BLOOMER STAYS PLANTED Mike (Photo: Getty Images) • I choose not to run: In a New York Times Op-Ed, NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg says, "I am not—and will not be—a candidate for president." If only the same could be said of Ralph Nader. Bloomers adds, however, "If a candidate takes an independent, nonpartisan approach—and embraces practical solutions that challenge party orthodoxy—I'll join others in helping that candidate win the White House."
• Self-portrait: Perez Hilton finds himself in a sex tape scandal of his own, after a hottie fledgling blogger claims Perez asked him to send some explicit video his way in exchange for career help.
WAIT, THERE'S MORE: Japan hates us; Taliban surges in Afghanistan; and NYT staffer accused of plagiarism!