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Katie Couric: ‘America Is Giving Me the Hillary Clinton Treatment’

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• Katie Couric tells Israeli newspaper Haaretz that Hillary Clinton’s campaign and Couric’s own struggle at CBS have caused her to think a lot about sexism in the past year. “I find myself in the last bastion of male dominance, and realizing what Hillary Clinton might have realized not long ago: that sexism in the American society is more common than racism, and certainly more acceptable or forgivable. In any case, I think my post and Hillary’s race are important steps in the right direction.” [Haaretz via Gawker]
• Barack Obama’s campaign received 200 requests for press seats on the plane during the presidential hopeful’s jaunt abroad. Curiously there wasn’t any room for Ryan Lizza, The New Yorker’s Washington correspondent. [Politico]
• Could Dan Rather’s downfall be adapted for the big screen? Hollywood insiders are working on a feature film based on the book Truth and Duty: The Press, the President, and the Privilege of Power, which was written by former CBS News producer Mary Mapes. [NYO]
• Should newspaper Websites allow for comments? [Gawker]

• Governor Paterson says Wall Street bonuses might be axed by 20 percent this year. Ouch. [Reuters]
• Goldman Sachs banker Kendrick Wilson, one of Wall Street’s most powerful moneymen, is taking a leave of absence to advise U.S. Treasure Secretary Henry Paulson. Meanwhile, Paulson thinks Congress will pass a Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac bill this week that will help boost confidence in the two mortgage companies. [DealBook/NYT, Bloomberg]
• Leon Black’s Apollo Management diverged from the private-equity crowd in the buyout boom and reaped the benefits: Its $3.7 billion fund boasted a 54 percent return last year, and its $10.1 billion pool was up 42 percent. But the Apollo isn’t without problems. [Deal]

• The Weinstein Company is moving into 99 Hudson Street — the same building where Harvey and Bob Weinstein built their Miramax empire before they left the studio three years ago. They paid just under $45 per square foot for their new digs. [NYP]
• The Park Avenue doorman who won $5 million in the lottery was scolded for spending too much time outside the building and wearing short-sleeved shirts. “Further incidents of this kind will lead to suspension and or termination of employment,” his boss told him. “I want to kick back, drink and relax,” the doorman said when a reporter found him at the blackjack table in Atlantic City. “I’m hoping to get a nice massage.” [NYP]
• Why has the Vermont Market and Pharmacy in Carroll Gardens been elusively vacant for a dozen years while the surrounding area has been heavily developed? [NYT]

DIY divorces are just another consequence of the faltering economy. []
• Labaton Sucharow might need to rein it in: For the second time in less than a week, the class-action law firm has been reprimanded for overreaching. This time, it’s for a “calculated attempt at judge shopping” in a securities-fraud action. []
• Who is the anonymous blogger behinds the new Hiring Partner Office blog? [Hiring Partner Office]

Katie Couric: ‘America Is Giving Me the Hillary Clinton Treatment’