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LBN – Special Report – Tuesday January 31, 2017

WOW! Senate Democrats Boycott Key Votes On 2 Top Trump Nominees: 

Senate Democrats deployed a dramatic eleventh-hour maneuver to deny committee votes to two of President Donald Trump’s Cabinet picks Tuesday, arguing that those nominees had lied to them. Senators on the Finance Committee were set to vote on Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) to lead the Department of Health and Human Services and Steve Mnuchin to lead the Treasury Department. But on Tuesday morning, they simply didn’t show up for the votes, denying Republicans the quorum they needed to move forward toward confirmation. At least one Democrat needs to be present for the vote to happen.

‘BUMPY’ – Ryan Defends ‘Confusing’ Travel Ban:

In a press conference on Tuesday, House Speaker Paul Ryandefended President Trump’s refugee and immigration ban, while acknowledging the faults of the poorly-executed rollout. “We can be generous and watch our national security at the same time,” he said. “No one wanted to see people with green cards or special immigrant visas like translators get caught up in all of this. Regrettably, the rollout was confusing.” In a closed-door meeting earlier in the morning with other Republicans, Ryan reportedly called the implementation “bumpy” but reinforced his support of the overall policy.

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Trump Fires Acting AG Who Defied Ban:

Just hours after Acting Attorney General Sally Yates ordered the Department of Justice not to defend President Donald Trump’s refugee ban, the Trump administration ousted her from office. Yates, an Obama appointee, was tasked with serving as attorney general from Trump’s Jan. 20 inauguration until his own AG nominee was approved. On Monday evening, Yates announced that the DOJ would not defend Trump’s ban on immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries while she was in office. Hours later, the Trump administration issued a statement calling Yates “weak” and announcing Dana Boenteas her replacement.  “The acting Attorney General, Sally Yates, has betrayed the Department of Justice by refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States,” read a statement by the Trump administration. “Ms. Yates is an Obama Administration appointee who is weak on borders and very weak on illegal immigration. It is time to get serious about protecting our country. Calling for tougher vetting for individuals traveling from seven dangerous places is not extreme. It is reasonable and necessary to protect our country. Tonight President Trump relieved Ms. Yates of her duties and subsequently named Dana Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, to serve as Acting Attorney General until Senator Jeff Sessions is finally confirmed by the Senate, where he is being wrongly held up by Democrat senators for strictly political reasons.”

Flint Residents Seek $700 Million from EPA:

In a class-action lawsuit filed Monday, residents and property owners in the Flint area are seeking $700 million in damages from the Environmental Protection Agency over the city’s water crisis. According to the lawsuit, “despite notice of the danger as early as October 2014, the EPA failed to take the mandatory steps to determine that Michigan and Flint authorities were not taking appropriate action to protect the public from toxic water.” Earlier this month, the lead content in Flint’s water dropped below the federal limit, nearly two years after it was first discovered that lead from older pipes had leaked into the city’s water supply. Michigan state authorities have been charged with crimes relating to the water crisis and how the state handle.

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LeBron James rips Charles Barkley’s dubious past in furious rant:

Following the Cavaliers’ disappointing 104-97 loss to the Mavericks on Monday evening, LeBron James vented his frustration to ESPN — targeting former basketball great and current TNT analyst Charles Barkley, who recently spoke out on LeBron’s remarks about needing “help.” Barkley called them“inappropriate. Whiny. All of the above. The Cleveland Cavaliers, they have given him everything he wanted.” James held nothing back in response, attacking Barkley’s past and present. “He’s a hater … What makes what he says credible? Because he’s on TV?” James questioned. “I’m not going to let him disrespect my legacy like that. I’m not the one who threw somebody through a window. I never spit on a kid. I never had unpaid debt in Las Vegas. I never said, ‘I’m not a role model.’ I never showed up to All-Star Weekend on Sunday because I was in Vegas all weekend partying. “All I’ve done for my entire career is represent the NBA the right way. Fourteen years, never got in trouble. Respected the game. Print that.”

Under Trump, Obama LGBT Protections Will Stay:

President Trump has decided to leave in place an order from the Obama administration in 2014 that provided new workplaceprotections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. According to the White House, Trump is proud to embrace gay rights and has no plans to reverse the order. “President Trump continues to be respectful and supportive of L.G.B.T.Q. rights, just as he was throughout the election,” a statement said. “The president is proud to have been the first ever G.O.P. nominee to mention the L.G.B.T.Q. community in his nomination acceptance speech, pledging then to protect the community from violence and oppression.” Notably, Trump’s decision to leave the 2014 order in place does not preclude other executive orders that could harm gay rights.

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$1 Million Raised to Rebuild Burned Texas Mosque:

A Texas mosque that was destroyed last weekend has received almost $1 million dollars in donations to help rebuild it. More than $950,000 has been raised on the Islamic Center of Victoria’s GoFundMe page. “Our faith in humanity has been rekindled again,” the mosque said in a Facebook post. “The thousands of messages, prayers, and donations from all over the globe have been phenomenal.” The cause of the blaze is still under investigation, but crews responded to the fire about 2 a.m. on Saturday morning. The mosque had been a “target of hatred” in a 2013 vandalism attack.

Not Safe for Children? Football’s Leaders Make Drastic Changes to Youth Game: 

USA Football, the national governing body for amateur football, intends to introduce a drastically altered youth football game in response to declining participation and increasing public beliefthat the game is not safe for children to play. The organization has created a new format that brings the game closer to flag football and tries to avoid much of the violence in the current version. Among the rule changes: Each team will have six to nine players on the field, instead of 11; the field will be far smaller; kickoffs and punts will be eliminated; and players will start each play in a crouching position instead of in a three-point stance. “The issue is participation has dropped, and there’s concern among parents about when is the right age to start playing tackle, if at all,” said Mark Murphy, the president of the Green Bay Packers and a board member at USA Football.

LBN-NOTICED:   ***Selena Gomez and The Weeknd have taken their romance abroad! The new couple was spotted in Italy this weekend and appeared unable to keep their hands off each other as they traveled throughout Venice on their romantic getaway. They jetted off late last week—sometime after their fun-filled date at a Los Angeles arcade—and were spotted on Friday in Florence visiting Michelangelo’s statue of David at Accademia Gallery Museum. They stopped at Trattoria Borgo Antico for dinner later that night.   ***Octavia Spencer at the Charles Hotel in Cambridge, Mass., while in town to receive Harvard’s Hasty Pudding award.   ***Usher, Aaron Paul and Gene Simmons seeing Arrogate beat rival thoroughbred California Chrome at the Pegasus World Invitational in Florida.   ***Kevin Bacon eating bacon at the Applegate’s stand at Sundance.   ***Courtney Lovechecking out Jake and Dinos Chapman’s “To Live and Think Like Pigs,” at UTA Artist Space in Los Angeles.   ***George Clooney and wife Amal dining at Craig’s in LA.   ***Hillary Clinton’s top aide, Huma Abedin, had another high-profile public dinner on Friday night. Abedin was spotted at Indochine with fashion designer pal Prabal Gurung.

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LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***A Chinese-born billionaire who has forged financial ties with some of the country’s most powerful families was taken by the Chinese police from his apartment at the Four Seasons Hotel in Hong Kong late last week and spirited across the border, a person close to the businessman said on Tuesday. The billionaire, Xiao Jianhua, who has been missing since Friday, is in police custody in China, where he apparently is safe, said the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of arrest. Mr. Xiao is a Canadian citizen with an Antiguan diplomatic passport, though he was born in China.   ***It’s no secret that Starbucks Corp.’sHoward Schultz will step down from the top job a wealthy man. What’s surprising is how wealthy. Schultz, 63, has received compensation worth about $172 million since he began his second stint as the coffee retailer’s chief executive officer in January 2008, according to the company’s regulatory filings. A closer look, however, reveals an even bigger haul. Schultz, who’s set to step down as CEO in April, received most of his compensation in equity, which varies with Starbucks’ share performance. Since he led the company to a sixfold stock improvement, Schultz’s total payday for the last nine years: $553.3 million.

LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:   ***Oprah Winfrey will join CBS’ 60 Minutes as a special contributor starting this fall, it was announced Tuesday.

LBN-SPORTS INSIDER: He used to get higher than a 10-foot rim. Former NBA journeyman Stephen Jackson recently admitted he occasionally smoked marijuana before games. “I just gotta be real, you know it’s been a couple games where I smoked before games and had great games,” Jackson said onMichael Rapaport’s podcast, “I Am Rapaport.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Many Republican members of Congress have made a Faustian bargain with Donald Trump. They don’t particularly admire him as a man, they don’t trust him as an administrator, they don’t agree with him on major issues, but they respect the grip he has on their voters, they hope he’ll sign their legislation and they certainly don’t want to be seen siding with the inflamed progressives or the hyperventilating media. Their position was at least comprehensible: How many times in a lifetime does your party control all levers of power? When that happens you’re willing to tolerate a little Trumpian circus behavior in order to get things done. But if the last 10 days have made anything clear, it’s this: The Republican Fausts are in an untenable position. The deal they’ve struck with the devil comes at too high a price. It really will cost them their soul. In the first place, the Trump administration is not a Republican administration; it is an ethnic nationalist administration. Trump insulted both parties equally in his Inaugural Address. The Bannonites are utterly crushing the Republican regulars when it comes to actual policy making.

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LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Three cheers for Pharrell Williams and Helen Lasichanh! The couple welcomed triplets in January, Pharrell’s rep confirmed to Vanity Fair Tuesday. The rep did not provide the babies’ names or sexes, but told E! News, “The family is healthy and happy.” Married since 2013, Pharrell and Helen are also parents to son Rocket Williams, 8.

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LBN – Late Breaking News January 30, 2017

Poll: America Wants The Patriots To Lose Super Bowl:

 

It’s the New England Patriots against the world this Super Bowl Sunday.

A new report from Public Policy Polling found that 53 percent are pulling for the Atlanta Falcons to win in Houston. Only 27 percent of respondents said they are rooting for the Patriots.

The poll also says the Patriots are the most hated team in the league, which has been the case ever since DeflateGate. Two points behind the Patriots are the Cowboys, with 19 percent calling Dallas their least favorite team.
There’s good news and bad news when it comes to Tom Brady. The poll shows 22 percent say Brady is their favorite quarterback, beating Aaron Rodgers by 6 points. On the other hand, he’s also the top answer for least favorite quarterback, with 24 percent compared to Cam Newton’s 15 percent.
There are some numbers here that Patriots fans will like.
Commissioner Roger Goodell is still unpopular, with 37 percent having an unfavorable opinion of him compared to 22 percent who view him favorably.

And then there’s the one stat that matters to New England fans: 52 percent think the Patriots will win the Super Bowl, compared to 36 percent for the Falcons.

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LBN – Special Report – Monday January 30, 2017

2 Suspects Held in Quebec Mosque Attack:

Two suspects have been detained by police following a mass shooting at a Quebec City mosque that killed six people and wounded another eight. Witnesses at the mosque said two gunmen wearing black ski masks walked into the mosque and started shooting worshippers around 7:55 p.m. In a statement on Sunday night, Prime Minister Justin Trudeaucalled the massacre at the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec “a terrorist attack on Muslims.” Police have said the victims were between the ages of 35 and 70. There were 39 others in the building at the time of the shooting who escaped unharmed. The investigation will be led by Quebec’s Integrated National Security Enforcement Team. Officials would not yet comment on the identity of the attackers and have said it is “much too early” to determine their motives or methods. Police did say on Sunday evening that authorities do not believe any suspects remain at large.

Trump Signs Executive Order to Slash Regulations:

President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Monday that will aim to slash federal regulations. According to reports, the order requires that two regulations be eliminated for every one that is created or added, with exceptions for matters of national security. Trump has signed executive orders nearly every day since he took office on January 20, and has received pushback from Democrats and even some Republicans on Capitol Hill over the implementation and planning for the order he signed on Friday which temporarily suspends the refugee program and bans travel from seven Muslim-majority countries.

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Travelers Stranded and Protests Swell Over Trump Order:

Travelers were stranded around the world, protests escalated in the United States and anxiety rose within President Trump’s party on Sunday as his order closing the nation to refugees and people from certain predominantly Muslim countries provoked a crisis just days into his administration. The White House pulledback on part of Mr. Trump’s temporary ban on visitors from seven countries by saying that it would not apply to those with green cards granting them permanent residence in the United States. By the end of the day, the Department of Homeland Security formally issued an order declaring legal residents exempt from the order. But the recalibration did little to reassure critics at home or abroad who saw the president’s order as a retreat from traditional American values. European leaders denounced the order, and some Republican lawmakers called on Mr. Trump to back down. As of Sunday evening, officials said no one was being held at American airports, although lawyers said they believed that dozens were still being detained.

NAMING NAMES — Poland Publishes List of Auschwitz Guards Online:

Poland has published a new detailed and complete list of Nazi SS guards and commanders at the Auschwitz German death camp, in a long-running attempt to bring those who took part in the violence of the Holocaust to justice. The SS KL Auschwitz Garrison list is reportedly based on data from Polish, German, Austrian, and American archives, according to the Institute of National Remembrance. “The world justice system has failed and I’m doing what a historian should do: expose the responsible individuals as war criminals,” said historianAleksander Lasik. The list currently has more than 8,500 entries. Lasik built it to include the names, dates, nationalities, and military service by searching through archives over a period of 30 years.

LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:   ***Media insiders are buzzing thatAndy Lack wants NBC to become “the next Fox News” after he poached cable stars Greta Van Susteren and Megyn Kelly from the network. “He believes he’s building MSNBC and NBC into the next Fox. It seems the network wants to take a more conservative tone,” a source said.   ***Episode 2 of the popular TV interview show “Without Notes” on YouTube featuring the world’s most famous dominatrix Isabelle Sinclaire will begin on February 1st. The show is produced and directed by Adam Saada.

LBN-NOTICED:   ***While protesters, upset about Iraqi refugees being detained, raged outside JFK Airport on Saturday, Yoko Ono was bringing peace to the Delta lounge. Ono was spotted in the Sky Lounge ahead of a flight to Reykjavik, Iceland, where she previously lit the Imagine Peace Tower in memory of John Lennon. A spy said Ono — wearing a brown fur vest, big brown sunglasses and a cloche hat — was sitting in the quiet room drinking coffee and eating chicken and sweet potatoes.

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WE ALL WALK IN DIFFERENT SHOES: A charity effort called simply “We All Walk In Different Shoes, began 12 years ago by media expert and author Michael Levine to donate used shoes to needy of the Los Angeles Mission, will hold its annual event this year on Friday, February 3rd at 8pm with an event at the Coral Tree Café in Brentwood. All invited guest are asked to bring at least one pair of used shoes for the effort. It is estimated the charity has raised approximately 3,500 pairs of shoes in the last 12 years.

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LBN-R.I.P.: Brunhilde Pomsel, the personal stenographer of the Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels during the last three years of World War II and one of the last surviving members of Hitler’s retinue in his final days in a Berlin bunker, died on Friday at her home in Munich. She was 106. Her death was confirmed by Christian Krönes, a director of “A German Life,” a documentary film about Ms. Pomsel. Mr. Krönes said he was informed by members of her family.

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LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Winona Ryder ended up becoming the most memorable attendant at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday after her hilarious series of expressive reactions to actor David Harbour’s speech swept the internet. The actress, who stars alongside Harbour in hit Netflix series “Stranger Things,” could not control her wide range of emotions when her co-star chose to deliver a rousing speech as the cast were given the award for Best Ensemble Drama.   ***Ozzy Osbourne has changed his tune on sex addiction following last year’s admission amid marriage troubles with wife Sharon. Speaking to The Times, the Black Sabbath frontman blamed his promiscuous behavior on his rock star lifestyle. “I’m in a f–king rock band, aren’t I? There have always been groupies. I just got caught, didn’t I?” Ozzy said. “It was a bump in the road. I bet your marriage has bumps in the road too an’ all. In any marriage you grow apart if you don’t spend enough time together, and that was part of the problem. I don’t think I’m a f–king sex addict.”   ***Hollywood star Antonio Banderas was rushed to a hospital near his Surrey, England, home after suffering a major heart scare. The actor, 56, had been exercising when he suddenly experienced agonizing pains in his chest.

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