Good morning, gentlemen. Here’s what’s good feeding this Tuesday morning.
Later this week, Rahm Emanuel, President Obama’s Chief of Staff is expected to announce his exit from the White House so he can run for the mayor of Chicago. Though he has yet to make the official statement, Emanuel has already begun picking out campaign staff and making travel plans to return to his hometown.
One of the President’s original “Chicago Mafia,” Emanuel’s colorful personality has made news before; he’s often the subject of Obama’s quips. Obama joked at the White House Correspondents Dinner this year that Mother’s Day was not an easy holiday for Emanuel because, “he’s not used to saying the word ‘day’ after ‘mother.’” (Fun Fact: Emanuel’s also missing half a finger from a freak fast-food job accident.)
Who will replace him? Most point to long-time adviser Pete Rouse, who will act as interim chief before a permanent replacement is found.
North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il officially promoted his youngest son, Kim Jong-un, to military general this morning, in honor of the 65th birthday of the Worker’s Party of Korea. Kim Jong-un has long been rumored to be his father’s successor, although his life and identity are shrouded in mystery. Even the New York Times isn’t sure of his age, citing it as, “maybe 26 or 27.”
Experts are buzzing with the news. “This promotion of Kim Jong-un to four-star general carries a lot of weight in North Korea,” said Lee Sung-yoon, a North Korea expert at the Fletcher School at Tufts University. “This is a very big deal.”
Spc. Neftaly Platero is in custody today after being accused of shooting two fellow soldiers to death and wounding a third in Iraq, the military announced this morning. The matter is still under investigation.
“Our condolences go out to the families of those service members whose lives were lost,” Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan said in a statement. “We are saddened by this tragic incident.”
“It was very devastating. To find out he was shot by a fellow soldier is unbelievable,” said Desiree Carrillo, sister of one of the victims. “The military should be embarrassed.”
Toy store giant Toys ‘R’ Us announced today that it is nearly doubling its workforce in preparation for the holidays.
Many of the workers will be given the opportunity to work overtime during the weeks leading up to the holiday season, the company said (which means people will be overworked and underpaid all the way through Christmas).
Oh, and guess what, folks? Labor day is over, and it’s only a few weeks ’til Halloween, so it’s basically Christmas already.