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The flap over Democratic strategist James Carville's calling New Mexico governor Bill Richardson a "Judas" for his recent endorsement of Barack Obama had people hot and bothered up and down the Beltway and the airwaves yesterday.
The nude photos of Kristin Davis that surfaced earlier this week were reportedly taken by a chef ex-boyfriend back in the early nineties. CBS's Les Moonves and wife Julie Chen both got their hair cut together at the Frederick Fekkai salon in Soho. Anderson Cooper joked that he admitted to getting minor skin-cancer surgery under his eye so that people wouldn't think he got into a fistfight with Charlie Rose.
Readers! You are the worst! Why didn't anybody tell us about this? Last night, we were in bed before Conan O'Brien went on, so we missed Anderson Cooper's appearance. But apparently an incredibly, stupendously amazing thing happened. HE TALKED ABOUT HIS BICEPS. And not even just in a chitchat-y "Sometimes I use these things for lifting and gesticulating" way. He told an anecdote about how big they are. He's totally ripping off ourbestwork! It was after Conan asked him whether anyone had ever thrown him off his game before he had to moderate a debate (as if anyone could ruffle our Manderson). Cooper then told a story about how, once, before a Republican debate at the Ronald Reagan library, he spotted Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in the audience. Click above to view the clip. The important stuff comes about 3:11 in.
Anderson: What was weird is, and I've never met the man, and we didn't talk then or anything but moments before the debate started, he looked at me and motioned to his bicep, and he was like, "You've been working out." And I was completely thrown. Pleased that Arnold Schwarzenegger had noticed that I'd been working out, I guess. Conan: What if he was telling you, "I will crush you with my bicep"? Anderson: It could have been that. I could have misinterpreted it. For the first five minutes, I was flustered by that.
Earlier this afternoon we cornered CNN anchor John King, who’d just finished with a CNN/Time live-panel discussion in the Time Warner Center, and discussed the irony of the Democratic-nomination system, in which delegates in each state primary and caucus are awarded proportionally, instead of a winner-take-all system. “Look, it’s a political party; they have the right to write their own rules,” said King, who used to sit in on DNC meetings as an AP reporter back in the day. “But one of the interesting things about it, if it keeps going on like it is, you could have a group of roughly 800 people — superdelegates — who decide who the nominee is, which you could argue is going [back] to the old smoke-filled back rooms, which is the least democratic way to do it.” This idea confused and saddened us, so we changed the subject to Anderson Cooper’s ostentatious biceps. “I give Anderson an enormous amount of credit, knowing what this business does to you, especially in a crazy year like this,” King said, possibly relieved someone had given him the chance to speak on the subject. “I’m giving myself a C-plus, at best, in getting to the gym and being more healthy, and the fact that Anderson can get an A throughout all this is a tribute to dedication and time-schedule discipline,” he said — quickly adding, “and I curse him for it.” —Dan Amira