Rendell's NBC gig
Ed Rendell yesterday declined to discuss his compensation for the two-year deal he signed to work as a contributor and political analyst for NBC News, MSNBC and CNBC.
We had reported that the former governor would soon sign with NBC News, and the deal was announced yesterday by MSNBC's "Morning Joe" host Joe Scarborough.
Rendell, who was on-air last night discussing President Obama's State of the Union address, told us he was "pleased with the level of interest" he had received from CBS, Fox and CNN, but went with NBC because he "liked the three platforms" they offer - NBC, MSNBC and CNBC.
Rendell says he expects to contribute several times per week to each news outlet and appear a handful of times per year on NBC's "Meet the Press."
He said he's still seeking a publisher for his memoir, which he says is "40 percent complete," and is also planning to "make speeches for money."
He's also returning to his former law firm, Ballard Spahr (although in 2002 he said he wouldn't do that, reports Capitolwire.com), and he'll work at the Washington-based Brookings Institute, where he has a fellowship.
UFC victory for fighter
Congratulations to Waylon "The Wolverine" Lowe who defeated Brazil's Willamy Feire at the Ultimate Fighting Championship's Fight for the Troops 2, in Fort Hood, Texas, over the weekend.
Lowe trains out of Balance Studios (109 S. 24th) with brothers Ricardo and Phil Migliarese.
Polec back on local TV
Longtime "Action News" reporter Don Polec is back on Philly TV.
The former 6ABC features reporter is now contributing to "The Scene," hosted by Justin Pizzi on NBC10's NBC Nonstop at Comcast channel 248. Polec's packages are seen on various TV stations around the country.
Phillies salad days
Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. and skipper Charlie Manuel were deep in conversation Monday at the Capital Grille near the Cherry Hill Mall where Manuel had a shrimp salad and Amaro had clam chowder and a salad.
Rummy's book tour
Donald Rumsfeld, former defense secretary, launches a tour to promote his book "Known and Unknown" at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at the National Constitution Center, where he will talk about the Bush administration and the wars in the Middle East.
Admission is $15 for nonmembers, and discounted rates apply for NCC members, students and teachers.
Reservations are required and can be made by calling 215-409-6700 or online at constitutioncenter.org.
The Lantern Theater Company is honoring Lucille Larkin and Ellen Mulroney with the 2011 Luminary Award at its annual benefit Feb. 18 at the Down Town Club (6th & Chestnut).
Larkin, a former White House and Capitol Hill reporter for Time Inc. was on the board of directors of the Lantern.
Mulroney, an actress, can be seen on its Center City stage in Martin McDonagh's "A Skull in Connemara," through Feb. 13. She is also the mother of actor Dermot Mulroney. Tickets start at $125. For info, visit lanterntheater.org or call 215-829-9002 ext. 102.
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