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The Debate Questions CNN Didn't Want You to See!

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Did you catch the big, exciting CNN-YouTube Democratic presidential debate last night, in which candidates got the chance to respond with pre-scripted sound bites to questions asked by real, live Americans who videotaped themselves asking the questions?! Yeah, us either, and if the Times report today was any indication, we didn't miss much. But what about the YouTubed questions that didn't make air? Surely some of those must have been entertaining. Well, maybe. After the jump, some highlights, as selected from the several thousand unasked questions available on the 'Tube by New York's indefatigable interns.

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The Fred Thompson Letters: ‘Looking Forward to the Hamptons!’

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When Stephen Rodrick profiled former senator Fred Thompson, also the incumbent New York County district attorney on Law & Order and an all-but- declared presidential candidate in real life, Rodrick took a look at Thompson's Senate papers, which the then-lapsed politician donated to the University of Tennessee in 2005. Among them was a good deal of his senatorial correspondence, both letters received and those sent. And there were some good ones. After the jump, highlights from a few of our favorites.

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And on Day 204, Everything Changed Back

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• Governor Spitzer has dismissed one top aide and suspended another for (a) essentially spying on Joe Bruno and (b) concocting a cover-up for it. But what did Spitzer know, and when did he know it? [NYT] • In the meantime, Bruno's vacation is ruined anyway: The Legislature has agreed to reconvene on Thursday to begin discussing a "compromise" on congestion pricing. [NYDN] • The so-called YouTube debate on CNN last night wasn't just an exercise in cross-branding; it delivered some full-on madness, including a talking snowman grilling Hillary Clinton on climate change and a Second Amendment question from a man holding a gun. [NYP] • Eighteen years after pleading guilty to sex crimes — and then denying his guilt, and then having a movie made about him — convicted child molester Jesse Friedman may be vindicated. A new hearing will introduce evidence that police may have tampered with a young accuser. [amNY] • And, Newt Gingrich says Mike Bloomberg's "entire basis of survival is paying $91 a vote" in 2005. Remind us what Newt Gingrich's basis for survival is again? [NYS]

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Hillary Buys ‘Post’ Endorsement — for a Quarter

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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]

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‘Daily News’: America Likes Mike (a Little)

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The Daily News traveled beyond the Hudson to ask America about Mike Bloomberg, and they come back with some news: The country doesn't hate him. The mayor's aw-shucks joke is to pronounce his unelectability as "a short Jewish billionaire from New York." But the News poll, the paper says today, shows that a quick recitation of his achievements bumps his numbers from 10 percent who'd vote for him to 13 percent. (Oddly, the initiative that seems to most resonate with the heartland is the school cell-phone ban.)

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McCain's Strategist Blames Himself

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You know John McCain's presidential campaign is imploding. Do you know whose fault it is? John Weaver, the longtime West Villager who was McCain's chief strategist, blames himself. “We had a spending problem, a message problem, a spending problem,” he told New York's Geoffrey Gray in his first full interview since resigning from the McCain campaign this week. “That’s nobody’s fault but mine.” Gray's piece runs in next week's magazine — and on nymag.com today. Off the Bus [NYM]

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Firefighters Hate Rudy — and Want You to Know It

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The International Association of Firefighters has long hated Rudy Giuliani. He didn't give New York's Bravest adequate equipment before 9/11, the union has always said, he was insufficiently concerned with their safety during cleanup after 9/11, and he didn't let them search ground zero long enough for the remains of their brethren. Worst of all, they argue, he's built a persona — and a thriving presidential campaign — by appropriating firefighters' heroism as his own. Yesterday the union put out a campaign-style video, attacking Giuliani for his failings. “He was running on his 9/11 leadership, and it was lacking,” FDNY deputy chief Jim Riches says in it. "He was not the hero of 9/11.” And there's lots more like that.

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Rudy's in the Money (Sorta)

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• Rudy Giuliani came out on top in the second round of Republican fund-raising, becoming the only GOP candidate to raise more dough in the second quarter of 2007 ($17 million) than in the first ($16 million). For comparison’s sake, Barack Obama took in $31 million over the same period. [NYDN]

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Bloomberg Calling

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• People are receiving anonymous, computerized telephone polls asking if they'd support a Bloomberg run for the presidency if he spent $1 billion of his own money on it. When asked if the poll was conducted by Bloomberg, aides in his office refused to confirm or deny it. How very diabolical! [NYDN]

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Bloomberg, Who Is Not Running for President, Says Prez Needs Executive Experience

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Ooh! More fun with the Mike Bloomberg will-he-or-won't-he: The Politico's ace politiblogger, Ben Smith, relays a mayoral comment overheard in an Upper East Side restaurant last night. If Bloomie isn't running, you might think he'd be fond of Barack Obama, another guy who holds center-left positions and talks about moving beyond partisan politics. But no. Obama "simply is not experienced enough to become president," Smith's source heard Bloomberg say. Also: "Senators have absolutely no idea what executive decision making is all about." Now if only we could think of a possible contender who does know something about executive-decision-making… Bloomberg on Obama: Not Enough Experience [Politico]

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Bloomberg Again Says He's Not Running, and Starts to Convince Us

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Mayor Bloomberg insisted yet again this morning that we shouldn't read too much into his decision to leave the Republican party. "I don't disagree with what either national party stands for, because I don't think either national party stands for anything," he declared at a breakfast for civic types. (Zing!) He proceeded to dismiss a specific timetable for withdrawal from Iraq as "nonsensical," express skepticism about national school testing ("There is a tendency in a democracy to dumb down"), and spit out various scolds ("Get real! Get serious!"). And so it occurred to us that maybe we believe him when he says he's not running for president: We think he just wants to be national critic. —Alec Appelbaum

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Run, Bloomie, Run!

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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!

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Gore ’08!

Michael Moore may support Al Gore for president. A theater in the HBO building was named for former network chief Michael Fuchs, and Fuchs gave a weird, bad, awkward speech at the ceremony. Jerry Seinfeld is very excited about his upcoming Bee Movie. 50 Cent is very excited about playing a drug dealer opposite Robert De Niro and Al Pacino in his upcoming movie. A lot of racehorse owners are not pleased with Eliot Spitzer's plan for Aqueduct to be government-run. David Burke took home $10,000 after beating Bobby Flay and Sam Talbot in a poker tournament in Aspen. Jimmy Fallon wants to lose weight. "Utter pandemonium" broke out, says a "Page Six" source, after Debra Messing, Mike Nichols, and other guests were rained upon during the Public Theater's premiere of Romeo and Juliet in Central Park. (Actually, we thought it was pretty fun.) Ian Claus dedicated his first book to Chelsea Clinton.

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To Run or Not to Run

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• As Mayor Bloomberg continues to deny that he's running for president, the Times reports that his top aides have been testing that scenario for the last two years. Just a coincidence! [NYT] • With mere hours left until the legislative session ends, Governor Spitzer is leaning on Shelly Silver to consider congestion pricing. Spitzer's bold step: to "discuss creating a commission of experts." Ooh, effective! [NYS] • In Episode 4,387 of the McGreevey soap opera, the ex-gov filed new papers with a New Jersey family court — to dismiss Dina Matos's charge that his coming-out had traumatized their daughter. [NYP] • Despite some politicians' calls for a rent freeze, the Rent Guidelines Board has recommended increases "between 2 and 4.5 percent" (in other words, 4.5 percent) on New York's stabilized apartments. [amNY] • And a guy goes on the lam for violating probation, gets tracked down by U.S. marshals right here in Manhattan, fights the arrest, breaks his arm, and goes to jail. That the guy is a close friend of Bernard Kerik's shouldn't be much of a shock. [NYDN]

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Chris Smith: Bloomberg Is Full of It

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Yesterday, in a press release, Mike Bloomberg said his switch of party allegiance from Republican to none-of-the-above was about “bring[ing] my affiliation into alignment with how I have led and will continue to lead our city.” This afternoon, in a press conference — after torturing reporters with a prolonged exaltation of the 311 system — the mayor claimed the switch was because he’d suddenly become aware of nasty partisanship in Washington, and that becoming a free agent allows him to speak his mind. Please.

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Mike Bloomberg, Independent

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• The political world is waking up to a queasy query — is Mike Bloomberg a Ross Perot or a Ralph Nader (or, one hopes, neither)? Of course, the man himself is no help: He still says he's not running. [NYT] • Rudy Giuliani's campaign, meanwhile, seems to be aiming squarely at the high-school-hooligan vote. First it comes out he'd been booted off the Iraq Study Group for truancy. Now his former South Carolina campaign chairman has been indicted for — are you ready for this? — selling crack. [NYDN] • If you tried leaving the city last night, you're, well, probably still here. The three area airports canceled hundreds of flights because of the major thunderstorms blazing from here to the Midwest. [WNBC] • The new city regulation requiring fast-food places to post calorie count on their menus is now not going into effect until the legal fight over it plays out. So far, it's had the opposite effect — Quizno's and White Castle deleted all nutritional info from their Websites altogether. [amNY] • And two female marriage-license clerks are allegedly terrorizing Bronx couples by refusing to do their jobs and closing the office early. Maybe they're stealth Dworkinites. [NYP]

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Mike Bloomberg's Declaration of Independence

This press release just in, and we no longer have any doubt that the dude is running for president:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 19, 2007
No. 205
www.nyc.gov STATEMENT BY MAYOR BLOOMBERG ON PARTY AFFILIATION “I have filed papers with the New York City Board of Elections to change my status as a voter and register as unaffiliated with any political party. Although my plans for the future haven’t changed, I believe this brings my affiliation into alignment with how I have led and will continue to lead our City.

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Would Hillary Put Jack Bauer in Charge of Iraq?

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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]

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Rudy Booted From Iraq Panel for Cutting Class

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Sometimes the irony's so rich you could feed a Third World country with it. Rudy Giuliani, whose presidential campaign boils down to "Elect me or perish in a mega-9/11," has been booted off the Iraq Study Group, essentially forfeiting his one chance to amass real foreign-policy credentials in the run-up to 2008. The reason? Truancy. In 2006, Giuliani didn't bother to show up to a single meeting of the panel. And why's that? "Previous time commitments" — to paid speaking engagements. So while America's Mayor won't be getting his $50 from Bloomberg for exemplary attendance, the $1.7 million he brought in during his last month on the panel should alleviate the pain somewhat. Rudy Missing in Action for Iraq Panel [amNY]

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