Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Jan 31, 2012
January 31, 2012
Election 2012: Posturing, Posing and Press Releases:
PRESIDENT OBAMA's re-election campaign has raised a few eyebrows with word that some staffers around the country are hitting the field with a smartphone and tablet PC app that allows them to take campaign donations on the spot. The rollout will expand nationwide, and involve staff at all levels.
The "Square" software and card readers have already been used by a handful of local political campaigns, but the president's campaign is the first national political operation to use the technology. (Pacelli)
Along the Primary trail:
Primary day in Florida and all signs are pointing to a blowout.
Poll numbers out yesterday (and there will be more this morning for sure) show MITT ROMNEY with a 20-point lead over NEWT GINGRICH.
The Suffolk University/7NEWS survey of likely GOP voters gave Romney a 47-27 percent lead. Further, preliminary figures show those who participated in early voting (which ended last Saturday) give Romney a whopping 31-point advantage over Gingrich, 55-24 --an indication that Romney campaign cash heavily invested in Florida's early-voting campaign has paid off in spades.
Pollsters predict Romney will not only top his 39 percent showing in New Hampshire but possibly reverse and exceed Gingrich's margin of victory in South Carolina in a key swing state that's right next door to Gingrich's own home state of Georgia.
A middle school in the high fashion hub of Pottstown, Pennsylvania, has banned Ugg boots from the classroom. The reason: Students were using the furry boots to smuggle cell phones in to classrooms and texting at their desks. That's against the school's rules. NY Magazine's The Cut says students are allowed to bring phones and wear boots to school, but have to leave them in their lockers during the day. But parents are complaining. (Bartha)
Warning: note language.
Want to dress like the A-listers you see on the red carpet? Be warned --your chest might have to take a bit of a beating! The fashionistos over at the UK's Daily Mail noticed the hottest trend in cleavage is to squish "the girls" together like a medieval barmaid. They've even come up with a name for the look --the "squoob"-- a combination of squishing and (ahem) boob. (Lee)
On, off and way-off Broadway:
Tickets for WILLIAM SHATNER's one-man show are available beginning today at the box office at Broadway's Music Box Theatre. Playbill says you can also pick 'em up at Telecharge, but get ready for the sticker shock, since they'll set you back at least $37.50 and the up-front tickets are priced at $125.
Still, "Shatner's World: We Just Live in It," will reportedly be a two-hour look inside the "Star Trek" legend and "take audiences on a voyage through Shatner's life and career, from Shakespearean stage actor to internationally known icon and raconteur, known as much for his unique persona as for his expansive body of work on television and film."
The official opening is Feb 16, but there'll be two preview shows beginning on the 14th.
As for Shatner, he tells the Broadway daily, "I've been pretty busy since I last played the Music Box [in 1962]. I've been refurbished; I hope the theatre has been too. My plan has always been to return to Broadway every 50 years. I can't ask my fans to wait for me longer than Halley's Comet, so I'm coming back."
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