Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Aug 28, 2015
August 28, 2015
The President at play:
PRESIDENT OBAMA visited New Orleans yesterday, marking ten years since major parts of the city were devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Touring parts of the Lower Ninth Ward, he said, "Not long ago, our gathering here might have seemed unlikely... But today, this community center stands as a symbol of the extraordinary resilience of this city and its people, of the entire Gulf Coast, indeed, of the United States of America."
He added, "You are an example of what's possible when, in the face of tragedy and hardship, good people come together and lend a hand, and to building a better future." (Pacelli)
Auto World /Gas Guzzlin' Update:
You might not have an extra $130-thousand dollars sitting around to buy a new car, but Consumer Reports says it'd be worth it to spend it on a new Tesla Model S.
The latest model of the electric car got the first perfect score ever given out from the magazine, which says it "seems like a car from another planet," and if that wasn't enough, gets the equivalent of 87 mpg.
The magazine didn't like the car's interior, which it decided was a bit too austere with few creature comforts for the high cost you'd shell out for the car.
Sucking the life out of the wire services:
MARIAH CAREY is turning her holiday classic "All I Want For Christmas Is You" into a children's book. The diva tells People magazine that she's "so proud of the song's impact" and "thrilled to be able to bring the story of the song to new generations of families." Fans can look forward to a tale about a little girl that wants a puppy for Christmas, as well a TV movie called "Mariah Carey's Christmas Project" where she's on-board to direct. (Lee)
EMMA ROBERTS is the first celebrity recruited to star in American Eagle's no-Photoshop-allowed campaign for its Aerie lingerie and loungewear line. MTV News says the "Scream Queens" star strikes some all-natural poses that leave "any blemishes, wrinkles or under-eye circles intact and unedited." (Bartha)
Hot punks in the Summertime:
A Florida man faces charges for allegedly assaulting his mom with potato salad.
Police say 34-year-old JONATHAN SMITH pelted his mother with potato salad and pushed her down as she tried to enjoy her chicken dinner. When cops arrived, they found the mother with "food all over her and in her hair" and Smith had left the scene on a bicycle. He was arrested --allegedly intoxicated-- a few blocks from the house. Smith is charged with misdemeanor battery and violating probation from a prior felony conviction. (Still)
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