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Updated: May 5, 2012 8:14AM

The Condi corner . . .

The latest mega-Republican rumble: GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is eyeing the possibility of choosing former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as his running mate if he catches the brass ring.

◆ Think about it. It would add to Mitt’s lack of major cachet in the foreign policy category; his poll numbers are plummeting in the female vote category; and Rice, an African American, is a class act who’s a bit bored in the life of academia.

The Cavallari
corner . . .

Reality celeb Kristin Cavallari, who is twittering and tweeting while awaiting the birth of fiance Jay Culter’s baby, has yet to comment about the fact her family home in Laguna Beach, Calif., went into foreclosure a month ago.

◆ The home, which belonged to her father and stepmother, was sold to OneWest bank for $6.11 million in February, according to the Orange County Register.

The Thomas flap . . .

The turn of the screw: Veteran White House reporter Helen Thomas, 91, who was forced into retirement after making incendiary remarks about Israel, just received a journalism award from the PLO for her commitment to the Palestinian cause.

◆ The buckshot: Thomas, of Lebanese descent, was taped making anti-Israel comments while strolling on the White House lawn. The subsequent flap cost Thomas, who always wore red while occupying her coveted front row seat at White House briefings, her job. The award was presented in Washington, D.C.

$$$$$ . . .

Blimey! Kate and Wills, the world’s most popular royal couple, made headlines this week for being economical and choosing to fly back to England from their ski vacation in Switzerland on a low-cost EasyJet airplane.

◆ The flipside: Of course, they drove home in a Range Rover, accompanied by bodyguards after spending their vacation in the massively expensive ski resort town of Klosters, Switzerland, don’tchaknow.

Ad cad . . .

Amidst the nightmare of negative campaign ads, GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum’s ad “Obamaville” became the No. 1-most-watched political ad video last week.

Moldie oldies . . .

“You guys, we’re really lucky we recognize each other,” quipped actor Robert Redford (who starred in the hit Watergate film “All the President’s Men” in 1976,) when meeting with the Washington Post Watergate stellars Bob Woodward, Ben Bradlee and Carl Bernstein last month.

◆ The upshot: Redford is hoping to produce a new Watergate documentary for television.

Mind over matter . . .

Who wouldda thunk it! Now comes word a “mind reader” — in addition to lavish meals — was included in the $822,000 list of expenses for a four-day Las Vegas conference last year held by the General Services Administration. What was GSA boss Martha Johnson, who just resigned as a result of the scandal, thinking? I guess we’d have to check with the mind reader.

The Obama file . . .

In a “Dinner with Barack and Michelle” video being released by the Obama campaign to raise funds, President Barack Obama talks about one of his first dates with the nation’s future first lady to the Art Institute “to impress her, to show her I was a real culturally sensitive guy. And it worked!”

◆ The kicker: Before the first date, Mrs. Obama saw a picture of him in their law firm’s directory and decided he had a big nose.

Sneedlings . . .

Today’s birthdays: Maya Angelou, 84; David Blaine, 39; Craig T. Nelson, 68, and Phil Stefani, ageless.The Baldwin file . . .

From blond to brunet: Actor Alec Baldwin’s decision to marry yoga yummy Hilaria Thomas, 28, a raven-haired beauty from Spain, is a stark contrast to uber blond first wife, actress Kim Basinger, with whom he has a daughter, Ireland. Word is Baldwin, 54, would like to enlarge his family before he gets much older.

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