Welcome to the Smart Set. Every morning we bring you the gossip coverage, filtered. Today: Prince William and Kate Middleton don't want you to know what they're calling their dog, Fox News is trying to be nicer to Politico, and it's Donald Trump endorsement day.
Yes, Prince William and Kate Middleton are the owners of a black cocker spaniel puppy, and, yes, he is adorable. But don't expect to be learning his name anytime soon. It seems that William and Kate have "given palace aides strict instructions not to publicly reveal the name of their pet, arguing that it is a ‘private’ matter." A spokesman at St. James's Palace hilariously confirmed this policy, explaining that the royal pup -- who sources say was part of a litter bred by Kate's mom -- is "a private pet," entitled to a private life. [The Daily Mail]
Ooh, it sounds like MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell and Tamron Hall have been "quietly dating" If that's true, it would be the first inter-office romance in human history to be kept a secret. And while they don't flaunt their item-ness at 30 Rock, the duo has been "spotted canoodling at downtown haunts." MSNBC had no comment. [Page Six]
Politico's relationship with Fox News has been less than copacetic of late, but higher-ups at the cable channel want to change that, and have reportedly ordered the network's media relations department to "soften up" and start booking more Politico writers. (As of November, a Politico writer hadn't appeared on the network in 18 months.) [FishbowlDC]