Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Aug 27, 2012
August 27, 2012
I'm a Poll Man:
Yet another tightening poll shows --at least at this point-- a very close election. A new Washington Post/ABC News poll gives MITT ROMNEY a statistically insignificant 47-to-46-percent lead over PRESIDENT OBAMA among registered voters.
The major cross-tan from this poll? Seventy-two-percent say the president's handling of the economy will be a "major factor" in their vote this November.
Meantime, a new Ohio poll by the Columbus Dispatch has the president and Mitt Romney tied at 45-45. (Pacelli)
Sucks to be you:
Poor NADYA SULEMAN has nowhere to take her litter of children. The "Octo-Mom's" house went into foreclosure and she tried to rent a little pad in Orange County, California, but was flat-out denied. TMZ.com reports the owners sent a letter claiming they don't want to subject their neighbors to the constant media attention and word is this isn't the first time she's had this problem. (Lee)
Must have been an intern working the feed on NBCNews.com. The headline read, "Astronaut Neil Young, first man to walk on the moon, dies at age 82." It was quickly corrected, but not before the ridiculous headline went viral. There were many tributes to Armstrong over the weekend. DIANA KRALL took a break from her sold-out concert at the Hollywood Bowl on Saturday to play "Fly Me To The Moon," and dedicated it to Neil.
So, how'd ROGER CLEMENS do back on the mound at age 50?
Not bad. Pitching for the first time in five years, Clemens tossed 3 1/3 scoreless innings Friday night for the Sugar Land Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League. Facing the Bridgeport Bluefish, he fanned two, including former major leaguer JOEY GATHRIGHT, to start the game, and allowed one hit without a walk while throwing 37 pitches.
Despite his success, Clemens hasn't committed to more than one game for the Skeeters and said the outing didn't make him contemplate a return to the majors even though scouts from the Houston Astros and Kansas City Royals were on hand to watch the performance.
Editor's note: I guess Clemens is mellowing with age. Probably explains why he recently switched from steroids to Metamucil. (Maiman)
Looking for Love in all the Wrong Places:
Sometimes art can get a little creepy.
The Daily Telegraph has an example of some art-gone-weird taking place right now in Kiev, Ukraine. The installation features five real-life "sleeping beauties." The girls have promised to marry any man who kisses them, so long as that kiss causes them to open their eyes. The women are pretending to sleep as part of artist TARAS POLATAIKO's exhibit at the National Art Museum of Ukraine (video). Polataiko explains, "Everybody, any viewer, will have to sign the contract, which says 'If I kiss the beauty and she opens her eyes ...I marry her'." (Still)
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