"Crossroads GPS is responsible for the content of this advertising." That line, tacked on to the end of political ads airing in New York's 26th District right now, is easy enough to miss. It signals an ad is one of many paid for by the conservative political action committee.
The group, founded by Karl Rove, has been pouring big money into television ads for the Republican candidate in the special election — about $350,000 for a week of airtime. It's a tactic that worked to the advantage of Republicans in 2010. Now Democrats want to get in on the action.
California officials are locked in a bitter stalemate over how to close the $15.4 billion budget deficit. One idea pushed by Gov. Jerry Brown is to do away with an economic development program that's been around since the 1950s and has helped transform blighted cities across California.
The leader of the International Monetary Fund and a possible candidate for president of France was yanked from an airplane moments before it was to depart for Paris and arrested in the alleged sexual assault of a hotel maid, police said.
The head of the IMF has been arrested in New York for alleged sexual assault. Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who is also a possible French presidential candidate, was taken into custody on board a plane at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Host Liane Hansen speaks with journalist Ulysee Gosset, an anchor with French television.
Kristen Wiig (left) breaks the tired mold of summer wedding comedies with Bridesmaids, where her character grapples with a rival (Rose Bryne) without the genre's typically inconceivable levels of earnestness.
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Loretta Devine (left) and Angela Bassett play dueling mothers in Jumping The Broom.
I blame it on My Big Fat Greek Wedding. That winsome little bridal blockbuster hit its stride in May of '02 and played straight through to Labor Day, establishing that 15-year-old boys weren't the only audience who'd go to summer films. Since then, wedding comedies have been a reliable -– and reliably annoying — hot-weather staple, almost always playing predominantly to women, with men attending dutifully as dates, much as they do at weddings themselves.