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Why Won't the Music Business Hire Nerds?

The music business, increasingly facing irrelevance in an economy ruled by technological innovation, has just announced its newest hire — it's some guy with a background in the music business!

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Spitzer–Mortgage Industry Connection

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Amid all the vengeful glee on Wall Street, the Ashleymania, and the coverage that has accompanied Spitzer’s fall, one aspect of the story has been underexplored, according to journalist Greg Palast: Could the Lonesome Gov’s fall have had something to do with the Fed's $200 billion bailout of the subprime-mortgage industry, which Spitzer conspicuously opposed and which coincidentally occurred on the same day as his resignation? It was a federal investigation which uncovered Spitzer, Palast points out, and his outing could be seen as unusual.
Senator David Vitter, Republican of Louisiana, paid Washington DC prostitutes to put him in diapers (ewww!), yet the Senator was not exposed by the US prosecutors busting the pimp-ring that pampered him. Naming and shaming and ruining Spitzer — rarely done in these cases — was made at the ‘discretion’ of Bush’s Justice Department.
Palast, a cult hero in underground journalism circles (he’s the winner of six “Project Censored” awards), doesn’t really unload any evidence as much as speculate at sinister motives, but it's interesting, and better than watching Ashley’s maddeningly chaste dance moves on some scrub’s cell-phone camera. —Josh Ozersky Eliot’s Mess [Greg Palast] Predatory Lenders' Partner in Crime [WP]

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While the Rest of Us Flounder, Tony Kushner Ponders: What Would Lincoln Do?

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Jann Wenner isn't the only one who finds Barack Obama "Lincolnesque in his own origins, his sobriety and what history now demands." Tony Kushner is working on a screenplay for Steven Spielberg based on Team of Rivals, Doris Kearns Goodwin's book about Lincoln's last two years as president before he was assassinated. "He could bring together people of wildly disparate ideological bents and remind them of the moral core of their visions," gushed Kushner about Honest Abe last night at a benefit dinner for Gay Men's Health Crisis. "He brought into his Cabinet people who hated each other." Would Lincoln, that original Log Cabin Republican, be a GOPer today? "Absolutely not," the Kush assured. "He was a deeply progressive man and a deep believer in the Constitution. Any party that could make George Bush, who has raped the Constitution, is not one that Abe Lincoln would want anything to do with." Well! So, uh, WWAD (that's Who Would Abe Endorse?) in '08? Kushner: OHB, of course! "They're both from Illinois. You can really trace a line from the politics of Lincoln through American pragmatism to the politics of Barack Obama." Okay. And how would he weigh in on the Spitzer flame-out?

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Anchor Dan Rather Left Out of ‘48 Hours’ Twentieth-Anniversary Party

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Everybody who is anybody in television news — with one glaring omission — showed up for last week’s twentieth-anniversary blowout for 48 Hours, which, after 60 Minutes, is CBS News’ most durable magazine program. On hand for the party in the twentieth-floor lounge at 230 Fifth Avenue were CBS chairman Leslie Moonves, CBS News president Sean McManus, 48 Hours executive producer Susan Zirinsky, former CBS president Sir Howard Stringer, and former news president Andrew Heyward. Missing was Dan Rather. The original anchor of 48 Hours — who, along with Stringer, got the show off the ground in 1986 with a highly rated pilot, "48 Hours on Crack Street," and pushed the network suits to put it on the weekly schedule — wasn’t invited. In an awkward phone call before the celebration, Zirinsky explained to Rather that he couldn’t come under the circumstances.

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Why Wouldn’t Sharon Bush Be Involved With Roger Clemens’s Steroid Scandal?

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Roger Clemens's friendship with the black sheep of the Bush family, Sharon Bush, may cost him a pardon from George W. if he is convicted of perjury. Both HarperCollins and Random House are set to come out with books about George Steinbrenner. A "Page Six" spy thinks Howard Stern's fiancée, Beth Ostrosky, wants to have a baby because she, uh, stopped to say hello to one. Will Ferrell and Tom Brokaw did an onstage bit together at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday for Ferrell's Funny or Die tour. The New Yorker reveals that the late Bishop Paul Moore was a closeted homosexual. Tracy Westmoreland, owner of erstwhile dive bar Siberia, may play a bouncer in a movie called The Bouncer.

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George Bush Crashes Laura's Fashion Party

First Lady Laura Bush held a reception at the White House yesterday in honor of the Heart Truth’s Red Dress Initiative’s fifth anniversary, and guess who stopped by? Her darn hubby, George. The initiative aims to promote heart-disease awareness by having celebrities model designer red dresses during Fashion Week, so naturally President Bush cracked a joke about Dick Cheney's unhealthy heart, saying the vice-president "sends his best." Oh, har! With quips like that, Bush could blog!

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