Jason Zengerle

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He Loves New York

Rudy's first TV ad in New Hampshire looks a lot like a cross between Reagan's Morning in America and a tourism commerical for New York City (at least after the first 25 seconds or so):  But is the ad going to convince people in New Hampshire to vote for Rudy--or just make them want to head down to NYC for a weekend of theater and Christmas shopping? --Jason Zengerle

Today's NYT notes that John Edwards refused to offer the standard answer to the standard question about whether he'll endorse Hillary Clinton should she win the Democratic nomination: Between campaign appearances last week, as he rode through eastern Iowa in his campaign van, Mr. Edwards declined to answer whether he would support Mrs. Clinton. “I’m not willing to talk about that at this point,” he said, waiting silently until the next question was asked. I don't think this is that surprising.

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If you thought the GHB-laced Aquadots were bad, China Daily reports on the latest questionable Chinese merchandise: Used condoms that have been reprocessed into rubber bands and hair ties have been sold in Dongguan, Guangdong Province, raising concerns about public health. In addition to being sold at local bazaars, the recycled condoms have been found at local beauty salons in the prosperous Pearl River Delta city, according to Guangzhou-based New Express Daily.

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On a Wednesday afternoon in June, a man I'll call David asked his sister to drive him to the emergency room at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital. Earlier in the week, he had visited another Boston emergency room after spraining his ankle. But, when the doctors there x-rayed the ankle and found no fracture, they sent him home. Now, a few days later, David's ankle was still hurting him--so much that he could barely get out of bed. Even more worrisome, when David did manage to walk around, he quickly became short of breath.

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On a Wednesday afternoon in June, a man I'll call David asked his sister to drive him to the emergency room at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital. Earlier in the week, he had visited another Boston emergency room after spraining his ankle. But, when the doctors there x-rayed the ankle and found no fracture, they sent him home. Now, a few days later, David's ankle was still hurting him--so much that he could barely get out of bed. Even more worrisome, when David did manage to walk around, he quickly became short of breath.

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Via Ed Kilgore, Scott Helman has a very interesting piece in the Boston Globe about black South Carolinians' doubts that Obama is electable: "Personally, I don't think he has a chance in hell," said Leah Josey, a 20-year-old English major at Morris College, a Baptist school in Sumter. "All those white people? Come on." Such sentiments are prevalent among black South Carolinians, who are expected to make up nearly half of voters in the Democratic primary in January.

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Gore-doerr

Just in case you needed any more evidence that Al Gore's not going to run for president in 2008, Fortune reports that he's joining the venture capital behemoth Kleiner Perkins. Of course, the Fortune article goes on to say that Gore has "left the door open" for a run. But I think the Kleiner Perkins move pretty much closes that door.  --Jason Zengerle

Ben Smith, who's been on a roll lately, has another great piece--this time about the Obama and Edwards campaigns' tacit alliance. It begins with a fun scene from after the Jefferson Jackson dinner: They switched on the lights in the bar at the Hotel Fort Des Moines at 2:00 a.m. Sunday, and a crowd of two dozen buoyant young field organizers for Sen.

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Quote Of The Day

“You people are really nuts. There’s kids dying in the war, the price of oil right now — there’s better things in this world to be thinking about than who served Hillary Clinton at Maid-Rite and who got a tip and who didn’t get a tip.” -- Anita Esterday, the Iowa waitress at the center of Tipgate, to The New York Times, November 8. --Jason Zengerle

The Boston Globe's Josh Glenn pours cold water over the aforementioned Aqua Dots scare. He suspects a hoax, and some of his logic--especially that which doesn't involve Hitler and the Bush administration--is pretty compelling: How on earth could a toy be accidentally coated with roofies? Answer: It couldn't. Either the Chinese really are trying to poison American children, which is far-fetched, or this whole recall was a big lie. . . .  If Aqua Dots were merely toxic, I might not be so suspicious. But (innocent children) + (anything to do with sexual predators) = widespread, instant hysteria.

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