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Lappin set to enter public advocate race

By Jason Fink

City Councilwoman Jessica Lappin may throw her hat in the ring for public advocate, a member of her staff said.

Lappin (D-Manhattan) is “strongly considering” joining a crowded field to replace Betsy Gotbaum, who does not plan to seek re-election, according to the staff member.

Also expected to run in the Democratic primary next year are Council members...

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Familiar faces

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Robert Gates and Peter Orszag are the last to be named to the Obama administration but there's little overlooking the other candidates' link to President Bill Clinton's inner circle.

Here's amNewYork's breakdown:

Secretary of state: Hillary Clinton

White House chief of staff: Rahm Emanuel, a former senior adviser to Bill Clinton

Attorney general: Eric H. Holder Jr.,...

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Obama splits press into baseball teams

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President-elect Barack Obama certainly knows how to have a little fun. The hardcore White Sox fan this week split the press at his conferences into "White Sox" and "Cubs" sections. The Southside heroes were on right, and the Northside zeroes on his left (pardon my bias), but the reporters' designations seemed arbitrary.

— Emily Ngo...

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New York's well-off: Yes, we can pay taxes

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Though Kevin Johnson will likely feel the income tax bite under Obama, he has donated time and money to the Democrat's campaign. (RJ Mickelson/amNY)

By Emily Ngo

Kevin Johnson cast a ballot for Barack Obama knowing he was likely casting away thousands of his own tax dollars.

The 31-year-old radiologist believes the price is worth a stronger America.

“It’s...

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Is Cuomo the top candidate for Clinton's seat?

By Jason Fink

With Sen. Hillary Clinton all but assured of getting the nod to become President-elect Barack Obama’s secretary of state, the speculation now is that New York’s attorney general, Andrew Cuomo, is the front-runner to be her replacement.

One news Website, examiner.com, proclaimed Cuomo the “all but certain” choice for the seat, though several people yesterday...

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Grading the election

By Meg Boyle

Because it's never too late to reminisce.

Grading the Election

(Yes! The Whole Thing!)

Demerit: Super Delegates

Go ahead, America, vote your conscience. If we don’t agree with you, we can just hand the nomination to another candidate. After all, we know better than you do about these things. We’re Democrats.

Gold Star: Huckabee Plays the...

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Giuliani looking to make a comeback?

By Jason Fink

Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani may now have his sights set on Albany and is also not discounting a second shot at the White House.

With the state Republican party badly wounded following this month’s Democratic landslide, the hard-charging former two-term mayor is emerging as the favorite to lead the GOP back to power as a candidate for governor in 2010.

“He’s...

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Unbelievable what you'll (I'll) believe

There were enough dirty rumors floating around this election season to last Politirazzi several lifetimes. Though no one was gullible enough to believe them all, some were pretty ... believable. In the vein of Ashton Kutcher's "Punk'd" spinoff that lured paparazzi with faux celebrity news, the New York Times has uncovered a faux blogger.

He's the one who sparked the Palin-doesn't-know-Africa-is-a-continent...

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Change that Obama font

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Thanks to clever marketing, President-elect Barack Obama's signature logo and slogans will be recognizable for generations to come. The font used in his "Change" and "Hope" signs is Gotham, a typeface that has exploded in popularity. It's now even more widely used in non-political fields.

Rocdove has come up with an Obama graphic generator, and though, the application has seen some technical...

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Palin facing media to save face?

By Emily Ngo

Just one week after Election Day, Sarah Palin is reversing course on something she was criticized for: not granting media interviews.

The former GOP vice presidential nominee spoke with Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren Monday and NBC’s “Today” host Matt Lauer Tuesday and is scheduled to appear with Wolf Blitzer on CNN Wednesday.

“I think the economic...

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