Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Aug 17, 2016
August 17, 2016
Posturing, Posing, Polling and Press Releases:
The Wall Street Journal reports that DONALD TRUMP will begin airing the first ads of his general election campaign this Friday. Trump aides informed about 50 members of Congress that the spots would air in Florida, Ohio, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.
Advisers told the Journal that the buy would focus on messages seen in Trump's recent policy speeches, including national security and the economy. (Pacelli)
The death toll is now up to 11 people in Louisiana, where the flooding has continued. More than 10-thousand people are staying in emergency shelters and another 20-thousand have lost their homes.
PRESIDENT OBAMA has declared the area a disaster, which means residents will be able to get funds from FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency) to aid with their home repairs. Already around 40-thousand people have registered for assistance.
And TAYLOR SWIFT reportedly has donated a million dollars to the relief efforts. "We began The 1989 World Tour in Louisiana, and the wonderful fans there made us feel completely at home" she said in a statement. "The fact that so many people in Louisiana have been forced out of their own homes this week is heartbreaking. I encourage those who can to help out and send your love and prayers their way during this devastating time."
On, off and way-off-Broadway:
JASON SUDEKIS will pay the ultimate tribute to the late ROBIN WILLIAMS. Deadline.com says the former "SNL" cast member is set to play John Keating in an Off-Broadway stage version of Robin's 1989 movie, "Dead Poets Society." TOM SCHULMAN adapted his own screenplay for this world premiere production from the Classic Stage Company. Previews begin October 27th with opening night set for November 17th. (Marino)
Rounding up the usual suspects:
Butt-dialing is not only embarrassing, it can get you arrested.
Police in Bremerton, Washington, say a woman accidentally dialed 9-1-1, then openly talked while dispatchers listened. Police Chief STEVEN STACHAN says the "very angry sounding" woman talked about lottery "scratch tickets and illegal activities." Officers traced her location and booked her on an outstanding arrest warrant. Stachan says she shouldn't have any more trouble with unwanted dialing because her phone was confiscated at jail. (Still)
Looking for Love in all the Wrong Places:
Warning --note content:
Well that's one way to get a date! Fifty-one year-old MARK ELLIS of Brighouse, West Yorkshire, England, was out one night and went into the men's room to pee. He saw a message written on the wall that said, "If you want a good s**t, call Donna at (and gave the number)." So he called! And DONNA ROBERTS answered.
They struck up a conversation and fell in love. They now have two kids, ages eight and nine --although thankfully they have no idea how their parents met! See the happy couple HERE. (Myers)
Phoner: Did you meet your spouse in an unusual way?
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