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Billy Joel Self-Pops Cherry for Obama

Did he REALLY have to put it that way? Plus, Tom and Gisele are probs getting married — awesome, you guys! In Monday's gaggle o' gossip.

By Tim Murphy

Heilemann on Obama’s V.P. Conundrum

Where exactly does one find a running mate untainted by Old Politics who also happens to be ready from day one to be commander-in-chief?

A-Poe Is a Smash in Harlem

Plus, Bill Clinton and Rachael Ray, together again? And Helen Hunt is reacquainted with Matthew Broderick's goods!

Robin Williams Bounces Back Quickly

Who is Robin Williams new girlfriend? Which socialite is shipping out of town? And which actress-singer's voice "doesn't match her face" according to a Grammy-winning artist? Find out in our daily rundown of the juiciest bits from New York's gossip columns.

Angelo Mozilo Just Wants to Help People

LAW • After testifying in front of the House Committee on Government and Oversight Reform last week about the gargantuan pay package he picked up while his company hemorrhaged money, Countrywide CEO Angelo Mozilo made Congress a nice little offer: "Mr. Mozilo said he had left a card in each Congressional office with a help line for constituents having problems with their loans. He added that if the number didn’t work, “call me— I take this very seriously.’” [NYT] • Since the federal death-penalty statute was revived in 1998, New York federal juries have been reluctant to impose the death sentence. [NYT] • You know those ads for legal firms in the Metro? Yeah, they're really not all that effective. [Legal Blog Watch]

Just in Time for ‘Times’ McCain Scuffle, ‘Time’ Editor Says Papers Shouldn't Endorse Candidates

MEDIA • What is the New York Police Department's policy for awarding press credentials? Journalists wonder the same thing. [NYT] • Time managing editor Rick Stengel ponders why newspapers endorse political candidates at a time when news consumers doubt the objectivity of the media. [Time] • Details of the deal that Newsweek struck with George W. Bush's former brain have emerged: It's a two-year, sixteen-column contract. [NYO]

Semel Out at Yahoo, Microsoft In?

FINANCECourtenay Semel's dad, Terry, is out at Yahoo. And Microsoft's $44.6 billion bid for the company might just be déjà vu. [NYT, Deal Journal/WSJ] • Recession-has-already-started watch: The economy lost 17,000 jobs in January, the first time since the lovely tech-crash days of 2003 that total payrolls have shrunk. [Reuters via NYT] • One of the few lucky bankers with a bonus burning a hole in your pocket? Try London restaurant Vivat Bacchus' new "Bonus Tasting Menu" for a mere £1,000. [DealBook/NYT]