LBN – Special Report – Friday January 20, 2017

Donald Trump pledges ‘America first’ creed, says ‘you will never be ignored again’:

Donald J. Trump preached the populist and nationalist message that fueled his presidential campaign in his first remarks as the 45th president of the United States, pledging an “America first” creed. “The forgotten men and women of this country will be forgotten no longer,” the businessman and former reality television star said in front of the U.S. Capitol on Friday.  As raindrops fell on the crowd gathered on the National Mall, Trump said he planned to “transfer power from Washington, D.C.” to the people, taking swipes at politicians, some of whom stood just over his shoulder. He told Americans that “you will never be ignored again,” repeating his campaign pledges to push companies to return jobs to the U.S. and to rebuild American infrastructure.  Just before his address, Trump, 70, took the oath of office from Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. Wearing a red tie and speaking slowly with his left hand on two Bibles, Trump pledged to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

Hillary Clinton: I’m at Inauguration to ‘Honor Democracy’:

As she arrived at Donald Trump’s inauguration ceremony, his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton posted to Twitter that she is in attendance to honor democratic values and the peaceful transfer of power. “I’m here today to honor our democracy & its enduring values,” she wrote shortly before emerging to take her seat in front of the Capitol Building. “I will never stop believing in our country & its future.”

LBN-INAUGURAL INSIDER:   ***Melania Trump may have hit the campaign trail in glamorous black dresses and boldly colored sheaths by European designers, but for Inauguration Day, she looked as American as apple pie. The incoming first lady stepped out wearing a powder blue dress and coat by Ralph Lauren, a look that channeled Jackie Kennedy’s own inauguration outfit.

11 Found Alive in Italian Hotel Hit by Avalanche:

Search crews reported early Friday that eight people, including two children, have been found alive inside an Italian mountain hotel that was hit by an avalanche a day earlier, killing at least two. A search was underway for at least 25 missing people at the Rigopiano hotel in central Italy. The avalanche came after a series of earthquakes. Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentilonisaid the country had experienced an “unprecedented vice of frost and earthquakes.” The European Union expressed solidarity with Italy after the earthquake and subsequent avalanche and pledged to offer assistance, with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker saying “an earthquake in Italy is an earthquake in Europe.”

ISIS Is Destroying Historic Monuments in Syria Again:

ISIS militants have resumed destroying historic monuments inSyria, notably an ancient Roman theater in Palmyra, officials said. According to the country’s antiquities agency, the façade of the centuries-old theater was badly damaged. In addition, militants destroyed the Tetrapylon, a cube-shaped monument near the theater. The damage was likely done last month, an official told the AP, but satellite images were only recently released. According to the American Schools of Oriental Research, which provided the satellite images, ISIS was likely to blame for the vandalism, although it could not pinpoint the exact cause. Palmyra, referred to by Syrians as the “Bride of the Desert,” contains many historical artifacts and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Malia Obama to Intern for Harvey Weinstein:

Malia Obama, the eldest daughter of President Barack Obama, will intern with Hollywood megaproducer Harvey WeinsteinThe Hollywood Reporter confirmed Friday. Malia, now 18, is scheduled to begin work in the New York office of Weinstein Co. next month, after the first family finishes their post-presidential vacation in Palm Springs, California. Malia, who graduated from high school last June, is expected to attend Harvard University in the fall. Previously, the first daughter worked as an intern on Lena Dunham’s HBO series Girls, in addition to spending time in Los Angeles working on the set of the CBS drama Extant, starring Halle Berry.

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‘El Chapo’ Arrives in U.S. After Extradition from Mexico:

Infamous drug lord Joaquin Guzman, otherwise known as El Chapo, arrived in New York late Thursday night after he was extradited from Mexico. Guzman will appear in federal court in Brooklyn on Friday. In six separate indictments, he is accused of being connected to efforts to bring billions of dollars of drugs into the United States. Authorities will close the Brooklyn Bridge while Guzman is being transported from a Manhattan jail to the court building. CNN reported that Mexican officials wanted to turn over Guzman just as the incoming president, Donald Trump, was being sworn in.

Former NFL Player Mark Gastineau Says He Has Dementia, Parkinson’s:

Mark Gastineau, a former National Football League player, revealed in a radio interview Thursday that he has dementia, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s disease. Gastineau, who played for the New York Jets from 1979 to 1988, said the conditions are a result of his NFL play. “It’s something that I want every player that goes out and plays to be protected in the best way they can be protected,” he said on WOR, in an often rambling interview. “Unfortunately, myself took over me… and I lost. My self was overpowering. I mean, I thought I was better than… you know.” Gastineau also promoted USA Football’s “Heads Up Football” program, which teaches young players how to avoid the devastating health effects.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***State and federal lawsuits filed this week accused Navient, the largest collector of student loan payments in the nation, of the kind of sloppiness and misleading tactics that emerged in the mortgage market in the years after the financial crisis. The company, which is fighting the lawsuits, has denied wrongdoing. “Navient has a well-established, superior track record of helping student loan borrowers succeed in repayment,” Patricia Nash Christel, a company spokeswoman, said in a written statement. “We will vigorously defend against these false allegations.” The accusations against Navient, by the nation’s consumer watchdog agency and attorneys general in two states, are aggravating a student loan crisis that has swept the United States. Student loan debt has surged to $1.4 trillion, eclipsing the totals for auto loans and credit cards, and burdening a generation with a mountain of debt just as its members try to find their financial footing.

LBN-NOTICED:   ***New year, new love for Ruby Rose. “She is the most amazing person,” the actress gushed of gal palJess Origliasso to Entertainment Tonight. “We just jam every night. We just play music and sing and cook dinner, and she’s amazing. She wonderful.” One-half of the pop duo, The Veronicas, Origliasso accompanied Rose to the Hollywood premiere of her new flick, “xXx: Return of Xander Cage,” Thursday night. ***Bob Costas at the Leopard at des Artistes in NYC.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:   ***The Laugh Factory is looking for a host of its new online show “Fake News/Real News.” Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump impression on “SaturdayNight Live” has prompted the President-elect to continuously tweet his dislike of it. The Laugh Factory wants to find the true greatest Donald Trump impression the world has to offer. We’ve launched a competition that is open to every race, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin and age,” Laugh Factory owner Jamie Masada says. “Following our recent Funniest Person in the World Competition that featured comedians from 56 countries, the Laugh Factory is bringing the global comedy community together again to find the funniest Trump impression in any language.”   ***Danny Huston is to make his UK theatre debut in The Kid Stays in the Picture at the Royal Court in London. The show, directed bySimon McBurney, is an adaptation of the bracingly candid memoir by actor turned movie mogul Robert Evans.

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***Adele is set to take the stage at next month’s Grammy Awards, where she is nominated for album, song and record of the year. The Recording Academy announced Friday that Adele will perform at the Feb. 12 show at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Previously announced performers include Metallica, Carrie Underwood, John Legend and Keith Urban.

LBN-SPORTS INSIDER:   ***The Pittsburg Steelers are not just battling the New England Patriots this week; they’re also dealing with a bout of the stomach flu.Tight end Ladarius Green missed practice Thursday because of it, and he was not alone. Five others couldn’t suit up either. Over the last two days, as many as 15 players have been dealing with the illness.

LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Roberta Peters, the Bronx-born coloratura soprano who at 20 was catapulted to stardom by a phone call, a subway ride and a Metropolitan Opera debut — her first public performance anywhere — all in the space of five hours, died on Wednesday at her home in Rye, N.Y. She was 86. The cause was Parkinson’s disease, her son Bruce Fields said.   ***Wayne Barrett, the muckraking Village Voice columnist who carved out a four-decade career tilting at developers, landlords and politicians, among them Donald J. Trump and Rudolph W. Giuliani, died on Thursday in Manhattan. He was 71. His wife, Fran Barrett, said the cause was complications of interstitial lung disease. Mr. Barrett himself had called his condition ironic, noting that he had never been a drinker or a smoker.

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: This is a remarkable day in the history of our country. We have never over our centuries inaugurated a man like Donald Trump as president of the United States. You can select any random group of former presidents — Madison, Lincoln, Hoover, Carter — and none of them are like Trump. We’ve never had a major national leader as professionally unprepared, intellectually ill informed, morally compromised and temperamentally unfit as the man taking the oath on Friday. So let’s not lessen the shock factor that should reverberate across this extraordinary moment. It took a lot to get us here. It took a once-in-a-century societal challenge — the stresses and strains brought by the global information age — and it took a political system that was too detached and sclerotic to understand and deal with them. There are many ways to capture this massive failure, but I’d rely on the old sociological distinction between gemeinschaft and gesellschaft. All across the world, we have masses of voters who live in a world of gemeinschaft: where relationships are personal, organic and fused by particular affections. These people define their loyalty to community, faith and nation in personal, in-the-gut sort of ways.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Paul Krugman: Betsy DeVos, whom Donald Trump has nominated as education secretary, doesn’t know basic education terms, doesn’t know about federal statutes governing special education, but thinks school officials should carry guns to defend against grizzly bears. Monica Crowley, selected as deputy national security adviser, withdrew after it was revealed that much of her past writing was plagiarized. Many other national security positions remain unfilled, and it’s unclear how much if any of the briefing materials prepared by the outgoing administration have even been read. Meanwhile Rex Tillerson, selected as secretary of state, casually declared that America would block Chinese access to bases in the South China Sea, apparently unaware that he was in effect threatening to go to war if China called his bluff. Do you see a pattern here?

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