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Al Gore to Endorse Scalping

Al Gore will host tonight's Nashville premiere of Quentin Tarantino's 'Inglourious Basterds.'

By Lane Brown

The New York Times Could Always Just Start a LiveJournal

The 'Times' today had three stories about the media's epic struggle to stay afloat. Way to be self-referential, 'Times'! And they say newspapers are having trouble adjusting to the Internet.

By Yelena Shuster

Bankers to Paulson: You're Kidding, Right? (Updated)

Wall Streeters hope that Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson's plan for overhauling the U.S. financial system is an April Fools' joke, Goldman head Lloyd Blankfein buys his maid a nice apartment, and someone has a birthday in our roundup of finance, law, media, and real-estate news.

‘Esquire’ Feels That Heath Ledger’s Final Days Haven’t Been Examined Tastelessly Enough

MEDIAEsquire reports on how Heath Ledger spent his last days... except the story is not exactly true. Or, um, tasteful. [Vulture] • Let the deluge begin! Media companies line up to bid for Weather Channel, which is up for auction. [DealBook/NYT] • Wal-Mart appears to be irritated by Meredith Corporation's creative tactic of selling its magazines, which include Better Homes and Garden and Ladies' Home Journal, at the Dollar Tree store. [Folio]

The Goreacle Haunts Hillary Clinton, But Will He Speak?

Haunting Hillary
Back in 2004, when Al Gore threw his weight behind Howard Dean, his endorsement didn't mean so much. But since Al-the-Bore's extreme makeover, in which he magically transformed from a grizzled, depressive also-ran into a Nobel Prize–winning environmentalist and Hollywood darling with a powerful economic voice (he's on the board of Apple and a consultant to Google, among other things), Gore's blessing has become very prized indeed. "Gore is, without question, the biggest 'get' when it comes to the fight for endorsements on the Democratic side," the Washington Post noted earlier this fall, and Ted Kennedy's endorsement of Barack Obama the other day was barely out of his mouth before pundits started wondering when, or if, the Goreacle might speak.

Lou Dobbs Pulls a Bloomberg

Debate
Though New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg has been hogging all of the attention, he's not the only one who's been by flirting with entering the presidential race while coyly denying it (or, as David Remnick rather grossly put it in an editorial in the New Yorker this week, keeping "the interest of the press well fluffed"). As we mentioned back in November, CNN demagogue Lou Dobbs also dipped a toe into the stream, when he published a column on his Website about how a mysterious third-party candidate just may enter the race. The Wall Street Journal checks in with Dobbs today. "I haven't got the personality or nature to be a politician," he told them. Well, that's that, right? But then! A teaser. "I cannot say never." Not even when it involves giving rights to illegal aliens, Lou? Here we go again. This reminds us: What's Al Gore doing these days? CNN's Lou Dobbs for President? He Says No, Sort of Wealth of Nation: Comment: The New Yorker [NYer] Earlier:Lou Dobbs Is Thinking About Running For President???