May 29, 2010

Politics is King: Please make the oil spill go away!

Posted: 04:10 PM ET

Every news channel has been covering the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, with a live stream from the bottom of the Gulf showing the oil seeping out of the broken pipes.

The blame game in Washington has started, with President Obama holding a press conference on Thursday to address his administration's handling of the crisis. Meanwhile, Secretaries Hillary Clinton and Timothy Geithner headed overseas to discuss the ongoing situation on the Korean peninsula.

With all of this going on, you may have missed some of these stories worth checking out:

1. As mentioned above, Secretary of State Clinton was in Asia.  During her travels, she granted an interview with China's Central Television, and dished about the 'most important' thing going on in her life.  Check out what that is HERE (Politico)

2. Looks like the Salahis crashed another place... this time in NYC.  At least they got a good laugh out of it (NY Daily News)

3. 'Bunny Suits now a no-no for child sex molesters' in Florida... and no dressing up like Santa Claus either. (Palm Beach Post)

4. Apparently former President Clinton and his "brother from another mother" have frequent late-night chats.  Check out who it is HERE (RollCall)

5. Meet "Little Obama" – *spoiler alert* – 'Barry' grows up to be the President of the United States.

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April 30, 2010

Politics is King! Possible poisoning, 'Nerd Prom,' and losing weight

Posted: 04:37 PM ET

In national politics this week, President Obama left D.C. for "Main Street," and Goldman Sachs execs wished the could have left D.C. for - well, anywhere really.

Meanwhile, illegal immigration took center stage.  Arizona passed a new law that will end up in the courts faster than you can swim across the Rio Grande.

And speaking of all eyes are on the Gulf Coast to see how bad the oil spill gets.  Seriously, how hard is it to put a bottle cap back on.

However, as we do every week here on the LKL blog, we want to share some political stories you may have missed:

1. In her new book, Laura Bush suggests that she, her husband, "and several members of their staff may have been poisoned during a visit to Germany," when "they all became mysteriously sick" (New York Times).

2. Chelsea Clinton is asking her father, President Bill Clinton, to lose FIFTEEN POUNDS before her summer nuptials.  That means NO McDonalds. (Politico)

3. So, a Supreme Court Justice walks into a bathroom and sees a U.S. Senator and the senator says.... (The Hill)

4. A-list celebrities are descending upon our nation's capital this weekend to attend what is dubbed as the "Nerd Prom," the annual White House Correspondent's Dinner.  Our fearless host, Larry, will be there – as for the rest, it's easier for you to just click HERE to see who else will be attending the event. (Politico)

5. "I've been sleeping with a teacher for a long time" - Vice President Joe Biden (HuffingtonPost)

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February 11, 2010

Bill Clinton hospitalized following chest 'discomfort,' gets stents

Posted: 06:46 PM ET

Bill Clinton takes bottles of water out of his plane January 18 at the international airport for Port-au-Prince, Haiti.New York (CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton was in "good spirits" Thursday after undergoing a procedure to insert two stents into one of his coronary arteries, his office said.

Clinton was hospitalized at the Columbia Campus of New York-Presbyterian Hospital after experiencing chest pain, according to Douglas Band, counselor to the former president.

Despite other media reports that he had left the hospital, Clinton remained there Thursday evening, a spokesman for the hospital said.

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Filed under: Bill Clinton • Larry King Live • Medical • Politics

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November 30, 2009

Chelsea Clinton Engaged to Longtime Beau

Posted: 02:27 PM ET


By Michael Y. Park and Sharon Cotliar

It'll be a first-family wedding for former first daughter Chelsea Clinton. The daughter of President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is engaged to her longtime boyfriend, Marc Mezvinsky, it has been confirmed to PEOPLE.

Clinton, 29, of course, is the former first couple's only child. Mezvinsky, a banker and fellow Stanford alumnus, is the 31-year-old son of former Iowa congressman Ed Mezvinsky and former Pennsylvania congresswoman Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinksy. The two became engaged on Thanksgiving, which they spent in New York.

On Friday, the pair sent out an e-mail to friends and family, saying: "We're sorry for the mass email but we wanted to wish everyone a belated Happy Thanksgiving! We also wanted to share that we are engaged! We didn't get married this past summer despite the stories to the contrary, but we are looking toward next summer and hope you all will be there to celebrate with us. Happy Holidays! Chelsea & Marc."

Filed under: Bill Clinton • Breaking News • Celebrity News • Hillary Clinton

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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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September 22, 2009

ICYMI: Bill Clinton on LKL – 'no racism in health care battle'

Posted: 07:55 AM ET

While some criticism targeting President Obama is racially motivated, the fight over health care isn't, former President Bill Clinton said on LKL last night.

"I believe that some of the right-wing extremists which oppose President Obama are also racially prejudiced and would prefer not to have an African-American president," Clinton told CNN's Larry King in a wide-ranging interview aired Monday evening. "But I don't believe that all the people who oppose him on health care - and all the conservatives - are racists. And I believe if he were white, every single person who opposes him now, would be opposing him then."

Clinton discussed a variety of issues facing the Obama administration - from health care to the war in Afghanistan - on the eve of the fifth annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative.

Regarding race, the former president was referring to an outburst from Rep. Joe Wilson, a South Carolina Republican, who shouted, "You lie," at Obama during the president's joint address to Congress, and also former President Jimmy Carter's assessment that racism is an obstacle for the current president.

"While I have devoted my life to getting rid of racism, I think this [health care] is a fight that my president and our party - this is one we need to win on the merits," Clinton said.

On the Arab-Israeli conflict - which Clinton tried to address during his time in the White House - the former president said it's an issue that first has to be addressed by the Palestinians and the Israelis. Obama has set up meetings with leaders from both sides this week as the U.N. General Assembly meets in New York.

"First, it's more up to them than it is to President Obama," Clinton said.

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September 21, 2009

Larry King Live Tonight: Bill Clinton for the Hour!

Posted: 12:46 PM ET

A Primetime Exclusive! Bill Clinton on LKLTune in tonight at 9pmET/6pmPT for a special hour with former President Bill Clinton. We'll talk about the war in Afghanistan, health care reform, and whether racism is really behind some of the attacks against President Barack Obama.

We'll also get an update from the former President on the Clinton Global Initiative and its impact around the world. You won't want to miss it! That's all tonight at 9pmET/6pmPT.

And we want to hear from you:

What would you like Larry to ask former President Bill Clinton?

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August 4, 2009

Bill Clinton in North Korea to help jailed US journalists

Posted: 07:51 AM ET

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton landed in North Korea early Tuesday on a mission to negotiate the release of two American journalists imprisoned there since March, according to the country's state news agency and a CNN source.

The North Korean news agency KCNA did not disclose the purpose of the visit in its three-line dispatch. But a source with detailed knowledge of the former president's movements told CNN late Monday that Clinton was going to seek the release of Laura Ling and Euna Lee, both reporters for California-based Current TV - media venture launched by Clinton's former vice president, Al Gore.

Meeting Clinton were the vice president of North Korea's Supreme People's Assembly, Yang Hyong Sop, and Kim Kye Gwan, the vice foreign minister, KCNA reported, adding that "a little girl presented a bouquet to Bill Clinton."

NOTE: Laura Ling's husband, Iain Clayton, was on LKL back in May and wrote this EXCLUSIVE LKL WEB COMMENTARY for us – read it HERE

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March 15, 2009

Sunday's LKL: Pres. Bill Clinton and Sanjay Gupta!

Posted: 05:44 PM ET

Tonight, CNN's Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta fills in for Larry and his first guest is former President Bill Clinton!  His administration tried to revamp America's healthcare, but failed.  artclintoncnnWhat does he make of President Obama's plan?  He'll talk to Sanjay about that and more.

Then, an exclusive with Christopher Reeve's daughter!  Alexandra Reeve speaks out on President Obama's order for an increase in government funding of stem cell research.  What does she think of the decision her father fought so hard for?

It's all tonight as Sanjay Gupta guest-hosts on Sunday's "Larry King Live," at 9 p.m., ET.

Larry returns to the desk Monday and he'll be joined by Judge Judy!  She never disappoints!   Leave your comments or questions for Judge Judy Sheindlin HERE! Then, tune-in Monday night for the live show. We just may use your comments on the air during our Blog Segment.

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March 12, 2009

ICYMI: Bill Clinton on LKL last night!

Posted: 08:02 AM ET

Former President Bill Clinton was on LKL last night – he spoke to our guest host, Sanjay Gupta, about the new administration's efforts to achieve healthcare reform, and also discussed his own health.

GUPTA: One thing I notice when I was talking to you - we talked about this before - when you point with your finger -

CLINTON: Sometimes it shakes. See it's a little shake, no shake here. I've been tested for it. I don't have Parkinson's.

GUPTA: Don't have it.

CLINTON: The doctor told me as people age, they become more vulnerable, for example, to having these muscles. Like if I write a lot.


CLINTON: Or play video games or, you know, just do anything like that, anything with a lot of my fingers, and these tighten up, or if I'm tired, if I'm working hard, it will cause your hands to shake. So see that's pretty calm today, a little bit of shake, none over here. And some days they both shake, some days none of them do. And I was quite concerned about it, because if I had Parkinson's, I wanted to know, so I could prepare.

I had it tested and the doctor says, no, it's just a normal aging phenomenon.


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