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Feb 3, 2013

Affleck wins directors award as ‘Argo’ hurtles to Oscars

LOS ANGELES, Feb 2 (Reuters) – Actor-turned-filmmaker Ben
Affleck won the top honor from his peers at the Directors Guild
of America on Saturday for the movie “Argo”, cementing the Iran
hostage drama’s frontrunner status for the Oscars.

The Hollywood directors’ recognition for Affleck, however,
is an awkward result for the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and
Sciences, which failed to nominate him for Best Director in what
is considered one of the biggest snubs of this year’s Oscars.

Feb 3, 2013

Affleck wins directors’ top award as ‘Argo’ hurtles toward Oscars

LOS ANGELES, Feb 2 (Reuters) – Actor-turned-filmmaker Ben
Affleck won the top honor from his peers at the Directors Guild
of America on Saturday for the movie “Argo”, cementing the Iran
hostage drama’s frontrunner status for the Oscars.

The Hollywood directors’ recognition for Affleck, however,
is an awkward result for the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and
Sciences, which failed to nominate him for Best Director in what
is considered one of the biggest snubs of this year’s Oscars.

Jun 13, 2012
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Washington Extra – Dimon jubilee

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Jamie Dimon managed to turn a multibillion-dollar trading loss into a winning moment.

The CEO of JPMorgan came sailing into the Senate office building this morning with a smile, and gave a pitch-perfect performance in explaining how a small group of traders in its London office screwed up a hedging strategy so badly that they lost at least $2 billion.

Apr 27, 2012
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Washington Extra – Kids, cover your ears

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It’s true, you learn much more out in the real world than you do in school. Just look at the kids who today attended the State Department press briefing for Take Your Child to Work Day. Instead of lessons in nation-building or food aid, they were treated to a discussion of prostitutes and strip clubs. 

With Washington gripped by a widening Secret Service scandal, reporters just couldn’t steer clear of the salacious story. Soon after spokeswoman Victoria Nuland saluted the handful of underage observers, the questions moved to charges that Secret Service agents and other government workers cavorted with strippers and prostitutes while on overseas assignments. Nuland lamented the topic du jour and one Department employee jokingly moved to cover his daughter’s ears.

Apr 26, 2012
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Washington Extra – Moonshot no more

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U.S. Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich bows his head in prayer before speaking at First Redeemer Church while on a campaign tour in Cumming, Georgia, February 26, 2012. REUTERS/Tami Chappell

Earth calling Newt: When the biggest news of your presidential campaign is the penguin biting your hand at the zoo, it’s probably time to pack it in.

Apr 25, 2012
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Washington Extra – The bench’s backstories

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As the Supreme Court justices convene Wednesday to hear arguments in the case Arizona v United States, will their thoughts drift to Italy, Ireland, Poland and Puerto Rico? 

The challenge to Arizona’s tough immigration law may have the justices thinking about their own families’ origins and journeys to America. As Reuters reports today, nearly all of them, like their countrymen, descend from people who came looking for a better life (the notable exception is Justice Clarence Thomas whose great-grandmother was a slave).

Apr 24, 2012

Kimmel to “feast on stupid comments” at White House dinner

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Late-night TV comedian Jimmy Kimmel admits he is anxious about headlining his first White House Correspondents Dinner this coming Saturday, and his self-confessed lack of insight into Washington doesn’t help calm his nerves.

The star of ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” told Reuters his interest in politics is roughly equal to his interest in sports — and in reality TV star Kim Kardashian.

Apr 24, 2012
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Washington Extra – Gift of the gas

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Gasoline drips off a nozzle during refueling at a gas station in Altadena, California in this March 24, 2012 file photo. Picture taken March 24, 2012. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

After negotiating a tricky stretch of road, the Obama campaign may be easing into the straightaway in the gas-driven presidential race.

Apr 13, 2012
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Washington Extra – The Romney Doctrine?

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Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign stop in Warwick, Rhode Island April 11, 2012. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

When it comes to U.S. presidents and foreign policy, it’s always been a matter of what they do during crises, rather than what they say on the campaign trail.

Apr 12, 2012
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Washington Extra – Tea Party poopers

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A man holds a sign during a March 24 Tea Party Patriots rally in Washington calling for the repeal of the 2010 healthare law. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

All that Tea Party support in 2010 for the 87 House Republican freshmen seems to have come with a price — and now it’s time to collect.

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      "Mary Milliken is Entertainment and Lifestyle Editor for the Americas since July 2013, based in Los Angeles. In 15 years with Reuters, she been bureau chief in Washington DC, the West Coast and South America and has organized news teams covering everything from presidential elections to economic crises to natural disasters. She speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese."
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