Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Feb 26, 2014
February 26, 2014
Political Racket /Dirty Tricks:
A new Senate report accuses Switzerland's second largest bank --Credit Suisse-- of using elaborate measures to scout out and find wealthy clients in the U.S. and helping an estimated 19-thousand of them evade American tax authorities. The report is the result of a two-year Senate investigation and comes right before the questioning of Credit Suisse chief BRADY DOUGAN and other top bank officials.
The report points to those 19-thousand American customers holding hidden Swiss assets totaling almost $5-billion-dollars as of 2006. That figure represents about 85-percent of the bank's more than 22-thousand U.S. customers in that same year. (Pacelli)
Breakfast lovers rejoice --Taco Bell is going to start serving up morning grub from seven-to-11-am. PerezHilton.com reports the fast food chain's Waffle Taco was a huge hit, so they're adding an A.M. Crunchwrap, Breakfast Burrito, Grilled Taco, Hash Browns and Cinnabon Delights to the menu beginning on March 25th. (Lee)
Idle gossip & unconfirmed rumors:
BRUCE JENNER may be taking a break from his plastic surgeon. CelebrityDirtyLaundry.com reports the bigwigs over at "Dancing With the Stars" really want him to compete next season, but only if he drops the drastic new look. Sources say producers don't want "Bruscilla" showing up on the set, just the man America has come to know and love. (Lee)
A new study says a whopping 78 percent of women spend an hour on their appearance everyday. The Huffington Post story says the Today/AOL "Ideal to Real" body image survey talked to more than two thousand adults and 200 teens over age 16. The survey also found that:
--Women spend 335 hours, or two weeks per year, on their hair and makeup, which equates to about 55 minutes a day.
--60 percent of women and a whopping 78 percent of teen girls have something bad to say about their looks.
--36 percent of the men polled also had something bad to say about their looks.
--More mothers were stressed out about their looks than women without kids. Researchers speculate that's because the moms "fear that their appearance has an effect on their kids."
--The most common complaints for both men and women: Their stomachs, thinning hair and skin problems (Bartha)
"Duck Dynasty" may be one of the highest-rated shows on cable, but the family hasn't forgotten that the real money comes from their signature line of duck calls. CBS Sports reports the hunting clan has purchased the rights to the Independence Bowl, which will now be called the Duck Commander Independence Bowl. Patriarch PHIL ROBERTSON was quite the baller back in the day as a quarterback for Louisiana State University. (Lee)
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