LBN- Special Report- Friday November 25, 2016

Republicans Divided Between Romney and Giuliani for Secretary of State: 

Rival factions of Republicans are locked in an increasingly caustic and public battle to influence President-elect Donald J. Trump’s choice for secretary of state, leaving a prominent hole in an otherwise quickly formed national security team that is unlikely to be filled until next week at the earliest. The debate inside Mr. Trump’s wide circle of formal and informal advisers — pitting supporters of one leading contender, Mitt Romney, against those of another, Rudolph W. Giuliani — has led to the kind of dramatic airing of differences that characterized Mr. Trump’s unconventional and often squabbling campaign team. And it traces the outlines of the enduring split in the Republican Party between establishment figures who scoffed at Mr. Trump’s chances of victory and the grass-roots insurgents who backed him as a disrupter of the Washington power structure.


COUNTDOWN – Central Americans Surge Toward U.S. to Beat Trump’s Inauguration:

Large numbers of Central American migrants have fled their homes and are surging toward the U.S. in a bid to beat DonaldTrump’s inauguration next year, Reuters reported Thursday. “We’re worried because we’re seeing a rise in the flow of migrants leaving the country, who have been urged to leave by coyotes telling them that they have to reach the United States before Trump takes office.” Honduras’ deputy foreign minister Maria Andrea Matamoros was quoted as saying. Authorities in Guatemala and El Salvador have described similar situations, with many migrants being advised to expedite their plans in light of Trump’s tough talk on immigration. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection last week said it had been forced to open a temporary holding facility for up to 500 people in response to a spike in illegal border crossings from Mexico.

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Dylann Roof Found Fit to Stand Trial in Church Shooting:

A Charleston judge on Friday ruled that Dylann Roof is competent to stand trial in the June 2015 shooting deaths of nine people at Emanuel AME Church. U.S. District JudgeRichard Gergel announced his decision on Friday morning, with jury selection in Roof’s trial set to begin on Monday morning at 9 a.m. “After carefully considering the record before the Court, the relevant legal standards, and the arguments of counsel, the Court now finds and concludes that the Defendant is competent to stand trial,” Gergel said in his decision. Roof, 22, pleaded not guilty to 33 federal charges. Jury selection was originally scheduled to begin on Nov. 7, but Roof’s defense demanded that doctors check him out to determine whether he suffers from a “mental disease or defect” which would make him unfit for trial. A court-appointed doctor subsequently found that Roof was fit for trial and was not suffering from any mental illness.


LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: We don’t decide about life; we’re captured by life. In the major spheres, decision-making, when it happens at all, is downstream from curiosity and engagement. If we really want to understand and shape behavior, maybe we should look less at decision-making and more at curiosity. Why are you interested in the things you are interested in? Why are some people zealously seized, manically attentive and compulsively engaged?

WHO READS LBN? Former Book Publisher Bill Hartley and Plastic surgeon Jon Perlman:

LBN-NOTICED:   ***Jeff Zucker, Clive Davis and Grace Coddington seeing “Manchester by the Sea” in NYC on opening weekend.   Paul McCartney applauding at “A Bronx Tale” on Broadway in NYC.   ***Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick with son Mason at Little Beach House Malibu.   ***John Oliver at a Rangers game at Madison Square Garden in NYC.   ***Dascha Polanco at Benjamin Prime in NYC   ***Media expert and author Michael Levine talking with comedians Frasier Smith and Jeff Ross at the Laugh Factory yesterday in L.A. as they served food the needy.

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LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Florence Henderson, the cheery actress who brought smiles to our faces as matriarch Carol Brady on the ABC sitcom The Brady Bunch, has passed away at 82. According to her manager, she died surrounded by her close family and friends. The small town girl from Dale, Indiana, first shot to fame on Broadway, appearing in a number of acclaimed musicals—including Fanny. She was a paragon of wholesomeness as The Brady Bunch’s Carol Brady, playing a mother to six children. The role, which she lasted for five seasons and 117 episodes, hit close to home for Henderson, who was herself the youngest of ten children.   ***Al Caiola, a versatile guitarist who recorded hit versions of the themes from the westerns “The Magnificent Seven” and “Bonanza” and worked with artists ranging from Buddy Holly to Tony Bennett, died on Nov. 9 in Allendale, N.J. He was 96. His death, at a nursing home, was confirmed by his daughter, Sandra Ayres.

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LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Madonna says she is supporting son Rocco Ritchie after reports surfaced Wednesday that the 16-year-old was arrested for possession of marijuana in London. Madonna released a statement to The AssociatedPress Wednesday calling the September arrest “a family matter.” She said: “I love my son very much. I will do whatever I can to give him the support that he needs, and I ask that you respect our privacy at this time.”   ***Original Village People cowboy Randy Jones says ex-president Jimmy Carter’s mom once offered him pot at Studio 54. But he declined. “I was walking … in the basement to one of the many private rooms and I took a seat,” recalls Jones, who’s penning a memoir, “Glory Days, Disco Nights.” “Someone tapped me on my left shoulder. I turn around and it is Lillian Carter. Lillian offered me the weed, but I just passed it on. I felt like I would be smoking with my grandmother.”


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