Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Oct 29, 2012
October 29, 2012
Along the campaign trail:
BARACK OBAMA and MITT ROMNEY are both billion-dollar men.
According to financial disclosures filed by their campaigns, the presidential candidates, with the help of their respective parties, are each on track to raise more than $1 billion by Election Day.
By Oct 17, with just over two weeks to go to the election, the Democrats have raised $1.06 billion for Obama, while Republicans collected $954 million for Romney. The stark difference, however, is the source of the funds. Wall Street, super PACs, and an establishment of business leaders contributed heavily to Romney's campaign, while Obama has relied on Silicon Valley, retirees, and small donors --roughly 55 percent of Obama's funds came in donations of less than $200. (Maiman)
Cheap and Easy Last-Minute Halloween Costumes(Source: Buzzfeed.com):
--Use Solo cups to make a Lego block costume. Just paint a box and cut holes for your head and arms, then glue Solo cups to the front. Write "LEGO" on the cups if you really want your friends to get it without thinking.
--A safari adventurer: Use a brown paper bag to cut out the vest. Cut up a paper towel roll for binoculars.
--Where's Waldo: All you need is a striped shirt, red hat, and big glasses.
--Old hoodie sweatshirts: With some felt, paper and glue, hoodies are great for almost any animal, monster or dinosaur costume.
--Tape balloons all over you and you can be grapes.
--Tin foil can be molded into Viking armor and helmets.
--Mix Elmer's glue and food coloring to make fake wounds.
--Take an old dress you don't wear anymore and draw on it with Sharpie to make a pumpkin.
--Use pantyhose and coat hangers to make fairy wings.
--Rosie the Riveter: A "shop your closet" look... You'll need a red bandana, red lipstick, and a denim shirt and jeans. (Bartha)
Trash talk and satellite dish:
Those rumors about JOE SIMPSON switching sides just won't quit. Sources tell RadarOnline.com that JESSICA and ASHLEE's daddy has been dating a 21-year-old male model named BRYCE CHANDLER HILL for the last year. Word is the young stud isn't that "into" the 54-year-old former minister, is simply using him to get famous and has been bragging about it to friends for months.
Meanwhile, Jessica is shocked by the news but wants to stand by her father no matter what. (Lee)
What, exactly, is "Gangnam Style?" PSY is finally explaining it all. And it's more than Psy's catchphrase to "Dress Classy, Dance cheesy."
It turns out that Gangnam is the most expensive neighborhood in Seoul, South Korea. It's described as "a Korean Upper East Side." It's also home to one of the biggest malls in the country, with enough designer boutiques to rival Fifth Avenue. In fact, the neighborhood is so expensive that it accounts for almost 10 percent of the land value of the entire country.
PSY told the Guardian it's more than just that the "Point of Gangnam is to be seen there." He also says that "People who are actually from Gangnam never proclaim that they are." (Bartha)
Off the beaten path:
A brewer in Scotland has crafted the world's strongest beer.
Orange.co.uk says the brewskie –called Armageddon –contains 65-percent alcohol. The beer is so popular in the UK, there's a two-week waiting list. And, an 11-ounce bottle costs $70-dollars. The beer is made from crystal malt, wheat and flaked oats and is created using freeze fermentation.
A spokesman for maker Brewmeister says, "Be careful though, smelling it is probably enough to put you over the limit!" (Still)
19 of the rejected contestants from NBC's "The Voice" will join coach CEE LO on his upcoming Christmas special, "Cee Lo's Magic Moment." ROD STEWART also showed up to duet with Cee Lo on "Merry Christmas Baby," and THE MUPPETS did their thing on a new holiday tune, "All I Need Is Love." The special airs November 30th on the TV Guide Network, and the album, "Cee Lo's Magic Moment" is out tomorrow. (Marino)
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