Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Jul 1, 2015
July 1, 2015
Politics as usual:
PRESIDENT OBAMA and Secretary of State JOHN KERRY plan to announce that the U.S. and Cuba have reached an agreement to open embassies in Washington and Havana for the first time in 50 years. It's the latest move in a push initiated by the president to normalize diplomatic relations between both nations.
No surprise that the announcement isn't sitting well with some members of Congress. FL GOP Congresswoman ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN --who's Cuban-American and represents the Miami area-- said, "There was little doubt that the Obama administration would pursue its goal of opening an embassy in Cuba no matter the sad reality on the ground... Opening the American embassy in Cuba will do nothing to help the Cuban people and is just another trivial attempt for President Obama to go legacy shopping." (Pacelli)
Fourth of July warning:
Here's how not to celebrate the Fourth of July this year.
A video making the rounds shows a guy putting lit fireworks in his toilet, then sitting down. A few seconds later, he's shown running through the house in complete agony, surrounded by clouds of smoke. Apparently, the moron had no idea the explosion would be as big --or as painful --as it was. Officials are taking this opportunity to remind Americans to be safe and sane, use only legal fireworks, and never put any explosive devices under your butt. (Still)
According to Facebook, around 26 million users changed their Facebook pictures to show a rainbow flag to celebrate last week's Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage in all 50 states.
ListenFirst looked at the most popular hashtags trending over the weekend, and found that #LoveWins was the overwhelming favorite with 11.3 million posts, followed by #Pride with 511-thousand posts. (Kaye)
On, off and way-off Broadway:
CAITLYN JENNER made her Broadway debut last night. TMZ.com says she went to see the musical "An American In Paris" with transgender actress CANDI CAYNE as her date. They looked fabulous, darling. (Marino)
I say Marco, you say Polo? Rubio? Not even sure anymore?
Now you can have both, with a brand new campaign polo from Florida Senator MARCO RUBIO's new line, appropriately titled "Marco Polo." Get it? For a mere forty-five dollars (extra large sizes also run a dollar more per each additional size), you too can be a patriotic owner of a Marco Polo.
The polos, which are made in America, come in three colors: red, white, or blue. The polos feature a tiny logo of the continental United States, with the name "Marco" embroidered below.
Editor's note: @TheButteryOne on Twitter comments, "@marcorubio How perfect. Your campaign represented by a game where you close your eyes and fumble around blindly." (AB)
In other campaign news, HILLARY CLINTON is selling pantsuit t-shirts.
Yes, you read that correctly: for thirty bucks, you can own a t-shirt that looks like a pantsuit, complete with 2D lapels and a statement necklace.
It's a steal for a pantsuit, but a bit pricy for a t-shirt. The back is printed with "Pantsuit Up." Clinton's online store also offers a throw pillow embroidered with the phrase, "A woman's place is in the White House," promising to be the "perfect touch for any home, whether it's 1600 Pennsylvania Ave or simply Pennsylvania."
You can buy it all HERE. (AB)
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