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Tony Blair

  1. U.K. Report on Iraq: Friends Don’t Help Friends Launch Wars Built on Lies“I will be with you, whatever,” Tony Blair told George W. Bush about Iraq in 2002. The Chilcot Report argues that the “special relationship” does not require blind cooperation with bad ideas.
  2. 12 Takeaways From the Newly Released Conversations Between Clinton and BlairIncluding Bill Clinton’s candid thoughts on George W., Gerry Adams, and big brown bananas.
  3. a different kind of war on christmas
    Tony Blair’s Terrifying Christmas Card Will Haunt Your DreamsHide your kids.
  4. the most important people in the world
    Wendi Deng ‘Note’: Google CEO So Much Uglier Than Tony BlairRupert Murdoch’s looks were not evaluated.
  5. wendi daaaaaang
    Tony Blair Totally Hot, Says Wendi Deng“He has such good body.”
  6. Service!
    U.K. Bartender Subjects Tony Blair to Most Awkward Citizen’s Arrest Ever“I didn’t expect him to start debating with me.”
  7. scandal-stained wretches
    Wendi Deng Allegedly Had a Crush on Tony BlairOr something.
  8. the most important people in the world
    Tony Blair Is Not Currently Sleeping With Rupert Murdoch’s Wife, He SaysWendi Deng rumors swirl.
  9. photobituary
    Margaret Thatcher: A Life in PicturesDancing with Reagan, riding in a tank.
  10. scandal-stained wretches
    Tony Blair Heckled During Phone-Hacking Testimony“The power of [the British press] is indisputable,” he said.
  11. scandal-stained wretches
    Rebekah Brooks Name-Drops Three Prime Ministers at Phone-Hacking InquiryShe wasn’t such great pals with Gordon Brown, but did teach David Cameron the true meaning of “LOL.”
  12. scandal-stained wretches
    Tony Blair’s Wife Suing News Corp. BuddiesThe former prime minister and his wife, Cherie, are close personal friends of the Murdochs.
  13. the most important people in the world
    Tony Blair Is Godfather to Rupert Murdoch’s DaughterAnd yet somehow he went unnoticed at the ceremony.
  14. revolt like an egyptian
    Saif Qaddafi Mingled in London’s High SocietyIncluding Tony Blair!
  15. creative non-fiction
    Tony Blair Borrows a Scene From a Fictional Movie For His Non-Fictional MemoirWhoopsy daisy!
  16. protests
    Tony Blair Confronted by Protests at Signing for His Bush-Defending MemoirEggs were tossed.
  17. israel
    Netanyahu: ‘Israel Plans to Ease Blockade of Gaza’ to Specified Items“There is a green light approval for all goods to enter into Gaza except for military items.”
  18. Mediavore
    Burnt Toast Sets Tony Blair’s Abode Ablaze; Pink’s and Burger Kitchen RobbedRestaurants both new and old get burgled in L.A. while a former British P.M. has a kitchen blaze.
  19. Mediavore
    Happy Family Damaged; Jamie Oliver Keeps It CleanPlus: another season for Guy Fieri’s game show, and the Times consolidates, all in our morning news roundup.
  20. job market
    Former Prime Minister Tony Blair to Join LVMH?England’s ex-head of state may advise the super-brand corporation.
  21. chat room
    Terry Gilliam on Heath Ledger’s Last Movie“Nietzsche was wrong. What doesn’t kill you does not make you stronger. It makes you really tired.”
  22. vulture lists
    Thirty-Four Ways New Moon the Movie Is Better Than New Moon the BookNo matter how passionately you love a florid, overwritten, hilarious book, the movie can be EVEN BETTER.
  23. gossipmonger
    Stampede on the Sex and the City Set!Cynthia Nixon, thankfully, remains unharmed.
  24. Celebrity Settings
    Desirée Rogers Sucked Into Monkey Bar; Shakira Hits Michael’s YetPlus, more celebrity sightings from the past week.
  25. international intrigue
    When Tony Blair Thinks of Prince Charles, Mushrooms Come to MindThat, and more highlights from the former prime minister’s Q&A with Graydon Carter.
  26. the industry
    Tom Hanks, Reporting for DutyPlus: an indie Allen Ginsberg movie showdown.
  27. r.i.p.
    Mr. Magoo Creator Millard Kaufman Dead at 92The man responsible for one of Vulture’s greatest-ever Q&As passed away yesterday.
  28. gossipmonger
    Kanye Gets Busted, Sort OfThe rapper attacked some paparazzi. Plus, the rest of this morning’s gossip.
  29. baseless speculation
    Who Will Play Bill Clinton in Peter Morgan’s New Blair-Clinton Movie?Frank Caliendo? Seth Rogen?
  30. the industry
    James L. Brooks to Take Chance on Little-Known ActressPlus: Jack Black comes to Scranton!
  31. gossipmonger
    Leona Almost Left Her Money to Dogs AND Poor Kids, But Then Just Settled on DogsShe cut out poor tots at the last minute! What an excuse to make a B-word pun! And Martha Stewart can’t afford her stylist anymore! That, and more, in our daily gossip roundup.
  32. the industry
    Oliver Stone Finds His Condi and Tony, But Who Will Paul Giamatti Play?Thandie Newton will play Condoleezza Rice, and Ioan Gruffudd Tony Blair, in Stone’s ‘W.’
  33. it just happened
    Former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair to Teach at Yale University Tony Blair, fresh into his first year of retirement from helming the United Kingdom, will take up a position as a fellow at Yale in the fall. A press release from the university announces: Mr. Blair will lead a seminar at Yale and participate in a number of events around the campus. The course in which he will participate with Yale faculty will examine issues of faith and globalization. His efforts at Yale relate to the work of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation that he will be launching later this year. Blair will be a “Howland Distinguished Fellow,” a post once filled by Indira Ghandi. Blair’s son Euan is currently studying for a master’s degree in international relations at the school. In 2006, it was reported that Harvard, Princeton, and Yale all competed for Euan’s affections when he was choosing schools, and in the end he selected Yale, which gave him a full scholarship. A prescient move, it would now seem.
  34. company town
    Hillary Clinton Is Going to Get So Busted by Anna WintourMEDIA • Hillary Clinton pulled out of a Vogue shoot this past fall because she was afraid of looking too feminine, and editor Anna Wintour subsequently wrote an editor’s letter about how disappointed she was. Now, Hillary’s in Bazaar’s February issue, wearing a miniskirt and platform heels! (That bears repeating: A miniskirt and platform heels.)* Anna’s going to be pissed. [WWD] • Sam Zell has ordered that the Tribune’s Internet content filters be removed. “I do not see how a member of the Fourth Estate, dedicated to protecting the First Amendment, can censor what its own employees and partners can see,” he writes. “You are now exposed to the dangers of YouTube and Facebook. Please use your best judgment.” Also, apparently if said judgment compels you to send internal communications to Romenesko, so be it. [Romenesko] • The WGA took two big demands off the table — unionization for animated movies and reality TV — and negotiations may now finally focus on paying writers for digital content. [LAT]
  35. company town
    Hey, HR! Lauren Conrad Needs a New Magazine ‘Job’FASHION • Stella McCartney just had baby number three: Beckett Robert Lee Willis. [WWD] • Mulberry’s new shoe line is set to debut on Valentine’s Day. [British Vogue] • The Hills girls will no longer “work” at Teen Vogue. [WWD]
  36. company town
    Tony Blair Sells Out Rupert MurdochMEDIA • Tony Blair sold his memoir for $9 million to Knopf, something of a surprise since Blair has long been tight with Murdoch, known for offering advances so big they resemble campaign donations through HarperCollins. [Media Mob/NYO] • A democratic member of the FCC requested an investigation of Murdoch’s Dow Jones deal, arguing the merger consolidates too many powerful outlets in one less than trustworthy hand. [B&C] • Bloggingheads, everyone’s favorite lo-fi insider-y political fight club, reached a content-sharing agreement with the Times. [HuffPo]
  37. gossipmonger
    ‘Gossip Girl’ Star Chace Crawford Apparently Not Worried About His TruckAt the memorial service for former movie critic Joel Siegel, ABC anchor Charles Gibson noted that the Jewish Siegel sent the best Christmas cards. Gossip Girl star Chace Crawford got cozy with a “rude and nasty” Carrie Underwood at Marquee and a party at Soho Grand (not “Chance” Crawford, as reported by “Page Six”). Vanessa and Donald Trump Jr. dined at Gemma and drank at the Rose Bar in the Gramercy Park Hotel. Cindy Adams claims that members of John Edwards’s camp are “profoundly worried” about the recent allegations that Edwards strayed on his wife. David Lauren and Lauren Bush arrived via motorcycle to the Domino Bazaar Saturday.
  38. the industry
    Helen Mirren to Take Up the Scepter Once More?Plus industry news on William H. Macy, James Purefoy, and D.J. Caruso.
  39. it happened this week
    Thinking Big Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s request to lay a wreath at ground zero was the unlikeliest wish in a week of ambitious schemes. Hillary Clinton took a second swing at universal health care, laying out a $110 billion program. Rudy Giuliani crossed the pond to London to rub shoulders with Margaret Thatcher, Tony Blair, and Gordon Brown, then suggested that Israel join nato. Dan Rather sued CBS for $70 million.
  40. art candy
    Wait, Bryan Adams Took a Picture of Tony Blair?We always knew Blair was cooler than our president. Plus, we just noticed that he’s kind of hot.
  41. it just happened
    Blair Departs, and Bush Throws Him a Bone So Tony Blair is now, officially, no longer Britain’s prime minister, having tendered his resignation to Queen Elizabeth II earlier today. He’s off, presumably, to become the Quartet’s Mideast peace negotiator, while Gordon Brown has been approved by the Queen as his replacement. For President Bush’s take on his great ally’s departure, we refer you to low in the AP news item: “Tony’s had a great run and history will judge him kindly,” Bush told Britain’s The Sun tabloid in remarks published Wednesday. “I’ve heard he’s been called Bush’s poodle. He’s bigger than that.” See, that’s real friendship. Bush thinks of Blair — excuse us: Tony — as something much bigger than a poodle. A golden retriever, perhaps. Maybe even his St. Bernard. Gordon Brown to Take Over From Blair in Britain [AP via NYT]
  42. gossipmonger
    Judi Nathan Must Be ThrilledFormer Giuliani spokeswoman Cristyne Lategano-Nicholas is back at his side for his presidential run. Unable to pick just one, Barbra Streisand donated money to Clinton, Obama, and Edwards. David Letterman asked Rosie O’Donnell and Donald Trump to appear in a Super Bowl spot with him, but they declined. Scarlett Johansson hooked up with Justin Timberlake — and won a $50k condo lease — while in Miami for the game. And also during the big game, Bud Light may have “borrowed” inspiration from a sketch-comedy troupe and Sierra Mist for two of its commercials. Lehman Brothers CEO Richard Fuld bought a $21 million fixer-upper on Park Avenue, which only requires $10 million more to fix it up.