Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Nov 13, 2013
November 13, 2013
I'm a Poll Man:
The first "couldn't wait to do one of these" polls is in, and CHRIS CHRISTIE leads the GOP pack.
According to an NBC News poll out yesterday, Christie would get 32 percent of likely Republican voters in a GOP primary --although 31 percent said they would prefer another (unnamed) candidate.
Christie certainly has his base nailed down: 57 percent of Northeast Republicans back him, but party members in other parts of the country don't seem so sure, with just 29 percent of Southern voters backing him.
And there's the HILLARY CLINTON challenge: 44 percent of all adults back Clinton, with just 34 percent throwing their support behind Christie. Clinton leads in every region and every ethnicity --and she has 65 percent support of her own party. (Maiman)
If you believe the poll numbers, Americans have had it with Congress and with the president.
According to yesterday's Quinnipiac poll, PRESIDENT OBAMA just posted his lowest approval rating ever. Only 39 percent of Americans approve of the commander-in-chief; 54 percent disapprove. When it comes to Congress, people are way less confident.
Tuesday's Gallup poll shows that just nine percent approve of Congress, also the lowest approval rating in Gallup's 39-year history of asking the question.
Gallup poll respondents find Democrats and Republicans in Congress to be doing an equally crappy job. Americans "favor" Dems by one percent, as shown in the table at right. The table also illustrates that despite the fact the shutdown is over, Congress' favorability rating continues to drop.
Power pedicures are replacing the three-martini lunch among the wheeler-dealer types in Manhattan. The NY Post says pedicure parlors are seeing a huge upswing in female executives closing business deals and making connections during paraffin treatments and toenail polishings. In an increasingly popular trend, female executives in New York City are also hosting so-called "power pedicures" --lunch-hour-long brainstorming sessions that combine industry talk with cuticle care. The pedicure power lunches have not yet taken off among male executives.(Bartha)
Broadcast, cable and video news:
A&E is doing a new reality show about MARK and DONNIE WAHLBERG and their family's burger joint in Boston.
The show called (wait for it...) "Wahlburgers" is described as a "docu-series" and will not only feature Donnie and Mark, but also their older brother, PAUL, their mother, ALMA, and assorted friends and family members as well, including the real-life JOHNNY "Drama" ALVES.
The show premieres Jan 22.
White Trash Bulletin (Senior Citizen Edition):
A British woman just turned 100-years old even though she's smoked a half million cigarettes in her lifetime.
DOROTHY HOWE has been smoking fifteen cigarettes a day since she was 16-years old. The birthday girl says, "I put my health down to whiskey and cigarettes." Howe says she always planned to quit smoking if the price got too high, but she just kept changing her mind. (Still)
LORDE is still riding high at number one with "Royals," but her next offering is a cover of TEARS FOR FEARS' 1985 chart-topper, "Everybody Wants To Rule The World." It's on the soundtrack for "Hunger Games: Catching Fire," which comes out on November 19th. That's four days before then movie opens. Lorde takes the pop classic and turns it into a spooky goth dirge. CURT SMITH of Tears For Fears, who sang the original version, told MTV that he thinks Lorde's cover is (quote), "absolutely amazing." (Marino)
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