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  • Samantha Brick (Daily Mail)

    Samantha Brick, the British writer who sparked a firestorm of criticism over a column titled "Why Women Hate Me for Being Beautiful," is back with more fodder for her critics.

    In a new column published in the Daily Mail, Brick identifies the reason she says she knows she's beautiful: Her father told her she was.

    "Ever since the day I came into this world, my dad, a retired nurse, has showered me with love and affection," she wrote. "His love has been the key to my being able to love myself."

    Brick said she immediately turned to her father during the backlash:

    In the middle of last week's media storm, he was the man I instinctively turned to. Yes, Pascal, my loving husband of four years, was behind me all the way, telling me that to him I was the most beautiful woman in the world. But Dad immediately knew—as he always has—what to say to make me feel better.

    I called him from my home in France to ask what he thought. As ever, his support was instant and unwavering. First, he reassured

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  • Alec Baldwin in Washington, April 16, 2012. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

    Alec Baldwin told Bloomberg Television on Tuesday that he "would love" to run for mayor of New York City when his contract with NBC ends.

    "It is something that I would love to do," Baldwin said in an interview with news anchor Betty Liu. "The only thing that I can suggest is that two years, four years, is an eternity in an American political life. Let's see what things are like in 2014 and maybe I can find some opportunity."

    Baldwin continued: "I would love to do it because I have had a job that has been very good to me. I have been very lucky and very successful in a lot of ways, but I would still like to consider doing that because I do a lot of this kind of work now and I wonder what it would be like if I had a staff and budget to do it."

    The "30 Rock" actor, who recently sparred with NBC publicly over his contract, said he is committed to fulfilling it before considering a mayoral run.

    "I have a contract to work for NBC through some point in 2013," he said. "We don't know how long the season is going to be or how long we are going to work, but I do know that there is one more season to do next year, contractually. Right now I am just looking at finishing what is in front of me."

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  • George Zimmerman, center, stands with a Seminole County deputy and his attorney, Mark O'Mara, during a court hearing April 12, 2012. (AP/Pool)

    The attorney for George Zimmerman filed a motion late Monday asking the court to recuse the judge in the case over a possible conflict of interest.

    Mark O'Mara, Zimmerman's attorney, requested that Seminole Circuit Judge Jessica Recksiedler be removed after she revealed that her husband works with Mark NeJame, a CNN legal analyst. Last week, after O'Mara agreed to take Zimmerman as a client, NeJame revealed that he had been approached by Zimmerman—the 28-year-old neighborhood watchman accused of second-degree murder in the killing of Trayvon Martin—about representing him. NeJame declined, but suggested five lawyers, including O'Mara, to Zimmerman.

    On Friday, Recksiedler said she would consider stepping aside.

    Meanwhile, several news organizations—including CNN, USA Today and the Miami Herald—petitioned the court to reverse an order sealing records in the case.

    O'Mara told CNN Monday he wants them sealed to prevent the steady flow of leaks that have already marred the case.

    "It's an overall philosophy of trying to keep the information flow concentrated within the court system," O'Mara said. "It's much better handled there. And, again, if information like this, even a police report with names on it, gets out, then my concern is that they're going to be spoken to. They're going to be questioned. There's going to be four or five different statements from this one witness, let's say, and then we have to sift through all of that to try and get to what is the truth."

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