Political Panorama: Thursday

New Nomination: For his work on raising awareness of global warming, including the film “An Inconvenient Truth,” Al Gore has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. “A prerequisite for winning a Nobel Peace Prize is making a difference, and Al Gore has made a difference,” Norwegian lawmaker Boerge Brende told the AP. Of course Gore will be the toast of Oscar night with “Truth” in the running for best documentary. Although director Davis Guggenheim would accept the statuette should the doc win, Gore plans to attend the ceremony and a pre-Oscar party in his honor on the Thursday before the ceremony. The Nobel prize is announced in mid-October.

Biden Baffles: Much coverage Wednesday of Joe Biden’s first day as an officially declared presidential contender, earning him a big “oops” in the New York Times. Biden attempted to laugh it all off with an appearance on “The Daily Show.” Of his comment that Barack Obama would be a “clean” candidate, he told Jon Stewart, “I should have said fresh. What I meant was he’s got new ideas.”

To the Mayor: Jeffrey Katzenberg was among the contributors to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s education reform efforts with a $25,000 contribution, according to the Los Angeles Times. One of the biggest donations came from the Anschutz Entertainment Group, which is developing a large-scale entertainment project in downtown L.A.

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