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    The Good Wife

    By Daniel D’Addario,The New York Observer

    Amid all the speculation about Barack Obama’s newfound mojo, a hotly anticipated stiffening of his political spine inspired by his decisive victory in November, a somewhat more intriguing question has scarcely been asked. Will Michelle finally step out?

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    Stand and Deliver!

    By Una LaMarche, The New York Observer

    A few years ago, my friend Kabir raked in an amazing Christmas haul at work. “I got a cashmere sweater, really expensive wine, a super nice pen, a Le Creuset pan, a free dinner at Craft, opera tickets to the Met and a $150 watch,” he remembered. “Plus gift cards to everything from Dean & DeLuca to Banana Republic. I never got cash, but the gift cards added up to over a thousand bucks!”

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    The Battle Over Revenge Porn

    By Jessica Roy, The New York Observer

    The king of revenge porn had just slept with a girl on her 18th birthday at an inconspicuous hotel in Chinatown, and he had the cellphone snap of her license to prove it. Although he lives in San Francisco, the notorious Hunter Moore was in New York to serve a community-service sentence for an incident in which he’d head-butted a go-go dancer.

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    Home, Sweet Shipping Container

    By Matt Chaban, The New York Observer

    If another Sandy hits a year or three from now, few New Yorkers should have to call tent cities and high school gymnasiums home. Instead, they will be living in shipping containers.

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    Retreating, But Not Retiring

    By Sarah Douglas, The New York Observer

    A year ago, on the eve of his retrospective at the Guggenheim, artist Maurizio Cattelan announced his retirement. Recently, another esteemed figure, the cultural critic, curator, professor and one-time art dealer Dave Hickey, called to let The Observer know that he, too, is taking a step back.

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    A Reasonable Man

    By Daniel D’Addario, The New York Observer

    At a recent party to toast the one-year anniversary of MSNBC’s 6 p.m. hour, one of the news network’s on-air personalities offered up a confession. “I don’t know if I would have brought Al Sharpton on to do a show!” he told the assembled guests. The speaker was the Rev. Al Sharpton.

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    Our Cheating Hearts

    By Patrick Clark, The New York Observer

    I guess I’m not as cynical as you are,” Neil Barofsky, former watchdog for the Department of the Treasury’s Troubled Asset Relief Program and presently the busiest cynic caught up in the government’s entanglement with the banking business, told The Observer.

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    Facebook Is People!

    By Elise Knutsen, The New York Observer

    On May 18, as his brainchild company went public, Mark Zuckerberg’s face filled the multistory video screen adorning the Times Square Reuters building, his image a grinning, pasty vision of triumph—little brother as Big Brother. In the 30 seconds after the bell rang at the NASDAQ exchange, more than 80 million shares were traded, and with the IPO (really the night before, when the underwriting banks bought the stock from Facebook), Zuckerberg made $25 billion. But he wasn’t making any money off me.

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    Barack Obama, Do You Take This Issue?

    By David Freedlander, The New York Observer

    Jon Cooper first met Barack Obama in 2007, a few weeks before Obama announced a run for president and back when he was mostly known as a promising first-term U.S. senator with a gift for oration. At a low-dollar fundraiser in Midtown Manhattan, Cooper, the president of a large electronics manufacturing company and then the majority leader of the Suffolk County Legislature, stood next to Obama after he had taken questions from guests. Cooper pulled out a Christmas card that he had mailed to friends and family and showed it to the Illinois senator.

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    Is HBO’s Luck Starting to Run Out?

    By Daniel D’Addario, The New York Observer

    Ten years ago, it wasn’t hard to decide what to do on a Sunday night. Everyone watched HBO. The programming on the premium cable network was like nothing else on the tube. But then, Carrie Bradshaw finally landed Mr. Big, the entire Fisher family died, Tony Soprano stopped believin’ in a New Jersey diner, and Tommy Carcetti became governor of Maryland.

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    Dylan Goes Eclectic!

    By Foster Kamer, The New York Observer

    This is not some opinion! This is a mathematical fact!”

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    It’s Who You Know

    By Adrianne Jeffries, The New York Observer

    Let’s take a trip with the Ghost of Christmas Future. The year is 2016, and George Bailey—a former banker, now a part-time consultant—is looking for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage for a co-op in the super-hot neighborhood of Bedford Falls. He has never missed a loan payment and has zero credit-card debt. He submits his information to the online-only PotterBank.com, but halfway through the application process, the website asks for his Facebook login. Then his Twitter. Then LinkedIn.

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    The Man With Two Brians!

    By By Kat Stoeffel, The New York Observer

    On a recent post-NFL season Monday night, 7.3 million people watched a remake of Hawaii 5-0. Another 6.7 million watched Castle, a crime procedural that’s safely avoided buzz for four seasons. A crowd less than half that size, 3.2 million, watched an American furniture manufacturer tearfully repent for outsourcing the family business, met a real-life moon colonist and saw a chimpanzee flip through a children’s book. “They like the pictures,” the voiceover explained.

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    Doyennes in Distress!

    By By Kat Stoeffel, The New York Observer

    Martha Stewart spent her first five on-air minutes of 2012 doing damage control. “I’m here to assure you that you will see me on television this fall,” she said, tossing her blond bob so it grazed the shoulders of a sheer pink blouse. “Our show was not canceled,” she added with signature Yankee brusqueness. “What we’re trying to do is to figure out a new way to do our show, just to keep evolution occurring.”

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    Birth of a Salesman

    By Thomas Golionopoulos, The New York Observer

    Last summer, Steve Stoute, the CEO of the brand-marketing firm Translation, went to Wimbledon with his friend and business partner, the rapper Jay-Z, to cheer on Rafael Nadal during the Spaniard’s fourth-round battle with Juan Martín del Potro. With the match tied in the third set, BBC cameras spotted them. “The man is still here,” said BBC tennis analyst Boris Becker in his heavy German accent. “The Jigga Man, that’s what they call him—Shawn Carter.”

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