America’s employers kicked off 2018 by hiring 200,000 people in January — and triggered the biggest year-over-year wage gains since the end of the Great Recession. The jobless rate held steady at 4.1 percent. According to Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers released Friday, average hourly earnings jumped 2.9 percent from the same time a year ago, more than expected and the highest registered since June 2009. The jobs numbers exceeded economists’ forecasts of 180,000.
*Victims’ dad charges Larry Nassar in courtroom: ‘I want that son of a bitch’:
The father of three daughters who were all molested by Larry Nassar charged at the sicko former USA Gymnastics doctor in a Michigan courtroom Friday in a chaotic scene that ended with the dad tackled on the floor, in handcuffs. “You son of a bitch!”Randall Margaves said to Nassar during his sentencing hearing in Eaton County moments before he ran toward Nassar. Before the stunt, Margraves asked Judge Janice Cunningham — who is overseeing the hearing — to “grant me five minutes in a locked room with this demon.” “Yes or no,” an angry Margraves said to the judge. Cunningham told him she could not do that.“Would you give me one minute?” Margraves asked before running toward Nassar, who was seated at the defense table. A team of court officers took down Margraves and restrained him.
*Paul Ryan Supports Release of Democratic Counter-Memo
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) supports the release of the Democrats’ counter-memo to the controversial GOP-drafted memo alleging surveillance abuses at the FBI and the Department of Justice. “The speaker is in favor of greater transparency,” said Ryan’s spokeswoman. “If it is scrubbed to ensure it does not reveal sources and methods of our intelligence gathering, the speaker supports the release of the Democrats’ memo.” This comes after Ryan insisted that the memo’s release would “not impugn” Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe or Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein Thursday afternoon. On Monday, the House Intelligence Committee voted to release the Republican-authored memo, but voted not to release the Democratic one.
*Why your paycheck looked bigger this week:
The contentious tax overhaul is beginning to deliver a change that many will welcome — bigger paychecks. Workers are starting to see more take-home pay as employers implement the new withholding guidelines from the IRS, which dictate how much employers withhold from pay for federal taxes. Those whose checks have remained the same shouldn’t fret — employers have until Feb. 15 to make the changes. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has estimated that the new rules will mean more take-home pay for about 90 percent of American workers.
*DID YOU KNOW? Did you know that LBN is read daily in 26 foreign countries? From China to India, from Russia to Brazil, from France to Israel, from Mexico to Spain, from Cuba to Iraq, from England to Australia, from Canada to Korea.
*Mulvaney Strips CFPB Lending Discrimination Office of Its Power
Interim Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Mick Mulvaney is moving the powerful Office of Fair Lending and Equal Opportunity under his direct oversight and stripping its enforcement authority. Instead of giving the office the ability to go after lenders to who change their interest rates based on race, or other discriminatory practices, the office will now focus on “advocacy, coordination and education,” according to a memo to CFPB employees. Critics are concerned that the office’s ability to prevent discrimination in student loans and mortgages will be hindered with the change.
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*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Bitcoin plunged below $8,000on Friday, extending its sharp rout since the start of the year in a selloff triggered by a widening regulatory crackdown on cryptocurrencies. In morning trading in New York, bitcoin had recovered to about $8,900, down 3% on the day after slipping below $7,700 shortly before 8 a.m. That was the lowest level since November. At its low point, the digital currency had fallen about 60% from a record high of $19,783 in December, according to research site CoinDesk Inc. That marks bitcoin’s third biggest drop over the past five years: It fell 76% in the spring of 2013, and 85% from November 2013 to January 2015.
*LBN-NOTICED: ***Drake having dinner with friends at Byblos Miami and then hitting the Edition to go bowling. ***Magic Johnson’s son EJ Johnson at the Shiseido Essential Energy launch in LA.
*LBN-INVESTIGATES: In Africa, 1 out of every 22 women dies during childbirth or pregnancy, while 1 out of every 8,000 women in the United Kingdom dies during childbirth or pregnancy
*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Jordan Feldstein‘s children will inherit his millions. The music manager left over $5 million in different accounts to his children Joshua and Charlie, according to The Blast. They will also inherit his Live Nation stocks and his share of digital rights to the music he was vested in. Feldstein managed Maroon 5 and Robin Thicke among other artists.
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*LBN-HEALTH WATCH: ***Two types of bacteria commonly found in the gut work together to fuel the growth of colon tumors, researchers reported on Thursday. Their study, published in the journal Science, describes what may be a hidden cause of colon cancer, the third most common cancer in the United States. The research also adds to growing evidence that gut bacteria modify the body’s immune system in unexpected and sometimes deadly ways. The findings suggest that certain preventive strategies may be effective in the future, like looking for the bacteria in the colons of people getting colonoscopies. If the microbes are present, the patients might warrant more frequent screening; eventually people at high risk for colon cancer may be vaccinated against at least one of the bacterial strains.
*LBN-SPORTS INSIDER: ***The Philadelphia Eagles biggest distraction during Super Bowl week hasn’t been all the media availability and travel time to practice, but a flu bug that carried over from Philadelphia. Ronald Darby missed Thursday’s media session due to illness, along with Timmy Jernigan. Mychal Kendricks has been battling the flu as well, but was able to show up for the final media session before the Super Bowl.
Ayn Rand (1905)
1926, Rand fled post-revolution Russia for the US, which she considered the “country of the individual.” She worked for many years as a screenwriter before winning a cult following with two influential novels, “The Fountainhead” and “Atlas Shrugged.” Her works present her belief in rational self-interest, a philosophy she called “objectivism,” and made her an icon of radical libertarianism
*LBN-VIDEO LINK: Welcome To Episode 2 — “Without Notes” with Dr. Srini Pillay – Episode 2: Inception of the Book – https://youtu.be/7e4lBLSxuck
*LBN-R.I.P.: ***Andre Surmain, who transformed his cooking school’s Manhattan townhouse into Lutèce, an epicurean mecca defined by haute cuisine, even higher prices and a high-and-mighty clientele, died on Wednesday at his home in St. Paul en Foret, in the South of France. He was 97. His death was confirmed by his nephew Peter Hurwitz. ***Nicholas von Hoffman, a provocative author, broadcast commentator and syndicated columnist who examined American politics and culture for five decades from a left-wing perspective, died on Thursday in Rockport, Me. He was 88. His son Alexander said the cause was kidney failure. Mr. von Hoffman, who died in a health center in Rockport, lived in Tenants Harbor, Me.
*LBN-VIDEO LINK: Ronald Reagan Outwits Moderator in debate on the “age” issue — https://youtu.be/MdkfZ7ya3k4
*LBN-COMMENTARY by Peggy Nooan: The State of the Union speech was good—spirited, pointed, with a credible warmth for the heroes in the balcony, who were well chosen. They were beautiful human beings, and their stories were rousing—the cop and his wife who adopted the baby, the hardy North Korean defector who triumphantly waved his crutches, the mourning, dignified parents of the girls killed by MS-13. My beloved Cajun Navy. The thing about the heroes in the balcony is it reminds you not of who the president is but of who we are. “With people like that we can’t miss.” I had that thought when Ronald Reagan gave tribute in 1985 to a young woman who as a child desperately fled Saigon as it fell. She and her family were among the boat people, spotted and saved by a U.S. ship. Reagan called her to stand, and Jean Nguyen stood—proudly, in the gleaming uniform of a West Point cadet. She would graduate within the year. The recognition of heroes in the balcony is called a cliché. It certainly is. An inspiring and truthful one, and long may it live. The Democrats in the chamber were slumped, glowery. They had chosen to act out unbroken disdain so as to please the rising left of their party, which was watching and would review their faces. Some of them were poorly lit and seemed not resolute but Draculaic. The women of the party mostly dressed in black, because nothing says moral seriousness like coordinating your outfits.
*LBN-VIDEO LINK: Bill Maher Goes Off On UC Berkeley’s Treatment Of Ann Coulter: “Now The Cradle Of F*king Babies!” HD – https://youtu.be/EclzaQYZPRw
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*LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Don Lemon’s sister passed away in an accidental drowning in Louisiana on Wednesday. She was 58. “Thanks everyone for your words of sympathy. Please keep my family in your prayers,” the CNN host tweeted on Thursday. “Leisa was my oldest sister & partner in crime growing up. Always had my back. #RIPbigSis.” According to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, L’Tanya “Leisa” Lemon Grimesdrowned after falling into a neighborhood pond while fishing in Livingston Parish, La. Her death appeared to be accidental. ***A Tennessee father who says a defective guardrail killed his 17-year-old daughter is trying to get President Donald Trump’sattention during the Super Bowl. Steve Eimers bought a 30-second pre-game ad to run on a West Palm Beach affiliate, gambling that Trump will be at Mar-a-Lago. Game time ads cost about $5 million if running nationally on NBC. But in his $1,000 PSA aimed only at West Palm Beach, Eimers says Trump’s alleged concerns about guardrail safety during a discussion of his $1.5 trillion infrastructure proposal are valid. When Hannah Eimers hit the guardrail end in 2016, it penetrated the driver’s- side door and punctured all the way through, pushing her into the backseat. The family has filed a lawsuit against the guardrail company. ***Selena Gomez is putting her health first in the new year. The “Wolves” singer recently completed a two-week treatment program for depression and anxiety, The Blast reported Thursday. An insider told the site Gomez, 25, headed to New York in early January, where she resided at an on-site facility. Unlike her previous rehab stint, Gomez was said to have had access to her phone, while concentrating on therapy, healthy eating, as well as meditation and pilates during her stay. ****Ellen DeGeneres really should be named Ellen the Generous. The talk show host is spending the week celebrating her 60th birthday, and her latest surprise was partnering with Cheerios to give her studio audience $1 million to split among themselves. That day, her audience was filled with people who participated in the “One Million Acts of Good” campaign. ***Julie Bowen and her husband Scott Phillips have reportedly called it quits. People reports that the “Modern Family” star and her real estate investor husband decided to end their marriage after 13 years. A rep for Bowen did not immediately return Fox News’ request for comment. ***It’s over — again — between Elon Musk and Amber Heard. Sources confirmed to Page Six that the pair has split for the second time, just a few months after reconciling.
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