Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Mar 11, 2016
March 11, 2016
Posturing, Posing, Polling and Press Releases:
U.S. House Speaker PAUL RYAN doesn't want to run for President. He really, really, really means it. His political operation sent a cease-and-desist letter on Thursday to the Committee to Draft Speaker Ryan, a group that's been trying to draft him as a Republican presidential candidate. It's been trying to collect a million signatures on a petition to get him to throw his hat in the ring, calling it their "patriotic effort to save our party and save our country."
The group even registered with the U.S. Federal Election Commission as a Super PAC, and that may have been what prompted Ryan to get his lawyer on the case. Attorney TIMOTHY KRONQUIST addressed the letter to the group's treasurer, DAVID SATTERFIELD. It urged the group to immediately cease and desist from any representations that it's acting on Ryan's behalf or raising funds that would assist Ryan's campaign activities, writing, "We believe the actions of your organization are not in compliance with federal law and may constitute fraudulent solicitation of funds... Speaker Ryan has repeatedly announced publicly that he is not running for president in 2016... It is in the public interest for your organization to cease potentially confusing and misleading people into supporting your organization." (Kaye)
Daylight Saving Time begins:
Set yer clocks AHEAD an hour. There's a few sites which you can depend on for accurate time, if you're one of those anal types who must have it correct to the second:
--The US Naval Observatory.
--US Clock Website (www.time.gov)
--FYI: World Clock also has a list of countries which do not turn their clocks back HERE.
Guess who's taken notice of McDonalds' move to offer breakfast all day?
Yesterday, Taco Bell announced it's new dollar breakfast menu that will be offered nationwide. Customers will be able to get any (or all) of 10 breakfast items at a buck a pop, including a new mini skillet bowl with potatoes and scrambled eggs, breakfast soft taco and a sausage flatbread quesadilla.
DONALD TRUMP may talk trash about some of the most powerful people on earth, but has nothing but love for his ex-wife. The businessman and GOP hopeful tells People magazine that it's simply "wonderful" that MARLA MAPLES is competing on "Dancing With the Stars," he's "very happy for her" and thinks she'll do "very well." The Broadway vet makes her rug-cutting debut on March 21st with partner TONY DOVOLANI on ABC. (Lee)
There is nothing getting in-between JUSTIN BIEBER and his Calvins. Not even a world tour... Calvin Klein has been made the official, exclusive apparel partner for Justin Bieber's "Purpose" tour in North America and Europe. Racked.com says the brand will be "absolutely everywhere" The Biebs' concerts, including "C-K" videos that will play both before and during the show. Backup dancers will wear Calvins. Calvin Klein shops will be set up at several tour sites.
In other spring touring season fashion news:
--FLORENCE WELCH will be dressed exclusively in custom Gucci for her FLORENCE + THE MACHINE "How Beautiful" tour this year.
--GRIMES will be outfitted by STELLA McCARTNEY.
--ADELE is exclusively wearing sequined Burberry for her tour. (Bartha)
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