AirTalk for December 16, 2013

Government Shutdown Enters 2nd Week
The bipartisan budget deal hammered out by Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) that easily passed the House last week, appears to have the votes necessary to clear the Senate.
Edward Snowden
Richard Ledgett, who runs a U.S. National Security Agency task force responding to information leaks, told 60 Minutes in an interview that he believes that the National Security Agency should consider whether it makes sense to offer former contractor Edward Snowden amnesty in exchange for the return of the vast amount of secret data he downloaded.
15th Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards With Presenting Sponsor Lacoste - Arrivals

Saturday Night Live is about to get a new black comedienne

The pressure has been mounting on Saturday Night Live to diversify its mostly-white cast this season and it seems they've done something about it. SNL executive producer Lorne Michaels told The New York Times that the show is now holding mid-season auditions for a female black cast member to add to the show.
The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) lo
It's being described as the only secret kept hush in Washington for years. Last week, the Associated Press unveiled the alleged CIA connections of Robert Levinson, an American who disappeared in Iran several years ago.
Los Angeles in a good light
Ten million people call Los Angeles county home, according to new population figures released by California's Department of Finance. Population growth in the Southland has been slow since the recession, with annual increases of less than one percent.
O'Toole On Stage
Hollywood lost some bright stars over the weekend. Peter O’Toole, star of ‘Lawrence of Arabia,’ passed away on Saturday at the age of 81. Joan Fontaine, known for her Academy Award winning role in Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Suspicion,’ was 96 when she died on Sunday.
People get a closer view of a Christmas
For businesses across the country the holiday season brings the time honored tradition of the office holiday party. While some embrace the tradition with open arms, the obligation of spending a night with co-workers is welcomed with a grimace.
California Gov. Jerry Brown.

Who is Californian of the year?

As we approach the end of the year, AirTalk wants your help in deciding who you think is the most influential Californian of the Year.
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