Roundup & Recap: The Week

A few highlights of the stories I covered the past seven days:

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in bankrolling Jerry Brown’s gubernatorial bid, while his rival Meg Whitman has yet to discover the whole show biz wisdom of other people’s money. And her fellow GOP candidate Carly Fiorina is learning that the camera never blinks. 

Arnold Schwarzenegger teased the idea of endorsing Jerry Brown, even as it wasn’t clear whether his backing would be a help or a hindrance.

Comcast and NBC Universal made extra commitments to diversity as part of their proposed joint venture, but the Peacock still got plucked by Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) and other critics at a pretty unusual congressional hearing.

Hollywood figures are getting more outspoken about the spilland critical of the Obama administration, while Kevin Costner explained to Congress just why he invented a device that could help the cleanup. And Edward James Olmos unveiled what is perhaps the first documentary about the disaster.

Same-sex marriage got two new champions from opposite ends of the spectrum, but Prop 8 supporters still fought back cameras in the court —  but don’t seem to have waged much of a fight in the trial itself.

The filmmaker of “Crude” won a reprieve from an order to turn over outtakes to Chevron, but there’s a bigger battle to come.

And the entertainment-political world mourned the loss of Stephen Rivers.

Quotable: “I have a record of going against the tide. They didn’t call me Governor Moonbeam for nothing.” Jerry Brown, at a press conference proposing 10 town halls with opponent Meg Whitman. She has so far agreed to one fall debate.

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