Billy Graham thinks Hillary Clinton is “spiritual” and “warm,” according to a new book by two Time reporters excerpted in the new issue. Warm? We know Graham is famous for his faith — but that’s a leap we’re not sure we’re ready to make. In “The Preacher and the Presidents,” Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy quote Graham as saying, "I think a lot of Hillary She is different from the Hillary you see in the media.” Clinton, in turn, says that she came to Graham when she was struggling with forgiving her husband after the Monica Lewinksy affair. The support of a man who's counseled every president since Truman is an interesting development for our hometown senator, who needs some religious-voter cred. But we couldn’t help notice (well, at least after FishbowlNY pointed it out to us), that Time managed to put horns on the good reverend’s head. Silly magazine, he isn’t Jewish!
The Pastor In Chief [Time]
'Warm' Clinton's Got a Friend in Billy [NYDN]
Time Gives Billy Graham Devil's Horns [FishbowlNY/Mediabistro]
We told you yesterday about Fundrace 2008, the fun new feature on the Huffington Post that lets you track people's political contributions by name or by neighborhood. What we didn't expect was that the thing would prove terribly addictive. Here's a sampling of what we found after a full day of playing with it:
• Completely random celeb-name search reveals Mario Batali's $1,000 contribution to John Edwards (as well as the chef's home address), Tommy Hilfiger's $2,300 donation to Barack Obama, and the supposedly apolitical Sandy Weill's $4,600 gift to Hillary Clinton.
And the campaign-financing race just got much more fun. The Huffington Post launched its Fundrace 2008 database today, on which you can look up which presidential candidates are milking your friends and neighbors for money, and exactly how much of it. It also includes the very popular neighborhood feature, where you can see whether that dude who sells dime bags in your entryway is actually a junkie for Joe Biden. After some quick scans, we’re delighted with this year’s results so far. For example, in the opportunely named "Chelsea-Clinton" 10001 Zip Code, John Edwards is a surprise favorite. (Explain that, Jodi Kantor.) And among fancy Upper East Siders with 10021 addresses, Hillary is exactly twice as popular as Rudy — and that’s where he lives. Maybe his neighbors don't like the cigar smoke?
Fundrace 2008 [HuffPo]
Nan and Gay Talese are at work on his and her memoirs about their allegedly open marriage. Jon Bon Jovi is not pleased an energy drink named Mijovi is selling well near his New Jersey residence. Ted Koppel dropped the asking price for his Potomac, Maryland, residence from $4.1 million to $2.3 million. Hillary Clinton complained about the traffic in the Hamptons during her fund-raising stint out east. Stand-up comic Phil Stellar entertained an audience at the Ziegfeld after a movie projector broke during a showing of Hairspray. Meryl Streep says she was kicked out of Yale Drama School for not working hard enough. Gwyneth Paltrow uses face cream that contains snake venom.
Hillary Clinton, her husband, and her fund-raisers are heading to the fertile grounds of the East End this weekend, where it's expected her campaign will rake in as much as $1 million in just three days. Saturday's the big day, with a pancake breakfast at Alan Patricof's house (for $1,000-plus a head), a Bill-only cocktail luncheon at Dottie Herman's place ($2,000 a head, or $3,000 per couple), and dinner at Ronald Perelman's ($4,600 a head). There are also other lesser events at Friday night and Sunday, some with price tags as low as a mere $250. With numbers like that, you'd think everyone out there loves her. But you'd be wrong: Witness this week's Independent, which bills itself as serving East Hampton, Southampton, Riverhead, Southold, and Shelter Island. The small type reads, "Hillary to Leave Hamptons With Close to a Million, Leaving Local Democrats With Zilch." Which prompts a question: Were Manhattan moneybags like Alan Patricof and Ronald Perelman previously in the habit of giving to Suffolk County Dems? We're skeptical.
Related:Hillary Hampton '07Wham, Bam, Thank You, Ma'am [The Independent]
Rudy Giuliani is supporting Hillary Clinton — at least in her mini-feud with Barack Obama over whether the two Democratic presidential candidates would meet with the leaders of hostile foreign countries. (Obama said he would; Clinton said she'd be reluctant.) "I’d say don’t count on Fidel Castro being invited to the White House if I’m president," Giuliani told us at the Super Saturday shopping benefit for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund over the weekend. "As I understood [Obama's] statement, he’s either going to invite to Washington or meet somewhere else the head of Cuba, who would be Castro, and the head of Iran, who is Ahmadinejad. That’s quite a crew. I don’t know that I would want to meet with them. Some people you just don’t meet with if they’re going to use that to propagate their own propaganda. I thought Hillary Clinton was on the right side of that." Giuliani was at the Water Mill event with his wife, Judi, who he said was the shopper in the family. "I shop for limited items: golf clubs, books," he said. Fashion is his wife's department. "She tells me if the colors work or the shirt looks nice," he explained. So do the colors work, Judi? "He doesn’t make any mistakes," she said, campaigningly. "He’s Rudy Giuliani!" —Jada Yuan
Kelly Ripa, Donna Karan and Mandy Moore were also at Super Saturday. For complete pictures and quotes, read Party Lines.
So today’s New York Times/CBS News poll has a few choice stats on our lady of Chappaqua, Hillary Rodham Clinton. (Or is it just Hillary Clinton? Or H. Diddy? One loses track.) First, the obvious: Republican men can’t stand the woman. Only 9 percent of them view her favorably, though, interestingly, a full 21 percent of “conservative” men like her. We suppose this means that Rupert Murdoch likes her but Karl Rove does not. (We are aware this may not be news; we report, you decide.)
Once upon a time, there was little doubt as to the Post's opinion of Hillary Clinton. But questions arose when the Clintons reached their détente with Rupert Murdoch last year, and now, well, things are clear. This morning, the tabloid learned that Mrs. Clinton is a reader — and, better yet, a nonreader of the Daily News. "Like hundreds of thousands of other discerning New Yorkers," gushed "Page Six" in reporting the news, "White House front-runner Sen. Hillary Clinton buys The Post." It's not just the gleeful promotion of Hillary to the front-runner status that made us smile. And it's not just the item's headline ("The Right Choice," which, placed over a decent photo, pretty much makes a free campaign poster). It's mostly this: Can you believe they're finally calling her a New Yorker?
The Right Choice [NYP]
Prince's highly publicized performance at the Ross School in East Hampton didn't exactly get the crowd going. And he wouldn't attend the after-party until everyone else left. Padma Lakshmi has been spending a lot of time with billionaire Teddy Fortsmann. Hillary Clinton has a subscription to the Post but not the Daily News. Jon Lovitz put a beating on Andy Dick at an L.A. comedy club during an argument over murdered SNL star Phil Hartman. Paris Hilton drugged her newest boyfriend with pills. Naomi Campbell gets to throw a temper tantrum in a Dunkin' Donuts commercial directed by Zach Braff. Some staffers don't like the cubicles and the food-paying system in the new New York Times building.
• Only 13 percent of responders think Rudy Giuliani is "of strong religious faith," according to a Time poll — and that's lower than Hillary's number (15 percent). But he once wanted to close down an art exhibit for blasphemy! [NYP]
• "The very character of the Northeast is at stake" if greenhouse gases aren't reduced, a new study warns. Poised to vanish: Long Island lobsters and New York apples. What will thrive: smog, pollen, and floods. And, clearly, Claritin sales. [NYT]
• An L.A.-to-London flight was diverted to JFK this morning because of a "suspicious passenger." Michael Chertoff's gut told him it was a harmless misunderstanding. [WNBC]
• Shelly Silver still won't agree to bring the Assembly to the table for congestion-pricing talks — even as the desperate Mayor Bloomberg says he'll fly to Albany tomorrow. By now, we're just looking forward to Monday, when this mess will be over. [NYDN]
• And, starting today, the MTA adds a "Mets express" to its 7 line: a one-stop service from midtown to Shea. It's just for an hour on game days, but funny thing: If they did it year-round, Willets Point might actually be habitable. [amNY]
The "tall and attractive" 25-year-old aide whom Jon Corzine may have been sitting next to at the time of his car crash was reassigned last month because she and the governor were allegedly getting too close. Larry and Laurie David may have split because Laurie had an affair with a married man on Martha's Vineyard. Some Columbia Records staffers are worried that producer Rick Rubin has been named co-head of the label, given that he has no executive experience. Richie Sambora dumped Denise Richards during a Hawaii vacation a few months ago; she'd been expecting him to propose. Michael Jackson placed a number of odd, ill-timed room-service orders at an inn in Maryland, but he did bless the manager. Oliver Platt is an ardent supporter of the business tactics of George Steinbrenner, whom he plays in The Bronx Is Burning. Lindsay Lohan is dropping booze for bottled water.
Today's papers struggle to find an angle on Bloomberg's possible presidential run — or, that is, to limit themselves to just one angle from a sudden cornucopia. Some of our favorite scenarios the papers consider:
1.It's Rudy vs. Mike! The two nominal friends (Giuliani half-heartedly endorsed Bloomberg in 2001, Bloomberg officiated at the Giuliani-Nathan nuptials) actually can't stand each other, but they won't disparage each other in the press. The worst Giuliani mustered yesterday was "I am disappointed that he left the Republican Party." So imagine how much pent-up bile will come gushing out of both, especially Rudy, if these two ever face off in a debate. Fun!
Michael Moore's new documentary, Sicko, points out how much money Hillary Clinton raises from health-care companies, and Harvey Weinstein tried to get him to remove a scene about it. Angelina Jolie claimed she was sorry Fox News was banned from her A Mighty Heart premiere, but then she banned Us Weekly and Life & Style (but not People and OK!) from the print-press roundtables. Former New Jersey governor Jim McGreevey might adopt a kid with his partner. Rosie O'Donnell really wants to host The Price Is Right, but the show's producers may not be into it. Lindsay Lohan may spend her 21st-birthday party in rehab because she is taking it seriously this time. That, or because Pure won't host a party for her. Former senator Al D'Amato may play a judge on Law & Order.
Spelunking in the Clintons' financial disclosures brings all sorts of rewards. First came the mini-skirmish about Bill's lucrative teleconferencing with Hong Kong on an anniversary of 9/11, defused with an instant Clintonian classic ("It was 9/10 where I was"). Now there's a fascinating nugget in Bill and Hillary's recently dissolved blind trust, which the couple just divested to avoid conflicts of interest. We'll say! One of the trust's holdings was stock in News Corp. This makes Hillary a (admittedly unaware) shareholder in the Post and Fox News — a fact akin to, say, Daniel Goldstein discovering he's invested in Forest City Ratner. But it's too bad she got out when she did — has a Democrat ever owned The Wall Street Journal?
Clintons' Trust Invested in News Corp. and Berkshire [Bloomberg]
Bill and Hillary Clinton — who famously didn't even own a home when they moved into the White House — now have assets someplace between $10 and $50 million, according to Senate financial-disclosure forms released today. Even better: Last year alone, Bill earned more than $10 million giving speeches. The report lists a whole bunch of talks given for hundreds of thousands of dollars a pop, including one of our favorites, a quick jaunt through Australia and New Zealand last year that netted a cool $750,000 for those three days away from Chappaqua. But here's the best one: The disclosure form lists a speech to a Hong Kong investment bank on September 11, 2006, the fifth anniversary of the attacks. The former-president's spokesman, Jay Carson, clarifies that the speech was actually a teleconference — which means it was only September 10 in New York, where Clinton was actually speaking. It also means Clinton earned $100,000 without even leaving the house. "The vast majority of speeches were given in person," Carson assures us. —Geoffrey GrayU.S. Senate Financial Disclosure Report: Hillary Rodham Clinton [PDF]
Is John McCain set to initiate an attack on Hillary Clinton? Little more than an hour ago, the McCain campaign put out word that the Republican will shortly hold a press conference in California to talk about "Sen. Clinton's defense earmarks," the many millions of dollars in federal funding Hillary has secured for New York military contractors. New York has previously noted the senator's cozy relationship with some defense contractors, but then, isn't this what senators do, work to bring money home?
• When shopping at H&M isn't stimulating enough, play The Sims 2: H&M Fashion Runway. [Pro-G]
• The Olsens do menswear. [Fashionista]
• Ralph Lauren claims American fashion is just starting. [British Vogue]