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Nikki Haley, Covergirl

As seen at Hudson News in Grand Central.

Nikki Haley could be South Carolina’s next governor. For now, she’s Newsweek‘s current covergirl.

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Ass, Meet Class

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Photo: Huffington Post

As excited as I am to watch Pulitzer Prize winner Kathleen Parker, one of my hometown heroes, take over Campbell Brown’s former prime-time spot on CNN, I’m even more interested to see how she’ll handle her co-host, Eliott Spitzer. It’s North meets South, Liberal meets Conservative, Male meets Female (something our former gov’nor knows something about), Disgraced meets Darling (see Male meets Female)–you know, all of the elements upon which great TV is built. The show, which will most likely occupy the 8PM slot, is slated to debut in September.

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Spill, Baby, Spill

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It’s been 47 days since Deepwater Horizon exploded in the Gulf of Mexico. Thanks to a new web site, Ifitwasmyhome.com, those of us who aren’t on the frontlines in Louisiana and Florida can gain some perspective on the far-reaching effects of the BP oil spill. Just type in your current location or hometown to see how vast the affected area would be if it happened where you live. (Click here to see New York.)

Considering how much our beloved Southland prides itself on its beaches, coasts and waterways, this whole disaster is beyond devastating–especially when you consider how fast the oil is spreading and how far it’s projected to go. It’s like if Katrina happened, and then rather than dissipating, the hurricane expanded eastward from Louisiana, around the tip of Florida, all the way back up the Atlantic coast to Cape Hatteras and beyond.

Even scarier: Atlantis, another BP oil rig that sits about 100 miles south from where the Deepwater Horizon exploded on April 20th. Not only is Atlantis operating deeper than Deep Horizon, it also pumps far more oil, roughly 13% of the total U.S. Gulf output, amid rampant questions regarding its safety and structural security. If this thing explodes, its spill could exceed the volume of the Exxon-Valdez disaster . . . IN TWO DAYS.

Photo: Mother Jones

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Folksgate: A Scandal FITS for the South

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If South Carolina’s sexing, sexting and who-knows-what-else-ing political figures are any indication, the Palmetto State must be the all-around sexiest spot in the Union.

I’m not trying to get political on this blog, but I just couldn’t let this latest scandal pass without comment. First, current Governor Mark Sanford invented the lamest excuse in the history of lying in order to cheat on his wife, Jenny. And now, just this week, Nikki Haley, the Jenny Sanford–endorsed, very-married state congresswoman running to replace Sanford, finds herself in the untenable position of having to refute allegations of an “inappropriate physical relationship” with republican blogger and political operative Will Folks. Folks, a former Sanford spokesperson who also wrote speeches for Haley, has been heavily vilified in the press over the years, and his web site, FITSNews is a frequent target for democrats and republicans alike.

I’ve been on a rapidly expanding email chain regarding this story since early yesterday, and the consensus that seems to be building is that whatever’s going on here, it’s not nothing, if you know what I mean. Until the story plays out, we’ll just have to follow the advice of Governor Sanford and Folks, and “let the chips fall where they may.”

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And Speaking of Southerners on TV . . .

We’ll be DVRing two more capital-B big name southerners very soon.

Durham, NC–raised Andre Leon Talley has signed on for three seasons of America’s Next Top Model.  (Vogue readers will have read about ALT’s frequent trips to his hometown–and more specifically Duke University–during his highly publicized battle with the bulge.)

Jon Meacham, the Pulitzer Prize–winning editor in chief of Newsweek–whose Tennessee roots we’ll explore in greater detail in an upcoming post–is in talks with PBS to develop a new weekly show. “Need to Know” will air our country’s dirty public affairs laundry on Friday nights beginning May 7th at 8:30pm. Because nothing says Prime Time like PBS.

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