Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - May 27, 2015
May 27, 2015
KEIRA KNIGHTLEY just added the title of "Mommy" to her extensive resume. "Multiple sources" tell Us Weekly that she gave welcomed her first child with hubby JAMES RIGHTON and the happy couple tied the knot two-years-ago in France. The "Pirates" beauty told ELLEN DeGENERES last February that her labor plan was "drop it out," then "keep working." (Lee)
Political Racket /Dirty Tricks:
Three Senate Republicans --MARCO RUBIO of Florida, JONI ERNST of Iowa and MARK KIRK of Illinois-- want to cap federal spending on former presidents. Their bill would limit a former president's pension and allowance to $200-thousand dollars each, per year.
The legislation would also reduce the amount given annually to a former president by one dollar for every dollar of income they earn above $400-thousand dollars per year.
As one example of excessive spending, they noted that office space in Dallas for former President GEORGE W. BUSH cost over $420-thousand dollars during the 2014 fiscal year. (Pacelli)
Trash talk and satellite dish:
The cabbie involved in the New Jersey Turnpike crash that killed famed mathematician JOHN NASH and his wife, ALICE, on Saturday had only been driving a taxi for two weeks. TAREK GIRGIS's son tells the New York Post his dad had an ice cream truck route before but had just started the cab business this month.
Girgis had to be extricated from the wreck by the fire department and is hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries. (Kaye)
HILLARY CLINTON'S online store for her Presidential campaign went live yesterday and fashion can't stop talking about the $30 "Everyday Pantsuit Tee." The red t-shirt features an outline of a suit jacket, plus a string of pearls at the neckline. On the back is the catchphrase "Pantsuit Up." People Stylewatch says along with the usual campaign gear, the shop is also selling a throw pillow with the slogan "A Woman's Place is in the White House."
On the other side of the political divide, RAND PAUL also has a wide selection of fashion touted as "the perfect wardrobe for the well-dressed politico." Slogans include " "The NSA knows I bought this Rand Paul Tshirt" and "Liberty Bro" scrolled under an image of Paul's face, along with an array of anti-Hillary props. (Bartha)
Today's police blotter:
Piles of drugs have been washing ashore in Galveston, Texas.
Cops found nearly 70-pounds of cocaine wrapped in plastic with a dolphin stamp on it. They say it's the sixth time in a week a bundle of narcotics has washed up. The drugs are thought to belong to the so-called Gulf Cartel because of the unique stamp. Police say drug cartels are known to sink their narcotics and mark them with a buoy for pick up by another group. The street value of the drugs found so far is around a million dollars. (Still)
Are you a big fan of the Netflix show, "Orange Is the New Black"?
Netflix is putting together an invitation-only event in New York City called "OrangeCon," in which fans can meet the cast members, attend panel discussions on the show and see a special screening of the season three premiere.
To get invited to the invitation-only event on Jun 11, Netflix sez fans should follow @OITNB on Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram for a chance to win free tickets.
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