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Laeticia Hallyday a retrouvé le sourire. Deux ans après le décès de Johnny Hallyday, elle semble avoir renoué avec l’amour grâce à Pascal Balland. Comme elle, il a déjà 3 enfants, dont une fille, Mathilde, issue d’une précédente union. La veuve du rockeur a déjà une place dans la vie de l’adolescente.

Laeticia Hallyday veut de nouveau croire en l’amour. Dans la nuit du 5 au 6 décembre 2017, elle perdait l’homme de sa vie. Après un long combat contre le cancer,Johnny Hallyday s’éteignait dans leur maison de Marnes-la-Coquette (Hauts-de-Seine ) où elle avait installé une grande chambre médicalisée. Pendant vingt-deux ans, Laeticia Hallyday n’a formé qu’un avec le rockeur. Après son décès, elle a dû apprendre à vivre seule avec ses deux filles, Jade et Joy. Prise au coeur d’une tempête médiatique et judiciaire l’opposant à ses deux beaux-enfants, David Hallyday et Laura Smet, elle n’avait pas le coeur à l’amour.

Mais, sans prévenir, l’amour s’est présenté à elle. Cet été, dans son fief de Saint-Barthélémy, elle a croisé la route de Pascal Balland comme le révélait Voici. Et, avec ce restaurateur parisien de 47 ans, le coup de foudre a été immédiat. Après cette parenthèse enchantée, les tourtereaux ont chacun repris leurs habitudes mais ils souhaitent maintenant construire une nouvelle vie ensemble. Dans cette histoire d’amour, ils doivent également prendre en compte leurs enfants respectifs. Jade et Joy, les deux filles de Laeticia, sont scolarisées au lycée français de Los Angeles. Une autre élève de cet établissement ne leur est pas totalement inconnu puisque Mathilde, la fille de Pascal Balland, y réalise également sa scolarité.

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Laeticia Hallyday et Pascal Balland ne souhaitent pas mettre leurs enfants de côté. D’ailleurs, la veuve du rockeur a été invitée à célébrer, le 13 septembre dernier, les quatorze ans de Mathilde à Los Angeles. Jade et Joy étaient également présentes à cet anniversaire ainsi que Marine, l’ancienne femme de Pascal Balland et mère de leur fille. Une famille recomposée (presque classique) où chacun doit maintenant trouver sa place. Entre Paris et la cité des Anges, les deux amants semblent prêts à tout pour vivre pleinement leur romance.

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Les wedding bells s’apprêtent à retentir à nouveau sur la Couronne britannique ! Après un an de relation, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi a enfin demandé la main de la princesse Beatrice, pour le plus grand bonheur d’Eugenie d’York, qui a posté un adorable message pour sa grande sœur sur les réseaux sociaux.

Finally ! Après de longs mois d’attente, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi et la princesse Beatrice ont enfin annoncé leurs fiançailles, pour le plus grand bonheur des aficionados de la Couronne, qui trépignaient d’impatience. Et qu’importe si cette nouvelle éclipse quelque peu la tournée royale des Sussex en Afrique du Sud… Beatrice est une femme heureuse, et elle tient à le crier sur tous les toits ! Un jour très spécial pour la fille de Sarah Ferguson et du prince Andrew, éperdument amoureuse de son richissime homme d’affaires italien, qui a déjà conquis les cœurs de son cercle intime. “Nous sommes tous les deux très excités d’embarquer ensemble dans cette aventure qu’est la vie et avons hâte d’être mariés“, a déclaré le couple dans un communiqué.

Très proche de sa famille, la future mariée avait immédiatement tenu à présenter “Edo” à ses parents, mais surtout à sa petite sœur, la princesse Eugenie, avec qui elle entretient une relation fusionnelle. Scrutées et souvent critiquées, les deux sœurs ont appris à se serrer les coudes depuis leur plus jeune âge. C’est donc tout naturellement qu’ Eugenie d’York a publié un très joli message sur sa page Instagram, ce jeudi 26 septembre, accompagné des clichés du couple, qu’elle a elle-même capturés. “Beabea – wow ! Je suis si heureuse pour toi ma chère grande sœurette et mon cher Edo. On l’attendait depuis si longtemps et vous êtes faits l’un pour l’autre“, a-t-elle écrit. Nul doute que la cadette, qui a épousé l’homme de sa vie en octobre dernier, sera d’une aide précieuse à sa sœur aînée pour préparer le jour J.

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Beabea – wow! I'm so happy for you my dearest big sissy and dear Edo. It's been a long time coming and you two are meant to be. 📷 by me!! “We are extremely happy to be able to share the news of our recent engagement. We are both so excited to be embarking on this life adventure together and can’t wait to actually be married. We share so many similar interests and values and we know that this will stand us in great stead for the years ahead, full of love and happiness”

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Découvrez le teaser de “Sharknado 5”, nouvel opus de la délirante saga Asylum, qui voit cette fois les requins volants détruire… Big Ben, La Muraille de Chine et les Pyramides d’Egypte. Rien que ça !

Les requins de la saga Sharknado sont de retour ! Découvrez dans notre player ci-dessus le teaser de Sharknado 5: Global Swarming, nouvel opus de la délirante saga Asylum, qui voit cette fois les requins volants détruire notamment Big Ben, la Muraille de Chine et les Pyramides d’Egypte !

Le film, qui sera diffusé le 6 août prochain sur Syfy, voit le retour des comédiens Ian Ziering et Tarad Reid, duo vedette de la franchise fantastique. Petite surprise pour le public français : après la présence de Bruno Salomone dans le troisième volet, ce sont cette fois les Youtubeurs Natoo et Kemar (à l’affiche du Manoir le 21 juin) qui sont de la partie. Quel sort leur sera réservé ?

Sharknado 5 : les Youtubeurs Natoo et Kemar dans le nouvel opus de la saga

Dans Sharknado 5: Global Warning, le fils de Fin Shepard et de sa femme bionique April se retrouve piégé dans un Sharknado voyageur et transporté à travers le monde. De Londres à Rio, en passant par Tokyo, Rome, Amsterdam et au-delà, nos héros voyageurs vont demander de l’aide à des membres de la famille royale, des savants et des Olympiens hautement qualifiés, en engageant des visages connus des infos, du divertissement et du sport dans leur bataille la plus épique à ce jour.

La bande-annnce du “Manoir”, avec Natoo et Kemar :

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Que pense la presse américaine du “Dunkerque” de Christopher Nolan, qui sortira dans nos salles le 19 juillet prochain ? Revue de tweets.

Les critiques de Dunkerque, le nouveau long métrage de Christopher Nolan, sont tombées. Les premiers retours de la presse US annoncent un grand film de guerre, comme l’illustrent ces quelques tweets. Dunkerque, qui pour mémoire raconte le récit de la fameuse évacuation des troupes alliées de Dunkerque en mai 1940, sort en France mercredi prochain. 

Steven Weintraub (Collider) : “Dunkerque en IMAX vous colle au fond de votre siège. Je n’ai rien de vu pareil auparavant. Voyez le en IMAX !”

Erik Davis (Fandango) : “Dunkerque est chaotique, implacable, vous tient en haleine, et l’un des films les plus captivant que vous pourrez voir cette année. D’une grande maitrise. Quel voyage !  En l’espace de 30 secondes, Nolan délivre une scène d’ouverture spectaculaire qui vous colle au fond de votre siège. Puis la tension monte de plus en plus. De la mise en scène au montage, en passant par la photo et la musique, avec Dunkerque, Nolan prouve qu’il est l’un des plus grands réalisateurs de notre époque.

Ali Plumb (Radio1) : “Dunkerque est un film de guerre, mais comme jamais vu auparavant. C’est comme si vous y étiez. C’est fort et brutal.”

Jake Coyle (Associated Press) : “Dunkerque surpasse la plupart des films vus cette année. Pur, du cinéma intégral. La mer, le ciel et [Mark] Rylance.”

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Eric Eisenberg (CinemaBlend) : “Dunkerque vous tient en haleine, magnifique et encore plus fort en 70mm IMAX, mais il ne faut pas ignorer qu’aucune personnalité / personnage ne se distingue réellement“.

Alicia Malone (Fandango) : “Intense ! 3 histoires sur 3 temporalités. Presque un film muet avec une bande-son incroyable. Ca va peut être diviser. J’adore. Voyez le en 70 mm !”

Dunkerque : Christopher Nolan révèle ses 11 films influences

Pour son mariage avec Rafael Nadal le 19 octobre dernier, Xisca Perelló avait choisi comme deuxième robe de mariée une création Rosa Clara. Une création sur mesure, qui semble avoir été fortement inspirée par la robe que portait Meghan Markle pour la réception qui a suivi son mariage en 2018.

Certains détails ne laissent aucune place au doute. Le 19 octobre dernier, Rafael Nadal a dit “oui” à son amour d’enfance Xisca Perelló dans un château du XVIIe siècle sur l’île de Majorque, là même ils se sont rencontrés lorsqu’ils étaient enfants. Et pour être parfaite lors de son mariage avec le tennisman qui partage sa vie depuis 14 ans, la jeune femme née Maria Francisca Perelló, avait opté pour pas une, mais deux robes de mariée. La première, créé sur mesure par la styliste Rosa Clara, était inspirée du mouvement art déco, évasée brodée de dentelles sur le buste, à manches longues. Mais la deuxième, très moderne et élégante, ressemblait quelque peu à la robe que portait Meghan Markle lors de la réception qui a suivi son mariage avec le prince Harry.

En effet, Xisca Perelló portait une robe dos nue longue endentelle de Chantilly, composée de motifs floraux, de broderies faites à la main, ainsi que de micro-pierreries transparentes incrustées dans la dentelle. Une création signée également Rosa Clara, dont la forme n’était pas sans rappeler la robe dos nue de la duchesse de Sussex. Au détail près que, imaginée par Stella McCartney, la robe de l’épouse du prince Harry était blanche en crêpe unie, et ne comportait ni broderies ni pierres précieuses. Une création qui n’est cependant plus réservée à Meghan Markle, puisque la créatrice l’a intégrée à sa collection de robes de mariées, Made with love, en vente uniquement au Royaume-Uni.

Meghan Markle se rendant à la réception après son mariage dans une robe Stella McCartney – Best Image

Tandis qu’ils filent le parfait amour depuis de nombreuses années, Nafael Nadal et Xisca Perelló se sont fiancés en mai 2018, gardant pour eux cette heureuse nouvelle jusqu’en janvier dernier. Désormais mariés, le tennisman et son épouse s’apprêtent probablement à passer à l’étape suivante dans leur relation : fonder une famille. “De toute évidence, j’ai l’intention de fonder une famille. J’aime les enfants et j’aimerais que mes enfants fassent ce qu’ils veulent”, expliquait dans une rare confidence le tennisman à Hola il y a quelques mois. Une magnifique conclusion pour cet amour de jeunesse qui s’est transformé en l’amour de toute une vie.

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A la manière d’un calendrier de l’avent, les chaînes M6 et TF1 dévoilent leurs traditionnels téléfilms de Noël. Au programme, des bons sentiments, de la magie, de l’amour et des larmes chaque après-midi à compter de ce lundi 6 novembre.

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WASHINGTON — 

The House Judiciary Committee, which is spearheading the Democratic-led impeachment drive, will move swiftly to draft articles of impeachment against President Trump, possibly by the end of this week, the panel’s chairman said Sunday.

Trump’s congressional supporters separately found themselves on the defensive over the disclosure that the president’s personal lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, traveled last week to Ukraine and met with political figures associated with efforts to dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.

Giuliani is a central character in the impeachment drama, having led what witnesses portrayed as a shadow foreign policy built around the president’s personal political agenda of advancing the discredited theory that Ukraine, not Russia, interfered in the 2016 election, and that the Bidens engaged in corruption.

The Judiciary Committee plans a hearing on Monday to hear evidence gathered by the Intelligence Committee during its investigation.

The results may determine how broad the articles of impeachment against Trump will be — in particular, whether they will reach back to episodes of possible obstruction of justice outlined in the Russia report submitted last spring by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.

Mueller said he could not exonerate Trump of obstruction but indicated he followed Justice Department guidelines saying a sitting president could not be indicted. That was widely read as a suggestion that the only available remedy was impeachment.

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), the Judiciary Committee chairman, said the scope and nature of the articles of impeachment were still under consideration. Abuse of presidential power in connection with Ukraine policy and obstruction of the current impeachment probe were expected to be the centerpiece.

“The fact is that we’re not going to make any decision as to how broad the articles should be, as to what they contain, what the wording is, until after the hearing” on Monday, Nadler said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

“We’ll bring articles of impeachment, presumably, before the committee at some point later in the week,” he said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Citing what he called “uncontested” evidence that Trump acted improperly to pressure Ukraine, Nadler said the fast pace of the impeachment proceedings was dictated by pressing worries about the integrity of the 2020 campaign.

“The president, based on his past performance, will do everything to make it not a fair election,” Nadler said in an interview on ABC’s “This Week.”

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), who heads the House Intelligence Committee, said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” the proceedings should “focus on those issues that provide the greatest threat to the country.”

He added: “The president is engaged in a course of conduct that threatens the integrity of the next election.”

In the months since the August complaint by an anonymous whistleblower about Trump’s dealings with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky kick-started the impeachment drive, the president has sometimes spoken in a manner that undercuts those trying to defend him.

This weekend, he seemingly gave his seal of approval to Giuliani’s latest trip to Ukraine, even while his congressional allies have claimed that the Democrats have not conclusively proven that the former New York mayor has acted at the president’s behest.

Trump on Saturday spoke enthusiastically of Giuliani’s visit last week to the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, telling reporters at the White House: “I hear he has found plenty.” Trump also said Giuliani wanted to share his findings with Congress.

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), a zealous Trump ally, said Sunday on CNN: “I don’t know of any role that Rudy Giuliani is playing on behalf of the president.”

He added, “I don’t know that he’s over there at the president’s direction, and in fact I would suggest that he is not.”

Another ardent Trump backer, Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida, said on ABC that Giuliani’s trip was “weird” and “odd,” coming during the impeachment proceedings, but said if Giuliani wanted to appear before congressional investigators and explain his role, that would be “helpful.”

The White House, which has denounced the House proceedings as illegitimate, said Friday the president’s team would not take part in Monday’s hearing. The administration has blocked compliance with subpoenas for documents and testimony from senior officials.

Gaetz, however, suggested that Trump’s acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, together with Giuliani, should appear before investigators. It would be “to the president’s advantage to have people testify who could exculpate him,” Gaetz said.


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WASHINGTON — 

Elizabeth Warren was paid nearly $2 million for legal work stretching back three decades, her campaign disclosed Sunday night, amid calls from a top Democratic presidential rival that the Massachusetts senator should be more forthcoming about what she earned from past corporate clients.

In May, Warren released a list of close to 60 cases she worked on as an attorney going back to the 1980s. Fifteen pages of new data now show what she was paid in nearly 40 of those — about $1.9 million.

The list includes “all the income she earned from each case that we have been able to determine from public records, Elizabeth’s personal records and other sources,” Warren spokeswoman Kristen Orthman said.

“If Democrats are going to defeat Donald Trump, or whoever the Republican Party might replace him with, we must nominate a candidate who can create the most robust possible contrast against Republicans on conflicts of interest and corruption issues,” Orthman said in a statement. “Elizabeth does not sell access to her time — no closed-door big-dollar fundraisers, no bundling program, no perks or promises to any wealthy donor.”

The new information comes against the backdrop of an escalating feud between Warren and Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind. Last week, Warren decried the mayor’s attending of closed-door fundraisers, saying, “I think that Mayor Pete should open up the doors so that anyone can come in and report on what’s being said.” She added, “No one should be left to wonder what kind of promises are being made to the people that then pony up big bucks to be in the room.”

Buttigieg and his campaign shot back that Warren should release more of her past tax returns, shedding additional light on what she earned as an attorney for rich and powerful firms — setting the stage for Sunday’s disclosure. Warren had previously released 11 years of tax returns.

The pair have also clashed over Buttigieg’s past work for powerful consulting firm McKinsey & Co. from 2007 to 2010. Buttigieg on Friday released a summary of the work he did — but he has not heeded Warren’s calls to make public a full client list, citing a nondisclosure agreement he signed with McKinsey.

Warren’s campaign said Sunday’s disclosure provides more information on her business income than releasing additional, past tax returns would because her tax documents don’t fully itemize earnings the same way the details it released do.

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A steady rise in the polls throughout the summer landed Warren among the Democratic primary front-runners, but polling in recent weeks has suggested her support is plateauing or beginning to slip. At the same time, Buttigieg has seen his polling numbers improve enough to become a front-runner himself, with the leadoff Iowa caucuses now less than two months away.

Among the clients for whom Warren consulted were the attorneys for Rabobank, a Dutch financial institution that became a creditor in the Enron bankruptcy; former directors of Getty Oil, who were involved in Texaco’s bankruptcy; and women whose allegations of harm from silicone breast implants produced by Dow Corning were imperiled when the company filed for bankruptcy.

The cases listed involve Warren serving as a consultant, mediator or expert witness in addition to those in which she served as counsel. Her largest disclosed payday was nearly $187,000 for a case originally filed in 1995. Her campaign said Warren “represented a well-known chain of department stores to make sure that it could stay alive and pay its creditors. Elizabeth succeeded, and the company continued to employ people across its many stores.”

Warren taught at Harvard Law School before being elected to the Senate in 2012.


NEW YORK — 

Michael R. Bloomberg sat stone-faced behind an ornate desk at City Hall, as speaker after speaker berated him for four and a half hours.

“I may not be able to vote yet, but I know for a fact that what you are doing is wrong,” a 14-year-old from Brooklyn told him. “Quite frankly, Mayor Bloomberg, you are cheating.”

It was Nov. 3, 2008, the day before Barack Obama was elected president. The economy was in a deep recession. Bloomberg’s second term was near its end, and, against the advice of some of his closest advisors, he had strong-armed a divided City Council to extend a two-term limit that had been imposed by voters, so that he could run again. New York, he declared, needed him.

Before he could sign that extension into law, he had to endure days of withering face-to-face criticism from New Yorkers who accused him of hypocritically circumventing democracy. Bloomberg also paid a price: In 2009, he barely squeaked to a third term over a fairly weak opponent. And that was after spending $100 million of his own money.

It was audacious, humbling and ultimately successful. Bloomberg now hopes to parlay his largely successful tenure as mayor of the nation’s most populous city, along with his heavy spending on progressive causes like curbing gun violence and mitigating climate change, into a successful bid for the Democratic nomination for president.

Bloomberg’s strategists are modeling their effort on his longshot race for mayor in 2001. He was initially dismissed as yet another rich person indulging with politics as a hobby. Bloomberg turned that perception around by spending generously on direct mail and TV ads. He also convinced voters that his Wall Street experience and entrepreneurial ability were assets. The uncertainties of the 9/11 attacks, Bloomberg’s enormous spending and a last-minute endorsement from the incumbent mayor, Rudolph W. Giuliani, helped push him over the line.

Bloomberg used about $74 million of his fortune for his race in 2001, $85 million in 2005 and $102 million in 2009. With a net worth estimated at $54 billion, he can easily burn through multiple times the $1.6 billion that Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and their allies spent in total during the 2016 presidential campaign. Since he announced his candidacy on Nov. 24, Bloomberg has spent more than $60 million advertising on TV, cable and social media, according to Advertising Analytics, an ad tracking firm.

Still, even his admirers acknowledge that winning a national Democratic primary will be a uphill battle. Bloomberg is a billionaire seeking favor among Democratic voters who are deeply worried about inequality in income and wealth. His commitment to the party is tenuous: A longtime Democrat, he became a Republican so he could face a less-competitive primary when he ran for mayor in 2001, and then declared himself an independent in 2007 before returning to the Democratic Party last year.

Moreover, no New York City mayor has ever been a major-party nominee for president, though several — John V. Lindsay in 1972, Giuliani in 2008 and the current mayor, Bill de Blasio, this year — have tried.

Having thrice decided against running for president — in 2008, 2016 and most recently in March — Bloomberg changed his mind in November, when surveys conducted by his and other pollsters showed President Trump with a strong chance of winning six swing states that could likely decide the 2020 election.

Bloomberg entered the race too late to take part in the New Hampshire primary, and he is skipping the caucuses in Iowa, where his rivals have been campaigning for the last year. Instead he is placing his bets on Super Tuesday, hoping that a blizzard of TV and internet ads will sway Democratic voters in 14 states, including California and Texas, that will vote on March 3.

“I think that at age 77 he decided it was his last chance to get in to make his pitch, and to defeat Donald Trump,” said Eleanor Randolph, a veteran journalist whose largely sympathetic biography, “The Many Lives of Michael Bloomberg,” was published in September.

“He has told friends that he will reassess his position after Super Tuesday,” she said. “By then, if there’s no candidate, who knows? Seat belts, anyone?”

During Bloomberg’s mayoralty, from 2002 to 2013, New York changed in ways that were hard to miss. Nearly 40% of the city was rezoned; bike lanes and parks opened; skyscrapers sprouted; and Lower Manhattan emerged from the ashes of 9/11 as a vibrant residential neighborhood. The city became safer and more prosperous. Tourists descended in record numbers. Gentrification transformed sections of the city; Brooklyn came to rival Manhattan as measured by food, amenities and cost of housing. Bans on smoking indoors and in parks, and on trans fats in restaurants, made New Yorkers healthier.

But Bloomberg’s record has also come under harsher scrutiny since he left office. Steep increases in the cost of housing have squeezed the middle class. While race relations improved, the Police Department’s use of stop-and-frisk tactics disproportionately affected black and Hispanic residents, and was deemed unconstitutional. The city’s public schools, which the state put under the mayor’s control during Bloomberg’s first term, remain uneven. Public housing deteriorated under Bloomberg’s watch; poverty rose; and the city’s jail, Rikers Island, became a byword for chaos and violence. (The city is trying to shut it down.)

Recent interviews with a dozen longtime players in New York City politics revealed a profound ambivalence. Even those who respect his record thought it would be hard for a Jewish billionaire to be embraced in pivotal states like Ohio and Wisconsin — or even in liberal states like California, where voters seem skeptical or indifferent toward Bloomberg.

At the time of the term-limits debate, Letitia James was a Brooklyn councilwoman who fiercely opposed Bloomberg on issues such as policing and housing. James was later elected the city’s public advocate, and this year took office as the state’s attorney general.

“Right now we are facing some major challenges to our democracy,” said James, who has remained neutral in the presidential nominating fight. “I would like a candidate who can return our country to normalcy.”

Asked if she could see supporting Bloomberg, she replied: “I’m not there yet.”

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John C. Liu, a state senator from Queens, who as a councilman and as city comptroller often clashed with Bloomberg, agreed. “Anybody-but-Trump is a pretty strong motivation,” he said. “Bloomberg would be far preferable to the guy in the Oval Office right now. The question is not whether he can win the swing states. The question is whether he can prevail in the primary.”

Those who have worked for Bloomberg describe a meticulous and steady manager, with outsize ambitions and little interest in process or horse-trading.

“Mike is an optimist, but he’s a contrarian; he’s also extremely practical,” said Daniel L. Doctoroff, who was Bloomberg’s deputy mayor for economic development from 2002 to 2008, and then led Bloomberg’s privately held company.

Bloomberg did not expect to become mayor in 2001, Doctoroff said. But, he added, “The mistake no one should ever make is to underestimate Mike Bloomberg.”

Stephen Goldsmith, a Republican former mayor of Indianapolis who now teaches at Harvard, served as a deputy mayor for operations during Bloomberg’s third term. He said he did not think Bloomberg had entered the race out of vanity.

“I think he’s legitimately concerned about the country,” Goldsmith said.

In a 2017 biography of Bloomberg, Chris McNickle, a historian who lives in the Bronx, said the term limits debate was a low point for Bloomberg, but also proof of the billionaire’s tenacity.

“He was seen by a significant minority of New Yorkers as willing to bend democratic norms to suit his personal ambitions in an arrogant manner,” McNickle said in an interview. “Yet there is little evidence that it had an impact on his effectiveness.”


For 28 years, it was easy to find live television coverage of the California Legislature on cable systems across the state. The gavel-to-gavel broadcasting ensured that those who were interested could hold legislators accountable for their votes in Sacramento.

But that won’t be the case when the Legislature reconvenes four weeks from today. The California Channel, the venerable broadcasting organization launched in 1991, went dark on Oct. 16 after its cable television patrons decided to cut the funding and pull the plug.

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“Think about it nationally: If C-SPAN went away, people would lose their minds,” said Assemblyman Kevin Mullin (D-South San Francisco).

LIVE TV OR LIVESTREAM OF CALIFORNIA’S CAPITOL?

The California Channel was a mom-and-pop operation in comparison to C-SPAN. Its broadcast day was less than eight hours long until additional taped programs paved the way for an around-the-clock schedule in 2009. Even then, the effect was measured more in reach — 136 cable systems at last measurement — than actual ratings.

(Full disclosure: I served as moderator of a 2014 gubernatorial debate jointly produced by the Los Angeles Times, KQED and the Cal Channel.)

Times columnist George Skelton wrote in September that the Cal Channel’s annual budget was $1.2 million. Cable industry officials insist it was not money but relevance that led to their decision. The Legislature is now required to post recordings of all proceedings online within 24 hours, and there is some legislative-controlled livestreaming of floor debates in the state Senate and Assembly.

“The coverage provided by the Cal Channel became duplicative,” said Carolyn McIntyre, president of the California Cable & Telecommunications Assn.

Mullin and legislative officials have been studying the options for bringing legislative proceedings back to television screens instead of just relying on internet service. One hurdle, he admitted, is perception: They don’t want to be seen as being in charge of “state-run television,” as Mullin called it. The other dilemma is getting the signal to each cable provider, a process complicated by the fact that Cal Channel’s technical infrastructure has already been dismantled and in some cases donated to others.

“Itʼs more complicated than anyone realized,” he said last week.

The early effort will rely on streaming video sent by the Legislature to PEG (public, educational and government) access channels across the state. What happens after that depends on whether others — journalists and nonprofits alike — get involved. “I hope someone steps in and sees the public value in this,” said Mullin.

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NATIONAL ROUNDUP

— The House Judiciary Committee may draft articles of impeachment against President Trump by the end of this week, the panel’s chairman said Sunday.

— Democrats are unified on impeachment, and the only significant point of contention is how expansive of a case to make.

Sen. Kamala Harris may not have run a perfect presidential campaign, but her exit from the race means more than adequate time to politically recover for consideration as vice president or reelection in 2022.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind., released new details on Friday about his confidential work with McKinsey & Co. a decade ago, while insisting the company should allow him to divulge even more.

— “This isn’t a line that we chose to cross. The line crossed us,” said Wisconsin businessman Bill Penzey of his decision to mix politics with his parsley and paprika — and support the impeachment of Trump.

— Expanded paid parental leave in exchange for a national “space force”? That could be the deal that’s on the table in Washington.

— A voting site in a majority-black Georgia community is reopened after a grass-roots fight.

TODAY’S ESSENTIALS

— Faced with an unprecedented string of wildfires across California, overtime costs for firefighters have surged by 65% in the last decade, pushing annual wages to nearly $5 billion, according to a Times analysis of state payroll records.

— As the end of his first year in office nears, Gov. Gavin Newsom has found himself on the wrong side of one of the most formidable factions of organized labor at the state Capitol — the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California — in a fight that could threaten his agenda.

— A new inspector general at Caltrans has found millions of dollars in misspending on transportation improvement projects in the last year as the state has seen its coffers swell from increases to California’s gas taxes and vehicle fees.

— California’s campaign watchdog agency has suspended a long-standing policy banning its members from contributing to federal candidates after one commissioner donated to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential bid.

— Three members of the Los Angeles City Council called for full taxpayer financing of city election campaigns, resurrecting an idea that was proposed nearly three years ago but went nowhere.

— An epidemic of car burglaries in San Francisco over the last few years has led one Democratic lawmaker to propose plugging a loophole in state law that allows some break-ins to go unpunished, but the Legislature has balked at prosecutors’ requests to make obtaining convictions easier.

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