LBN – Special Report – Thursday January 19, 2017

Steven Mnuchin, Treasury Nominee, Failed to Disclose $100 Million in Assets:

Steven T. Mnuchin, President-elect Donald J. Trump’s pick to be Treasury secretary, failed to disclose nearly $100 million of his assets on Senate Finance Committee disclosure documents and forgot to mention his role as a director of an investment fund located in a tax haven. The revelation came hours before Mr. Mnuchin, a former Goldman Sachs banker, was scheduled to testify on Thursday before the Senate Finance Committee, which has historically been bipartisan in its demands for transparency from nominees. Mr. Mnuchin was ready to outline his vision for the economy and defend himself against claims that he headed a bank that ran a “foreclosure machine” during the financial crisis. “In his revised questionnaire, Mr. Mnuchin disclosed several additional financial assets, including $95 million worth of real estate — a co-op in New York City, a residence in Southampton, New York, a residence in Los Angeles, California, and $15 million in real estate holdings in Mexico,” Democratic staff members of the Senate Finance Committee wrote in a memo on Thursday. “Mr. Mnuchin has claimed these omissions were due to a misunderstanding of the questionnaire.”

Newt Gingrich says Democrats boycotting Trump’s inaugural make themselves look ‘small and silly’ as their numbers grow to 65:

A former speaker of the House said Thursday that the roughly 60 Democratic members of Congress who plan to boycott President-elect Donald Trump‘s inauguration should hang theirheads in shame. ‘If you’re a member of Congress, if you work that hard to get to be a part of the system … all they’re doing is make themselves look small and silly,’ Newt Gingrich told ‘Fox & Friends’ hosts. And the onetime conservative revolutionary, who led the Republican Party to a House majority in 1994 after four decades of back-benching, warned Democrats that their partisan stand could backfire. ‘I mean, their left loves them. But as we used to learn the hard way, you know, you can have your partisans love you for a long time and stay in the minority.’ Asked what the late President Ronald Reagan would think of the boycott, Gingrich shot back: ‘That they’re childish and silly.’

Trump Plans to Hold Military Parades:

President-elect Donald Trump said he will hold military parades while in office to be a “great cheerleader for the country.” In an interview with The Washington Post out Wednesday, in which Trump spoke at length about conveying the image of America as a great power, he said he considers it part of his job to show off the military’s prowess. He vowed to “show the people as we build up our military, we’re going to display our military.” “That military may come marching down Pennsylvania Avenue. That military may be flying over New York City and Washington, D.C., for parades. I mean, we’re going to be showing our military,” he said, apparently unaware of the association military parades have with authoritarian regimes. Like most of his other statements, the grandiose plan lacked specifics. It was unclear if the planned military parades would be conducted in tandem with Moscow, where tanks and fighter jets descend on the city each May 9 for Russian President Vladimir Putin‘s show of military might.

‘Many’ Dead as Avalanche Buries Italian Hotel:

Italian rescuers say as many as 30 people are missing and feared dead after a ski resort was buried by an avalanche early Thursday. Snow from the earthquake-triggered avalanche was so deep, officials said, that rescuers had to use skis to get to the Hotel Rigopiano, located in the Italian Alps. Local reports claimed there were 22 guests and eight hotel staffers inside the spa resort when the avalanche struck. One man said he survived because he went to his car to retrieve something just as disaster struck. His wife and two children were reportedly still buried inside the hotel. The avalanche was reportedly triggered by the four earthquakes that jolted the alpine region this week.

Australian Open Great Novak Djokovic Stunned in Early Ouster:

Tennis star Novak Djokovic, who has long dominated the Australian Open, was stunned Thursday with an upset byDenis Istomin in the second round of this year’s first major tournament. The world’s No. 2-ranked player was looking to win a record seventh Australian Open title when the 117th-ranked Istomin knocked him out after a nearly five-hour epic. “First of all, I feel sorry for Novak. I was playing so good today,” Istomin, an Uzbekistan native, said during his post-match interview. “I surprise myself also today.”

Michael Douglas doesn’t think Donald Trump is an idiot: 

President-elect Donald Trump is “not an idiot,” insisted actor and longtime Democratic donor Michael Douglas, who urged Americans to withhold judgment on his golf buddy for at least 100 days. “I personally know the President-elect Donald Trump. I’ve spent time with him, played golf with him, my wife Catherine and I have the same birthday and have had him (Trump) at parties together,” Douglas, 72, told the website at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. “I’ve always found him to be charming and have a self-deprecating humor — but then again, one of the things you learn playing golf is not to talk politics or religion,” he continued. “I think we have to wait. He’s not an idiot so I will be curious to see what plays out,” Douglas said.

Advisers urge Trump to dance with Caitlyn Jenner at inauguration:

President-elect Donald Trump is being urged by some advisers to save at least one dance, as he celebrates his inauguration on Friday night, for a very special Republican lady — Caitlyn Jenner. “It’s a brilliant idea,” a member of the incoming administration told me. Besides mollifying the LGBTQ community — wary of conservative Republicans in general, and of Trump in particular — dancing with Jenner could mend fences within the party. “Time heals all wounds,” one GOPer pointed out. Bruce Jenner was a stalwart Republican long before the parent of six (10 if you count stepkids) transitioned into Caitlyn.

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Baseball HOF Picks Bagwell, Raines, Rodriguez:

Jeff Bagwell, Ivan Rodriguez, and Tim Raines were all admitted to the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Wednesday. Bagwell and Raines both easily cleared the 75 percent vote threshold. Raines made it in his tenth and final year of eligibility.Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds missed the cutoff with 54.1 percent and 53.8 percent, respectively, likely due to their alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs.

Paul McCartney Sues Sony to Reclaim Beatles Songs:

Paul McCartney has filed a lawsuit against Sony to regain ownership of the Beatles’ songs he co-wrote with John Lennon. Citing part of the U.S. Copyright Act of 1976 that allows songwriters to get copyrights back 56 years after a legal transfer of ownership, McCartney says he will reclaim rights in October 2018. According to legal documents cited by TMZ, the songs include “Love Me Do,” “All You Need Is Love,” and “I Want to Hold Your Hand”—all of which are currently in Sony’s catalog. McCartney had initially gotten the ball rolling on getting ownership of the songs back last March, but he decided to file a lawsuit when Sony put up resistance, TMZ reported.

NICHOLSON NOT RETIRING: The many published reports about Jack Nicholson retiring are not  true according to his long-time agent Sandy Bresler.  “He continues to read material and has not found anything of interest.  He is not just an actor that will do a film for the money” said Bresler.

WTF? Michigan Man, 54, Arrested For 14th Time For Drunk Driving:

A Michigan man whose rap sheet includes 13 convictions for drunk driving has again been arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated. Zenon Bialokur, 54, was nabbed Friday after a sheriff’s deputy pulled him over for running a traffic signal. “Upon talking to the driver, the deputy determined that he was intoxicated,” police report. A subsequent records check revealed Bialokur’s 13 drunk driving convictions, which date back to 1998. Additionally, Bialokur’s record includes ten convictions for driving with a suspended license and 12 “current suspensions of his driving privilege.”

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***Navient, the nation’s largest servicer of student loans, has for years misled borrowers and made serious mistakes at nearly every step of the collectionsprocess, illegally driving up loan repayment costs for millions of borrowers, according to lawsuits filed on Wednesday by a federal regulator and two state attorneys general. Navient handles $300 billion in private and federal loans for some 12 million people — touching about one in four student loan borrowers. Every customer may have been affected by Navient’s misdeeds, said Lisa Madigan, the attorney general of Illinois, announcing her own lawsuit with the one filed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Navient does not make the loans, but it holds lucrative contracts to collect payments each month on behalf of banks, government and other lenders.   ***A year ago, Netflix boldly declared that it planned to conquer the global market for streaming television, adding more than 130 countries to its service map. It also promised to start delivering material profits in 2017 after operating at break-even profitability for several quarters. On Wednesday, the company released business results showing that it is on its way to reaching those targets, even as competition accelerates from services like Amazon and Hulu. Netflix added a record 7.05 million streaming members in the three months that ended Dec. 31, up from the 5.59 million net additions in the same period of 2015. That growth, in domestic and international markets, beat its forecast of 5.2 million new members for the quarter. Netflix now has a total of 93.8 million members.   ***Alphabet Inc.’s Google runs the world’s largest advertising business, selling space atop its search results. Google is also among the biggest buyers of those ads, promoting products from its music service to its app store. These days, Google often pushes its growing list of hardware products, from Pixel phones to Nest smart thermostats, in the top ad spot above its search results. A Wall Street Journal analysis found that ads for products sold by Google and its sister companies appeared in the most prominent spot in 91% of 25,000 recent searches related to such items. In 43% of the searches, the top two ads both were for Google-related products.

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LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***Bruce Springsteen staged a secret acoustic concert at the White House January 12th to reward President Barack Obama‘s staff for their hard work over the past eight years The 15-song set took place in front of approximately 250 staffers in the White House’s East Room, where two months earlier Springsteen was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Illegal worker sues San Francisco for violating sanctuary law: 

An undocumented immigrant from El Salvador is suing SanFrancisco alleging police violated the city’s sanctuary city policy by turning him over to U.S. immigration authorities after he reported his car stolen. The lawsuit was filed on Tuesday on behalf of Pedro Figueroa Zarceno, 32, in federal court in San Francisco against the city and its police chief for violating his right to due process and breaking an ordinance barring municipal employees from cooperating with federal immigration authorities seeking to deport a person. Figueroa walked into a police station in November 2015 to report his car stolen, according to the lawsuit. Two days later, the car was found and when he went to recover it, he was handcuffed and led outside where federal immigration agents were waiting for him, the lawsuit said.


LBN-COMMENTARY by John Kerry (Secretary of State): With a new administration taking office this week, it is natural to assess the inheritance it will receive from the old. There are some who see nightmares wherever they look and insist that the entire global system is unraveling and that America’s position as world leader is in precipitous decline. As the departing secretary of state, I cannot claim objectivity. But I will leave office convinced that most global trends remain in our favor and that America’s leadership and engagement are as essential and effective today as ever. A major reason is that President Obama has restored assertive diplomacy as our foreign policy tool of first resort and deployed it time and again to advance our security and prosperity.

LBN-R.I.P.:   ***George Beall, a son and brother of United States senators from Maryland whose prosecution of Vice President Spiro T. Agnew, a former governor of the state, for bribery led to Mr. Agnew’s resignation in 1973, died on Sunday in Naples, Fla. He was 79. The cause was cancer, said his wife, Carolyn Campbell.   ***Bishop Eddie L. Long, the flamboyant megachurch pastor whose reputation was tarnished after former congregants accused him of sexual misconduct, died on Sunday. He was 63. The cause was cancer, his church, New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Ga., said in a statement. The statement did not say where he died.


LBN-OVERHEARD:    ***Chloë Grace Moretz at STK LA.   ***Former ESPN anchor Dan Patrick with Tony Dungy andRodney Harrison at Del Frisco’s Grille Stamford.   ***Bob Costas at the Leopard at des Artistes in NYC.   ***Chad Loweat the Palisades Garden Cafe in LA.   ***Tommy Hilfiger andBernie Taupin at the Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary Art Fair.   ***Former “SNL” star Ana Gasteyer at Franny’s in Brooklyn.   ***Rep. Carolyn Maloney and Cheri Kaufman at a National Women’s History Museum luncheon at Le Cirque in NYC.

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LBN – Special Report – Wednesday January 18, 2017

HOT – Earth Sets a Temperature Record for the Third Straight Year: 

Marking another milestone for a changing planet, scientists reported on Wednesday that the Earth reached its highest temperature on record in 2016 — trouncing a record set only a year earlier, which beat one set in 2014. It is the first time in themodern era of global warming data that temperatures have blown past the previous record three years in a row. The findings come two days before the inauguration of an American president who has called global warming a Chinese plot and vowed to roll back his predecessor’s efforts to cut emissions of heat-trapping gases. The data show that politicians cannot wish the problem away. The Earth is heating up, a point long beyond serious scientific dispute, but one becoming more evident as the records keep falling. Temperatures are heading toward levels that many experts believe will pose a profound threat to both the natural world and to human civilization.

Poll: Obama Leaving Office With Highest Approval Since 2009:

President Barack Obama will exit the White House this week with his highest approval rating since his first year in office. According to a new CNN/ORC poll released Wednesday, Obama’s current approval rating is at 60 percent, his highest rate since June 2009, six months into his first term as president. CNN reported that such high marks place Obama third among recent presidents’ outgoing approval rating, behindBill Clinton’s 66 percent in January 2001 and Ronald Reagan’s 64 percent in January 1989. Additionally, the poll found, 65 percent of polled Americans said they believe the Obama presidency was a success; and while 54 percent of Democrats surveyed said they consider Obama among the “greatest presidents,” the same percentage of Republicans believe him to have been a poor president—underscoring the deep partisan divide felt as a Trump presidency is on the horizon.

*Trump already has re-election slogan picked out:

Donald Trump hasn’t even been sworn in as president — but he’s already come up with his re-election slogan. “Are you ready?” Trump asked a Washington Post reporter interviewing him at Trump Tower, seeming to have come up with the idea in the middle of the exchange. “‘Keep America Great,’ exclamation point.” Trump, apparently happy with his decision, reportedly called for a lawyer. “Will you trademark and register, if you would, if you like it — I think I like it, right? Do this: ‘Keep America Great,’ with an exclamation point. With and without an exclamation. ‘Keep America Great,’” Trump reportedly told his lawyer in the middle of the interview. “Got it,” said the lawyer.

*Edward Snowden’s Russia Residency Extended:

Even if the Kremlin’s relationship with the United Statessignificantly thaws under a President Trump, Edward Snowden is guaranteed another two years’ residency in Russia, The Guardian reported Wednesday. A Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman wrote on Facebook that Snowden’s right to stay in the country had been extended “by a couple of years,” disputing claims that the National Security Agency whistleblower could be used as a bargaining chip in Putin-Trump negotiations. Additionally, in a separate statement, Snowden’s lawyer said his client has “every legal basis to get Russian citizenship,” further suggesting the leaker intends to stay beyond the extra two years.

George H.W. Bush Hospitalized for ‘Shortness of Breath’:

Former President George H.W. Bush has been hospitalized after experiencing “shortness of breath.” The 41st president’s office confirmed he was recently admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital and that he is responding to treatment. “He’s there. He’s fine and he’s doing really well,” Bush chief of staff Jean Becker told the Houston Chronicle. The 92-year-old former president, who has had a series of health scares over the past few years, is expected to be discharged in a few days. Bush had already announced plans to skip President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration due to his advanced age.

Secret Service to Pay $24M to Settle Race Bias Case:

The Secret Service has agreed to pay more than $24 million in a lawsuit brought by more than 100 black agents who alleged racial bias. The lawsuit, which focused on the treatment of black agents from 1995 to 2005, alleged that the Secret Serviceroutinely gave promotions to less qualified white agents and discriminated against black candidates, fostering an atmosphere of racial bias. The plaintiffs in the case will now receive compensation, with the eight original plaintiffs getting sums of as much as $300,000 each. The deal will not require the Secret Service to admit to wrongdoing. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, who was involved in the negotiations for the case, said in a statement Tuesday night that the settlement was “simply the right thing to do.” “I am pleased that we are able to finally put this chapter of Secret Service history behind us,” Johnson said.

NFL: We Didn’t Tell Gaga No Politics:

Entertainment Tonight reported Tuesday that the National Football League told Super Bowl halftime singer Lady Gagathat she could not “say anything or bring anything up about the election, or mention Donald Trump” during her performance. Now, the NFL is saying that story was not true and that the singer was given no kind of instructions. “It’s false,” Natalie Ravitz, senior vice president of communications for the NFL, told CNN. “This is unsourced nonsense from people trying to stir up controversy where there is none. The Super Bowl is a time when people really come together. Lady Gaga is focused on putting together an amazing show for fans and we love working with her on it; we aren’t going to be distracted by this.” Lady Gaga was an ardent supporter of Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

Chelsea Manning to Be Released Early as Obama Commutes Sentence: 

President Obama on Tuesday commuted all but four months of the remaining prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, the Army intelligence analyst convicted of a 2010 leak that revealed American military and diplomatic activities across the world, disrupted Mr. Obama’s administration and brought global prominence to WikiLeaks, the recipient of those disclosures. The decision by Mr. Obama rescued Ms. Manning, who twice tried to kill herself last year, from an uncertain future as a transgender woman incarcerated at the men’s military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. She has been jailed for nearly seven years, and her 35-year sentence was by far the longest punishment ever imposed in the United States for a leak conviction.

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Report: Theranos Failed 2nd Inspection and Didn’t Disclose It:

Disgraced blood-testing company Theranos failed a second inspection of its lab facilities before shutting down in October, but didn’t bother to disclose that information to investors or patients, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday night, citing sources close to the matter. Having already had its testing license for a California lab revoked over problems that put patients’ health in “immediate jeopardy,” the company may now face additional penalties, the report said. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services finished its inspection of the second of the company’s two labs in Scottsdale, Arizona, on Sept. 29, according to the report. After finding “deficiencies” there, Theranos devised a plan to correct the deficiencies, but that plan was later rejected by regulators, who proposed furthersanctions instead. The company continued to carry out testing at the facility even after the problems were uncovered, until announcing on Oct. 5 that the company would cease medical testing, according to the report.  After the problems were uncovered last year, the company announced it was voiding years’ worth of blood-test results because of its flawed technology, with many patients having received inaccurate diagnoses. The Silicon Valley blood-testing firm is also reportedly under criminal investigation by federal prosecutors, who believe the startup misled investors and government officials about the veracity of its technology. As part of the sanctions already imposed on the company, CEO Elizabeth Holmes has been hit with a two-year ban from the blood-testing industry.

Jack Nicholson to retire after 60 years in Hollywood:

Hollywood superstars do not get bigger than Jack Nicholson. But after a career stretching more than 60 years featuring a record 12 Oscar nominations, the legendary actor is quitting Tinseltown. The notorious ladies’ man — ­famous for his “Here’s Johnny!” line in the psycho horror flick “The Shining” — has been enjoying a quieter life since his last significant film role in 2010’s “How Do You Know.” Now his long-standing friend and co-star Peter Fonda says the ­former hellraiser has retired at the age of 79. Peter, who co-starred with Jack in 1969’s “Easy Rider” and has stayed good friends since, said, “I think he is ­basically retired. I don’t want to speak for him, but he has done a lot of work and he has done very well as a person financially.”

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:   ***Jerry Seinfeld is getting into business with Netflix. The comedian has signed a production deal with the streaming giant that will bring his new comedic projects to Netflix beginning this year.   ***The Donald Trump White House has added another figure with major Hollywood ties, as the president-elect on Tuesday named WME-IMG chief financial officer Chris Liddell to oversee special projects. Liddell, who joined the super-agency in 2014, will take the title of assistant to the president and director of strategic initiatives. During the transition, Liddell has served as a special adviser on appointments.

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LBN-NOTICED:   ***Jake Gyllenhaal at brunch with a “petite brunette” at Gjusta in Venice Beach.   ***Matt Damon, Justin Bieber and Dr. Dre dining separately at Catch LA.   ***Kobe Bryant chatting with some fans who approached his table at Tao Downtown in NYC.   ***Charlie Rose at a Russian New Year’s party at Brasserie Cognac in NYC, where further guests included Ramona Singer.   ***DJ Ruckus kicking off his 2017 residency at Marquee Las Vegas.   ***Pitbull celebrating his 36th birthday at Sugar Factory on Ocean Drive in Miami Beach .

LBN-HEALTH WATCH: Many people worry that running ruins knees. But a new study finds that the activity may in fact benefit the joint, changing the biochemical environment inside the knee in ways that could help keep it working smoothly. In my many decades as a runner, I have frequently been told by fellow runners and nonrunners alike that I am putting my knees at risk. The widespread argument generally follows the lines that running will slowly wear away the cartilage that cushions the bones in the joint and cause arthritis. But there is little evidence to support the idea, and a growing body of research that suggests the reverse. Epidemiological studies of long-term runners show that they generally are less likely to develop osteoarthritis in the knees than people of the same age who do not run. Some scientists have speculated that running may protect knees because it also often is associated with relatively low body mass. Carrying less weight is known to reduce the risk for knee arthritis.

LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Nicky Scarfo, a Mafia boss who purged two dozen fellow mobsters during his 1980s reign in Philadelphia and South Jersey, milked casino profits in Atlantic City and bribed the city’s mayor, died on Saturday at the Federal Medical Center in Butner, N.C. He was 87. His death was confirmed by a spokesman for the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Mr. Scarfo had been in prison since 1988. Michael E. Riley, a lawyer for Mr. Scarfo’s son Nicky Jr. — who is himself in prison on a racketeering conviction — declined to specify a cause.


LBN-COMMENTARY by Eleanor Clift: Several Democrats slated for jobs in the West Wing if HillaryClinton had won the election are in limbo now, coming to terms with their regrets and trying to figure out what to do next in Donald Trump’s strange new political world. “Election night felt like the Jason Isbell song, ‘24 Frames,’ as in ‘everything you built… goes up in flames in 24 frames,” says Jennifer Palmieri, the Clinton campaign’s director of communications. “Now it’s Shawn Colvin’s ‘Fall of Rome,’” she says, quoting the lyrics. “‘In anyone’s heartache or anyone’s blues is the beautiful feeling of nothing to lose.’ “So that’s liberating,” she concludes in an email. “Things are better.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: When Donald Trump was elected president, it felt to me like the most reckless thing our country had done in my lifetime. But like many Americans, I hoped for the best: He’ll grow into the job. He’ll surround himself with good people. The country could use a jolt of fresh thinking. He’ll back off some of his most extreme views. But now that Trump is about to put his hand on the Bible and be sworn in, I’ve never been more worried for my country. It’s for many reasons, but most of all because of the impulsive, petty and juvenile tweeting the president-elect has engaged in during his transition. It suggests an immaturity, a lack of respect for the office he’s about to hold, a person easily distracted by shiny objects, and a lack of basic decency that could roil his government and divide the country. I fear that we’re about to stress our unity and institutions in ways not seen since the Vietnam War. As a leader, you only have one chance to make a second impression. And it is troubling how badly Trump wasted his. A recent Gallup poll found that only 44 percent of Americans approve of Trump’s handling of his transition — compared with 83 percent for President Obama’s and 61 percent for George W. Bush’s.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Frank Bruni: On the bright side, at least Jenna Bush Hager didn’t say “Hidden Fences in the Moonlight,” mashing together all three of the critically acclaimed movies about African-Americans that are in theaters right now. I’m referring to that cringe-worthy moment at the Golden Globes when Hager, a correspondent for NBC’s “Today” show, mistakenly referred to “Hidden Figures” as “Hidden Fences,” something that the actor Michael Keaton also did later that same night. “Fences” is its own production, and it, “Hidden Figures” and “Moonlight” are all in the hunt for Oscar nominations, to be announced next Tuesday. They tell unrelated stories in unrelated styles. And they’re not equally accomplished, not to my eye. “Moonlight” has a daring, a visual poetry and a jolting intimacy that lift it well above the other two.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Norman Lear: Trump’s lying is, like everything about him, hyperbolic to the point of self-parody. We may expect politicians to fudge the truth in the heat of battle, but Trump displays a contempt for the very idea that someone in his position should be expected to confine himself to true statements. On the stump he repeated falsehoods that had been debunked. He retweeted false and racially inflammatory information distributed by white nationalists. Paul Waldman has described Trump’s “epistemological netherworld” as a place where “facts are meaningless, knowledge is useless and nobody can really know anything.” One of Trump’s main surrogates recently took it even further, saying there’s no such thing as facts. No such thing! That worldview will come in handy for the people he is appointing to lead federal agencies whose public service missions they oppose.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Tony Medley: LBN’s article, “Poll: Trump Transition Approval Plummets” accepts two fraudulent polls, ABC’s and CNN’s, which used clearly biased standards. While Gallop identifies 28% of Americans as Republican and 25% as Democrats, ABC’s poll skewed their sample by interviewing 31% Democrats and only 23% Republican. Similarly, CNN interviewed 32% Democrats and only 24% Republican. The polls are fatally biased and should not be reported by any fair-minded media outlet.


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LBN – Special Report – Tuesday January 17, 2017


Poll: Trump Transition Approval Plummets:

According to a new CNN/ORC poll, Donald Trump will take office Friday with the lowest approval ratings for any recent president and his transition efforts. The president-elect will be sworn in while his approval rating is 44 percentage points below outgoing President Barack Obama’s; and while approval ratings for his transition efforts are more than 20 percentage points below Obama’s, George W. Bush’s, and Bill Clinton’s. Across the board, approval ratings for various aspects of Trump’s transition have plummeted since November. Nearly 53 percent of Americans surveyed now say Trump’s handling of his transition since Election Day has made them less confident in his ability to handle the highest office in the land—a 10 percentage-point increase in disapproval since November. Additionally, the disapproval of his handling of transition efforts has climbed 7 percentage points to 52 percent, and the percentage of those who think Trump will be a good president dropped 5 points since the election. Trump himself responded on Twitter on Tuesday morning, declaring approval polls “rigged.”

IN CUSTODY – Turkey Nightclub Attack Suspect Confesses:

The suspected shooter in the New Year’s Eve attack on an upscale nightclub in Istanbul was captured late Monday night and then reportedly confessed to his actions. Abdulkadir Masharipov, reported to be from Uzbekistan, appears in photos posted by Turkish state media with a heavily bruised face. Masharipov, who was detained in the Esenyurt district of Istanbul, is alleged to have killed 39 in the assault on the Reina club. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack. “The terrorist actually said that he did it,” Istanbul Governor Vasip Sahin told journalists on Tuesday.

Chinese President Warns: No One Wins a ‘Trade War’:

Speaking Tuesday at the World Economic Forum, ChinesePresident Xi Jinping warned the U.S. that engaging in a global trade war will do more harm than good. “No one will emerge as a winner in a trade war,” Xi said. “We must remain committed to developing free trade and investment, promoting liberalization and facilitation through opening up, and saying no to protectionism.” Xi never mentioned Donald Trump by name, but seemingly called out the incoming U.S. president for his repeated overtures to anti-globalization policies such as tariffs and import restrictions.

UNCOMPROMISING – British PM Announces Hardline Brexit:

Theresa May, the prime minister chosen by Britain’s Conservative Party to guide the country out of the European Union, outlined her desire Tuesday to withdraw fully from the single market and customs union. After months of near silence following the shock Brexit vote, May has dashed the hopes of moderate voices who were hoping to maintain strong trading, customs, and judicial links with the rest of Europe. “We do not seek to hold on to bits of membership as we leave,” May is expected to say Tuesday. “Not partial membership of the European Union, associate membership of the European Union or anything that leaves us half-in, half-out.”

MYSTERY CONTINUES – MH370 Underwater Search Suspended:

Nearly three years after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 vanished over the Indian Ocean, officials have suspended the underwater search for the wreckage and the 239 people aboard the doomed airliner. Officials from the three countries leading the search—China, Australia, and Malaysia—said in a statement Tuesday morning: “Despite every effort using the best science available, cutting-edge technology, as well as modeling and advice from highly skilled professionals who are the best in their field, unfortunately the search has not been able to locate the aircraft.” The officials concluded: “The decision to suspend the underwater search has not been taken lightly nor without sadness.” MH370 disappeared on March 8, 2014, en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.


Laura Ingraham Confirms: I’m Mulling VA Senate Run:

Conservative talk-radio host Laura Ingrahamconfirmed Tuesday that she is mulling a run for U.S. Senate in Virginia, challenging Democratic senator and vice-presidential nominee Tim Kaine. “I’m considering it,” the firebrand hostconfirmed to Fox & Friends. “I think it’s always good to mix things up, and I’ve been in Washington for a long time, and I have great respect for the Congress and institutions of government,” she explained. “I’ve had a great privilege to serve the country in the Judicial Branch, as a law clerk; at the Executive Branch for President Reagan. And it might be something I’m interested in.” The prominent Trump booster, previously rumored to become the president-elect’s press secretary, indicated that “a number of folks in Virginia, who are well connected, are very interested in my running, and it’s very flattering.”

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:    ***The latest filming of “American Expert” in Brentwood attracted a wide assortment of business owners yesterday including: Alan Au, partner in Jimmy Au’s Men’s Clothing, leading dental expert witness Dr.Jay Grossman, film producer B.D. Gunnell, comedian sensation Ismo, and Baltaire’s Director of Private Events,Khrysta Ramos.


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LBN- SPOTLIGHT: What’s Your Leadership Strategy?
Richard Branson practices it at Virgin Group. Paul Polman implements it at Unilever. Mark Benioff pioneered it early-on at The world’s top CEOs are all doing well by doing good. Are you?

LBN-BOOK NEWS: SoCal-based talk show host Hugh Hewitt interviewed Trump 15 times during the campaign and now has a book out Jan. 24, The Fourth Way: The Conservative Playbook for a Lasting GOP Majority.

LBN-SPOTLIGHT: “Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.”—–

LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Eugene A. Cernan, the commander of the Apollo 17 lunar-landing mission in 1972 and the last human to walk on the moon, died on Monday in Houston. He was 82. His death was announced by NASA.   ***Davis Dutton, who ran the North Hollywood location of Dutton’s Books with his wifeJudy and other family members for almost 50 years before its closure in 2006, died Friday at age 79. The Laurel Canyon Boulevard store was in a converted liquor store. Dutton was also the editor of Westways Magazine from 1970-72. His brother Doug ran the Brentwood Dutton’s.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Chelsea Handler: I like Megyn Kelly. She’s a badass. There’s a toddler in the White House, and it’s not one of the children. The other thing about his children, they have absolutely no influence over him. The idea that Ivanka is going to help women, or do anything for women, is absurd, because she’s a puppet. They’re all his puppets. They’re scared s–tless of him, and the fact that they’re still around him means they have never stood up to him.

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: King David was most compelling when he danced. Overcome by gratitude to God, he stripped down to his linens and whirled about before the ark of the covenant — his love and joy spilling beyond the boundaries of normal decorum. His wife, Michal, the daughter of King Saul, was repulsed by his behavior, especially because he was doing it in front of the commoners. She snarked at him when he got home for exposing himself in front of the servants’ slave girls like some scurrilous fellow. The early Christians seem to have worshiped the way David did, with ecstatic dancing, communal joy and what Emile Durkheim called “collective effervescence.” In her book “Dancing in the Streets,” Barbara Ehrenreich argues that in the first centuries of Christianity, worship of Jesus overlapped with worship of Dionysusthe Greek god of revelry. Both Jesus and Dionysus upended class categories. Both turned water into wine. Second- and third-century statuettes show Dionysus hanging on a cross. But when the church became more hierarchical, the Michals took over. Somber priest-led rituals began to replace direct access to the divine. In the fourth century, Gregory of Nazianzus urged, “Let us sing hymns instead of striking drums, have psalms instead of frivolous music and song, … modesty instead of laughter, wise contemplation instead of intoxication, seriousness instead of delirium.”


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ARRESTED: Noor Salman has been arrested in connection with the June 2016 shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando that left 49 dead. Salman is the wife of gunman Omar Mateen, who died carrying out the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

South Korean Prosecutors Seek to Arrest Samsung Head for Bribery:

South Korean prosecutors on Monday sought an arrest warrant for Jay Y. Lee, the head of Samsung Group, in a massive bribery scandal that goes all the way up to the president’s office. Lee was interrogated last week for 22 hours in a row over accusations he paid multi-million dollar bribes to a friend of President Park Geun-hye in order to secure business deals. Lee, who took over control of the company in 2014, also facesaccusations of embezzlement and perjury, Reuters reported, citing copies of prosecutors’ documents. At a briefing on Monday morning, prosecutors said they intended to go after Lee despite his company’s status as the country’s largest conglomerate. “The special prosecutors’ office, in making this decision to seek an arrest warrant, determined that while the country’s economic conditions are important, upholding justice takes precedence,” Lee Kyu-chul, a spokesman for prosecutors, was cited as saying. Lee is due to appear at a court hearing on Wednesday, when a judge will decide whether to grant the arrest warrant.

Priebus: Pressers Might Be Moved From WH:

Incoming White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said onSunday in an appearance on “This Week” that news conferences that are typically held in the White House briefing room might be moved to a bigger area to accommodate “more press, more coverage from all over the country.” The interview came after a report from Esquire that quoted White House Communications Director Sean Spicer saying there had been some discussion about a ban on reporters in the briefing room. “The only thing that’s been discussed is whether or not the initial press conferences are going to be in that small press room,” Priebus said on Sunday.

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Police: 5 Killed in Shooting at Mexican Resort:

At least five people were killed at an electronic music festival at a popular Mexican resort on Monday after a lone shooter opened fire, festival organizers said. Rodolfo Del Angel, director of police in the state of Quintana Roo, said another 15 people were injured in addition to the five killed. Del Angel told local media the shooting was caused by “a disagreement between people inside” the club where the festival was underway. The attack happened at about 2:30 a.m. local time in the Blue Parrot nightclub in Playa del Carmen, about 45 miles from Cancun. The Associated Press had earlier cited a Mexican police officer as saying four people had been fatally shot, while DJ Jackmaster, a performer at the event, said “four or five” people had been killed. The police officer spoke on condition of anonymity, as he was not authorized to speak to the press. NBC News cited an employee at the CostaMed hospital in Playa del Carmen saying two people were admitted early Monday with gunshot wounds, with one in grave condition. Several other people were injured in the shooting and had been sent to other hospitals, the employee said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

LBN-SPOTLIGHT: Kevin Spacey showed amazing talent for impersonations. He did Al Pacino, Marlon Brando,Christopher Walken, Clint Eastwood, Jack Lemmon and few others. If you want to see more funny videos —


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LBN-SPOTLIGHT: Award-Winning Head Shot Photography —– Ms. Silvia Spross:

LBN-NOTICED:   ***Fresh out of rehab, Lamar Odom dined with three friends at Santa Monica’s The Lobster on Saturday. The ex-NBA star, 37, was joined by former Laker player-turned-head coach Luke Walton, former Laker assistant coach Brian Shaw and retired NBA star Keyon Dooling for the dinner.

LBN-VIDEO LINK: Buffett after Trump win: ‘100%’ optimistic about America  —-


LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Former professional wrestler Jimmy Snukadied Sunday after a battle with cancer. His lawyer, Robert Kirwan II, said the former WWE start had died “due to complications from his ongoing medical problems.” Snuka’s death came less than two weeks after a Pennsylvania judge dismissed a murder case against him over the 1983 death of his girlfriend, a case which overshadowed his career. Prosecutors alleged that he had beaten her to death, while he maintained she died in a fall. Lehigh County Judge Kelly Banach dismissed the case against him on Jan. 3 after the defense announced he had only six months to live and was living in hospice care in Florida.   ***Tony Rosato, who was a cast member of the sketch shows “Saturday Night Live” and “SCTV” in the 1980s, but whose career ground to a halt when mental illness led to his incarceration in the 2000s, died on Tuesday at his home in Toronto. He was 62. His death was confirmed by his agent Ryan Goldhar, who said the cause had not been confirmed but appeared to be a heart attack.

LBN-SPOTLIGHT: Anyone reading a single copy of a current New York Times will accumulate more knowledge today than Shakespeare did in his entire lifetime. But Shakespeare knew much that it’s harder for us to see. —–

LBN-COMMENTARY by Vickie Casas (Business owner): JohnLewis certainly deserves to be torn into by many, not just Trump. Any Democratic congressman who refuses to appear at Donald Trump’s swearing in as the newly elected President loses all credibility.  John Lewis may have served in congress for thirty years yet accomplished very little for the people he has represented.  I hope the people who live, work and breath in John Lewis’s district will actually get the help they need under the Trump administration for their under achieving schools and the criminal activity that jeopardizes the youth every day!   No loss for Trump if John Lewis does not attend the swearing in, as Trump likes to surround himself with winners not losers.


LBN-OVERVIEW: In a new interview with The New York Times, the Rodgers family patriarch sheds new light on their estrangement from NFL star Aaron Rodgers. Pop culture fanatics first learned of the personal drama when Aaron’s littlebrother, Jordan Rodgers, appeared on JoJo Fletcher‘s season of The Bachelorette last year. The reality star went on to win the 12th season of the ABC series, and while getting to know his future fiancé, revealed that the Green Bay Packers quarterback is not close with his family anymore.  Ed Rodgers told the publication of the experience, “One in the news is enough for us. Fame can change things.”   ***Taylor Swift is spending millions to restore the estate of Hollywood producer Samuel Goldwyn to its original 1934 condition. The pop star, who bought the estate for $25 million a year ago, has hired architects and special crews to rehab the 11,000-square-foot house.

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