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Rupert Murdoch and the ‘Journal’ Eye Washington

• Murdoch’s WSJ plans to take on the Times’ Washington bureau. What’s next, Hollywood? [NYO]
• Jeff Zucker and NBC bought Oxygen, the cable network for bored housewives, at the bargain-basement price of $925 million. [NYT]
CNN’s Rick Sanchez has one big skeleton in his closet. After drinking a little too much at a Dolphins game, the eight o’clock anchor did a hit-and-run on a pedestrian who later died from his injuries. “It could have happened to anybody … There were probably a lot of other people leaving the stadium that had had a couple of beers as well.” No wonder he was nicknamed Miami’s “Least Credible News Personality.” [NYO]

• Christopher Carter, the broker we congratulated back in August for throwing a gym grunter through a wall, has more to deal with than a misdemeanor charge: He lost his job at Maxim Investments Group. [DealBreaker]
• Private equity already went public with Blackstone’s IPO, and with more and more publicity may soon cease being an alternative investment — “more soccer mom than punk rocker.” [Deal Journal/WSJ]
• Wall Street sure would love a McCain presidency. Last night at the debates the Arizona maverick said, “I’m glad whenever they cut interest rates, I wish interest rates were zero.” [Atlantic]

• The Sidley Austin associate who appeared last night in VH1’s I Love New York 2 has since left the firm. Sidley apparently suggested that he pursue his “acting career” rather than the law. [Above the Law]
• Lawyers at Weil Gotshal want to postpone a major case because “these dates are smack in the middle of our children’s winter breaks, which are sometimes the only times to be with our children.” [Law Blog/WSJ]
• Another Milberg partner bit the dust in the long-running class-action kickbacks suit. Steven Schulman faces some hefty fines and up to 33 months in prison. [NYP]

• Lapo Elkann is likely to present his first ecofriendly denim line (with Care) in December. Also, he’s in talks to buy Sartoria Domenico Caraceni, the Italian tailoring house that makes many of his bespoke suits. [WWD]
• Agyness Deyn, Lily Cole, and Irina Lazareanu are going head-to-head for Model of the Year at the British Fashion Council Awards. We wish they all weren’t so nice; we love saying the words “catwalk catfight!” [British Vogue]
• Um, wait. Did Kanye West name-check Trovata in his latest song? [Fashonista]

Rupert Murdoch and the ‘Journal’ Eye Washington