Sportsbook Favors Tillerson Over Trump In Potential IQ Test

CBS Local — Donald Trump shocked the world by beating the odds to become president. Now, according to a new sports betting liner, the 45th commander in chief is yet again the underdog, but this time it’s all about his infamous IQ test remark.

Bovada Sportsbook has released a series of politically-themed betting lines that include the commander-in-chief’s claim that he would score higher on an IQ test than Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Currently, Tillerson is slightly favored (-120) over Trump (even money).

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Although the wagering service will happily take your money on the novelty bet, they are also laying down a ground rule that the IQ challenge has to be taken by the two men this year.

“IQ test and results must be confirmed before Jan. 1st 2018 for wagers to have action,” Bovada wrote on its website.

Mr. Trump made the comment during an interview with Forbes magazine while responding to unverified claims that the Secretary of State had called the president a “moron.”

“I think it’s fake news, but if he did that, I guess we’ll have to compare IQ tests. And I can tell you who is going to win,” Trump proclaimed, per Forbes.

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If you’re looking to throw down some more cash on U.S. politics, Bovada is also offering betting lines on whether White House Chief of Staff John Kelly will stay in his job through 2017, which political party will win the 2020 election, and if Twitter will suspend Trump’s account this year.

Trump is the heavy favorite in that bet as the sportsbook predicts he will keep on tweeting well into 2018.

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Sportsbook Favors Tillerson Over Trump In Potential IQ Test

CBS Local — Donald Trump shocked the world by beating the odds to become president. Now, according to a new sports betting liner, the 45th commander in chief is yet again the underdog, but this time it’s all about his infamous IQ test remark.

Bovada Sportsbook has released a series of politically-themed betting lines that include the commander-in-chief’s claim that he would score higher on an IQ test than Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Currently, Tillerson is slightly favored (-120) over Trump (even money).

‘I Can Tell You Who Is Going To Win’: Trump Claims He Would Win IQ Test Against Tillerson

Although the wagering service will happily take your money on the novelty bet, they are also laying down a ground rule that the IQ challenge has to be taken by the two men this year.

“IQ test and results must be confirmed before Jan. 1st 2018 for wagers to have action,” Bovada wrote on its website.

Mr. Trump made the comment during an interview with Forbes magazine while responding to unverified claims that the Secretary of State had called the president a “moron.”

“I think it’s fake news, but if he did that, I guess we’ll have to compare IQ tests. And I can tell you who is going to win,” Trump proclaimed, per Forbes.

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If you’re looking to throw down some more cash on U.S. politics, Bovada is also offering betting lines on whether White House Chief of Staff John Kelly will stay in his job through 2017, which political party will win the 2020 election, and if Twitter will suspend Trump’s account this year.

Trump is the heavy favorite in that bet as the sportsbook predicts he will keep on tweeting well into 2018.

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Constitutional Expert: Unlikely Someone Is Building Case To Invoke 25th Amendment

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — CBS Radio alumnus Michael Smerconish, this week, suggested that Senator Bob Corker’s comments about the White House were intended to “plant the seeds” for a 25th Amendment removal of President Donald Trump. The city’s leading constitutional expert finds that unlikely.

The 25th Amendment passed in 1967 after an illness by President Eisenhower and the assassination of President Kennedy to allow the vice president to take over in the event the president is disabled. Constitution Center president Jeffrey Rosen says it’s been invoked three times, voluntarily by President Reagan when he was shot and President Bush twice during medical procedures. But it includes a clause that lets the vice president and cabinet decide if he’s too disabled to serve.

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“The determination of the president’s disability is really a political question,” Rosen said. “So that means that the cabinet and the vice president decide what disabled means. It’s not a decision for doctors. It’s not ultimately a medical decision. It’s basically a question of whatever the vice president and cabinet think.

Rosen says the president can object. Then it goes to Congress and two-thirds of both houses must vote to remove him, a higher standard than impeachment which requires two-thirds of the Senate and a majority of the House.

“It’s easier to impeach than invoke the 25th Amendment,” Rosen said, “which is why no president has ever been removed under the disability provision of the 25th Amendment.”

 

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Paris-Inspired ‘Hope Fence’ Goes Up Along Philadelphia Waterfront

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A 250-foot fence has gone up on the Philadelphia waterfront, called the ‘Hope Fence.’ It’s a public space to commemorate any life moment by attaching padlocks inscribed with messages dubbed ‘Love Locks.’

When Philadelphia building industry icon Daniel Keating and his wife Sarah were visiting Paris they had a moment crossing the Pont des Arts, a bridge in central Paris, festooned with millions of locks.

“Every lock had a story that was enjoyed from people all over the world, from all walks of life,” said Daniel.

“We put our lock on,” said Sarah, “and we came back and I said, ‘why doesn’t Philadelphia have a lock fence?’”

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Dan and Sarah Keating attach the first batch of Love Locks to the Hope Fence. (credit: Steve Tawa)

On a concrete wall behind the Hilton Hotel along the Penn’s Landing Waterfront Promenade, the Keatings presented the fence to mark Dan’s journey as a non-Hodgkin lymphoma survivor.

“I had cancer,” he said. “But I don’t have cancer today.”

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Sarah wrote a personal note on a commemorative Love Lock in appreciation of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR). The Keatings will receive the Humanitarian Award at the Party with a Purpose gala later this month, which will raise funds for ovarian cancer research at the AACR.

On the railings of that pedestrian bridge in Paris, people attach padlocks, often inscribed to profess their enduring love, and then typically throw the keys into the Seine River below. Keating says they don’t want to be environmentally insensitive.

“We don’t want to throw the keys into the river,” he said.  We want to collect the keys.”

There are nearby receptacles to discard the keys.

“We want to melt the keys,” he said, “and then have some sort of art or sculpture created.”

The goal is to see 5 million locks attached to that Hope Fence.

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Philly-Area Wine Merchants Keeping Watchful Eye On California Wildfires

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Wine merchants are keeping a close watch on the California wildfires that have destroyed thousands of homes and businesses.

Had the fires broken out a month ago, wine makers and wine lovers would be looking at a catastrophe. But Ali Duloc of Karamoor Estate Wines in Montgomery County says about 90 percent of the grapes have already been harvested.

“They’re pretty far ahead of us as far as ripening goes,” she said. “The only grape that should be left hanging at all there is Cabernet Sauvignon.”

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A hearty, thick-skinned grape that should be able to withstand the smoke.

“Depending on where the smoke is, of course. If it’s like basically in the vineyards maybe it will be a little more prominent,” she said. “I’d be pretty hesitant to say that the average drinker would be able to notice anything.”

Next year’s vintage is likely to be more expensive as wine makers face lower yield. The firestorms have torched hundreds of thousands of acres of grape vines.

“Their yields certainly will go down because I believe a couple hundred thousand acres of vines were torched,” Duloc said. “So we may see a jump in price just because there’s less of it.”

 

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