 16-year-old son, Jett, continues in the Bahamas today.

Meanwhile, PEOPLE has watched videotape of conversations recorded by the Royal Bahamas Police between Travolta's attorney and the two defendants - paramedic Tarino Lightbourn and his lawyer, Pleasant Bridgewater, a former Bahamian senator - that appear to be an attempt to secure a multi-million dollar payment from Travolta for the return of a form the star signed when considering whether to have his son be taken to an airport rather than to the nearest hospital.

"Where the hell did you get a number of 25 million bucks?" Travolta's lawyer, Michael McDermott, indignantly asked Lightbourn, who was one of the first people to arrive at the scene of Jett's death, about the exorbitant sum the paramedic allegedly demanded for handing over the document, known as the Do Not Transport form.

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Polanski arrested in connection with 1970s sex charge

Posted: 08:06 AM ET

Oscar-winning filmmaker Roman Polanski has been arrested in Switzerland on a decades-old arrest warrant stemming from a sex charge in California, Swiss police said Sunday.

Polanski, 76, was taken into custody trying to enter Switzerland on Saturday, Zurich police said. A spokesman for the Swiss Justice Ministry said Polanski was arrested upon arrival at the airport.

He has lived in France for decades to avoid being arrested if he enters the United States and declined to appear in person to collect his Academy Award for Best Director for "The Pianist" in 2003.

The director pleaded guilty in 1977 to a single count of having unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, acknowledging he had sex with a 13-year-old girl. But he fled the United States before he could be sentenced, and U.S. authorities have had a warrant for his arrest since 1978.

Polanski was nominated for best director Oscars for "Tess" and "Chinatown," and for best writing for "Rosemary's Baby," which he also directed. He was en route to the Zurich Film Festival, which is holding a Polanski tribute this year, when he was arrested by Swiss authorities, the festival said.

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Filed under: Hollywood • International • Justice

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September 27, 2009

Barack Obama's amazingly consistent smile

Posted: 11:08 PM ET

By Eric Spiegelman

On Wednesday, the Obamas hosted a reception at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, during which they stood for 130 photographs with visiting foreign dignitaries in town for the UN meeting. The President has exactly the same smile in every single shot. See for yourself — the pictures are up on the State Department’s flickr. And, of course, compressed into 20 seconds for your viewing pleasure.

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Filed under: Larry King Live • President Obama

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Lockerbie Families Meet With Gaddafi

Posted: 07:51 PM ET

Lisa Gibson, who met with Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, called herself an "ambassador of reconciliation." The sister of an American soldier who was killed in the Lockerbie bombing said that she had met Colonel Muammar Gaddafi during his visit to New York to offer him forgiveness.

Lisa Gibson, 39, and another Lockerbie family met the Libyan leader after his rambling speech to the UN General Assembly on Wednesday.

“I did not know what to expect. He was quite friendly to us, quite cordial. He welcomed us,” Ms Gibson, a lawyer, told The Times yesterday.

Ms Gibson’s brother, Kenneth, a US soldier stationed in Germany, was returning home for Christmas on Pan Am Flight 103 when it was blown up on December 21, 1988, killing 270 people in the jet and on the ground.

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Jermaine Jackson says of Ireland, brother Michael 'loved it here very much, and I love it here too'

Posted: 07:45 PM ET

By Katrina-Kasey Wheeler

In a new interview with Ryan Tubridy of the 'Late Late Show' Jermaine Jackson discussed the love that he and his brother Michael Jackson had for Ireland saying that 'Michael loved it here very much, and I love it here too, and that it was MJ's 'getaway.' Jermaine continued, 'It's just so peaceful. It's green and beautiful. This is why we come.'

Michael Jackson recorded in Ireland with of the Black Eyed Peas, and in 2006 Billy Bush interviewed MJ on location. MJ said at that time, '

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Michael Jackson movie tickets go on sale today

Posted: 07:41 PM ET

BY Jim Farber

michael_jackson_performingIt's the last dance for Michael Jackson and your chance to see it begins now.

Tickets for "This Is It" – the documentary that features footage from the pop icon's rehearsals for the 50-show series in London – go on sale Sunday.

The film debuts simultaneously in 15 cities around the globe, including New York, Los Angeles, London and Berlin.

"'This Is It' may go down as the greatest concert no one got a chance to see," the movie's director Kenny Ortega said. "But with this film we get a rare portrait of Michael as he prepares for his final curtain call."

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Larry King A Good Sport During Visit To ESPN

Posted: 07:24 PM ET

By MaryEllen Fillo

Larry King has interviewed more than 40,000 people in his half-century on the air, but there are still some guests he'd like to get into the Larry King at ESPNhot seat on his CNN show "Larry King Live."

And that's some of what he shared as a guest on "First Take" at ESPN in Bristol Wednesday.

" Roger Clemens, A-Rod [Alex Rodriguez] — I'd like to get them on the show," said King, kidding that he had no idea where he was after he got off the highway and went past a McDonald's.

Dressed in sneakers, jeans and his trademark suspenders, King seemed to take over the hosting duties with host Skip Bayless, who admitted he was temporarily speechless in the presence of the broadcast icon.

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September 25, 2009

TONIGHT: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Posted: 06:54 PM ET

Ahmadinejad-LKLIranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Iran’s nuclear program, what he thinks of President Obama’s accusation that he’s breaking rules, and his controversial re-election!

Plus, wait until you hear the President and Larry's heated exchange about the Holocaust.

And we want to hear from you:

Are you concerned about Iran's nuclear program?

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September 24, 2009

LKL Exclusive: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez

Posted: 02:35 PM ET

art_chavez_un_giOne of the world's most outspoken leaders in an EXCLUSIVE TV interview TONIGHT – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez! What does he think of President Obama and the U.S.? Find out tonight at 9pmET/6pmPT.

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