Write-Offs: 12.19.13

$$$ Telecom Deal Mania Yields Profits for Paulson [The Information / Katie Benner]

$$$ BlackRock Said to Seek $3 Billion for New Credit Hedge Fund [Bloomberg]

$$$ SEC Charges Former Microsoft Manager, Friend With Insider Trading [WSJ]

$$$ Bitcoin, Nationless Currency, Still Feels Governments’ Pinch [Dealbook]

$$$ In a message that was allegedly left on Harry’s phone, William, the future King of England assumed a falsetto voice and pretended to be his brother’s girlfriend Chelsy Davy. “I really miss you,” he joked. “Hopefully I’ll see you very soon you big hairy fat ginger.” [TDB]

$$$ European Banker of Year Shows Why She’s Lonely at Top [Bloomberg]

$$$ Citigroup Said to Sign Lease to Stay in Lower Manhattan [WSJ]

$$$ The state Department of Management Services on Wednesday denied an attempt by “Satanists” to put up a display in the Florida Capitol, which currently showcases a Nativity scene, a Festivus pole made of beer cans, posters from atheists, and a crudely made Flying Spaghetti Monster. “The department’s position is that your proposed display is grossly offensive during the holiday season,” DMS Administrative Assistant Sherrie K. Routt emailed a group calling itself the Satanic Temple. [OS]

$$$ Mitt Romney Ironing a Tuxedo While Wearing It [Daily Intel]