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December 16, 2009

TONIGHT ON LARRY KING LIVE!

Posted: 07:00 PM ET

Tiger Woods: Athlete of the Decade??

The Associated Press names Tiger Woods the "Athlete of the Decade". He beat out Lance Armstrong, Roger Federer, Michael Phelps, Tom Brady and Usain Bolt. Should his standing as a husband affect his popularity as an athlete? And why does Charles Barkley have to say to the golf champion?

Rep. Barney Frank vs. Rep. Ron Paul

Talk about two congressmen who don't hold back! We'll get their views on health care reform. Will the Senate pass a bill without a public option or an expansion of Medicare? Plus, we'll talk economy, climate change, and a very public spat between Sarah Palin and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Are Blacks Abandoning Obama?

What's the relationship between the President and African American voters? Is he living up to expectations? The answer may surprise you! We'll talk to Rev. Al Sharpton and BET correspondent Jeff Johnson. That's all tonight on Larry King Live!

And we want to hear from you:

Does Tiger Woods deserve the title "Athlete of the Decade"?

Filed under: Larry King Live • Obama • Politics • Rep. Barney Frank • Tiger Woods


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Are Blacks Abandoning Obama?

Posted: 06:15 PM ET

By Lloyd Grove via The Daily Beast

Danny Glover heaved a sigh when I asked him recently what he thought of President Obama’s performance so far.

It wasn’t a sigh of relief.

“I think the Obama administration has followed the same playbook, to a large extent, almost verbatim, as the Bush administration. I don’t see anything different,” the activist movie actor said of Obama’s policies in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Middle East. “On the domestic side, look here: What’s so clear is that this country from the outset is projecting the interests of wealth and property. Look at the bailout of Wall Street. Why not the bailout of Main Street?”

More in sorrow than in anger, Glover went on: “What choice does he have—in four years, eight years? Let’s just call a spade a spade. Really. There are no choices out there. He may be just a different face, and that face may happen to be black—and if it were Hillary Clinton, it would happen to be a woman—but what choices do they have within the structure?”

Glover is among a growing chorus of African-American opinion leaders who are publicly and privately expressing varying degrees of resignation, disappointment, and outright anger concerning a presidency on which so many hopes have ridden. Who can forget the iconic image of the tear-streaked Rev. Jesse Jackson—who in 1984 and 1988 waged formidable campaigns of his own for the Democratic presidential nomination—as he stood overcome with emotion amid the jubilant crowd at Chicago’s Grant Park as Obama gave his victory speech?

These days Jackson is decidedly dry-eyed.

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Filed under: Obama • Politics


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December 14, 2009

Tonight on Larry King Live!

Posted: 06:15 PM ET

'Fat Cats'

President Barack Obama is demanding action from so-called "fat cat Wall Street bankers". Obama's message to bank CEOs: it's time to help American taxpayers. Will the tough talk work? Donald Trump - who doesn't mince words himself - weighs in.

Tiger, Inc.

Four out of 10 Americans says they have an unfavorable view of the pro golfer, according to a new Washington Post poll. What are the rumors and his own admission of infidelity doing to his brand? Will more companies line up behind Accenture to drop him from their ads? Dennis Rodman is no stranger to controversy in the limelight and he'll join Larry tonight to give his take.

And we want to hear from you:

Will Obama's talk talk with Wall Street bankers help to rebuild the economy?

Filed under: Economy • Larry King Live • Obama


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Golf Digest stands by decision to put Tiger Woods on cover

Posted: 04:22 PM ET

Note: What does Dennis Rodman think of his friend Tiger Woods' fall from grace? Find out on Larry King Live tonight!

via UsMagazine.com

Golf Digest isn't embarrassed for putting Tiger Woods on the same cover as President Barack Obama.

Two weeks before the Woods scandal broke, Golf Digest went to press with its January issue.

The cover featured Woods, 33, and Obama, 48, with the cover line: "10 Tips Obama Can Take From Tiger."

"Woods is a good role model ... because he has always been able to pull himself together after setbacks," the article reads. "Woods never does anything that would make himself look ridiculous."

On Friday, Woods - who has been linked to at least 13 women - acknowledged for the first time his "infidelity," adding that he is taking an "indefinite break from professional golf. I need to focus my attention on being a better husband, father, and person."

In light of Woods' confession, Golf Digest doesn't plan to change their Woods coverage in the future.

"Our statement remains the same, that is Golf Digest has had a long-standing relationship with Tiger Woods to provide instruction articles for the magazine, and we do not have any plans to change that," a magazine spokesperson tells Usmagazine.com.

But Woods is feeling some fallout.

Consulting company Accenture announced it is ending its six-year relationship with the golfer, who made an estimated $110 million a year in endorsements.

"We are disappointed but respect their decision. That is all I have to say to you," Woods' agent, Mark Steinberg, told the Wall Street Journal.

Gillette also said it plans to suspend advertising featuring Woods, while AT&T and Tag Heuer are reconsidering their deals with the athlete.

Filed under: Larry King Live • Obama • Tiger Woods


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Top 'fat cats' miss Obama meeting

Posted: 04:10 PM ET

Note: Donald Trump joins Larry tonight. What does The Donald think of the President slamming "fat cat bankers"?

By Eamon Javers and Carol E. Lee via Politico

President Barack Obama’s plan to talk tough to bankers in a meeting at the White House Monday morning lost some of its punch when the executives at several top financial institutions could not make the sit-down due to bad weather.

Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein, Morgan Stanley CEO John Mack and Citigroup Chairman Richard Parsons were all stuck on the tarmac this morning as their airplanes waited out fog delays, an industry source said.

The executives were not in the room for Obama’s 11:10 a.m. meeting, but the White House said they would be piped in via conference call. Obama kicked off his meeting with the rest of the CEOs by telling them: "I appreciate you guys coming in." With JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon and White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett visible on camera, Obama spoke by speakerphone with Citigroup Chairman Richard Parsons.

"Dick, I had a good time at the Christmas celebration with your successor at Time Warner," Obama said, referring to Sunday night's "Christmas in Washington" event, where Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes was in attendance.

Ironically, Blankfein, Mack and Parsons’ decision to fly commercial, a move that would shield them from potential criticism that they are out of touch with the economic hardship experienced by average Americans, was the reason they couldn’t make the meeting. Dimon, for instance, flew by private jet and was expected to be there on time.

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Filed under: Economy • Larry King Live • Obama • Politics


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December 1, 2009

TONIGHT ON LARRY KING LIVE!

Posted: 08:06 PM ET

We'll be on at midnight for a special in-depth look at the President's deicision to send an additional 30,000 troops to Afghanistan. He's also expected to announced a troop pullback beginning in July 2011. Tonight's EXCLUSIVE Guest: Michael Moore, who just wrote a letter to the President expressing strong opposition to the troop increase.

Gen. Wesley Clark and Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt will also give us their analysis of the President's decision.

That's all coming up on a special edition of Larry King Live at midnight!

And we want to hear from you:

Do you agree with President Obama's decision to send 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan?

Filed under: Afghanistan • Larry King Live • Michael Moore • Obama


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Obama wants Afghan war over in three years

Posted: 03:06 PM ET

Note: Watch a special edition of Larry King Live at midnight! We'll talk about President Obama's decision to increase troop levels in Afghanistan with Michael Moore and others.

Washington (CNN) - President Obama is sending 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan but plans to conclude the war and withdraw most U.S. service members within three years, senior administration officials told CNN Tuesday.

The president is ordering military officials to get the reinforcements to Afghanistan within six months, White House officials said.

Obama will travel to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, later Tuesday to officially announce his plans. It would be his second escalation of U.S. forces in the war-torn Islamic country since he came to power in January.

The president also is seeking further troop commitments from NATO allies as part of a counterinsurgency strategy aimed at wiping out al Qaeda elements and stabilizing the country while training Afghan forces.

The expected new troop deployment would increase the total U.S. commitment to roughly 100,000 troops in Afghanistan, bolstered by about 45,000 NATO forces.

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Filed under: Afghanistan • Larry King Live • Michael Moore • Obama


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Cheney slams Obama for projecting 'weakness'

Posted: 02:35 PM ET

By Mike Allen and James Vandehei via Politico

On the eve of the unveiling of the nation’s new Afghanistan policy, former Vice President Dick Cheney slammed President Barack Obama for projecting “weakness” to adversaries and warned that more workaday Afghans will side with the Taliban if they think the United States is heading for the exits.

In a 90-minute interview at his suburban Washington house, Cheney said the president’s “agonizing” about Afghanistan strategy “has consequences for your forces in the field.”

“I begin to get nervous when I see the commander in chief making decisions apparently for what I would describe as small ‘p’ political reasons, where he’s trying to balance off different competing groups in society,” Cheney said.

“Every time he delays, defers, debates, changes his position, it begins to raise questions: Is the commander in chief really behind what they’ve been asked to do?”

Obama administration officials have complained ever since taking office that they face a series of unpalatable — if not impossible — national security decisions in Afghanistan and Pakistan because of the Bush administration’s unwavering insistence on focusing on Iraq.

But Cheney rejected any suggestion that Obama had to decide on a new strategy for Afghanistan because the one employed by the previous administration failed.

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Filed under: Afghanistan • Obama • Politics • Vice President Dick Cheney


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Don't call us party crashers, couple says

Posted: 02:20 PM ET

by Brian Stelter via New York Times

They were not on the White House guest list, but Michaele and Tareq Salahi insist that they are not party crashers.

In their first televised interview since being accused of slipping past White House security and attending President Obama’s first state dinner a week ago, the aspiring reality TV stars said they were eager to explain what had happened — but that they would have to wait until a later interview to do so.

“We did not party crash the White House,” Mr. Salahi said on the “Today” show on NBC.

“There isn’t anyone that would have the audacity or the poor behavior to do that,” Ms. Salahi added later.

But when Matt Lauer, a host of the show, asked “Who invited you?” the couple did not answer. Instead, Mr. Salahi said: “One of the things that we’re doing is we’re working closely with the Secret Service in their internal investigation. We’re respecting their timeline. We’re working on their timeline. We want to get through that process.”

Mr. Salahi added that they had “turned over documentation” to the Secret Service, which may have been a reference to e-mail messages between the couple and Michele S. Jones, a special assistant to Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates who serves as a liaison to the White House.

The Salahis tried to obtain tickets to the state dinner through Ms. Jones. But in a statement released by the White House on Monday, Ms. Jones said she told the couple that she “did not have the authority to authorize attendance, admittance or access to any part of the evening’s activities.”

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Filed under: Obama • White House


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November 24, 2009

Us Weekly: Angelina Jolie Disapproves of Obama

Posted: 05:51 PM ET

via US Weekly

Barack Obama does not have Angelina Jolie's seal of approval.

"She hates him," a source close to the U.N. goodwill ambassador, 34, tells the new issue of Us Weekly.

"She's into education and rehabilitation and thinks Obama is all about welfare and handouts. She thinks Obama is really a socialist in disguise," adds the source.

But don't expect to see the Salt actress rally against Democrats on Fox News like her staunch Republican father, Jon Voight.

"Angie isn't Republican, but she thinks Obama is all smoke and mirrors," the source says.

And those political views are putting her at odds with Brad Pitt, 45, who is a big fan of the president and even went solo to the 2008 election party in Chicago.

"They get in nasty arguments all the time about it," says the source. "She doesn't respect Brad when it comes to politics, but, in the end, this won't tear them apart."

Filed under: Entertainment • Obama • Politics


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