Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Jan 21, 2013
January 21, 2013
The White House:
Have we got a property for you! Prestige address, 16 bedrooms, 35 bathrooms, three kitchens, great views all nestled on 18 acres of manicured gardens. Even comes with its own professional staff.
Unfortunately, it's not for sale. It's the White House. But don't worry. You couldn't afford it even if it was for sale. The real estate website, Zillow, estimates that if the White House was holding an open house, it would list for close to $300 million. $294.9 million, to be exact, which is a seven percent increase in value since Obama took office.
And if you're not ready to buy, well, Zillow puts the monthly rent at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue at $1.75 million a month. (Maiman)
Martin Luther King Day:
The National Parks Service is providing free admission to 40 National Parks today to honor Dr King; the list can be found HERE...
Martin Luther King quotes: Various quotes (not audio) from Dr King can be found at his website, http://www.mlkonline.net/quotes.html
Trash talk and satellite dish:
Congratulations to DESSIE MITCHESON from Apollo, PA (outside Pittsburgh) --she's this year's winner of Maxim magazine's Hometown Hottie contest.
Maxim solicits pictures of girls in bikinis and lingerie each year, putting the top one thousand online for a vote.
As for Dessie, she says "Maxim has always been something that I've always wanted to do since I started modeling about two and a half years ago... I wasn't expecting it at all. It was awesome."
Newark, NJ mayor, part-time action hero and likely U-S Democratic Senate candidate CORY BOOKER is promoting a jewelry line of bracelets made out of melted gun metal! It's called "The Caliber Collection." Booker talked about the program on the "Rachel Maddow Show" Thursday night. According to Caliber Collection's website, you can buy brass or steel bracelets in a bangle or cuff style.
All of the metal comes from guns seized by the Newark Police Department or shell casings swept from crime scenes. Each bracelet has the serial number of a seized gun and the word "Newark" etched on its side. They range in price from $150 to $375 (the more expensive styles have a diamond embedded in the bracelet.) Proceeds benefit the city's gun buyback program. (Bartha)
Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and here's a list of songs from over the years that honor the late civil rights leader:
11. "Shed A Little Light" - James Taylor
10. "Dream Speech" --The Gregory Brothers' Auto-Tune The News
9. "King Holiday" --King Holiday Chorus, featuring Whitney Houston
8. "MLK" --U2
7. "I Have A Dream" --Common, featuring Will.i.am
6. "Like A King" --Ben Harper
5. "One Vision" --Queen
4. "We Shall Overcome" --Bruce Springsteen
3. "Happy Birthday" --Stevie Wonder
2. "By The Time I Get To Arizona" --Public Enemy
1. "Pride (In The Name Of Love)" --U2 (Marino)
Asleep at the switch:
The Bank of Canada is raising eyebrows after it mistakenly used a Norwegian leaf on new currency.
According to the Huffington Post, new issues of 20, 50 and 100-dollar bills feature a Norway leaf instead of the traditional Canadian maple leaf used on the nation's flag. (Still)
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