Welcome to the Smart Set. Every morning we bring you the gossip coverage, filtered. Today: T.I. isn't happy with un-American gays, Brad Grey buys a second second residence, and Prince William saves two Russian sailors.
- The Capitol Christmas tree is coming, the Capitol Christmas tree is coming! Days after the White House received its 18-and-a-half foot tall Balsam fir from Wisconsin in a horse-drawn carriage, the legislative branch's 62-foot tall Sierra white fir is expected to arrive in D.C. today "following a 20-day tour across the country." (If you witnessed this and have photos, please share!) The tree will be set up on the West Lawn later this week, "decorated with more than 10,000 LED lights and some 2,000 handmade ornaments." It will be larger than last year's 67-footer, but a pygmy compared to the 80-footer (pictured) from 2008. [Politico]
- Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has invited Iraq veteran and newly-minted Dancing With the Stars champion J.R. Martinez to come meet with him at the Pentagon. The invitation apparently came during a congratulatory phone call to Martinez on Friday, which was preceded by a congratulatory note that Panetta sent on Wednesday. [Arts Beat]
- Miley Cyrus was caught on video calling herself a "stoner" who smokes "too much weed," a fact only hinted at the video taken last year of the former Hannah Montana star celebrating her birthday in the company of a bong. [The Daily]
- After the January 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti, Wyclef Jean's charity Yele Haiti reportedly raised $16 million, bAn impressive figure that becomes less impressive following the New York Post's review of the charity's tax filings, which revealed that "less than a third of that went to emergency efforts," and more than $1 million went to a "purported Miami company" called Amisphere Farm Labor "that doesn’t seem to exist," despite filing papers to incorporate in 2008 and having a president who bought three properties, includign a waterfront condo, last year. In a statement, Wyclef called the Post's report "misleading, deceptive, and incomplete." [New York Post]
- Russia's ambassador to the United Kingdom has thanked Prince William for co-piloting the Royal Air Force helicopter that airlifted two Russian sailors to safety yesterday after their ship was hit by a rogue wave in the Irish Sea. A source says William participated in the rescue operations for "several hours" before being relieved. Five other crewmen from the vessel are still missing. [The Mirror]
- Paramount Studios boss Brad Grey has apparently bought a $16.5 million apartment that encompasses the 26th floor of the Carlyle Hotle in New York. A source says the apartment will be a "second home for Grey," who already has two houses in Los Angeles, including Frank Sinatra's old residence, which he bought for $18.5 million last year and is currently trying to sell for $23.5 million, [Page Six]
- In an interview with Vibe magazine, rapper T.I. sounded a note of tolerance when he said, "If you’re gay you should have the right to be gay in peace." Unfortunately, he also said that the way the gay community responded to the Tracy Morgan homophobic joke kerfuffle in June was "not American," which has sort of overshadowed everything else. [Vibe via Vulture]
- Harvey Weinstein has written a very strange new column for The Huffington Post that begins with a story about his mother joking about how it was OK to threaten Michael Eisner "because I know Bert Fields and David Boies." This segues into a story about how making a movie about Marilyn Monroe (My Week with Marilyn) made Harvey appear "cool" to all the women in his family. [The Huffington Post]
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