Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Jan 10, 2012
January 10, 2012
I'm a Poll Man:
A new Gallup poll shows just how polarized the really country is. The percentage of Americans who call themselves Democrats or Democrat-leaning independents is tied with those who say they're Republicans or Republican-leaning independents 45-percent each.
And as far as individual party breakdown, an all-time high of 40-percent tell Gallup that they're independent, with 31-percent calling themselves Democrats and 27-percent saying they're Republicans. (Pacelli)
New Girl Scout cookie in the works to mark this year's 100th anniversary of scouting. The Savannah Smiles cookie will be named for JULIETTE GORDON LOW's hometown (Savannah, GA), and be a lemon-flavored cookie dusted with powdered sugar. The original cookie was previously marketed as Lemon Cooler, but will have a new box and new name.
Sucks to be you:
GERARD BUTLER discovered there's a very good reason kilts went out of style --the garment requires a lot of thought! The Scottish hottie revealed to GRAHAM NORTON that he wore the traditional men's attire to his sister's wedding, went up to do a reading and flashed his goodies to everyone in the church! Luckily, his mother was in the front row and gave him a quiet reminder to cover up, but he admits that rocking a kilt is "always a disaster." (Lee)
KIM KARDASHIAN turned DUCHESS KATE’S 30th birthday yesterday into “a fabulous business opportunity.” Kim unveiled a new shoe called The Duchess in honor of Kate “because every woman should feel like a princess every day.” The black quilted fake-leather shoe is being sold on a British website. ButThe Daily says the shoe is a knock-off of a shoe called the Collins, right down to the product description. Both claim to be the perfect shoe to wear when meeting a boyfriend for the first time. (Bartha)
Warning: Note racist content!
An elementary school in Georgia is in hot water for allegedly using examples of slavery to pose math problems.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution says teachers atBeaver Ridge Elementary School in Norcross, Georgia, reportedly asked questions like: "Each tree has 56 oranges. If eight slaves pick them equally, then how much would each slave pick?"
Parents at the school were understandably outraged and many of them are demanding an apology and diversity training for teachers. School district officials say they will work with teachers to come up with "more appropriate lessons." (Still)
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