8 Things You Need To Know This AM — Sep 22 2015

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Obama won’t sleep at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in NYC anymore over concerns of Chinese spying.

Presidents have stayed in the iconic Waldorf at the base of Central Park for decades (President Herbert Hoover even died there). But President Barack Obama will not after a Chinese company with close ties to the ruling Communist Party bought the hotel, over fears of spying. Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Seattle on Tuesday and heads to New York later in the week, after stopping over in Washington, D.C. China’s alleged cyber attacks on the U.S. are sure to be on the agenda when the two leaders meet. (Wall Street Journal)
Jennifer Lawrence sent Amy Schumer a cute congratulatory text after the Emmys, their friendship continues to serve as the guiding light this nation so desperately needs.

After getting up on stage in front of Hollywood’s biggest stars to receive the Emmy for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series, and thanking the girl who gave her a smoky eye, Amy Schumer received some feedback from her jet ski partner and collaborator Jennifer Lawrence. “She said that I looked pretty but not smart,” the comedian shared. “She did! She’s really funny. She’s the real deal funny.” (Entertainment Weekly)
Of course someone found reason to criticize Viola Davis’ instantly iconic Emmy speech. Actress Nancy Lee Grahn expressed her dislike on Twitter.

While we thought that everyone with ears and eyes would be smitten with Viola Davis after her historic Emmy win for Best Actress in a Drama and her heartfelt speech about the lack of roles for women of color, one soap opera star wasn’t feeling the magic. Nancy Lee Grahn, a.k.a. General Hospital’s Alexis Davis, pulled an #AllLivesMatter — she complained that no women get the “respect or opportunity they deserve” and went as far to allege that Davis “has never been discriminated against.” Grahn has since apologized, admitting, “I need to check my own privilege.” (The Frisky)
Ben “Never Going To Be President Carson stands by his comments opposing a Muslim president.

Despite receiving an immense amount of backlash, including from fellow GOP candidates Ted Cruz and Lindsey Graham, Ben Carson will not apologize for telling NBC’s Meet the Press that he would “not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation.” When reached for comment by NBC, Carson’s campaign spokesman Doug Watts said that the controversial interview should be “watched or read carefully.” (Time)

Czech protestors replaced the presidential palace’s flag with a massive pair of boxer shorts.

Members of the Czech artist collective known as Ztohoven have been arrested for one of their political pranks. Three of the guerrilla artists were detained after scaling Czech President Milos Zeman’s residence in Prague and replacing the national flag with a pair of oversized red underwear. The action was a protest of Zeman’s affection for Chinese President Xi Jinping. (BBC News)
The Church of Scientology pressured a Florida theater into canceling screenings of Going Clear.

A movie theater in Clearwater, FL, the city that the Church of Scientology call its “spiritual headquarters,” has backed out of its plans to show Going Clear, HBO Documentary Films’ Emmy award-winning investigation into the Church. The Hollywood Reporter claims that nonspecific threats from the Church convinced the Cobb Countryside 12 to drop the film. (Jezebel)

A threatened species of turtles refused to nest on a tourist crowded beach in Costa Rica, after too many people tried to take pics.

Olive ridley sea turtles, which come on land once a year to lay their eggs, were forced to return to the sea after eager tourists blocked access to the Costa Rican beach where they nest by attempting to pose with them, and even placing small children on their backs. Luckily, conservationists report that turtles returned later that evening, when the swarms of people subsided, and completed the nesting ritual. (New York Times)
New study determines the professions that are most likely to spark an office romance.

Using numbers obtained by the U.S. Census Bureau, data crawlers Priceonomics discovered that people who work in law, education, and agriculture are unusually likely to marry someone with a similar occupation. As for those in finance, construction work, and the mines, they typically choose partners from outside of their respective fields. (Washington Post)

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