Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Jul 24, 2013
July 24, 2013
I'm a Poll Man:
Many Republicans trying to slow down or completely stall immigration reform due to what they see as a Christmas gift to Democrats will likely sight a new release from the Pew Research Center to back up their case. Pew took a look at answers they received from illegal (or "unauthorized" as they put it) immigrants from last year's National Survey of Latinos, and those numbers largely bear out what many of those Republicans have been saying.
Among Latino immigrants who are not U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents, about 31-percent identify as Democrats with just four-percent as Republicans.
An additional 33-percent say they are independents, 16-percent mention some other political party and 15-percent say they "don't know" or refuse to answer. (Pacelli)
Cloud-based Coupa Software makes programs to help businesses better account for employee spending --so who better to field a study on expense accounts?
Coupa's research is here to show that expense account padding is thriving in the digital economy. Their study of 500 officer workers found that more than half (54 percent) of employees are expensing certain things without management approval and another one-third (33 percent) admit they've over-expensed an item --including personal items.
More than two-thirds (66 percent) of employees have made "risky" purchases including:
--dinners (38 percent)
--office supplies used at home (23 percent)
--upgraded airline services (22 percent) without first asking for management approval.
Some have also expensed smartphones, clothing and exercise equipment! Other findings include:
--16 percent have "inflated" the cost of taxi rides
--13 percent have accepted a refund for an already-expensed item --and not reported it
--10 percent have expensed the same thing more than one time (Kaye)
On, off and way off-Broadway:
THE BEATLES open on Broadway tonight. Well, sort of. A new "concert experience" called "Let It Be" comes directly from a very successful run in London's West End. The show has been in previews, but tonight is the big night at the St. James Theater. A bunch of actor/musicians play the Fab Four at various points in their career, and, naturally, the songs speak for themselves. The limited engagement ends on December 29th.
Editor's note: Ok, one BIG problem with this production. The actor playing PAUL McCARTNEY is a rightie. Inexcusable! (Marino)
The Hollywood rumor mill:
Sorry to report there's no "Friends" reunion movie in the works.
Star LISA KUDROW told CNN "There was never a 'Friends' movie. Ever. So I've always known it's not happening... The creators have put [the characters] to rest. NBC has. I don't know who else needs to say, 'It's really not happening'."
Off the beaten path:
A pair of high school sweethearts in England finally tied the knot some 70-years later.
The elderly couple were separated during World War Two when bride BERNIE BLUETT's father intercepted all of groom BOB HUMPHRIES' love letters. Her father even told Bob to get lost because Bernie didn't want to see him anymore. The sweethearts eventually married other people. But, the couple recently got back together after their spouses passed away. Now they can finally live happily ever after without dear old Dad's interference. (Still)
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