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Anna Jagodzinska

  1. early and often
    Bill Clinton Pulls a Karl RoveLate yesterday, Bill Clinton made an interesting statement while stumping for Hillary in Iowa. He predicted Mike Huckabee (who, like Clinton, hails from Hope, Arkansas) would win the Republican caucus today and even gave him a sort of hedging endorsement. From the Sun: “Governor Huckabee has got a little hometown pride going because it looks like the Iowa republicans are going to give him the caucus.” … “He looks to me like the only one who can tell a joke. It’s a pretty dark crowd.” … “You know he was underestimated. He’s got on well here and it doesn’t surprise me.” That’s weird, huh? Especially since in some polls (like one in Arkansas, for example), Huckabee is the only candidate who poses a threat to Clinton’s wife, Hillary. It’s odd that Bubba would add his weight to Huckabee’s momentum. Except, wait a minute, isn’t this familiar? Didn’t Karl Rove and President Bush sort of tout Hillary herself as an inevitable Democratic choice, thus playing into her “de facto nominee” primary strategy? Rove and Bush did it because they assume Hillary’s negatives will take her down in the general election, so they felt safe encouraging her. Does former president Clinton feel that Huckabee is already flawed enough that he can’t win in a national election? Or does he know something we don’t (other than, you know, how to run a country) that might come up later? We’re not sure. All we can tell you is you’re lucky we’re not drinking already. President Clinton Predicts Huckabee Win in Iowa [NYS]
  2. intel
    William Unroch and Maximilia Cordero Take On the ‘Post,’ AustraliaBack in October, we delighted in the rococo law filings filed by William J. Unroch, Esq., on behalf of his client and maybe-girlfriend, Maximilia “Ava” Cordero, a self-described model who claimed that at 16, she was molested by billionaire finance guy Jeffrey Epstein. (“Epstein suddenly went into the bathroom and came out several minutes later wearing red lipstick and wearing a matted red wig,” read a portion of her suit. “He said to plaintiff ‘Call me Janice.’”) Then the Post discovered that Maximilia was actually very probably a dude, which made everything even more interesting. “Gender-Bend Shocker!” they said. “Kinky-Sex Suit Gal Is a Man!” But apparently Unroch was not as amused as we are, because now he and Maximilia are suing News Corp., the Post’s parent company, for $100 million dollars. The complaint, which paints a picture of a fragile girl-man, besieged by a billionaire, an “unsuccessful dominatrix,” a publicist, and a conspiratorial news organization headed by a gang of reporters, names a number of Post writers and editors, reserving particular ire for Post reporter Lucy Carne, who according to Unroch, refused to print a retraction to a detail she knew to be false, reportedly telling him: “My father is the biggest lawyer in Brisbane, Australia.” “While perhaps your boss the Australian Media tycoon Rupert Murdoch is impressed with your dad’s legal skills and perhaps uses him as an attorney,” Unroch sniped back, he says. “It is irrelevant to this matter unless I am missing something.” Earlier: Daily Intel’s coverage of William J. Unroch and Maximilia Cordero
  3. developing
    Giant Residential Complex to Hit the Lower East SideUnless you live on the Lower East Side near the river, you may not have known there was a Pathmark down there on Cherry Street. It’s a large, low building among housing projects and residential towers. Now, Curbed.com reports that the supermarket is about to turn into a giant development. The lot is for sale for $250 million and the sellers are suggesting it could be used to build one or two large residential towers (which would have a fabulous view of Brooklyn and the East River, though not necessarily the best view on the street) of about 50 stories. That’s big news for the neighborhood, especially since it’s rumored Donald Trump is interested. With the city’s planned revamp of East River Park, could this become a hot new area? Could it provide a much-needed hipster shunt from the hemorrhaging Ludlow and Essex area? Could Manhattan actually have found a new neighborhood to create? We can’t wait for all the real-estate blogs to begin inevitable naming contests! LES Pathmark Site: $250 Million, 50+ Stories of Fun [Curbed]