May 7, 2010

Politics is King: Early Mother's Day Gift to you!

Posted: 12:56 PM ET

The week in politics began in a frenzy, with the focus on Times Square in NYC after an attempted car bombing plot was thwarted and the suspect arrested. Meanwhile, in the Gulf of Mexico, oil continues to spew out with hopes it will be under control early next week.

While you may have been paying close attention to these 2 big political stories, we're here to make sure you don't miss out on these other ones.

Also – heads-up – Mother's Day is this Sunday so don't forget to call Mom!

1. One famous mother had her first tweet this week – and her office says it could possibly be her last.  CHECK OUT WHO IT WAS! (Politico)

2. Another famous mama is heading to DC this Saturday night to attend the annual 'Ball on the Mall.'  Are you more curious about WHO THIS WOMAN is, or what the 'Ball on the Mall' is? (The Hill)

3. Domestic sex trafficking of children was on the mind of THIS HOLLYWOOD MOM when she came to DC this week, meeting with members of congress. (The Hill)

4. If you wanted to meet THIS FORMER FIRST LADY, you had to show your Costco card. (Yeas & Nays)

5. What should President Obama give Mrs. Obama for Mother's Day?  60% of America THINKS THIS, while 9% thinks the best gift he can give her would be to weed the garden. (US News)


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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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April 16, 2010

King of Politics: Playboy, Palin and Low Places

Posted: 02:40 PM ET

In a week that started off with the largest gathering ever of foreign leaders in Washington, D.C. for a nuclear security summit and ended with the final stop of the Tea Party Express in the same city, there's been a lot of political news.

However, here are some of the stories you MAY have missed this week (click on the links for the full story!):

1. Former U.S. Secretary of State is 'crazy' for his iPhone.  Who knew?? (USNews)

2. A few months after her divorce with SC Governor Mark Sanford was finalized, former SC First Lady Jenny Sanford has a new boyfriend! (fitsnews)

3. Why did former Gov. Sarah Palin and Rep. Michele Bachmann draw such a huge crowd at a Minn. rally? Bill Maher believes its because they are 'MILFs'.  What's a MILF, you ask?  Click here. (NowPublic)

4. One of these people sang "I Got Friends in Low Places" to the other: Garth Brooks and Senator Dick Durbin. You're first guess is probably wrong. (politico)

5. Former NY Governor Eliot Spitzer's call girl posed for "Playboy."  The pictures are out there, but not linking them up here. You can certainly google them, though.

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March 17, 2010

Inside the Radio and Television Correspondents' Dinner

Posted: 10:21 PM ET

By Senior Producer Eleanor McManus

It was a who's who of media personalities and political types in Washington tonight at the 66th annual Radio & Television Correspondents’ Dinner.

This is the dinner honoring journalists in the field of television and radio. They bring politicians, celebrities and people in the news as their guests, which tends to make some news the next day.

Perhaps Kathy Griffin was one of the bigger celebrities here. We've had her on the show numerous times, but it's so interesting to see her mingling with this group. She was a guest of CNN, and by the way she was incredibly tiny.

Senator Scott Brown and his wife were here too, both incredibly charming. Since he came to Washington in the midst of all the snow, his wife mentioned to me how this was the first time she saw DC without snow!

Other politicians included Tom Ridge, Senator John Thune, Rep. Dennis Kucinich, former Rep. Mark Foley, and Donald Rumsfeld.

Standing in line to get in, I saw quite a scene of schmoozing journalists. There were Ted Koppel, Tucker Carlson, Joe Scarborough and Mika Brezinski all waiting to go through security.  The lovely Miss USA (dressed in red with her tiara) was having a conversation with CNN's Roland Martin. Upon entering the reception, there was Bob Schieffer talking to Luke Russert.

Perhaps the best part of the night was Vice President Joe Biden. He was quite funny, and made the audience laugh. Who knew the VP was a comedian?

Ok off to the after-parties. Who will be there? Who will have too much to drink? Who will be schmoozing with whom? I'll have to get back to you on that one.

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February 19, 2010

While Tiger is speaking inside; Media sets up outside

Posted: 12:25 PM ET

By LKL Sr. Producer Eleanor McManus:

It's hard to believe there are hundreds of reporters, dozens of cameras and television trucks waiting to get credentialed to get into a room where they can watch Tiger on television. Because only a select group of reporters were allowed to be in the room with Tiger, the rest of us get to watch it a mile away in a hotel conference room. In fact, there were even cameras shooting pictures of the television where Tiger was going to appear.

Why they didn't watch in their hotel rooms you ask? Probably for the same reason I tried to get a seat up front – as close to the television as possible. For the excitement of it all, to feel the energy in the room amongst all the media. It's mostly men as sports reporters tend to be male. Most cover golf, and probably covered Tiger for many years.

Though journalists are supposed to be unbiased, everyone had an opinion afterwards. But before voicing any opinions, they wanted to know what women thought of what tiger said. Becoming one of the few women here, a number of reporters (many from the Golf channel) came over to ask if now I forgave Tiger and if he would be pardoned by the public. Of course, as a journalist for CNN, I took the 5th.

Don't get me wrong, it's not JUST sports reporters here. It's an international story too, which is why German TV is here. Jason Kennedy of E!, and Kevin Frasier of Entertainment tonight are all here as well. Then there are those few people in the room who just snuck in for the free food. At least I got a seat up front – right near the big screen TV.

NOTE: We'll be discussing Tiger's statement on tonight's LKL – tune in at 9pmet and join the discussion now! How did you think Tiger did?

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February 18, 2009

From the producer's desk – on last night's show with Pres. Clinton

Posted: 01:35 PM ET

From Producer Eleanor McManus:

My colleague Michael Watts and I are traveling back to DC from Little Rock today. We were at the Clinton Library where Larry interviewed President Clinton for the hour last night.Bill Clinton on LKL

The interview coincided with the opening of the Peter Max exhibit at the Clinton Library. Peter even gave us a tour of his exhibit which we will put up on the website, so stay tuned!

It's an absolutely beautiful library with very modern architecture. There's a room inside that is a replica of the Oval Office in the White House. It even has pictures of Secretary Hillary Clinton and Chelsea during President Clinton's years at the White House. In fact we found out that when the President comes to Little Rock, he actually stays at the library. There is a private room upstairs for him. They even have a putting green on the roof, and some days visitors can see the President putting some balls!

Larry has interviewed President Clinton many times, but this time it was very special be able to do it at the Clinton Library. Also, this was the first time President Clinton was exactly on time for the interview! Usually when we tape an interview with the former President he's a bit tardy – he has even arrived up to an hour late. Larry was surprised how on-time he was...

The President flew into Little Rock incredibly early Tuesday morning. In fact his staff said that while they were trying to get some sleep on the plane, the President was up explaining the stimulus to his agents!

President Clinton was as gracious as ever. Before he sat down he shook everyone's hand in the room – from the cameramen to the producers on site. He was even the one who rounded up everyone at the end for a group picture!

Larry interviewed him for the full hour, but there was still plenty left to discuss. President Clinton could have talked for hours. He lights up when he talks about his foundation (Clinton Global Initiative) and all the work they do. Something tells me we are going to hear a lot more from President Clinton soon.

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