LBN – Special Report – Friday February 3, 2017

CONSEQUENCES – U.S. Imposes New Iran Sanctions:

President Donald Trump imposed new sanctions on Iran on Friday morning, days after White House officials warned Tehran of being put “on notice” for test firing a ballistic missile last weekend in apparent violation of a UN resolution. The executive order targeted 13 Iranian individuals, and 12 entities—and resemble the moves made by the Obama administration after previous tests. The White House has not accused Iran of violating the nuclear deal, though. The new sanctions mark the beginning of a more aggressive policy against Iran, as Trump promised during his presidential campaign. A top adviser to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei previously stated that Iran would not yield to “useless” threats from “an inexperienced person” over its missile program. The sanctions came hours after Trump and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif traded jabs on Twitter, with the president warning Tehran it was “playing with fire.”

 Final Obama Era Jobs Report: Healthy:

The U.S. workforce added a strong 227,000 jobs in January, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ final economic measure of the Obama administration. However, the unemployment rate ticked up to 4.8 percent as more workers came off the sidelines to seek employment. Average employment earnings for the month rose just 0.1 percent (up 2.5 percent from a year ago), despite increases in the minimum wage going into effect in various parts of the U.S. Surveys to measure the employment rate were conducted before Donald Trump took office on Jan. 20. Douglas Holtz-Eakin, a conservative economist who led the Congressional Budget Office under George W. Bush, told The New York Times the January results show the U.S. is near full employment. President Trump has previously indicated he believes the measures are “phony numbers.”

‘Terror’ Attack on the Louvre Foiled in Paris:

A French soldier has shot and wounded a man who attempted a machete attack outside the entrance to the Louvre in Paris—one of the world’s most-visited museums. The suspect was reportedly carrying two backpacks when he allegedly pulled a knife on the soldier at around 10 a.m. local time Friday and shouted “Allahu Akbar.” The soldier was patrolling the area as part of Operation Sentenelle, foot-patrols that were instituted near major landmarks after the attacks on Charlie Hebdo and a Paris supermarket in January 2015. One soldier had a head wound resulting from the exchange. Officers fired five shots at the suspect, who received a “serious” abdominal wound. Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve called the attack “terrorist in nature.” Paris police prefect Michel Cadot said, “We are dealing with an attack from an individual who was clearly aggressive and represented a direct threat, and whose comments lead us to believe that he wished to carry out a terrorist incident.” The Louvre is closed “for the moment,” according to a spokeswoman, but it is unclear if the establishment was evacuated.

Miami-Dade mayor orders jails to comply with Trump crackdown on ‘sanctuary’ counties:

Fearing a loss of millions of dollars for defying immigration authorities, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez onThursday ordered county jails to comply with federal immigration detention requests — effectively gutting the county’s position as a “sanctuary” for immigrants in the country illegally. Gimenez cited an executive order signed Wednesday by President Donald Trump that threatened to cut federal grants for any counties or cities that don’t cooperate fully with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Since 2013, Miami-Dade has refused to indefinitely detain inmates who are in the country illegally and wanted by ICE — not based on principle, but because the federal government doesn’t fully reimburse the county for the expense.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***Nordstrom said Thursday it will stop selling Ivanka Trump clothing and accessories.The Seattle-based department store chain said the decision was based on the sales performance of the first daughter’s brand. The move comes amid a weeks long campaign known as “Grab Your Wallet,” which has been calling for a boycott of retailers that carry Ivanka Trump or Donald Trump merchandise.   ***Snapchat may have been built on disappearing messages. But as the social media darling hovers on the cusp of becoming a public company, its parent is trying to show how durable its business is. In its first public prospectus, Snap Inc. disclosed on Thursday that it had built a nearly $405 million advertising business in just over two years. While the filing does not indicate a price for an initial public offering, Snap is expected to seek a market valuation of more than $20 billion from investors.

Pregnant Women Turn to Marijuana, Perhaps Harming Infants: 

During her pregnancy, she never drank alcohol or had a cigarette. But nearly every day, Stacey, then 24, smoked marijuana. With her fiancé’s blessing, she began taking a fewpuffs in her first trimester to quell morning sickness before going to work at a sandwich shop. When sciatica made it unbearable to stand during her 12-hour shifts, she discreetly vaped marijuana oil on her lunch break. “I wouldn’t necessarily say, ‘Go smoke a pound of pot when you’re pregnant,’” said Stacey, now a stay-at-home mother in Deltona, Fla., who asked that her full name be withheld because street-bought marijuana is illegal in Florida. “In moderation, it’s O.K.” Many pregnant women, particularly younger ones, seem to agree, a recent federal survey shows. As states legalize marijuana or its medical use, expectant mothers are taking it up in increasing numbers — another example of the many ways in which acceptance of marijuana has outstripped scientific understanding of its effects on human health.

LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:   ***The White House Correspondents Dinner has gone from a hoary ritual to the apex of Washington’s social calendar, replete with Hollywood A-listers, tuxedoed television stars and live coverage on the major news networks. But like many Washington traditions, things are changing now that President Trump is in town. The New Yorker is canceling the kickoff party that it usually holds at the W Hotel, according to a spokeswoman for the magazine,Natalie Raabe. Vanity Fair is pulling out of co-sponsoring the dinner’s most exclusive after-party, a celebrity-studded affair most recently hosted at the French ambassador’s residence that is considered the capital’s hottest ticket of the year.

LBN-WHERE THE ELITE AND UNDERDOGS MEET:

LBN-NOTICED:   ***While Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have managed to keep their romance relatively private for several months now, new photos have surfaced of the couple’s most recent public night out. The royal family member was spotted holding hands with the Suits star after enjoying a dinner at Soho House in West London Wednesday evening.    ***Super-attorney Tom Girardi’s (men’s only) pre-Super Bowl party last night at Wolfgang’s Steak House in Beverly Hills was an over-flow success of most of the towns major attorneys and judges. Included in the power broker men’s group were L.A. Police Chief Charlie Beck, former L.A. Sheriff Lee Baca, attorney Robert Shapiro, media expert and author Michael Levine among others.   ***Rosie O’Donnell, Ben Stiller, John Mulaney, Ben Vereen and Jesse Tyler Ferguson all greetingJosh Groban backstage after seeing “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812.”   ***Miles Socha being toasted byCarolina Herrera and Tory Burch, among others, at Spring Place in NYC.

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***A career-spanning documentary about Eric Clapton, called A Life in 12 Bars, is currently in the works. Lili Fini Zanuck will direct the film, with Searching for Sugar Man producer John Battsek on board as producer, Variety reports. The Clapton documentary team also includes editor Chris King, who worked on Asif Kapadia’s Amy and Senna.   ***Frank Ocean‘s father this weekfiled a $14.5 million lawsuit against his Grammy award-winning son, claiming the singer branded him a homophobe in a social media post. Calvin Cooksey, of New Mexico, says he’s entitled to millions of dollars because of his famous son’s allegedly libelous comments, made on the singer’s Tumblr page last year, according to the suit filed Thursday in California federal court.   ***Rapper 50 Cent is in the clear after emerging from Chapter 11 bankruptcy Thursday, having repaid his debts with $8.7 million of his own cash and a $13.65 million malpractice settlement with his ex-lawyers. The “Get Rich or Die Tryin’” singer filed for bankruptcy in Connecticut federal court in July 2015 shortly after a Florida woman, Lastonia Leviston, won a $7 million verdict against him in Manhattan state court.

Sarah Silverman urges military to overthrow Donald Trump:

Sarah Silverman has called for a military coup against President Donald Trump. The comedian posted in all-capital letters Wednesday night to her nearly 10 million followers to “wake up & join the resistance.” She added, “Once the military is w us fascists get overthrown. Mad king & his handlers go bye bye.”

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LBN-BOOK NEWS:   ***President Trump’s one-time mistress and ex-wife Marla Maples was set to publish a memoir about their relationship — but the project got shelved just before the election. The book, “It’s About Time,” due to be published by Judith Regan, was sunk by various problems — mainly Trump himself — we’re told. A publishing industry source tells us that Trump put an abrupt end to the memoir when he declined to give his approval to the tome. Another bookworm says that an agreement that Maples — who famously said Trump was “the best sex I’ve ever had” — made as part of their divorce settlement meant that she couldn’t deliver a manuscript that was as juicy as the one she promised.

LBN-SPOTLIGHT: “Learn from the past, prepare for the future, and perform in the moment.” —–www.TheExcelCommunity.com

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: The Library ofCongress’s main building is one of the most magnificent buildings in Washington, or in the country. It was built in a pivotal, tumultuous time. During the 23 years in the late 19th century that it took to design and build the structure, industrialization transformed America. More people immigrated to America than in the previous 250 years combined. The building articulates the central animating idea that held this bursting, turbulent country together. That idea is best encapsulated in the mural under the dome of the main reading room. A series of monumental figures are depicted, each representing a great civilization in human history and what that civilization contributed to the human story. It starts with a figure representing Egypt (written records) and then continues through Judea (religion), Greece (philosophy), Islam (physics), Italy (the fine arts), Germany (printing), Spain (discovery), England (literature), France (emancipation) and it culminates with America (science). In that story, America is placed at the vanguard of the great human march of progress. America is the grateful inheritor of other people’s gifts. It has a spiritual connection to all people in all places, but also an exceptional role. America culminates history. It advances a way of life and a democratic model that will provide people everywhere with dignity. The things Americans do are not for themselves only, but for all mankind.

LBN-COMMENTARY by ANGELINA JOLIE: Refugees are men, women and children caught in the fury of war, or the cross hairs of persecution. Far from being terrorists, they are often the victims of terrorism themselves. I’m proud of our country’s history of giving shelter to the most vulnerable people. Americans have shed blood to defend the idea that human rights transcend culture, geography, ethnicity and religion. The decision to suspend the resettlement of refugees to the United States and deny entry to citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries has been met with shock by our friends around the world precisely because of this record. The global refugee crisis and the threat from terrorism make it entirely justifiable that we consider how best to secure our borders. Every government must balance the needs of its citizens with its international responsibilities. But our response must be measured and should be based on facts, not fear. As the mother of six children, who were all born in foreign lands and are proud American citizens, I very much want our country to be safe for them, and all our nation’s children. But I also want to know that refugee children who qualify for asylum will always have a chance to plead their case to a compassionate America. And that we can manage our security without writing off citizens of entire countries — even babies — as unsafe to visit our country by virtue of geography or religion.

LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:….Van Morrison

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