LBN- Special Report- Monday

*China Warns Trump About Starting ‘Trade Wars’:

Chinese President Xi Jinping stressed the need for cooperation between China and the U.S. in a phone call with President-elect Donald Trump on Sunday night. The conversation came after Trump spent much of the presidential campaign talking big about how he’d hit China with a 45 percent tariff on imported goods and take on Beijing for currency manipulations. Xi, apparently unfazed, told Trump that cooperation between the two countries was the only choice, according to Chinese state television. “The two sides must strengthen coordination, promote the two countries’ economic development and global economic growth, expand all areas of exchange and cooperation, ensure the two countries’ people obtain more tangible benefits, and push for better development going forward in China-U.S. relations,” Xi was cited as saying by Reuters. Trump reportedly responded by telling Xi he was open to cooperation and that the two sides can “definitely achieve greater development.” The state-run Global Times newspaper additionally warned Trump that should he begin such trade wars with China, “A batch of Boeing orders will be replaced by Airbus. U.S. auto and iPhone sales in China will suffer a setback, and U.S. soybean and maize imports will be halted. China can also limit the number of Chinese students studying in the U.S.”

*Jihadis: Trump’s Perfect for Recruiting:

Prominent terror groups across the Middle East and Africa say they plan on using President-elect Donald Trump’s rhetoric aspart of their recruitment efforts worldwide. “This guy is a complete maniac,” said Abu Omar Khorasani, an ISIS commander in Afghanistan. “His utter hate toward Muslims will make our job much easier because we can recruit thousands.” On the campaign trail, Trump often bemoaned the influence of “radical Islamic terrorism” and proposed banning Muslims from entering the U.S. “He does not differentiate between extremist and moderate Islamist trends and, at the same time, he overlooks [the fact] that his extremism will generate extremism in return,” said Moqtada al-Sadr, the influential Iraqi Shiite Muslim cleric.

*Donald Trump ‘Fine’ With Same-Sex Marriage:

In an apparent attempt to assuage the fears of LGBT Americans, President-elect Donald Trump told Lesley Stahl of 60 Minutes that he has no plans to roll back same-sex marriage rights. Asked by Stahl if he personally supports marriage equality, Trump replied, “It’s irrelevant because it was already settled. It’s law. It was settled in the Supreme Court. I mean it’s done.” He went to clarify that even if he were to appoint a judge who opposes marriage equality, the issue has been “settled” and he’s “fine with that.” As for the “fears” that other groups, such as blacks and Muslim Americans, have expressed since his election, Trump told Stahl, “I think it’s horrible if that’s happening.” But in the next breath, he dismissed stories of intimidation as little more than a media invention. “I think it’s built up by the press because, frankly, they’ll take every single little incident that they can find in this country, which could’ve been there before,” he said. “If I weren’t even around doing this, and they’ll make into an event because that’s the way the press is.”

*‘Arrival’ Stuns in U.S. Box-Office Debut:

Superhero adventure film Doctor Strange dominated the U.S. box office for the second consecutive weekend, scoring $43 million in domestic ticket sales. The Benedict Cumberbatch vehicle now has a hefty domestic total of $153 million. The DreamWorks kids film Trolls came in second, nabbing $35 million and boosting its U.S. two-week total to $94 million. And while sci-fi thriller Arrival—starring Amy Adams—came in third, it stunned observers by outpacing its expected intake of $16 million by raking in $24 million, thanks in part to extraordinarily good reviews (at one point, the film’s trailers boasted, the Denis Villeneuve-directed movie had a 100 percent “fresh” rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes). Universal’s Almost Christmas debuted in fourth with $15.6 million, and Lionsgate’s World War II film Hacksaw Ridge earned $10.8 million to bring its U.S. total to $32.3 million.

*Report: Trump Didn’t Think He’d Last Past October 2015:

Donald Trump did not expect his presidential campaign to last beyond the fall of 2015, CNN reported Monday. “Trump toldChristie in 2015 that he didn’t expect to make it past October—at which point he would endorse Christie, according to a Christie adviser who asked not to be named in order to speak about behind-the-scenes maneuvers,” according to excerpts from Unprecedented, the new book written by members of CNN’s political-reporting team. Following his departure from the GOP primary race, Christie became one of Trump’s most prominent backers, acting as an outspoken attack dog during the real-estate mogul’s feud with top rival Marco Rubio. Despite Christie’s longtime loyalty to Trump, he was replaced last week as the president-elect’s transition chief by incoming Vice President Mike Pence.


*Trump: ‘I’ll Take $1 Salary as President’:

President-elect Donald Trump says he will only accept a $1 salary as president. In an interview with 60 Minutes onSunday night, Trump said he had no idea what kind of money presidents make but that he wasn’t interested anyway. “I think I have to by law take $1, so I’ll take $1 a year. But it’s a—I don’t even know what it is. Do you know what the salary is?” he asked host Lesley Stahl. Upon being informed that the salary is $400,000, Trump responded, “No, I’m not going to take the salary. I’m not taking it.” When asked about his taxes—a controversial issue during the presidential race—Trump dismissed the topic by simply saying, “Nobody cares.” “The only one who cares is, you know, you and a few people that asked that question. Obviously, the public didn’t care because I won the election very easily. So they don’t care. I never thought they did care,” he said.

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: Donald Trump 1980 Interview  –

*LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:   ***”Basic Instinct” director Paul Verhoeven complained on Sunday that Hollywood had stopped making “challenging” movies featuring provocative sex as it clamored to cash in on mainstream audiences.The Dutch filmmaker, famous for a slew of films that shocked audiences with their sex and violence, said studios chasing ratings were now mainly interested in the lucrative “PG-13” market.  “If you say it has to be PG-13, there are a lot of things you cannot do. You cannot be provocative, you cannot be controversial, you cannot be sexual, erotic, in a direct way,” he told AFP.

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*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***Pink‘s “Family Portrait” will get a new face soon: She and husband Carey Hart are expecting their second child. The “Just Like Fire” singer, 37, made the announcement over the weekend with a baby bump photo captioned with the word, “Surprise!”

*LBN-COMMENTARY by LEON WIESELTIER: “Dear Uncle Leonard,” the email from the boy began. “Did anything inspire you to create ‘Hallelujah’”? Later that same winter day the reply arrived: “I wanted to stand with those who clearly see G-d’s holy broken world for what it is, and still find the courage or the heart to praise it. You don’t always get what you want. You’re not always up for the challenge. But in this case — it was given to me. For which I am deeply grateful.” The question came from my son, who was preparing to present the most irresistible hymn of our time to his fifth-grade class and required a clarification about its meaning. The answer came from the author of the song, who was for 25 years my precious friend and comrade of the spirit. Leonard Cohen was the most beautiful man I have ever known.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by George Packer: President Donald Trump should be given every chance to break his campaignpromise to govern as an autocrat. But, until now, no one had ever won the office by pledging to ignore the rule of law and to jail his opponent. Trump has the temperament of a leader who doesn’t distinguish between his private desires and demons and the public interest. If he’s true to his word, he’ll ignore the Constitution, by imposing a religious test on immigrants and citizens alike. He’ll go after his critics in the press, with or without the benefit of libel law. He’ll force those below him in the chain of command to violate the code of military justice, by torturing terrorist suspects and killing their next of kin. He’ll turn federal prosecutors, agents, even judges if he can, into personal tools of grievance and revenge.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Toni Morrison: All immigrants to the United States know (and knew) that if they want to become real, authentic Americans they must reduce their fealty to their native country and regard it as secondary, subordinate, in order to emphasize their whiteness. Unlike any nation in Europe, the United States holds whiteness as the unifying force. Here, for many people, the definition of “Americanness” is color. Under slave laws, the necessity for color rankings was obvious, but in America today, post-civil-rights legislation, white people’s conviction of their natural superiority is being lost. Rapidly lost. There are “people of color” everywhere, threatening to erase this long-understood definition of America. And what then? Another black President? A predominantly black Senate? Three black Supreme Court Justices? The threat is frightening.

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: “You are not a failure until you start blaming others for your mistakes.” – John Wooden —–


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Physically exhausted and emotionally drained over her brutal divorce from Brad Pitt, fragile Angelina Jolie has wasted away to a scary skinny 77 pounds. In her first public outing since the couple’s split, the nearly skeletal star seemed close to collapsing according to sources — and was practically carried by her bodyguards.   ***The Church of Scientology is setting Tom Cruise up with a penthouse palace. Insiders say that Tom, 54, will be moving into Clearwater, Fla., luxury digs just 400 feet away from the church’s worldwide headquarters — in the SkyView building, which the Church of Scientology also owns. The deluxe crash pad covers the top two floors and includes a private entrance and elevator and a nine-car garage.