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Lena in. Quintessential Brooklynite and divisive millennial figure Lena Dunham checked in with some Silicon Valley business owners yesterday, spending time with Kara Swisher, Sheryl Sandberg, and sundry Twitter and Facebook folks. It was probably a publicity tour dress rehearsal for her upcoming tome, That Kind of Girl, scheduled for release Oct. 7. Can a Reddit AMA be next, please?
The Clinton Connection
It’s in the stars: The constant news and magazine articles imply that we may soon be in a new (moon) era. “Who Will Be The First Female Woman in the Moon?” asked a Forbes‘ slideshow. “2016: The year of the moon woman?” posed CBS’ Jake Miller. And tensions are heating up between NASA’s Laurie Leshin, just named Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s first female president, and Hillary Rodham Clinton, the woman whose face is in the same lunar surface as Ms. Leshin studies every night.
But will Ms. Clinton be our first female moon president? Sources at New York Times Magazine say yes.
Bill de Blasio’s swearing-in event will feature two of the biggest names in Democratic politics: former President Bill Clinton and his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Mr. Clinton himself will officially swear in Mr. de Blasio next Wednesday afternoon, the mayor-elect’s transition team announced Saturday.
Chris Me You Fool
During the Democratic primary, feminist icon Gloria Steinem was one of failed mayoral candidate Christine Quinn’s biggest fans. But as Ms. Quinn’s chief rival, Bill de Blasio, prepares to take office, Ms. Steinem says she’s thrilled to welcome the incoming mayor following an election she said reminded her a lot of the 2008 presidential primary won by Barack Obama.
“It was a little bit like a city version of 2008,” Ms. Steinem told Politicker in an interview after a rally outside City Hall this week boosting Melissa Mark-Viverito’s speaker bid.
The Eight-Day Week
Last year, I sat in on a talk given by a top Democratic strategist to several media types about the demographic shifts in the country—the increasing influence of Latinos and single female voters, in particular—that would seem, on the face of it, to spell long-term doom for the GOP. During the Q&A portion, one woman, a well-known TV personality, asked the speaker what he thought of Chris Christie.
The strategist scoffed. “One word for you: Giuliani.” That should have been the end of that, but the woman persisted. “Really? I have to tell you, I know a lot of women out there who like the guy—women you wouldn’t expect to like the guy.” But the strategist was unmoved. “Never. Gonna. Happen.” Read More
’Tis the season not just for feasts but also fetes—and doing good. Tonight you can do both at the ninth annual Unicef Snowflake Ball, which has raised more than $18 million since its start and will honor Unicef Goodwill Ambassador Danny Glover, who will receive the the Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award, and CEO of Barneys New York Mark Lee, who will receive the Spirit of Compassion Award.
There was a time, long ago, when national politics and New York politics were nearly one and the same. From 1928 to 1948, the state produced a presidential candidate every year, and in 1944, both presidential candidates, Franklin Roosevelt and Thomas Dewey, called New York home.
off the record
Like an express A train moving through the city—nonstop, surrounded by diversity, covering New York from top to bottom—Hillary Rodham Clinton, the former secretary of state, U.S. senator and first lady, graced our fair metropolis last week. One evening she gave a Glamour Women of the Year Award to former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords; on another, she was at the East Harlem School 2013 Fall Benefit to honor Susan and Alan Patricof; and she even slipped into a documentary premiere.
Glamour hosted its annual star-studded Women of the Year Award ceremony at Carnegie Hall on Monday night. December cover model Lady Gaga called out Glamour magazine, and all fashion and beauty magazines, for putting attractive celebrities on their covers—and retouching them.
Bill de Blasio’s fund-raiser tonight with Hillary Clinton is expected to bring in over $1 million for his mayoral campaign, according to a source with knowledge of the the sum–and Mr. de Blasio couldn’t be more thrilled.
The Democratic front-runner gushed on and on about the former secretary of state at a press conference this morning, declaring “there’s literally no one more respected in this country.”