Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Jul 20, 2015
July 20, 2015
Along Embassy Row:
At midnight Eastern Time, a diplomatic shift decades in the making took place as the U.S. and Cuba restored full diplomatic relations. The U.S. severed relations with the communist-run island back in 1961, due to the rise of leader FIDEL CASTRO.
Cuban officials will formally inaugurate their embassy in Washington later today. Secretary of State JOHN KERRY will chat with his Cuban counterpart, BRUNO RODRIGUEZ. Both men will appear at a joint news conference.
Kerry will be visiting Cuba in the coming weeks. (Pacelli)
Sunday Talk Shows --"This Week" (ABC):
DONALD TRUMP didn't back down from controversial comments he made over the weekend regarding AZ GOP Sen. JOHN McCAIN, and insisted he's not dropping out of the GOP presidential race. He said, "Republican candidates --some of whom are registering one-percent and zero-- and they're very upset that I'm leading the polls by actually a nice margin, they're extremely upset and they were extremely when the Nevada numbers just came out and they're through the roof too."
He added, "I'm certainly not pulling out; I'm leading and I'm leading in many states. North Carolina just came in; I'm way in the lead there. Nevada, as I said, just came in. I'm way in the lead there... And, interestingly, in Nevada, I lead in Hispanics by a tremendous --the Hispanics, I'm way into the 30s with Hispanics. Which I said, if I get the nomination, if I run for president, I will win the Hispanic vote, because I'll be able to take jobs back from China, jobs back from Japan and Mexico, and everybody else that's ripping us off on trade. And everybody knows that. And I will win the Hispanic vote." (Pacelli)
Auto World /Gas Guzzlin' Update:
Rich people problems: Ferrari has issued a recall order for eight of its new models, thanks to the Takata airbags inside. You can add the 26-hundred Ferraris --including the Italia, Speciale, 458 Spider, Berlinetta and the $1.4 million LaFerrari to the 34 million vehicles which have already been recalled.
Trash talk and satellite dish:
Warning: note content.
The KARDASHIAN clan had a wild weekend as SCOTT DISICK ditched an appearance in Atlantic City and headed back to Southern California. TMZ.com reports the good-timin' dad spent a little time with his three children, but managed to tick off baby mama KOURTNEY KARDASHIAN when several beautiful women showed up at his Beverly Hills bachelor pad.
One even popped outside wearing his bathrobe, but word is they were simply shooting a video at the home.
Meanwhile, KENDALL JENNER is hiding a freaky little minx beneath her bone-thin exterior and sources say the nipple ring she showed off at the ESPY Awards is a permanent accessory. (Lee)
On, off and way-off Broadway:
President BARACK OBAMA made it a father/daughters day on Broadway over the weekend. The New York Post says SASHA and MALIA OBAMA took in the Saturday matinee of the musical "Hamilton" at the Richard Rodgers Theater. The crowd went nuts when they took their seats. But, they didn't get to see the show's composer and star. LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA decided he wasn't going to to the Saturday matinee once the musical moved uptown, so he sat in the audience. ALEXANDER HAMILTON was played by JAVIER MUNOZ, who will do all the Saturday matinees of the show. Javier was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, and graduated from Edward R. Murrow High School. Oh, and yes, the president loved the show. White House spokesperson said Mr. Obama thought (quote), "it lived up to the hype." (Marino)
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