LBN- Special Report- Monday

MORE! MORE! MORE! 1,500 Per Day: Border Patrol Opens Temp Facility to Accommodate Border Surge: 

Immigration officials at the U.S. Mexico border have been forced to open a new temporary facility in Texas to accommodate a recent surge of illegal alien border crossers, a wave of nearly 1,500 people per day that once again threaten to overwhelm border patrol and create a housing crisis for thousands of alien families and children.  In October alone, Customs and Border Protection apprehended 46,197 illegal aliens crossing into the United States unlawfully via the Southwest U.S. border, including 13,124 members of family units and another 6,754 unaccompanied children. In fact, the number of family unit members apprehended in the first month of FY2017 is already 118 percent higher than those who were caught in October of last year. Averaged out, border patrol caught about 1,490 illegal aliens per day in October. Immigration officials said they’re currently housing about 41,000 illegal aliens in detention centers that typically accommodate between 31,000 and 34,000 people.

HISTORIC – Pope Grants Priests the Right to Forgive Abortion:

In a highly unusual gesture, Pope Francis on Monday extended indefinitely the right of Catholic priests to forgive a woman the sin of abortion, a provision he had instated in September 2015 ahead of the Vatican’s Year of Mercy that would no longer require soliciting forgiveness from a bishop. Francis closed the Holy Doors of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome this weekend, ending the Holy Jubilee Year and all of the perks and benefits that go with it. With his decree Monday, priests can now continue to forgive abortion during a confession by a Catholic woman if she is deemed duly repentant for her sins. “I wish to restate as firmly as I can that abortion is a grave sin, since it puts an end to an innocent life,” he wrote. “In the same way, however, I can and must state that there is no sin that God’s mercy cannot reach and wipe away when it finds a repentant heart seeking to be reconciled with the Father.” The letter continues, “May every priest, therefore, be a guide, support and comfort to penitents on this journey of special reconciliation. I henceforth grant to all priests, in virtue of their ministry, the faculty to absolve those who have committed the sin of procured abortion.”

Poll: Trump’s Favorability Jumps:

President-elect Donald Trump’s favorability rating has ticked up in the days following the election, according to a new poll. The percentage of Americans surveyed who view him very or somewhat favorably has jumped 9 percentage points to 46 percent, a new Politico/Morning Consult poll found. Just 12 percent reported they have an unfavorable view of the president-elect and 34 percent have a very unfavorable view of him. His unfavorability dropped by a total of 15 percentage points since right before Election Day. Additionally, 19 percent said Trump’s transition is more organized than those of past presidents-elect.

Obama Advises ‘Wait and See’ Approach on Trump:

President Barack Obama on Sunday advised world leaders to “wait and see” how President-elect Donald Trump does in office. Speaking at his last international press conference in Peru, the outgoing president seemed willing to give Trump the benefit of the doubt in terms of how level-headed he’ll be in governing. Despite Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric throughout his campaign, Obama said, “Reality will force him to adjust how he approaches” many issues once in office. Noting that Trump hasn’t had a chance to even form his full team yet, Obama said “people should take a wait-and-see approach in how much his policy proposals once in the White House, once he is sworn in, matches up with the rhetoric of his campaign.” Obama also gave some insight on how he personally intends to handle Trump’s presidency, having criticized the president-elect repeatedly throughout his campaign. Saying that he wants to give Trump space to lead the White House “without somebody popping off at every turn,” he said he will speak up if certain “values and ideals” are threatened.


Standing Rock Protesters Clash With Police:

Authorities in North Dakota used tear gas, water hoses, percussion grenades, and rubber bullets on protesters against the Dakota Access Pipeline late Sunday night, according to reports. “They were attacked with water cannons,” said LaDonna Brave Bull Allard, a Standing Rock Sioux tribe member. “It is 23 degrees out there with mace, rubber bullets, pepper spray, etc. They are being trapped and attacked. Pray for my people.” Meanwhile, officials with the Morton County Sheriff’s Department called the incident an “ongoing riot” and protesters “very aggressive.” A spokesman said officers were spraying water because protesters lit fires on and around a strategic bridge. The tribe fears the oil pipeline will threaten their source of water and that construction has already disturbed sacred burial grounds.

STL Suspect Dead in Day’s Fourth Police Shooting:

A 19-year-old suspect sought in a Sunday night police “ambush” in St. Louis died hours later in a shootout with officers—capping a violent day with four police shootings reported across the U.S. In St. Louis, a police sergeant was shot twice in the head while sitting roadside in his patrol car, an attack eerily similar to a fatal police shooting in Texas earlier in the day. The officer in St. Louis, a 46-year-old with 20 years on the force whose name has not been released, was reported to be in critical but stable condition at a local hospital. “He was targeted because he was a police officer,” Mayor Francis Slay said at a press conference. “He didn’t stop anybody. He didn’t point a gun at anybody.” Undercover officers reportedly found the suspect’s vehicle at a parking garage and tracked him to a separate vehicle. According to police reports, the unnamed suspect jumped out of the car and fired at approaching officers, who pursued him on foot before shooting him dead. Earlier Sunday, a similar attack was carried out in San Antonio on an officer who was writing a ticket in his squad car; Det. Benjamin Marconi, 50, was killed instantly, and a suspect is still at large. Meanwhile, a Sanibel, Florida, policeman on a routine traffic stop was hit in his squad car in a drive-by shooting; he was hospitalized and his unnamed suspected assailant reportedly traded gunfire with police before he was taken into custody. In the fourth incident Sunday night, a Kansas City police officer and a suspect were both shot during a traffic stop in suburban Gladstone. The unnamed cop was treated and released; no information was available on the condition of the suspect.

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Obama Seeks to Fortify Iran Nuclear Deal: 

The White House is working to fortify the Iran nuclear deal before President Obama leaves office, The Wall Street Journal reports. Those steps may including providing licenses for more American businesses to enter Iran, as well as lifting additional U.S. sanctions. Senior officials said Obama’s administration is considering those among other actions that would strengthen the landmark agreement before President-elect Donald Trump takes office. Officials, however, admit that none of the proposals are likely to make the nuclear agreement harder to undo.

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‘Fantastic Beasts’ Dominates Weekend Box Office:

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the newest film in the Harry Potter universe, earned the top spot at the weekend box office, raking in an estimated $75 million in domestic ticket sales. The story, a prequel to Harry Potter, follows Newt Scamander, who joins a magical community in 1920s New York. Beasts’ serious earnings came in international money, where the film grossed $143.3 million. “When you look at the enormous success of Harry Potter and then as the wizarding world moves to its new chapter with Fantastic Beasts, this is exactly what we were hoping for,” said Jeff Goldstein, the studio’s distribution chief. The film bested other new releases this weekend, including Bleed for This and The Edge of Seventeen.


LBN-NOTICED:   ***Goldie Hawn had a high-profile 71st birthday by stepping out at Hollywood hotspot Catch in L.A. — where she sported a daring dress worthy of her old ‘Banger Sister’s costar Susan Sarandon. Goldie was celebrating turning 71 years old on Nov. 21, 2016, while also having wrapped up her first movie in 15 years.   ***Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and media expert and author Michael Levine chatting in front of Shutter’s Hotel on the beach in Santa Monica last week.

LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: The New York Times says it received 41,000 new print and digital subscribers in the week after the election.

LBN-SPOTLIGHT: “Millions long for immortality who do not know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.” —–

LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Patricia Kutteles, whose relentless efforts helped reverse the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy a decade after her son was beaten to death by a fellow soldier who presumed he was gay, died on Nov. 14 in Kansas City, Mo. She was 67. The cause was kidney and liver failure after being treated for cancer, her husband, Wally, said.   ***Milt Okun, a producer and arranger who helped turn acts as diverse as Peter, Paul and MaryJohn Denver and Plácido Domingointo pop sensations, and who founded Cherry Lane Music Publishing, one of the world’s largest independent music publishers, died on Tuesday at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif. He was 92. His death was confirmed by his son-in-law, Richard Sparks, with whom he wrote the memoir “Along the Cherry Lane: Tales From the Life of Music Industry Legend Milt Okun” (2011).   ***Don Waller, the rock music journalist for the Los Angeles Times and numerous other outlets, former managing editor of Radio & Records, author of “The Motown Story,” and the co-founder in 1975 of Back Door Man, a fanzine out of the South Bay “for hardcore rock ’n’ rollers only,” died last week. Friends say he was about 60. “Waller carried with him seemingly infinite reserves of both knowledge and passion about music, particularly soul and R&B, garage and punk,” writes Steve Hochman at BuzzBands.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Michael Levine (Media expert and author – : Trump supporters are confident he will deliver a successful first term. On the other side, 58% of Clinton voters are “willing to give Trump a chance and see how he governs as president,” but 39% say they can’t “because of the kind of person he has shown himself to be.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Vickie Casas: We all know that Wi-Fi is a necessity in our life today sort of like electricity and running water. To think it is more important than good sex and a dirty martini is absolutely ludicrous! I liken it more that for some people it is more of an addiction. Watch for the next Wi-Fi rehab opening in Malibu soon!

LBN-COMMENTARY by Peter Bart: With the election finally behind us, several of the nation’s most important newspapers took this awkward moment to begin major staff cutbacks this week, and it’s the world of culture and pop culture, not merely the ink-stained journalists, that will feel the impact. The decline and fall of newspapers like the New York Times and Wall Street Journal will have a devastating impact on theater, independent film, art and music, as reported earlier this week by Deadline’s Jeremy Gerard. The rise of the “alternative media” already has left its cataclysmic mark on our political life as the establishment media has awakened to the clout of names like Breitbart and Reddit and to the blogs and radio blasts from rural America. The news business has been essentially confiscated by the Internet, and consider the cost: As the election has reminded us, the nation’s grip on truth has virtually disintegrated as the web has “ushered in a post-fact age,” in the words of media critic Farhad Manjoo. “Polls show that many of us have burrowed into our own echo chambers of information.” As Jim Rutenberg put it in the New York Times: “The internet-borne forces are enabling a host of faux journalistic players to pollute the democracy with dangerously fake news items.” Reflects Martin Baron, executive editor of the Washington Post, “If you have a society where people can’t agree on basic facts, how do you have a functioning society?”


LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Still sizzling at 65, Jane Seymour is shacking up with producer/director David Green — but after four divorces, this time she has no plans for another walk down the aisle. “There is no reason to get married,” said the star of TV’s “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.” “We are of a certain age where it is more a case of enjoying our time together.” Jane says she first worked with Brit beau David, 68, three decades ago.   ***Kim Kardashian will be at Denise Rich’s Angel Ball on Monday, her first public appearance since being robbed at gunpoint in Paris. “She is expected to appear,” an insider said. Kardashian, 36, will join her siblings RobKourtney and Khloé and her mom, Kris, to honor her late father, Robert Kardashian, at Cipriani Wall Street. Kim has popped up at husband Kanye West‘s concerts since she was robbed, but this will be her first high-profile event since the robbery.   ***Now that Gwyneth Paltrow’s pushing $15,000 sex toys instead of winning Oscars, nobody cares about playing nice with her. “I had no idea how much I was in a career where everyone kissed my ass, and now people are like, ‘F—k you,’” the Goop founder said during a talk at this weekend’s Airbnb Open conference. She also complained that her budgets these days don’t exactly rival those of movie studios, lamenting, “Now, like, we’re on JetBlue.”

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