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CARLA SPEAKS!: The French magazine l'Express is likely to sell out quicker than hot croissants in Paris today. That's because it rushed its latest issue to newsstands one day early headlined by an exclusive interview with Carla Bruni — the first given to the press by the new first lady since her marriage to French President Nicolas Sarkozy. The magazine's editor in chief, Christophe Barbier, conducted the interview, but has kept a tight lid on its contents. — Miles Socha
BARACK'S BULLIES: Despite the Clinton campaign's reputation for being an intensely loyal and disciplined operation, leaks are rampant, owing in part to long-standing internal divisions among senior staff, according to New Yorker Washington correspondent Ryan Lizza. It's Obama's campaign, he said in a panel Tuesday hosted by the magazine, that is "close-knit and, in some ways, Bush-like" in figuring out who reporters' sources were.
When New Yorker editor and panel moderator David Remnick asked whether that vigilance was to "a frightening degree," Lizza replied that he found it "a little worrying," recalling a call he got from a friend on the campaign after publishing an Obama story: "They think I told you that." Lizza said he assured the person it was obvious he wasn't the source. "They will find out who it is," Lizza said the person replied.
Fellow panelist Hendrik Hertzberg revisited his recent comment in the magazine expressing a preference for Obama. "I've been getting e-mails since I wrote the piece saying, 'Well, you're in love with the guy.'" He paused. "And I think there's some truth to that." When it comes to policy, Obama and Clinton show "very little difference. It's not about the words, it's about the music."
Remnick alluded to a piece Lizza has in next week's New Yorker about the Republican race, saying he was confused on a point. "It'll be much better in the second draft," Lizza replied, to laughter. The McCain campaign, he said, was so underfunded that it did not have its own pollster. "They would ask the press for the internals on their polling data," he said. And even if McCain's securing the nomination shifts the dynamic, said panelist, New Yorker staff writer and CNN commentator Jeffrey Toobin, "the list of Republican problems is so long, I don't think even Democrats can screw this up." — I.C.