*Report: Top ISIS Commander Dead in Mosul:
A senior ISIS commander was reportedly killed in the battle for control of the Iraqi city of Mosul, government military sourceshave told CNN. Mahmoud Shukri al-Nuaimi was allegedly killed Tuesday in an Iraqi-led airstrike in a western part of the city. His death was confirmed by ISIS in a video that described him as “the martyr of the battle.” According to Iraqi intelligence, Nuaimi was formerly a high-ranking officer in Saddam Hussein’s intelligence team, but CNN could not verify that detail independently. Also this week, Islamic State militants reportedly stockpiled sulfur and ammonia in civilian areas, and executed at least 100 civilians. UN human-rights groups reported that public executions were carried out for the purpose of dissuading others from committing “treason and collaboration” with Iraqi forces.
*Trump Protests Surge Across Nation:
Protests surged late Thursday across the nation, in New York, Denver, Philadelphia, Chicago, Minneapolis, Portland, and many other cities. The protests were in red states and blue states alike, with thousands of demonstrators marching through the streets for the third straight night following the election of Donald Trump
. In Portland, police declared its demonstration a “riot” after protesters turned violent, breaking storefront windows and attacking a car dealership. Twenty-six were arrested, as the rally raged into early Friday. Protesters in Denver, Minneapolis, and Los Angeles shut down major interstates. High-school students in San Francisco chanted “not my president” while waving Mexican flags. In New York, many of the protesters centered around Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue. “You got everything straight up and down the line,” demonstrator David Thomas
told reporters. “You got climate change, you got the Iran deal. You got gay rights, you got mass deportations. Just everything, straight up and down the line, the guy is wrong on every issue.” About 500 people demonstrated in Louisville, Kentucky. Hundreds more marched in Baltimore. Trump tweeted in outrage Thursday night: “Just had a very open and successful presidential election. Now professional protesters, incited by the media, are protesting. Very unfair!” But by about 6 a.m. Friday, he appeared to change his mind about the protests, tweeting: “Love the fact that the small groups of protesters last night have passion for our great country. We will all come together and be proud!”
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*Leonard Cohen Dead at 82:
The iconic singer and songwriter Leonard Cohen
, whose work spanned five decades, has died at the age of 82. Sony Music Canada, his label, confirmed the passing Thursday on singer’s Facebook page. “It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist, Leonard Cohen has passed away,” the statement read. “We have lost one of music’s most revered and prolific visionaries. A memorial will take place in Los Angeles at a later date. The family requests privacy during their time of grief.” A cause of death was not provided.
*As Ratings Plummet, N.F.L. Considers Reducing Ads and Length of Games:
N.F.L. Commissioner Roger Goodell said on Thursday that theleague was looking at a variety of ways to shorten game broadcasts, including trimming some advertising, to keep the action moving. The league has seen its television ratings plunge this season, something that Goodell has said is related to a number of factors, including the intense interest in the presidential election, as well as shifts in the way fans have been watching games. Though television ratings are down by double digits so far this season, Goodell said that N.F.L. ratings had risen 27 percent in the past decade even as ratings for prime-time television had fallen 36 percent. Speaking on Thursday at the annual DealBook conference hosted by The New York Times, he called this year’s decline “cyclical.”
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*Khizr Khan to Trump: Earn Our Respect:
, the father of slain Muslim-American U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan
, had some advice for Donald Trump
on Thursday. Khan, who has been outspoken about his contempt for Trump throughout the presidential race, said the president-elect would have to “earn” his position in the White House despite his recent victory. Khan responded gracefully to Trump’s win, despite his strong words against the Republican nominee and very public spat with Trump during the campaign. Asked by CNN’s Anderson Cooper
whether he considers Trump his president, Khan said, “He is still president-elect.” He added, however, that Trump “has to earn our respect, he has to earn the position of the presidency.” The nationwide protests against Trump’s win are “indicative of how many people have been intimidated, how many people feel that their rights have not been fully guaranteed,” Khan said. Already, he said, there were signs that a Trump presidency will be dangerous. “Muslims are being intimidated by Donald Trump’s supporters,” he said, describing people “snatching headscarves” from Muslim women and vandalizing mosques after Trump’s victory. “That needs to stop,” he said.
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*Zuckerberg: Fake Facebook News Didn’t Sway Election:
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg
says it’s “crazy” to think bogus news stories spread on Facebook during the presidentialcampaign could have influenced the outcome. “Personally, I think the idea that fake news on Facebook—of which it’s a small amount of content—influenced the election in any way is a pretty crazy idea,” Zuckerberg told a conference Thursday. In the heat of the presidential race, millions of people wound up sharing fake news stories about the candidates—and Facebook became a cesspool of bizarre conspiracy theories. With many shocked by Donald Trump
’s win, social-media users have begun to wonder if the platform enabled the Republican nominee’s win by allowing such news stories to flourish. Zuckerberg doesn’t think so, however. “I do think there is a profound lack of empathy in asserting that the only reason someone could’ve voted the way they did is fake news,” he said.
*Robert Redford is retiring from acting:
Veteran star Robert Redford is bidding farewell to acting – telling his grandson that he’ll focus on directing and artwork after he wraps up two projects. The 80-year-old Oscar-winning actor made the announcement while being interviewed by Dylan Redford for the Walker Art Center, where he will appear for an event Saturday. Dylan, an artist and gallerist, asked him if ever thinks about returning to painting. “Yeah, a lot — and a lot lately because I’m getting tired of acting. I’m an impatient person, so it’s hard for me to sit around and do take after take after take,” Redford said.
— whose latest project is his first film to shoot entirely in New York since 2009 — was seen taking a break on Wednesday night by checking out a breathtaking new show of Picasso art on the Upper East Side in NYC at Gagosian Gallery. Picasso
’s granddaughter, Diana Widmaier-Picasso
, has organized the exhibition “Picasso’s Picassos: A Selection from the Collection of Maya Ruiz-Picasso” — which includes 21 paintings from her now-81-year-old mother’s collection. ***Mary-Kate
and Ashley Olsen
had a double-date night with Olivier Sarkozy
and Richard Sachs
at the N.Y. Knicks game on Wednesday. Both couples were photographed smooching throughout the night.
*LBN-COMMENTARY by Charles Krauthammer: Donald Trump won fair and square and, as Hillary Clinton said in her concession speech, is owed an open mind and a chance to lead. It is therefore incumbent upon conservatives (like me) who have been highly critical of Trump to think through how to make a success of the coming years of Republican rule. It begins by recognizing Trump’s remarkable political instincts. As House Speaker Paul Ryan noted in his morning-after olive-branch news conference, Trump heard “a voice out in this country that no one else heard.” Trump spoke to and for a working class squeezed and ruined by rapid technological and economic transformation. One of the principal tasks for the now-dominant GOP is to craft a governing agenda that actually alters their lives and prospects. In the end, it was this constituency of those left behind by the new globalized digital economy that delivered the presidency to Trump. Nonetheless, this election was not just about the social/economic divide. It was also about the ideological divide between left and right. The most overlooked factor in the election is the continuing deep and widespread dissatisfaction with Obamaism.
*LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: If your social circles are like mine, you spent Tuesday night swapping miserable texts. Not all, but many of my friends and family members were outraged, stunned, disgusted and devastated. This is victory for white supremacy, people wrote, for misogyny, nativism and authoritarianism. Fascism is descending. I was on PBS trying to make sense of what was happening while trying to text various people off the ledge. At one point I was opining about the results while a disbelieving text flashed across my phone: “Change It! Change It! CHAAAANGE IT!” Those emotional reactions were a fitting first-night response to the greatest political shock of our lifetimes. Still, this is probably not the best mentality for the coming era. In the first place, emotions like disgust don’t do justice to the complexity of Donald Trump’s supporters. The disgusted posture risks turning politics into a Manichaean civil war between the alleged children of light and the alleged children of darkness — between us enlightened, college-educated tolerant people and the supposed primitive horde driven by dark fears and prejudices. That crude and ignorant condescension is what feeds the Trump phenomenon in the first place.
*LBN-COMMENTARY: John Hartmann (Author, Educator and CEO of The Holodigm Foundation): Give Trump a chance! However, the American people did not choose him. Hillary was the people’s choice. The broken and corrupt political system appointed Trump, as it did W. What could possibly go wrong? Everything! Our statesman president Obama has cracked an ancient and rock hard wall. But this is a long term class war that has been raging since the sixties. If Trump goes rogue, the military will step in, and the 1% will have what they have always wanted, a Christian-fascist, military-industrial state. What will we have?
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