David Lander
Actor
David Lander
David L. Lander is an American actor, comedian, composer, musician, and baseball scout. David has also worked as the Goodwill Ambassador for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. He is best known for his portrayal of Squiggy on the sitcom Laverne & Shirley.
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U.S. returns China's Taobao shopping website to market blacklist
Yahoo News - 2 months
By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Wednesday returned Taobao, China's most popular consumer-to-consumer shopping website, to its blacklist of "notorious marketplaces" known for the sale of counterfeit goods and violations of intellectual property rights. The move by the U.S. Trade Representative's office against the online bazaar run by Alibaba Group Holding Ltd followed complaints from U.S. and international trade groups for apparel and luxury goods that Taobao was not doing enough to police sales of fakes and pirated products. Inclusion on the blacklist does not carry any direct penalties but is a blow to Alibaba's efforts to shed perceptions its websites are riddled with fakes - a key to gaining a bigger international customer base and taking market share from global competitors such as eBay Inc and Amazon.com.
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Governments pledge $75 billion to World Bank's poorest countries fund
Yahoo News - 2 months
By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The World Bank said on Thursday that 48 governments have ratcheted up the fight against extreme poverty by committing $75 billion in new funds to the International Development Association, the bank's fund for the poorest countries. The replenishment will enable IDA to scale up development interventions to tackle conflict, fragility and violence, forced displacement, climate change and gender inequality, the World Bank said. It also will help promote better governance and institution building and economic development, areas that the World Bank has targeted for the next three years.
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IMF board approves Egypt's $12 billion loan agreement, $2.75 billion disbursed
Yahoo News - 3 months
By Ahmed Aboulenein and David Lawder CAIRO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Egypt won International Monetary Fund approval on Friday for a three-year, $12 billion bailout program aimed at reviving a struggling economy, bringing down public debt and controlling inflation while seeking to protect the poor. The IMF said its executive board's approval immediately disbursed an initial loan tranche of $2.75 billion to Egypt's central bank. The injection of new funds increased the Central Bank of Egypt's foreign reserves to $23.3 billion, state television said in Cairo.
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New U.S. study shows some positive effects from free trade deals
Yahoo News - 8 months
By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. free trade agreements since 1984 have had an overall positive effect on trade balances, reducing U.S. trade deficits or boosting surpluses with partner countries by $87.5 billion in 2015, a new government study showed on Wednesday. The study by the U.S. International Trade Commission at the request of Congress found that the trade deals, including the controversial North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and pacts with Central American countries and South Korea, boosted net U.S. employment by 159,300 jobs in 2012 over levels that would have occurred without them. The agreements significantly improved the U.S. position in bilateral goods trade with FTA partners, boosting surpluses or reducing deficits by $4.4 billion per country per year on average, said the ITC, the body that passes judgment on U.S. anti-dumping and anti-subsidy trade cases.
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Senate votes on gun control bills
Reuters.com - 8 months
Following the Orlando massacre, Senators are taking up four gun control bills, but Reuters correspondent David Lawder says it's very doubtful they'll pass.
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U.S. Treasury readies new tax rules as G20 vows to fight evasion
Yahoo News - 10 months
By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Treasury Department is finalizing new tax rules aimed at combating the use of shell companies to evade taxes, U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said on Saturday amid increased pledges by global finance leaders to cooperate on tax issues. In a statement to the International Monetary Fund's steering committee, Lew said the Treasury was finalizing a rule that would require banks to identify the beneficial owners of new customers that are companies. "In addition, we are about to propose a regulation that would require the beneficial owners of single-member limited liability companies to identify themselves to the Internal Revenue Service, thus closing a loophole that some have been able to exploit," Lew said.
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IMF cuts Nigeria growth forecast again amid oil slump
Yahoo News - 11 months
By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Thursday that it has again cut its growth forecast for Nigeria as the oil exporter faces "substantial challenges" from low crude prices. In its annual review of Nigeria's economic situation, the IMF said that gross domestic product growth would slow to 2.3 percent in 2016 from an estimated 2.7 percent in 2015. In February, after IMF officials visited the country, the Fund had forecast 3.2 percent growth for Nigeria in 2016.
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World Bank offers $150 million in financing to Zika-affected countries
Yahoo News - about 1 year
By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The World Bank said on Thursday it is making $150 million in financing immediately available to help combat the Zika virus outbreak in affected Latin American and Caribbean countries. The World Bank also released initial projections for the economic impact of the largely mosquito-borne virus, saying it expects it to reduce the region's 2016 economic output by $3.5 billion, or 0.06 percent of gross domestic product. Brazil, which has had the most Zika virus cases reported, is projected to lose $310 million, or just 0.01 percent of its GDP - less than the Dominican Republic, the World Bank said.
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IMF cuts global growth forecast as China slows
Yahoo News - about 1 year
By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The International Monetary Fund cut its global growth forecasts for the third time in less than a year on Tuesday, as new figures from Beijing showed that the Chinese economy grew at its slowest rate in a quarter of a century in 2015. To back its forecasts, the IMF cited a sharp slowdown in China trade and weak commodity prices that are hammering Brazil and other emerging markets. The Fund forecast that the world economy would grow at 3.4 percent in 2016 and 3.6 percent in 2017, both years down 0.2 percentage point from the previous estimates made last October.
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U.S. House backs permanent tax breaks in massive bill
Yahoo News - about 1 year
By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A massive bill that extends billions of dollars in tax assistance to businesses and expands the budget deficit won U.S. House of Representatives approval on Thursday in the closest thing to a grand bipartisan tax bargain in years. Lawmakers voted 318-109 for the $622 billion measure, which is a step toward avoiding a government shutdown. The bill now goes to the Senate, where it will likely be voted on together with a $1.1 trillion spending bill that must be approved to avert a repeat of a government shutdown in 2013 that damaged the U.S. economy.
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Insight - U.S. debt limit threat defanged on Wall Street
Yahoo News - about 1 year
By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Wall Street trembled when Republicans first began threatening to force the United States into default by not raising the federal debt limit, but after four years of fiscal standoffs, the threat looks increasingly like a bluff and the markets are calling it. A Reuters analysis, tracking short-term Treasury yields, credit default swaps and market volatility data, showed traders are increasingly less likely to respond to repeated ultimatums from Republicans in the U.S. Congress about the debt limit. "It's taken some of the fear out of the market." For now, after five years of fighting, the debt limit battles on Capitol Hill have gone quiet.
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How conservatives bested corporate lobbying machine on EXIM
Yahoo News - over 1 year
By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When Boeing Co., General Electric Co. and other companies wanted to show Congress last February the dangers of closing the Export-Import Bank, they turned to a time-tested Washington ritual: knocking on Capitol Hill office doors. Working together, they mobilized executives from more than 650 companies to descend on Washington in a two-day "fly-in". In over 400 meetings they warned lawmakers that thousands of American jobs would be lost if Congress failed to reauthorize the agency, which helps foreign firms buy U.S. exports.
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Senate tries to score political points on way to budget vote
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Thursday launched a marathon session that will end with a vote on a budget plan after lawmakers weigh in on dozens of amendments that are likely to have more effect on campaign ads in 2016 than the final spending plan. Senators are voting on everything from gun control to sick leave to sanctions on Iran. The marathon session is supposed to be part of the Senate's annual budget ritual, but this is the chamber's first budget vote in two years and only the second since 2009. It drew more than 600 initial proposals, more than twice the number in 2013, Senate aides said.
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Security showdown looms as Democrats defend Obama on immigration
Yahoo News - about 2 years
By David Lawder and Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Democrats were poised on Tuesday to torpedo Republicans' plans to block President Obama's immigration action through a Department of Homeland Security funding bill, setting up a month-end showdown that could put the agency at risk. A DHS spending bill passed by House Republicans last month, however, would ban spending on Obama's recent executive orders lifting the threat of deportation for millions of undocumented immigrants. Senate Democrats said they would block the House bill in a procedural vote on Tuesday afternoon, forcing Republicans to come up with an alternative funding plan.
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House approves $1.1 trillion measure to fund government through Sept 30
Yahoo News - about 3 years
By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a $1.1 trillion spending bill on Wednesday that quashes the threat of a government shutdown through September 30 and offers lawmakers a chance to end four years of chaotic, crisis-driven budgeting. The 359-67 vote, reflecting strong bipartisan support in the Republican-controlled chamber, sends the measure to the Democratic-controlled U.S. Senate for approval by Saturday. The Senate gave itself three more days to consider the measure by approving an extension of current funding that was due to expire at midnight on Wednesday. The massive "omnibus" spending bill, which funds programs from missile systems to Amtrak rail services, passed with strong majorities of both House Republicans and Democrats.
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House Republicans voice support for $1.1 trillion spending bill
Yahoo News - about 3 years
By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in the House of Representatives voiced tentative support on Tuesday for a $1.1 trillion spending bill, signaling likely passage and removing one source of potential drama ahead of the 2014 elections. The House on Tuesday approved by voice vote a stop-gap measure to extend current funding for three days past a midnight Wednesday deadline to allow more time for passage of the "omnibus" spending bill. Enactment will eliminate through September 30 the threat of another government shutdown like the 16-day standoff in October that caused the public's opinion of Congress to plumb new depths in polls. The bill adds funding for some Democratic priorities such as a $1 billion increase in the Head Start pre-school education program for the poor, but Republicans scored a partial victory when negotiators denied a funding increase for implementation of "Obamacare" health insurance reforms.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of David Lander
    FIFTIES
  • 2002
    Age 54
    In 2002, his autobiography was published, Fall Down Laughing: How Squiggy Caught Multiple Sclerosis and Didn't Tell Nobody (ISBN 1-58542-052-2), written with Lee Montgomery.
    More Details Hide Details In addition to acting, Lander, a Pittsburgh Pirates fan, has a small stake in the Portland Beavers. He has worked as a baseball talent scout since 1997, first for the Anaheim Angels, and later for the Seattle Mariners.
  • 2001
    Age 53
    Lander and McKean lent their vocal talents to the animated TV series Oswald, which ran from 2001-2004.
    More Details Hide Details Lander and McKean voiced the characters of the penguin cousins Henry and Louie, respectively. Lander has also appeared in numerous other TV shows and movies including The Bob Newhart Show, Barney Miller, Happy Days, Viva Valdez, Married... with Children, Twin Peaks, On the Air, The Weird Al Show, Mad About You, Pacific Blue, and The Drew Carey Show. His film roles were more sparse but still memorable; these included the part of a minor league baseball radio announcer in the film, A League of Their Own and a bit part of the minister officiating the marriage ceremony in Say It Isn't So. Lander created the starring role of the demented fast food franchise clown Bruce Burger in the cult film Funland directed by Michael A. Simpson.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1984
    Age 36
    Lander suffers from multiple sclerosis. Officially diagnosed on 15 May 1984 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, he went public in 1999 and regularly speaks at related conventions.
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  • 1979
    Age 31
    Lander and McKean also appeared together in the 1979 Steven Spielberg comedy 1941, and the 1980 Kurt Russell film Used Cars.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1976
    Age 28
    Lander was born David Leonard Landau in Brooklyn, New York, to schoolteacher parents. He is best known for his role of Andrew "Squiggy" Squiggman on the situation comedy Laverne & Shirley from 1976 to 1982 along with sitcom sidekick Lenny, played by Michael McKean.
    More Details Hide Details He also played "Tanning Intruder" in "Christmas with the Kranks." Lander's partnership with McKean began during their acting classes at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh where they developed the characters of Lenny and Squiggy. After Pittsburgh they teamed up in the Los Angeles-based comedy ensemble The Credibility Gap. The duo released an album as Lenny and the Squigtones in 1979 featuring Christopher Guest on guitar, credited as Nigel Tufnel, a name Guest would later reuse in the spoof rock band Spinal Tap.
  • 1969
    Age 21
    Lander also has experience as a voice actor, with a resume dating back to 1969 where he "dramatically reproduced" Elvis Presley quotations for the Pop Chronicles music documentary and 1970 when he was the voice of Jerry Lewis in the Filmation series Will the Real Jerry Lewis Please Sit Down.
    More Details Hide Details Later voice roles included The Big Bang, A Bug's Life, The Garfield Show, Tattooed Teenage Alien Fighters from Beverly Hills, Oswald, Titan A.E., Tom and Jerry: The Movie and the animated TV series Galaxy High as the six-armed Milo de Venus. He also reprised his role as Squiggy in the animated sitcom, The Simpsons. Lander also provided the voice of Smart Ass, the chief weasel of Judge Doom's Toon Patrol in the 1988 Disney film Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Lander reprised his role for Smart Ass on the related ride, but his character was renamed Wiseguy. He was credited as Stephen Lander in Boo, Zino and the Snurks. His latest voice role is that of Ch'p in the DC Comics animated movie, Green Lantern: First Flight.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1947
    Born
    Born on June 22, 1947.
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