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Intelligencer: August 8-15

Jeanine Pirro back in action, 50 Cent gets soft, Ian Schrager's China Syndrome, and more.

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Pirro’s Finally Ready to Go
Impatient GOPers, take note: Her mom’s had cancer.
There’s a reason Jeanine Pirro has taken so long to announce whether she’ll challenge Hillary: Her mother was diagnosed with colon cancer a month ago. “At that moment, my life changed and everything fell by the wayside,” Pirro says. “I was focused on making a decision. I’d sat down with a piece of paper to do the pros and cons. But then I got the news, and I threw away the paper. My mom became my focus.” In May, Pirro had said that she wouldn’t seek reelection as Westchester D.A. and would run for statewide office. The state GOP was thinking it’d found its Hillary-killer, or at least a strong candidate for attorney general. But as the weeks passed—nothing. “Politics totally fell off the radar,” Pirro says, adding that her mom’s on the mend and that caring for her has made a final decision easier. “It puts life in perspective. My time is limited here, so my future has to be something I’m absolutely passionate about.” True to form, Pirro wouldn’t reveal her intentions. But she’s expected to divulge her plans this week.
—Greg Sargent


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