Rudy Giuliani 'Very Close' to Running for President, Now Tough on Crime in Peru Too

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Representative Peter King says Rudy Giuliani is "very close to saying he's going to run" for president in 2012, Politico reports. "If he were to make the decision today, he would run," King said at a dinner on Monday. Meanwhile, Keiko Fujimori, the leading presidential candidate in Peru, has hired the ex-NYC mayor as an adviser in order to "bolster her law-and-order credentials," Reuters reports. Fujimori needs the help because her father, Alberto Fujimori, Peru's former president, is in jail for human rights violations and corruption. The younger Fujimori is using Giuliani's image as a crime-stopping terrorist-hater: "He has a great record of fighting delinquency, so I think his presence here is helpful to strengthen our proposals," she said. But Peru has a drug-trafficking problem that makes old Times Square look like new Park Slope. And yet, Giuliani could sooner be a South American dictator than president of the U.S.; it might suit him better anyway. [Politico, Reuters]

Rudy Giuliani: Osama Bin Laden Was a 'Symbol,' But 'Symbols Are Really Important'

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Rudy Giuliani, New York City's mayor on September 11, 2011, was reached for comment on Monday morning by Politico about the United States' killing of Osama bin Laden, the mastermind of the historic attacks nearly ten years ago. "I feel a great deal of satisfaction that justice has been done, and I admire the courage of the president to make a decision like this because if something had gone wrong everyone would be blaming him," Giuliani said. "And I admire the courage and professionalism of our military intelligence officials who carried this out and this is a great victory against terror. nobody can minimize it. He was a symbol more than anything else right now but...symbols are really important." New York City's current mayor Michael Bloomberg released a statement on the death, as did New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. More from all three after the jump.

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Rudy Giuliani Better Say "I'm Running"or We're Going to Stop Caring

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Just say it already!
Last month we urged our old mayor to give becoming the POTUS another try. We think that he might have heard our calls. He said last night on CNBC that he would "take a look at 2012. It's really a question of, can I play a useful role, would I have a chance of getting the nomination?" Oh, come on, Rudy, stop tippy-toe-ing around. Video of his remarks about China and the presidency after the jump.

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Rudy Giuliani Should Really Run For President

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The world is getting a lot of mixed messages today about the possibility of a Rudy Giuliani presidential run. This morning, we pointed you toward a report in the New York Post's Page Six indicating that Giuliani may very well be putting out feelers to a team of potential advisers and that he's even "confident that he'd have a chance to win." CBS has since confirmed Page Six's initially dubious report, but on Morning Joe this morning Giuliani said, "I haven't rounded up my political advisers. Of course, I keep it in the back of my mind." This has always been his problem though, this whole noncommittal thing.

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Times Square Peep-O-Rama Sign Just Totally Emasculated Now

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Once upon a time, long, long ago, there was a gritty and wild land in the middle of Manhattan. Sex could be bought, or at least watched for a fee. Lawlessness and perversions abounded! And then, a man named Rudy Giuliani rode in on his metaphorical white horse and the Disneyification of Times Square began in earnest. Today all that remains of Peep-O-Rama, the porn emporium that held out the longest, is the neon sign (at right) that once marked its sordid existence.


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Rudy "Portraits Are for Dead People" Giuliani Pretty Happy With Likeness of Self

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Rudy Giuliani, former New York City mayor, "quality of life" enforcer, ferret-hater, finally agreed to have his portrait painted despite picture-makers being able to steal your soul when they paint your eyes. And now it's done, and he's pretty darn happy with the results.

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Like Her Father Before Her, Caroline Giuliani Cleaned Shit Up in New York City

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Hey, Girl
There was a time when Caroline Giuliani's arrest for stealing make-up from Sephora seemed sort of glamorous. We all miss Winona. But the allure is a lot less when it comes to the (notably minor) consequences, which included a day of community service cleaning toilets in the Lower East Side, according to the Daily News. There was also sweeping and dealing with garbage at Pier 36 for her to hit her eight hours, but that works a little bit less with the obvious jokes about her dad. Though, "taking out the trash" is okay. Also buried in the piece is an update on Giuliani's acting career, which seemed like the impetus for this whole stealing and then looking really stylish thing in the first place.

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Rudy Giuliani's Shoplifting Progeny Gets One Day of Community Service

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As expected, Caroline Giuliani was given one day of community service -- on "the bucket brigade" at the Department of Sanitation -- for her Sephora shoplifting excursion on August 4.

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Morning Links: Caroline Giuliani Has Her Day in Court; Tiger Woods Moves in Downtown, Maybe

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• Caroline Giuliani is expected to make a plea today in court for the alleged shoplifting of more than $100 of beauty products from an Upper East Side Sephora on August 4. She may end up getting a day of community service. [DNAInfo]

• Hurricane Earl, now a Category 4 storm, is expected to touch the East Coast late Thursday before heading back out to sea. Labor Day weekend saved? [NPR]


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Sephora To Press Charges Against Giuliani's Daughter, Keep This Fame Train Rolling

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Despite initially opting not to cooperate with an investigation, the cosmetics company will now file charges against ex-Mayor Rudy Giuliani's estranged daughter Caroline, a 20-year-old Harvard senior and aspiring actress, the Daily News is reporting. Caroline, who was carrying over $300 in her wallet, tried to walk out with $150 in beauty products on Wednesday, but was caught and booked, eventually turning the whole thing into an epic stunt by leaving the police station looking better than she entered -- sly and sexy. Should the DA decide to pursue the case, that means more court dates, more tabloid covers, more photos, more exposure. For probation? Sick deal.

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