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CONNECTING THE CLINTON DOTS

Now that Anthony D. Weiner’s mayoral bid has finally come to a stop, his wife Huma Abedin, has resumed her role as a longtime adviser to Hillary Rodham Clinton. Ms. Abedin recently surfaced in Philadelphia with the former secretary of state when Mrs. Clinton received a “Liberty Medal” from the National Constitution Center, presented by none other than Jeb Bush.

But wait. Ms. Abedin was also spotted over the weekend having a ladies’ power lunch with media diva Tina Brown, who left her perch as editor of the Daily Beast 12 days ago to found her own company.

“It seemed like a serious business lunch,” a source told the New York Post.

An expensive one, too. It was staged at a chichi raw bar and sushi palace in Manhattan’s SoHo district where the oysters run $4 each, a bowl of New England clam chowder is $13 and an entree order of cod and lentils will set one back $27. This is lunch, mind you. But no matter.

“Brown recently left her post at the Daily Beast to start her own conference business. Could she be trying to work Huma to get to Hillary? Or perhaps Brown is pitching herself for a role on a future Clinton presidential campaign,” the Post speculated.

Sounds like all of the above.

CLINTONPALLOOZA

New York City will be decidedly Clinton-centric on Monday, meanwhile. Former President Bill Clinton, Hillary Rodham Clinton and daughter Chelsea Clinton will be the stars of the much ballyhooed, four-day Clinton Global Initiative that touts a theme titled “Mobilizing for Impact” and brings 1,000 global-minded glitterati to a Times Square hotel to talk about — global things?

Well, yes. And no. President Obama’s protective push for the Affordable Care Act will be center stage.

Come Tuesday afternoon, Mssrs. Obama and Clinton “will engage in a conversation about the benefits and future of health care reform in America and access to quality health care around the globe,” a foundation program guide notes. The session will be moderated by Miss Clinton, who also hosts her own panel on preventative health tactics.

Also in the huge throng this week: Al Gore, Valerie B. Jarrett, senior adviser to Mr. Obama; Susan E. Rice, national security adviser; Gene Sperling, director, White House National Economic Council; John Podesta, chairman of the Center for American Progress; New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, actor Sean Penn, singer Bono, Bill and Melinda Gates and Sheryl Sandberg, CEO of Facebook.

BUMPER PATROL

“Your life is not my fault. My life is not your business.”

Bumper sticker spotted near Enid, Oklahoma.

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