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First lady Michelle Obamaddresses Democratic National ConventiTuesday night Charlotte N.C.  |  J. Scott Applewhite~AP

First lady Michelle Obama addresses the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday night in Charlotte, N.C. | J. Scott Applewhite~AP

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Updated: October 7, 2012 8:05AM



The Peterson file . . .

Sneed has learned that accused wife-murderer Drew Peterson is already booked.

◆ Translation: If acquitted of murdering third wife Kathleen Savio, Peterson has granted an exclusive interview to the “Today Show’s” Matt Lauer.

Don’t be surprised if PR agent Glenn Selig, who handled disgraced former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s publicity, helps run Peterson’s media campaign.

The Peterson file II . . .

Peterson, who spent the day Wednesday awaiting the verdict on his fate, is apparently in an upbeat mood.

◆ Translation: “He’s back to being his old, joking self,” said defense attorney Joel Brodsky. That’s despite the fact jurors on Wednesday appeared to be focusing on transcripts from two witnesses — fourth wife Stacy Peterson’s pastor, Neil Schori, and Savio’s divorce attorney, Harry Smith — both of whom testified that Stacy Peterson told them that Drew Peterson had told her he killed Savio. But the jurors also asked for Savio’s autopsy photos, ostensibly trying to figure out whether her death was a homicide.

◆ Chat stats: Brodsky, who spent time with Peterson on Wednesday in his holding cell, claimed his client was “upbeat. Drew basically talked about his jailer, Will County Sheriff Paul Kaupas, and told stories about how they both once worked together as narcotics detectives. . . . Basically that’s it — there’s nothing for him to read — just four walls for him to stare at until the verdict comes in.”

The Hillary file . . .

Top tip: Word via Hillaryville: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will step down after the presidential election in November.

The Dumpster file . . .

Pssst! Wondering what happened to the saved-from-the-Dumpster coffee table Michelle Obama described as her husband’s prized possession during the early days of their courtship?

Here’s what: “It was sold at a garage sale,” political strategist David Axelrod tells Sneed.

What’s what! Axelrod’s formidable power was evident at the Dem convention podium Tuesday night in Charlotte . He was an adviser to three of the evening’s main speakers: Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, Gov. Pat Quinn and Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and has advised congressional candidate Tammy Duckworth.

The Quinn bin . . .

Sneed is told Quinn’s union “friends” from Chicago are making their presence felt in Charlotte, driving portable billboards criticizing his budget cuts around the convention center area.

The arms race . . .

Pec specs: A huge shout-out to first lady Michelle Obama’s personal trainer, Cornell McClellan, for helping develop those perfectly toned arms for a sleeveless dress!

◆ Spectator dreck: Sneed’s award for the most pathetic press podium tip goes to the London Daily Mail for noting the gray hem of the first lady’s pink and gold podium dress matched her nail polish.

Fan alert!

Star-gazing? Word is actors Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant, Susan Sarandon and the rest of the cast of the new film “Cloud Atlas,” which was shot around the world on a budget close to $100 million, may show up in Chicago on Friday for a first viewing of the film at the Kinowerks post-production facility here. The film is due to hit theatres Oct. 26. Stay tuned.

Oh oh Oprah . . .

Talking turkey: Sneed hears Oprah Winfrey so loved the Red Barn Turkey Burger she ordered from the posh RL eatery Tuesday that she asked the chef for the recipe. No problem: It was featured in the book, The Hamptons: Food Family & History, authored by Ricky Lauren, wife of Ralph Lauren — who also owns the eatery.

Brown renown . . .

The “first family” of California politics is about to have an important family reunion in Chicago.

◆ Translation: The Chicago premiere of a documentary about the legacy of California’s legendary Gov. Edmund G. “Pat” Brown, which hits the Siskel Film Center on Saturday — will be a family affair. Brown’s daughter, Kathleen Brown, a Chicago investment banker married to legendary Chicago newsman Van Gordon Sauter, will be attending as well as the late Guv’s granddaughters — Sascha Rice and Hilary Armstrong — who made the film. California Gov. Jerry Brown, Kathleen’s brother, won’t be there.

Top tip . . .

Sneed hears former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.), who survived an assailant’s bullet in Tucson, Ariz., may be showcased Thursday night at the Democratic convention. Speculation is she will lead the Pledge of Allegiance.



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