Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman demands apology from President Obama for Sin City joke

Las Vegas mayor Oscar Goodman said Thursday that President Obama has to buy him a martini, right after he apologizes for dissing Sin City, or else.Or else Goodman won't show up to meet Obama on his overnight stay in Las Vegas or attend his speech there today.The feud began earlier this month when Obama made a joke in New Hampshire about saving in tough times: "You don't blow a bunch of cash on Vegas when you're trying to save for college."Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who faces a tough reelection battle, joined Goodman in taking offense, and Obama later backtracked."There is no place better to have fun than Vegas, one of our country's great destinations," Obama said, but it wasn't good enough for Goodman.Goodman, a former lawyer for accused mobsters, said the White House invited him to meet Obama but "I haven't heard an apology. All I do is get invitations."Goodman said with a smile that he might reconsider "If he calls me and he indicates that he's going to rectify the situation - and buys me a martini."The White House gave no indication an apology was on its way. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Best of the Rest: Barbra Streisand turns down $100 million Las Vegas deal

Thanks, but no thanks. Barbra Streisand has turned down a $100 mil offer that'd have her crooning in Las Vegas for three years. "After Celine Dion left Vegas, no one has been able to replace her," says a Sin City insider. "Bette Midler failed, Cher is trying - only Barbra is guaranteed to succeed." But a source close to Babs says cash is hardly an incentive: "Money has never been a deciding factor in her career." www.popeater.comHOLY MOLY: Lindsay Lohan's latest getup is by far her most outrageous: The troubled starlet emulates Jesus Christ on the upcoming cover of French fashion glossy Purple. But LiLo can't even take credit for her latest cry for attention: Famed fashion photog Terry Richardson produced the sure-to-be-controversial spread, which features La Lohan decked out in a long white robe and crown. WATCH OUT, MIAMI: Snooki and her gang are coming to town. Reports surfaced yesterday that the kids of MTV's "Jersey Shore" will be trading Seaside for South Beach next summer. So what's The Situation? Apparently producers are setting up a house off Lincoln Road and putting in requests to film at some of SoBe's hottest venues, like the Mynt Lounge. www.moviephone.comDESTINY'S NEWEST CHILD? A woman who claims to be Matthew Knowles' former mistress has given birth to a boy - and says Beyoncé's father is her baby-daddy. According to reports, Alexsandra Wright is even heading to court next week to obtain support money from Knowles. But the music exec/manager isn't owning up. Says Knowles' rep: "We are not aware of the birth of a child. Mr. Knowles has never had a DNA test. These rumors are untrue." Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

White House party crashers Tareq and Michaele Salahi to host Las Vegas’ Pure nightclub on January 16

Tareq and Michaele Salahi don't need to crash parties anymore, they're running them. Pure, Las Vegas' celebrity nightclub du jour, has announced that the White House party crashers will be hosting on the night of Jan. 16. "We go after entertainers or acts that really capture the public's imagination, and we think the Salahis have," Michael Gilmartin, PR director for three Vegas clubs under the Pure Management Group, told The Washington Post. "We threw out an invitation, and they accepted." The duties will involve knocking back drinks and greeting party goers and fans. "The Salahis met President Obamas, and you can come to Pure and meet the Salahis," Gilmartin told the newspaper. "Everyone gets their 15 minutes, and people want to come to the club and rub up against that. They'll go home and put it up on Facebook: 'I got my picture with the Salahis!' " While the Salahis will be paid for their hosting duties, Gilmartin would not disclose how much they are receiving. "It's proprietary," he said. The party will have all the bells and whistles of a celebrity event including a red carpet, Gilmartin told the newspaper. "So they'll get their moment," he said. "Hopefully no one crashes their carpet." The couple from Northern Virginia is making their first major public appearance since attending a state dinner on Nov. 24. The couple were not officially invited but reportedly wanted to raise their profile after appearing in Bravo's reality show "Real Housewives of Washington, D.C." Congress recently announced the Salahis will be subpoenaed to testify on how they got into the state dinner without invites. The couple responded that they would invoke their Fifth Amendment rights if they are forced to testify. In an interview with "60 Minutes" last month, President Obama commented on the Salahi scandal. "[I'm] unhappy with everybody who was involved in the process," he said. "Although I chafe at being in the bubble, I also want Continue Reading

When President Obama stayed in Las Vegas, he stayed in style

LAS VEGAS - It's good to be the Prez.This is the palatial hotel room where President Obama stayed after headlining a fund raiser for Nevada Democratic Sen. Harry Reid  - and it's almost as good as the White House.The Marc Antony and Cleopatra Suite atop Caesars Palace Hotel and Casino is a 22,000- square-foot mansion complete with six bedrooms, eight bathrooms, two kitchens, two outdoor decks with waterfalls, a sauna and much, much more."I thought I had a pretty nice room" while campaigning, Obama said Tuesday. "But now that I'm president, they upgraded me. I got the upgrade, and it's a really nice room now."The suite occupies the entire top floor of Caesars Palace on the Vegas strip. Caesars has always had the massive suite, but renovated it last year and welcomed  Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez as its first guests. Others who have used the suite include Celine Dion, Cher, Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Carlos Beltran.Caesars spokeswoman Debbie Munch said the suite has no set price and is only available to high rollers or celebrity guests. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Coaches: Trump should invite South Carolina to White House

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Vanderbilt coach Stephanie White says it is a "slap in the face" to the Gamecocks that South Carolina still is waiting for an invitation to the White House as the national women's basketball champions.Texas A&M coach Gary Blair took it a step further: He suggests President Donald Trump call coach Dawn Staley personally and ask her to visit."She deserves that honor and her team. But more importantly, the country needs to see a women's basketball team in the White House being recognized. That's something that they've earned," said Blair, who visited the White House after his Aggies won the 2011 national title.Blair said he understands it's been busy with hurricanes and the shooting in Las Vegas. He also suggested congressmen from South Carolina help out the Gamecocks. Blair called Staley an Olympian who has done more for race relations in South Carolina than any politician in the entire state."I'm sure she'll eventually get that invitation, but it would mean more if Trump would pick up the phone and call her personally and say, 'We'd love to have you ,'" Blair said.White, who visited the White House as a national champ with Purdue and later as a WNBA champion with the Indiana Fever, said Thursday at SEC media day that it bothers her and it isn't right."I certainly think when you're inviting every other champion that it's a slap in the face, there's no doubt that you're not invited," White said.Staley told The Associated Press on Sept. 29 she wasn't sure her team , which won the NCAA women's basketball title in April, would go now if invited. The night her squad won the school's first national championship, the Hall of Famer said the team would go to the White House because "it's what it stands for. It's what national champions do."The office of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said recently an invite would be coming later. Haley, the former South Carolina governor, is friendly with coach Staley.Staley said Thursday Continue Reading

Top things to do on the Las Vegas Strip: 1 day, $100

LAS VEGAS - The Strip, aka Las Vegas Boulevard, is Las Vegas'  signature thoroughfare, a fantasyland stuffed with casino-hotels, shops, restaurants, bars galore and some of the best people watching on the planet.Strolling the Strip — whose busiest part stretches from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino near McCarran International Airport north to the Wynn and Encore resorts near Fashion Show Mall — is a rite of passage for first-time visitors and a highlight for many returning visitors.To inspire newbies, we traversed Las Vegas Boulevard from MGM Grand to Wynn Las Vegas on a sunny Thursday in mid-February. It was eight hours, 14,256 steps and 6.67 miles of fun.And we set a budget of $100 because Las Vegas ATMs routinely spit out Benjamins instead of smaller bills. It wasn't so much a test of how to stretch a dollar as it was about sampling a variety of places and experiences, including a little gambling. Every visitor would spend their time and money differently, no doubt. Lunch at luxe Bellagio ate up a good chunk of change but was a highlight of the day for me.Here's how it unfolded.RELATED: Best Las Vegas buffets | Las Vegas Travel Guide | Las Vegas Happy Hours | Discount Las Vegas | Great Las Vegas views and atmosphereWithdraw $100 from an ATM at MGM Grand, the striking green hotel that anchors one corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Tropicana Avenue near the south end of the Strip. Grumble at the $5.99 fee (which is in addition to my bank's fee.)MGM is the largest hotel in Vegas and among the largest in the world, with more than 5,000 rooms. MGM's lobby, like many lobbies in Vegas, is a destination itself, with stunning fresh flowers and a themed attraction in the middle. During my visit the theme was Chinese New Year, with a vivid display of  red and yellow flowers, red lanterns Continue Reading

Cool and Quirky Las Vegas Happy Hours

Las Vegas is a non-stop happy hour for many visitors. Booze beckons at every turn and can be consumed — no brown bag necessary —  on The Strip, in stores, even in museums. Sip from an Eiffel Tower souvenir glass as long as your arm, or a martini glass with ice spheres, or slurp brightly colored Jello shots.Drink specials abound, with promoters pressing 2-for-1 coupons into visitors' hands up and down The Strip and sidewalk chalkboards touting deals such as bottomless mimosas.For a different twist on happy hour, consider these four options.RELATED: Strolling the Las Vegas Strip | Discount Las Vegas | Great Las Vegas views and atmosphere | Best Las Vegas buffets | Las Vegas Travel GuideIt's called Happy Half Hour because that's how long the ride on the towering High Roller observation wheel lasts. For $37 during the day and $52 at night — just $10 and $15 more than a regular ride — your glass-enclosed cabin includes an open bar, bartender and stunning views of the Strip and mountains.It's a deal considering drinks at the High Roller Sky Lounge, which visitors pass on the way to the ride, cost $7-$17. And it's a steal if you find a discount, as I did on Travelzoo. My pass for a nighttime ride with open bar was $39.Depending when you visit, you might have a packed cabin (each accommodates 40 people) or have the place practically to yourself. In early February, a few days after the Super Bowl, there were only eight of us on a departure just after 5 p.m.My fellow riders were seven women from South Dakota celebrating three birthdays. They upgraded to the open-bar cabin after seeing a promotion at the ticket desk. They bought just before the night prices kicked in, so they paid the $37 daytime price minus a $5 discount for staying at the Linq hotel.The High Roller is the centerpiece of Continue Reading

Floyd Mayweather put ‘adopted’ son in chokehold during argument at Las Vegas home: report

Floyd Mayweather may have used his “adopted” son as a punching bag ahead of his championship bout with Manny Pacquiao, according to a report. The 38-year-old pugilist allegedly strangled the teen boy he raised as his own at his massive Las Vegas mansion on Halloween night last year, according to a police report obtained by The Sun. Devion Cromwell, 19, reported the incident after “Money” Mayweather held him in a “rear naked choke” during the Oct. 31, 2014, altercation. The teen is apparently reluctant to press battery charges against the flashy champ, who faces Pacquiao May 2 in a long-anticipated bout, because the fighter provides cash for Cromwell and his mom, Mayweather’s ex-girlfriend Melissa Brim. “We are desperate for Devion to do what’s right and bring Floyd to justice,” one relative told The Sun. “He controls our whole family through fear and money. It’s only a matter of time before it happens again — or, God forbid, anything worse.” Mayweather had a fling with Brim in the late 1990s before breaking it off in 2000. The undefeated welterweight champ was guilty of two counts of domestic battery against Brim in 2002 — one of several out of the ring skirmishes involving Mayweather. Despite their rocky past, Cromwell, his mom and 14-year-old sister Iyanna, Mayweather’s daughter, live in a home owned by the boxer. When the fighter showed up there unannounced last Halloween and ordered Cromwell’s friends out of the house, the teen yelled out, “You’re not my father!” according to The Sun. That’s when the trained fighter flew into a rage and put on the wrestling hold, which involves “one arm encircled around the neck causing carotid and venous decompression and the other arm on the back of the head applying downward pressure,” according to the report. Cromwell spoke to cops Continue Reading

Taylor Swift’s fan legion jams airport service in Tokyo; White House security’s a going concern

There’s such a thing as being too big in Japan. Taylor Swift finally made it to the stage at the Tokyo Dome in Japan on Tuesday, but so many fans had shown up to the airport to see her arrive that it caused flight delays, according to TMZ. The “Shake It Off” singer is in the country as part of her “1989” world tour. She also Instagrammed a pic of her 55,000-person capacity crowd at the Dome. McHALE'S ROUGH BALL GAME “The Soup” host Joel McHale says in preparing for Monday’s Met Gala, he “waxed all the hair off” his body, then bathed in milk. “That brought me to about 10 a.m., then I worked out in a sauna,” he joked to [email protected] “Lot of tears and crying. I dropped the 15 pounds I needed to get in this tux.” McHale said he then downed four shots of bourbon to calm his nerves for the ball, which the comic claims he “catered” just a few years back. WHITE HOUSE LEAKERS STIR TROUBLE IN NYC Apparently President Obama’s staffers get to use the restroom before New Yorkers. The POTUS entourage infuriated a female [email protected] spy waiting for the restroom at a West Village Starbucks Monday when one of the team told her, “I’m sorry – I have to go in front of you. We’re in kind of a rush.” We’re told a few presidential aides, a handful of Secret Service agents (identifiable by their ear pieces and lapel pins) and a couple of cops were cooling their heels at the coffee house’s Greenwich St. and W. 12th St. location, while their boss attended a Democratic National Committee fundraiser at the West Village home of Advent Capital Management CEO Tracy Maitland. “I was standing in line for the bathroom behind two of the people from Obama’s team,” said our source. “Then, after picking up a drink, one of the staffers – he may have been Secret Service – Continue Reading

Monica Lewinsky offered $1 million by Las Vegas erotic museum for dress worn during tryst with Bill Clinton

Monica Lewinsky now has one million reasons to part ways with her infamous blue dress. The Las Vegas Erotic Heritage Museum is upping its offer to $1 million for the dress Lewinsky wore during her illicit rendezvous with then-President Clinton. The museum had previously proposed to pay Lewinsky $250,000 for the DNA-stained fashion piece. In a letter to Lewinsky dated Feb. 20, executive director Victoria Hartmann said she wants to make the blue dress a part of an exhibit “examining the private relationships of people in power, gender dynamics (and) politics.” The on-going exhibit — which also contains “items of an intimate nature” belonging to Gennifer Flowers, an actress who claimed to have an affair with Clinton — has lofty ambitions. It “will serve to bring awareness to the complexities of sexual relationships and how they are perceived by Americans, especially when it involves those we put our trust in as leaders,” read Hartmann’s letter. Lewinsky, 41, has yet to respond. The museum first reached out to Lewinsky last May, three weeks after Vanity Fair published a soul-bearing essay by the former White House intern. “It’s time to burn the beret and bury the blue dress,” Lewinsky wrote. Lewinsky went on to describe her struggles finding a job in communications in the years after her name became synonymous with tabloid scandal. “I was never 'quite right' for the position," she wrote. Lewinsky rebuffed multimillion-dollar offers “because they didn't feel like the right thing to do.” Continue Reading