Check, Please – Trump Wants Congress to Fund Wall:
CNN reports President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team has indicated to Republicans in Congress that the incomingadministration would like to fund a long-promised wall at the Mexican border through the appropriations process. Throughout the campaign, Trump promised that he would get Mexico to pay for the wall. Transition officials have told House GOP leaders in private meetings they’d like to pay for the wall in a funding bill, a senior House GOP source told CNN. Early Friday morning, Trump tweeted: “The dishonest media does not report that any money spent on building the Great Wall (for sake of speed), will be paid back by Mexico later!” It’s not yet clear how he intends to arrange that retroactive payment by Mexico. Mexican government officials have repeatedly said they will not pay for any such structure.
Obama: Chicago Torture Attack ‘Despicable’:
has condemned the “despicable” Chicago torture attack this week in which four young black people were shown in a Facebook Live video torturing a mentally disabled white man and yelling obscenities about race and Donald Trump
. “I take these things very seriously,” he said. “The good news is that the next generation that’s coming behind us… have smarter, better, more thoughtful attitudes about race.” Obama expressed alarm about the footage, which was broadcast on Facebook Live, calling it a “horrific hate crime.” The two men and two women allegedly involved in the attack were all charged Thursday. Jordan Hill, 18; Tesfaye Cooper, 18; Brittany Covington, 18; and Tanishia Covington, 24, all face charges of aggravated kidnapping, hate crimes, aggravated unlawful restraint, and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Police said all four have admitted to their roles in the incident. They reportedly met the victim, a school classmate, at a McDonald’s and hung out with him over two days before purportedly launching their six-hour attack on him. The victim’s brother-in-law told reporters in a late Thursday news conference that the 18-year-old is grateful for all the public support. “He’s doing well, as well as he could be at this time,” he said.
U.S. Wages Rose 2.9% in December:
The final jobs report of 2016 was released Friday morning, showing a minor uptick in the unemployment rate, from 4.6 percent to 4.7 percent; the addition of 156,000 jobs; and a rise in U.S. wages for the month of December. According to the federal data, average hourly earnings rose by 2.9 percent over the same month a year earlier. According to The Wall Street Journal
, President Obama
’s final full month in office was the 75th straight month in which employers added jobs—extending the longest streak on record since 1939.
Trump Stabs NBC in the Back Again Over ‘Apprentice’:
On Friday morning, President-elect Donald Trump
startedtweeting again about his dissatisfaction with popular culture, this time going after NBC’s new version of The Apprentice
and his reality-TV heir, Arnold Schwarzenegger
. In effect, Trump, as an executive producer of the show, trashed his own program. “Wow, the ratings are in and Arnold Schwarzenegger got ‘swamped’ (or destroyed) by comparison to the ratings machine, [Donald J. Trump],” the next leader of the free world wrote. “So much for being a movie star—and that was season 1 compared to season 14. Now compare him to my season 1. But who cares, he supported Kasich
.” (Schwarzenegger, a Republican, was critical of—and said he would not vote for—Trump during the campaign, but has since told people to stop “whining” about the Republican president-elect.)
WHO READS LBN? Author Rachel Cusk:
Former CIA Director Leaves Trump Team:
Former CIA Director R. James Woolsey Jr.
resigned from President-elect Donald Trump
’s transition team Thursday reportedly because of tensions over Trump’s plan for U.S. intelligence agencies. “Effective immediately, Ambassador Woolsey is no longer a senior adviser to President-Elect Trump or the transition. He wishes the president-Elect and his administration great success in their time in office,” Jonathan Franks
, a spokesman for Woolsey, said in a statement. The Washington Post
reports Woolsey felt he’d been excluded from discussions on intelligence matters with Trump and retired Lt. General Michael Flynn
, who is set to be his national security adviser. Woolsey has been involved with four presidential administrations.
U.S. Lists Bin Laden’s Son as a ‘Global Terrorist’:
The United States on Thursday officially listed a son of Osama bin Laden as a “global terrorist,” and warned that the younger man, who has called for attacks around the world, poses a risk to American national security. The son, Hamza bin Laden, who has pledged to take up Osama bin Laden’s violent mantle and avenge his death, is “actively engaged in terrorism,” the State Department said, putting his age at 27. Placing Mr. Bin Laden on the government list, formally known as the Specially Designated Global Terrorist list, gives officials legal tools to isolate him and hamper his movements and transactions. It is also a reminder of the continued terrorism campaign by Al Qaeda, which Osama bin Laden founded, and its affiliates, and of its aim to recruit and groom a new generation of jihadists.
THINK DIFFERENTLY – READ LBN:
***The American economy added 156,000 jobs in December, capping the final full month of President Obama
’s term on a tepid note, even as his successor, Donald J. Trump
, promises that much bigger gains could be around the corner. The unemployment rate edged up to 4.7 percent, according to the Labor Department report on Friday. That was up from a post-recession low of 4.6 percent inNovember. But the bigger story in Friday’s report was a better-than-expected showing for hourly earnings, a missing link for many workers until recently in the recovery from the recession. Average hourly earnings rose 0.4 percent in December, bringing the 12-month increase to 2.9 percent, the best annual performance since the recovery began in mid-2009. ***Apple Inc. said Chief Executive Tim Cook
and other leaders received less total compensation in 2016 as the company missed its revenue and profit goals for the year. According to a regulatory filing on Friday, Apple said its annual sales of $215.6 billion were 3.7% below its target of $223.6 billion, and its operating income of $60 billion was 0.5% short of the $60.3 billion target.
WHO READS LBN? Actor Dave Vescio:
***A procession of stars arrived at the next-door homes of Debbie Reynolds
and her daughter Carrie Fisher
on a gloomy Thursday afternoon amid reports that a private memorial was scheduled at the compound to mourn the late actresses. Meryl Streep
, Meg Ryan
, Ellen Barkin
and Ed Begley Jr.
were among those spotted entering the property inthe Coldwater Canyon area of Los Angeles. Press, private security and police assembled on the street outside of the homes, which are tucked away at the end of a long driveway and hidden by trees and shrubs in the tony hillside neighborhood. ***Fred Armisen
on a JetBlue flight from JFK to LAX. ***ZZ Top’s beardy guitar god Billy Gibbons
at hot Thai restaurant Night + Market in West Hollywood, Calif. ***Jesse Tyler Ferguson
and husband Justin Mikita
at the Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa in Colorado. ***Cate Blanchett
and family at the State Bar and Grill in the Empire State Building in NYC. ***Santa Monica City Manager Rick Cole
talking to a group of city leaders at a “Community Lunch” at Izzy’s Deli in Santa Monica yesterday.
LBN-VIDEO LINK: New Yorker’s David Remnick on his fears over Trump’s presidency – BBC Newsnight —- https://youtu.be/CK0-Rqeb7Mo
LBN-R.I.P.: Jeremy J. Stone, a mathematician whose ideas about minimizing the possibility of a nuclear catastrophe influenced arms-control negotiators in the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War, died on Sunday at his home in Carlsbad, Calif. He was 81. The cause was heart failure, said Steven Aftergood, his executor and a former colleague at the Federation of American Scientists.
LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: I’ve been thinking about the big decisions in life: How do people choose careers, colleges, spouses and towns. Of those decisions, buying a home ranks with the most difficult. It is difficult emotionally. Like a lot of the biggest decisions, it is more emotional than coldly rational. People generally don’t select a house; they fall in love with it. Part of that falling-in-love process is aesthetic: the sense you get within 10 seconds of walking into a place that it just feels happy and right. Part is aspirational: When people fall in love with a house, they aren’t really falling in love with the walls and the roof; they are falling in love with a beautiful vision of their future lives. That process of falling in love is confusing and mysterious. When you’re buying a house, you’re making a stressful major financial decision based on a set of emotions you can’t control, don’t fully understand and can’t pin down in any concrete way.
LBN-COMMENTARY by Michael Levine (Media expert and author – www.MichaelLevineMedia.com ) : When a person falls in love, the ventral tegmental area in the brain floods the caudate nucleus with dopamine. The caudate then signals for more dopamine; the more dopamine, the higher a person feels. The same system becomes activated when someone takes cocaine.
LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:….
was just one of manystars who paid tribute to Debbie Reynolds
and daughter Carrie Fisher
at an intimate, private memorial for the stars. During Thursday’s service, Streep, 67, sang Fisher’s favorite song, “Happy Days Are Here Again,” with the rest of the guests eventually joining in. “By the end, everyone was singing,” a family friend said. ***David Spade
is at home resting after being involved in a three-car accident in Los Angeles on Wednesday night.Spade, 52, suffered minor injuries when his Range Rover was rear-ended and spun around. His passenger airbag was deployed in the collision. An eyewitness says that the comedian was placed on a gurney and rushed to a local emergency room.
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