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Earlier today, former mayor Rudy Giuliani was endorsed by Steve Forbes in front of the NASDAQ board. Forbes ran for president in 1996 and 2000 and, like Giuliani, appeared on Saturday Night Live. While Forbes, who has touted a flat income tax, said that Giuliani's record "showed how exercising fiscal discipline, including tax cuts, lowers deficits, spurs economic growth, and increases revenue," we're really not sure what Forbes' endorsement does for Rudy. Encourage more rich people to donate to him? Ensures a lifetime subscription to Forbes? Makes it easier to ask Bono to play at events where 9/11 is mentioned? (The Forbes-Giuliani connection is that Giuliani would like to move to a flat tax over time.)

And you know how the State Legislature wants to move up the presidential primary to February, in hopes of being more relevant? Well, it make be a moot point when it comes to Republican candidates in a time of Rudy.

Photograph of Steve and Rudy this morning by Mark Lennihan/AP