Some news items you might have missed:
• The Advocate: José López Duvont from Puerto Rico is Mr. Gay World 2022 – the first Latinx and first competitor from the Americas to win the international competition. Last year’s winner ultimately refused the title over a contract dispute.
• Hollywood Reporter: Three-time Tony Award winner Patti LuPone announced she’s resigned from Actors’ Equity, the stage actor’s union.
Quite a week on Broadway, seeing my name being bandied about. Gave up my Equity card; no longer part of that circus. Figure it out.
— Patti LuPone (@PattiLuPone) October 17, 2022
• Washington Post: Donald Trump’s company charged the Secret Service as much as five times more than the government rate for agents to stay overnight at Trump hotels while protecting him and his family, according to expense records obtained by Congress.
• The Insider: North Carolina GOP candidate Bo Hines bemoaned the state of the economy at a recent event: “Me and my wife, we can’t afford to give up a month’s salary. With 8.3% inflation, that is the equivalent of one month salary for the average American. We have bills to pay, we have rent to pay.” But the 27-year-old reported having no salary at all on his certified personal financial disclosure. It appears his entire income is from the “Hines Children’s Trust” providing up to $1 million annually.
— Wiley Nickel for Congress (@wileynickel) October 17, 2022
• New York Times: In the days before a pro-Trump mob broke into the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, Stewart Rhodes, the leader of the Oath Keepers militia, went on a cross-country weapon-buying spree. By the time he reached his destination, the Oath Keepers leader had spent as much as $20,000 on what amounted to a small arsenal.
• Forbes: Jared Kushner’s book was released on Aug. 23. Two weeks later, a Trump political committee paid for $131,000 worth of books. Four days after that bulk purchase, Kushner’s book appeared for the first time on the New York Times best sellers list.
A Trump political committee bought $131,000 worth of books. Four days later, Jared Kushner's book hit the best-seller list. https://t.co/MxpjxxdFq9
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 17, 2022