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Ground Zero Not Romantic Enough for Kerik?


For a bald, overweight, mustached cop, Bernie Kerik sure got showered with gifts like an 18-year-old concubine. At least that’s the picture emerging from his indictment papers. Today’s Times focuses on a mysterious $250,000 loan from a “wealthy Israeli industrialist” (whom the paper fingers as Eitan Wertheimer, part of Israel’s richest family). We’re more intrigued by the “real estate developer Steven C. Witkoff, who … paid more than $236,000 in rent for Mr. Kerik from 2001 to 2003.” Hang on a second — that’s $118,000 in rent a year, which translates to just under ten grand a month. Nice! And that, we’d like to add, is not counting another specially procured apartment of which Kerik had famously availed himself over the same period: a little two-bedroom number with a view of ground zero. —Michael Idov Kerik Loan Activity Is Brought to Light After Indictment [NYT]

Judith Regan: At What Price, America?

MEDIA • Jeff Bercovici wants to know: "What's Regan's price for selling out her country?" After all, if Regan's info on Giuliani is that damaging, shouldn't she divulge it in any case, no matter how much Uncle Murdoch is willing to offer? [Mixed Media/Portfolio] • Dan Rather's lawyers are getting fed up with CBS nondisclosure agreements. "Who do these guys think they are? The National Security Agency?" [NYO] • Intrepid Observer reporter spends 45 minutes staring through a window just to see who showed up to a lame Times party. Now that's journalism! [Media Mob/NYO]

Guess the Anonymous Regan Quote!

Today's Observer story on the Judith Regan lawsuit offers a good peek into the former publishing magnate's thought process as she tries to take down HarperCollins, Jane Friedman, Rupert Murdoch, and even Rudy Giuliani. The salmon paper reveals that at the start of all of this, the wannabe If I Did It publisher was offered $6.5 million to settle, but she turned it down. They even talk to Judith herself! Her quotes are actually sort of tepid and unrelated to the case, which makes sense, as she's probably banned by her lawyers from talking about it. But there are a lot of quotes by people who are "familiar" with her thinking and with the lawsuit. So let's play a game! Which of the below quotes from unnamed "sources" are actually from Regan herself, dementedly speaking in the third person? • "The men don't want a woman who can outshine them," one source with knowledge of Ms. Regan's thinking told the Observer. "They want women who can look up to them and bat their eyelashes. But honestly? She was more interesting than they were. She had a better life. She had more creativity. Men want to be on top."

Who's Afraid of the Big, Bad Apple? Chicago Is!

Scary NY
Yesterday's Chicago Tribune included an opinion piece that, even though we're a day late on it, we just can't let slip by. In it, writer Dennis Byrne rails against the fact that both party's presidential front-runners are New York politicians (and Bloomberg, our mayor, might join them in the race). He claims it's bad for America that the leading candidates are from somewhere so "provincial."
I find it curious that American voters may have to choose between two New Yorkers and it has received little, if no attention, from the coastal media. Maybe they think the rest of us won't notice. Maybe they don't care whether the rest of us notice. After all, New York is the Center of Everything (followed at a respectful distance by the District of Columbia and a great distance by everyone else), so the rest of us should be glad that someone from New York would be sitting in the Oval Office.
Okay, first of all, stop projecting. And second of all, fuck you.

Stan O'Neal Disinvited to the Literal and Figurative Party

FINANCE • Stan O'Neal wasn't invited to a big Merrill Lynch reunion party thrown by Evelyn Juan, the son of a Merrill founder. Guess Stan will just have to drink himself to sleep in his board-provided office. [DealBreaker] • Goldman's unbelievable success is forcing all the other top banks to dig deep into the honey pot and pay out a record-setting $38 billion in bonuses, despite losing $74 billion in market value. Goldman, of course, accounts for almost half of the bonus pool. Let's just say it's good to be Goldman. [Deal Journal/WSJ, Bloomberg] • Steve Schwarzman spared no expense for his son's wedding and the tab ran to $150,000, including a $20,000 BBQ supper, $7,000 for drinks, and $50,000 to rent an entire hotel and keep the riffraff out. Still pales in comparison to Schwarzman's $3 million birthday bash. [NYP]

Giuliani Goes Double or Nothing in Iowa and New Hampshire


Giuliani must be seriously freaked about Iowa and New Hampshire. Just as a group called "9/11 Parents & Families of Firefighters" is preparing to pillory his terrorism record with a town-hall meeting today in Hanover, New Hampshire, the Republican candidate has launched his first direct-mail offensive that touts him as "America's Mayor." While he's boasted about his 9/11 record in the past, until now he's refrained from using his media-given nickname to get attention. But with Romney in the lead in the two key early-primary states, Giuliani is now targeting voters in both with a pamphlet explaining how he "led the largest rescue and recovery operation in US history."

Cop-Union Honcho Takes a Bite Out Of Giuliani

Giuliani must have known this day was coming. The New York City policemen's union, the Patrolman's Benevolent Association, has publicly turned against his candidacy. According to the Post, in another blow to Giuliani's NYC credibility, PBA honcho Patrick Lynch said his group "could never support Rudy Giuliani for any elected office." Lynch's beef with the former mayor is over contract disputes that tarnished the end of his mayoralty. Now, never mind the fact that it's basically Lynch's job to gripe about cop salaries — Lynch also pretty much owes his position to Giuliani's tightfistedness. He was elected as head of the PBA in a surprise upstart election, running in 1999 at a time of major policeman frustration with Giuliani. Still, even though it was surely expected, the presidential candidate's camp couldn't muster much of a stinging comeback to Lynch's attacks. "Mayor Giuliani has always had, and continues to have, strong support from law enforcement," said a spokeswoman, in a statement that, aside from being demonstrably untrue, is also kind of boring. His camp is probably banking on the fact that this story won't go far outside the city limits. People here know how the cops feel about Rudy, but outside he's still cashing in on the fact that most people probably think he actually is a cop. Just like how people outside the city think he actually is a Yankees fan. COP RUNNETH OVER [NYP]

Bill Weld: Kerik Won't Hurt Giuliani

Bill Weld
Don’t worry about that little Kerik corruption indictment; it won’t have any effect on the presidential campaign of Rudy Giuliani. Or at least that’s the political calculation of William Weld, former governor of Massachusetts, brief candidate for New York governor and now lawyer. “I don’t think it sticks to Rudy,” Weld told us last night at the Atlantic Monthly 150th anniversary party. And just why might a federal indictment charges of the former bodyguard Giuliani appointed to police commissioner (the job detail: keep Americans safe) and then recommend for the national post of Homeland Security director (job detail: keep Americans safe) give us a reason to question Giuliani’s judgment? Weld’s response: “I don’t think anyone is ever going to believe that Rudy Giuliani has a corrupt bone in his body. I'm sure people will cavil, but I don’t think they really should. I was with Rudy in the Justice Department and he’s the straightest guy that ever walked.” And this from a guy who's rooting for Romney.—Geoffrey Gray

Kerik Surrenders, Gives Giuliani Grief

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Bernie Kerik surrendered this morning to federal officials after his indictment yesterday on corruption charges. And, the Daily News reports, Rudy Giuliani is already dodging questions over whether, as president, he'd pardon his old friend:
"It wouldn't be fair to ask that question at this point," the Republican presidential hopeful said in an exclusive interview in Dubuque, Iowa, just hours before Kerik was indicted in New York. "He may or may not be charged, he may or may not be convicted. Who knows what happens?"
Makes sense, sure, but that won't fly with voters — or Democratic hecklers, who are hoping Kerik's grime will tarnish everything Giuliani says from now on.

Robertson Looks Past Gays, Abortion, Sees Rudy

Rudy scored a huge coup today when, in a speech at the National Press Club, powerful evangelist Pat Robertson announced he would endorse the former New York mayor. Robertson's announcement will give pause to the many who assumed that if Giuliani won the Republican nomination, there would be low Values Voter turnout in support of him. Earlier this year, Christian leaders like Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission; Tony Perkins, head of the conservative Family Research Council; and James Dobson, leader of Focus on the Family all said they would not support Giuliani's run. But Robertson, who may hold the most sway of them all, will at least mitigate that influence. This is obviously great for Giuliani, but less so for Robertson. Giuliani is pro-gay and pro-abortion, two of the Values Voters' biggest no-no's. So why the plug? We can think of two reasons. One, it adds to the odds that the Christian right won't have to deal with a Mormon in the White House if the Republicans win, and two, now if Giuliani wins, Robertson can claim he is beholden to the evangelicals. Had he won without any of their support, he would be free of their influence while in power (unlike, say, Bush). Which is kind of a shame. We were sort of looking forward to a general election between two infidels next year, instead of just one. Pat Robertson Endorses Giuliani [WP]

‘Journal’ Uncovers First Hidden Client of Giuliani Partners

Today's Wall Street Journal includes a well-researched story about the hush-hush client list of Giuliani Partners. So that's what Giuliani was so tense about yesterday when reporters asked him who he's been working with in the private sector. "All of the sudden, you are going to start jumping to conclusions about them when there are absolutely no suggestion they have done anything wrong?!" he shrieked at reporters in New Hampshire. Could it be he knew the Journal was asking questions about Giuliani Partners' contracts with the government of Qatar, a U.S. ally that has a questionable track record in dealing with Al Qaeda? As the paper explains, that's "a potential political pitfall for a candidate pitching himself as an uncompromising foe of Islamic terrorism." In addition to his security firm's government contract (which is with the state-owned Qatar Petroleum), his law firm, Bracewell & Giuliani, opened an office in Qatar's capital, Doha, in June. So far that's nothing too damning, but it's certainly a visible dent in his hard line against Islamist militants. And more important, it's sure to make Giuliani just that much shriller when he's asked about his firm's client lists in the future. We're hoping we can get him up an entire octave! Qatar Contract Offers Glimpse Into Giuliani Firm [WSJ] Earlier: Giuliani Gets Prickly Over Client List Questions

Giuliani Gets Prickly Over Client-List Questions

Today's Daily News chronicles Rudy Giuliani's admirable refusal to distance himself from Bernie Kerik: "Sure, there were issues," shrugged the Republican front-runner (we'd say: Kerik is facing federal indictment), before praising Bernie's crime-reduction record. Seriously, people, that's integrity. Hillary Clinton, at this point, would have gone glassy-eyed and said she'd never met the guy. Which makes it all the more surprising that, immediately after defending a thoroughly tainted pal, Rudy blew up at a comparatively innocuous question: Would he release the Bracewell & Giuliani and Giuliani Partners' client lists? "Nobody has ever accused them of doing anything wrong," he repeated. Actually, the News points out, at issue here is not any wrongdoing but basic conflicts of interest. For instance, Bracewell & Giuliani, Rudy's law firm, used to represent Citgo, which is owned by … oh, no … Venezuela.

Election 2008: And the Winner is... New York?

This weekend's epic Newsweek story about Mayor Bloomberg reveals how closely and specifically Hizzoner and his aides (Kevin Sheekey in particular) have been considering a presidential bid. Sheekey has thought about the amount of money it would cost ($1 billion), the strategic advantages Bloomberg would have (nominees from both parties are sure to have racked up high negatives by next year), and the timing that would make it perfect (after the March 5 primary, when both parties' candidates would be finally set in stone). He even has thoughts of how to tackle the Electoral College in the case of a close race.

Rudy Giuliani's Prostate Stats Likely Malignant

Doesn't it seem like only a short time ago that Rudy Giuliani was cavorting around London, all chummy with the Brits? Now he's pissed them right off by offering up a wonky statistic in an ad his campaign is running, which uses Giuliani's own experience with prostate cancer to argue against the "socialist" health-care plans suggested by other candidates. In it, he says: "My chance of surviving prostate cancer — and, thank God, I was cured of it — in the United States? Eighty-two percent. My chance of surviving prostate cancer in England? Only 44 percent under socialized medicine." But the Office for National Statistics in Britain begs to differ; they say says the survival rate for first-year prostate cancer in the U.K. is more like 74.4 percent. It turns out Giuliani's numbers came from a first-person article written by a Giuliani adviser and published by Rudes's old friends at the Manhattan Institute. Which means basically the Republican front-runner reads Pravda to get his news. Plus the original source of the figure, the Commonwealth Fund, says it was manipulated. Does Giuliani's campaign care? Eh, not so much. Will they do any further research into this matter? Probably not. One source is plenty! Especially since, as his spokeswoman awesomely told the Times, "The citation is an article in a highly respected intellectual journal written by an expert at a highly respected think tank which the mayor read because he is an intellectually engaged human being." Giuliani’s Prostate Cancer Figure Is Disputed [NYT] The Ugly Truth About Canadian Healthcare [City Journal]

Giuliani Gains Access to City's Most ‘Exclusive’ Club!

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The Harmonie Club: Founded in 1852 by Jews after Christian clubs would not let them join, it's lately been hitting headlines because of its own exclusivity. MTA chief Dale Hemmerdinger was pressured by black and Latino politicians to quit the club (he was a former president) before taking on his post this month. The membership of Bernard Spitzer, father of Eliot, has been much discussed of late, as has Barack Obama's decision to cancel a fund-raiser there earlier this year. Mayor Bloomberg himself canceled his membership before taking office, citing their lack of diversity as his main complaint. So it's perhaps an off choice of location for Rudy Giuliani's Republican Jewish fund-raiser today, as the Daily News's Daily Politics blog reports. The campaign was hush-hush about it, so maybe they were hoping no one would notice. It might also be the case that he agrees with Ed Koch and thinks the club has every right to exclude non-Jews. Or maybe he just doesn't care what New Yorkers think of him anymore, unless they're giving him money. Our secret theory is that he was confused and thought the Harmonie Club was only keeping out straight people. Just because of, you know, the name. Giuliani at the Harmonie? [NYDN]

Michael Mukasey: A.G. Confirmation Not So Easy Squeezy After All

Michael Mukasey
Are things looking less rosy for Michael Mukasey, the man who was meant to finally give conservatives an orgasm? The seemingly spotless Bush nominee for U.S. Attorney General has run into a couple of hurdles in the last week during Senate confirmation hearings. The first one is torture: Mukasey told senators that he didn't know whether "waterboarding," the practice of simulating the act of drowning so that a prisoner will divulge information, was unlawful or not. "It turned away from an easy confirmation," a high-ranking Democrat told the Daily News. The second hurdle is presidential candidate Chris Dodd. The Connecticut senator has announced that he will vote against Mukasey's confirmation, largely because the former judge and prosecutor has said that the president might be above certain presidential statutes. "That is about as basic as it gets," Dodd later said. "You must obey the law. Everyone must." Marc Cooper at the Huffington Post points out that once Dodd turned against him, the other Democratic presidential candidates have been forced to turn their thumbs down, too. Torture, as the old saying goes, is not an easy issue to get behind. Mukasey, what happened? You were our hometown boy. Don't make us pull a Rudy and turn against our own kind! Dodd Sets Pace on Dunking Mukasey [HuffPo] Michael Mukasey's AG Confirmation in Doubt [NYDN]

Daily Intel: Now With Comments, It's Your Responsibility, Too

So, readers. We know you have lots of things to say about Gossip Girl. Who doesn't? But lately we've been wondering what you think about other things we write about. Like, you know, Rudy Giuliani, sports, or people who are bonkers. We know you have opinions and jokes, and we're betting they're usually better than ours. Which is why we've added comments to Daily Intel. From now on, you can comment on any and every post we write, from the lame to the genius. Registration is quick and easy, so don't hesitate. The comments show up on the main Daily Intel page, which you should have bookmarked anyway, you jerks. We really need the backup. Seriously, we're even ripping off the LOLCats. Throw us a bone!

Kristen Johnston Turns Forgetful Into Funny

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Former mayor Ed Koch said his scariest moment in office was when a bunch of doctors threw eggs at his face during the Iran hostage crisis. Kristen Johnston forgot her lines while performing at The 24 Hour Plays. Bill Clinton said that he'd like to do a makeover of Grumpy Old Men with Bill Crystal if Hillary is elected president. An assortment of famous folks ate at both Le Cirque and the Waverley Inn. Donald Trump's brother, Robert, and wife Blaine got a divorce. Ben Affleck said he'd rather worship Satan than flip baseball-team loyalty à la Rudy Giuliani. Maybe fat Ryan Gosling hung out with a hot brunette at Rose Bar.

Rooting for the Red Sox: Rudy's Ultimate Betrayal

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Remember when Hillary Clinton made headlines by saying she'd "have to alternate sides" if the Cubs (her real home team) and the Yankees (her adopted one) faced off in the World Series? "SHE'S FLIP-FLOPPING!" cried conservative pundits, cackling wickedly. Except, as Clinton herself pointed out, such a matchup was completely unlikely and didn't actually pan out in reality. But Rudy Giuliani today flip-flopped on team loyalty for absolutely no reason. He told a crowd in Boston this afternoon that he is "rooting for the Red Sox" in the World Series. His wafer-thin logic is that he always roots for the American League. Um, WHAT? Why don't you eat our American League assholes, Rudy? No real Yankee fan would ever root for their bitter rival, not even in the most extreme circumstances. This makes us question everything about Rudy and what he says he stands for. Sure, people may change their position about abortion and gun control all the time. But on team loyalty? That just goes too far. Yankee Fan Giuliani Backing Red Sox [NYT]

Rudy Hires Legal Bulldog Keep Off Kerik Grime

Rudy and Bernie
Rudy Giuliani has hired a legal bulldog to keep him protected from any involvement in the federal case against his former ally Bernard Kerik, reports the Post. The lawyer, a partner at his firm Giuliani & Bracewell, is named Marc Mukasey — yeah, that's right: the dapper young son of soon-to-be U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey. The younger Mukasey is charged with the task of making sure that Kerik's potential bribery and tax-fraud indictments don't wound the Giuliani campaign. So far, Mukasey has earned his keep by blocking Kerik defense attorneys from talking to former Giuliani aides – basically hamstringing the former NYPD chief's efforts to defend himself. This is an aggressive move for Giuliani, who the paper reports in the past has remained supportive of Kerik even though Kerik has cost him political capital. The point of hiring Mukasey was to make it look like Giuliani didn't know anything about Kerik's alleged activities, but we just took a look at Mukasey's page on his firm Website.