CONSEQUENCES – U.S. Imposes New Iran Sanctions:
Final Obama Era Jobs Report: Healthy:
‘Terror’ Attack on the Louvre Foiled in Paris:
Miami-Dade mayor orders jails to comply with Trump crackdown on ‘sanctuary’ counties:
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:
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-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:
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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.
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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.
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