We thought we would see more from the new congress but if the battle over Homeland Security funding is an example, the more you think it looks like change the more it stays the same. The Republican-controlled Congress sent legislation to President Barack Obama for the funding of the Department of Homeland Security and in a strange turn of events there is zero immigration-related concessions we have been hearing about since January and the question needs to be asked what the point was? We are pretty sure the president will sign the bill as soon as he gets it. The House voted 257-167 in favor of the $40 billion spending bill if you need the breakdown the democrats were all in as the 182 Democrats present voted for the bill, there was only 75 Republican that caved in the end. Not that it matter because as a group they failed and this better not be a sign of what is ahead. This executive order on immigration is going to be tough to crack, the Republicans in the Senate could not win the fight and the matter is now in the courts. There is hope there as a federal judge put the directives on hold, a ruling the White House is appealing. We are hoping for better days ahead.
It was time for pant down Petraeus, to make a getaway and plea out and slither into the night. We had no idea it was as bad as it turned out to be. David Petraeus the retired four-star general and former director of the CIA, plead guilty to giving highly classified information to his now ex-mistress Paula Broadwell. The word came down that the information came in the form of eight black books that contained everything from identities of covert officers to discussions with President Barack Obama, war strategy, intelligence capabilities and mechanisms, top secret/SCI and code word information, diplomatic discussions, quotes and deliberative discussions from high-level National Security Council meetings. The sting was enacted by the Justice Department and FBI and found that when he was commander of coalition forces in Afghanistan. This is good to get off the pages of the press as Petraeus resigned from the CIA following the revelation of his affair with Broadwell. This came after Tampa socialite Jill Kelley told the FBI that Broadwell was harassing her via email. The FBI traced Broadwell’s emails and discovered she was communicating with Petraeus and that led to the discovery of the breech which led to the downfall.
This week we highlight our last year #48 on the tea512 top 51, Margot Elise Robbie. She was born July 2, 1990 and grew up on the Gold Coast in Australia. She blew us away last year in The Wolf of Wall Street as she played the very vivacious Naomi Lapaglia. She returns to the box office this week in the movie Focus with will Smith in movie that cost $50M to make scored number one on opening weekend bringing in over $18M. There is not a lot that needs to be said about how mesmerizing and natural beauty our choice for the women of the week possesses. The other thing you might not know is she can flat out act, comedy, drama with an intense in your face screen presence that makes you notice her for that and forget she is so freaking hot. We are so glad she found a spot in Hollywood and will make movies with top leading men. No one was more excited to see she has been cast as Jane Porter in the 2016 version of Tarzan. That will be a three movie year for her with Funhouse and Suicide Squad already set for release.
We are hoping that those who do not belong get out of the race. The idea that will cloud long term voter judgment and bring nothing to the table. When we think of Marco Rubio we are not sure where he falls. He might need to run to make a case for Vice President, Florida is a pretty big state after all. We just do not see him as real and his chances seem slim. The good news it is getting time to make the call and he seems on the fence. He process is based on travel and staffing decisions, the old game is you wait too long and the good people are gone, you jump to early and you are all in. We thought this would be a little more clear after Conservative Public Action Conference we still are not sure if it is a run for president or a second Senate term. Rubio has been reported to be in the final stages of planning the launch of his presidential run and will formally join in as early as April. Rubio’s number is to raise $50 million before next year’s Iowa caucuses. The placement of who gets Spencer Zwick, Mitt Romney’s top fundraiser in the 2012 presidential race. Zwick is the man and wanted by most prospective Republican candidates and looks like Bush and Rubio have the inside track.
We are sure you have heard about a white horse and a dark horse. When it comes to running for president on the liberal side never heard of horse might be the name for former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, who seems to be getting ready for a run. His first shot into the arena is on financial regulation and the need to push this issue ahead of the 2016 campaign. He is not a one trick pony as he brings the idea that big banks need to be broken up to help the middle class and small business. Where is this coming from well O’Malley meet with reporters during a conference sponsored by the South Carolina Democratic Party. He was asked about the Democratic losses in 2012, O’Malley came from left field with an idea no democrat ever uses once elected as he talked about adopting some of an opponent’s ideas and finding the middle ground between a reasonable approach and an extreme approach, which sounds good until they get sworn in and then it is whatever the union and public sector tell them to do. O’Malley feels that Hillary Clinton running or not running, will not affect his own and that he expects to reach a decision this spring. We think if she is out he is in, as he has traveled to South Carolina nine times in two years. His visit Saturday came almost a year to the day before the state’s presidential primary.
There are always some benchmarks when you run for president. When Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush gets to CPAC he will be facing another one. The Conservative Political Action Conference is not for the faint of heart and it is where in the past the more extreme right candidates excel and those who are even somewhat a RINO get slammed. Bush will need to be sharp stay on message of what he did in Florida tax cuts totaling $19 billion, job growth by 1.3 million over his eight years and smaller government as he cut the state workforce by 13,000. When it comes to policy there are two down falls the first immigration and the second his family name. The problem might be like in American Idol not how you sing but where. If a couple of stinkers come out before you is raises the impression of you but if a couple winners come out after you could be forgotten. Bush speaks and is followed by Senator Marco Rubio, former Texas Governor Rick Perry, Senator Rand Paul and former Senator Rick Santorum. The drama maybe in more intense as Tea party member William Temple is urging people to walk out when Bush takes the podium.
This week for the woman of the week we choose Rosamund Pike from the Oscars red carpet at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday in Hollywood, California. She was wearing a custom red Givenchy lace gown featured an eye catching leg slit, a strapless neckline and a cinched-in satin waist. The bodice and belt-cinched silhouette emphasized her incredible figure and gave the look a true hourglass appeal. She also showed off her matching red barely-there sandals and subtle but visable Lorraine Schwartz earrings. The house of Givenchy was founded in 1952 by designer Hubert de Givenchy ans is owned by luxury group LVMH which also own Dior there total sales make it the second largest apparel division of LVMH. Hubert de Givenchy was known for his modern, ladylike styles, which earned him many loyal clients. In 1952, he founded his own luxury house and launched a new collection Les Séparables. In 1988, Givenchy joined LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton. Lorraine E. Schwartz Inc. is based in New York City. The jewelry business has been a part of Schwartz’s family for three generations, run mostly as a small business. Schwartz took over the family business in 1989. The big break was in 2002 Halle Berry wore her jewelry on the red carpet.
When the winter gets us down usually right about now you need a getaway. We know a lot of people head to Florida and there is nothing wrong with that but if you are looking for a change of pace we have spot. Nosara Land in Costa Rica. This Central American paradise is a tranquil beach community, ideal for a nature lover’s or a surfer’s vacation. Hotels and private houses are spread apart and hidden into lush tropical greenery. Not only will you have a great spot to vacation yourself but the land value is cheap so you may want to look into buying for another source of income in an area that is sought after by travelers the world over. The Guanacaste province belonged to Nicaragua during the Colonial period. It wasn’t until after the nations of Central America gained independence from Spain that it was annexed and incorporated to Costa Rica on July 25, 1825. The government recognizes this date as a National holiday even though the boundary lines weren’t changed until 1858. We think that after this winter what might be needed to get over the hump and through March is to get on down to where you can go to the beach, walk outside without a coat, and even learn to surf.
We have to say sometimes the president does get it right. We are sure when it comes to regulation there are many mostly in our corner will not see eye to eye on this one. As an investor and one who relies on other to manage money we must retire on, this might be a nice step. We understand it is oversight, government peeking behind the banking curtain, but sometimes you need to cage a bear so it cannot just randomly attack anything in its wake. The Labor Department submitted a proposal to the White House that would require the brokers who sell stocks, bonds, annuities and other investments to disclose to their clients any fees or other payments they receive for recommending certain investments. This came up at a speech for the AARP and it is a clear message. If you are counting on a broker and he sells you a stock, you should know he is getting a double dip for selling it. We think this is fair because after you buy once and lose money, you can make the call if the broker is just lining their pockets or making sound choices with your money. Not every choice will be a winner but a pattern is a pattern and this will protect you from the bear without making the bear change anything above the table they have been doing.
This week we highlight a women and as we do every year it will be from the Oscars. Rosamund Pike who was born January 27, 1979 in Hammersmith, London, England. We think she will always be known to us as the best bond girl Miranda Frost who sleighed us in Die Another Day. She has been in some great movies over the years and was at the Oscars for her role in Gone Girl as Amy Dunne. If you have seen the movie you know she blew everyone off the screen with her acting in this role. We have always been a fan of the long flowing hair, her tall body that floats across the screen when you watch her. Her long legs and great complexation as well as an inviting smile that can melt icicles. We have said it before and one of the best nudes of all time is in Woman in Love with the long blonde hair and white see through bed dress, you have a must check it out Rosamund is nothing short of spectacular. Look for her in Return to Sender and Thunderbirds are a go in 2015. She also has a 2016 release of the The Bends and The Mountain Between Us to keep us all on lock.
We can say one thing for sure it is too quiet on the Hillary Clinton front, sometimes no press is bad press. It was just the fall when it was the hot topic would she run, who would run against and can she win. Now we are four months later and the GOP owns the spotlight and things need to change. Clinton has hired consumer marketing specialists to help make a new imagine. This is not the first re-branding of a first lady. Let us not forget she was a senator than a presidential candidate loser that became a secretary of state, and we are pretty sure once again a 2016 Democratic presidential nominee. This is all the way down to the design of the H in her campaign logo. This is not going to be easy as Clinton is so well known not just in the US but around the world. She already has a set in the mind body of work that people either Love her or hate her. Her potential voters know who she is and somewhat of what she stands for as well as eventually opponents know the things that brought her down and when she was on the wrong side of history.
Here is a place you need to put on your bucket list. We have been a fan of visiting as many presidential libraries as possible as they strung around the US. There will be one for President Barack Obama and there is a competition to pick a site for his future presidential library. The Barack Obama Foundation, a nonprofit, has a board chairman, Marty Nesbitt, and he says they have culled the list down to four universities. Nesbitt and other members of the foundation team briefed President Barack Obama while he made a stop in Chicago to pump his old pal Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to help with his re-election. The final four places to see this jewel of the long national nightmare that was the President Barack Obama presidency is The University of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Columbia University in New York and the University of Hawaii in Honolulu. We are pretty sure Chicago will win as just last week the Chicago Park District approved transferring 20 acres to the city, to be leased to the foundation if Chicago gets the library with the help of Emanuel. This is going to be one of those deals in Chicago where everyone makes a payday you can see it coming from a mile away.
We are going to stay on the campaign money trail. There is a saying follow the money that applies to plenty of things in this life. In politics you can see who has juice and who will be left at the side of the road. This is starting to take shape as there is a report Scott Walker spent a profitable 24 hours in New York and walked away with a pile of cash. The big problem is not for Walker but for Christie as there was at least four prominent New Jersey contributors that dropped money in the tip jar. This could be covering both sides of the fence but the four different New York City events included two meet-and-greets. It seems to the locals the Christie act has worn thin and he is going to pay at the donation box. You cannot win a primary without funding. It has already been widely reported that Jeb Bush’s New Jersey support, is substantial as dozens high-profile NJ residents choosing him over Christie. We know there is still more than ten months until the first Republican caucus but this is putting Governor Chris Christie too far behind to early and when your own backyard is looking around you, the nation will notice. There is precedent as Mitt Romney governor in Massachusetts had very little support in home town but gained national favor.
There is nothing that can be done to save MSNBC if it was on life support, which it is, the doctor would recommend pulling the plug. They are trying the latest move is to remove to more shows nobody was watching. MSNBC has cancelled the daytime shows Ronan Farrow Daily and The Reid Report. The best part this is addition by subtraction as they will give in and just bring in Thomas Roberts to anchor a new daily two-hour block of news programming from 1-3 pm. Ronan Farrow not pushed to the side as they sent him off to launch a new series of primetime specials, featuring in-depth interviews, and will continue to be a special correspondent across programming. Joy Ann Reid, on the other hand will become an MSNBC national correspondent. We think if both people knew what was best for them it is to jump ship. Not to mention the whole I used to have a show and now I have two minutes talking on this other show realization. MSNBC President Phil Griffin says he has been experimenting with new ways to regain momentum, but the problem is this kind of wholesale free fall needs a jump start of epic proportions and these small holes being plugged are making it even harder to turn it around.
We are starting to see the roadmap and it looks like Jeb Bush might steam roll his way to the election of 2016. We watched in November as he started to hire his first four full-time personal. This is a pretty good a team and clearly the inner circle for the ramp up. They were longtime adviser and former chief of staff Sally Bradshaw, former spokeswoman Kristy Campbell, longtime aide Brandi Brown and political aide Josh Venable. The team had a political consultant, Mike Murphy. When you look back at Florida you can see in those elections the Jeb Bush formula, they build the plan, execute the plan and never ever, not once are a loud to talk about it. This might make Bush a scary candidate in Washington, where leaks and inside politics is the norm. This insulation and this team might the right cast to get through the first six months without a hiccup and slowly we will all warm up to a third Bush in the White House. We started to notice in late December when he clearly was the holiday season headline. The Bush team hit the phones and emails and raised between $50 million and $100 million by the end of the first quarter of the year. The strategy more than likely sent Romney to the sidelines and we feel even more will see the uphill battle as impossible to make.