ABOUT TIME – UN Approves Aleppo Observers as Evacuations Slowly Begin:
The United Nations Security Council unanimously approved a resolution Monday to send observers to monitor evacuations from the besieged city of Aleppo. After hours of closed-door consultations Sunday—as a mere 350 people were reported evacuated after three days of delays—a new draft was agreed upon by all parties, with Russia saying improvements had been made that would allow it to approve the measure. “We put in some good hours of work and I think we have a good text,” Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said Sunday, after Russia had earlier threatened to veto the resolution. The vote was originally scheduled for Sunday, but pushed back to allow for minor changes requested by Moscow. U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power predicted that all members would vote unanimously on the resolution on Monday, which would allow for UN monitors to be sent along with members of the ICRC and Syrian Red Crescent to observe “the well-being of civilians” in Aleppo. Evacuations have already suffered a series of setbacks, as gunmen attacked buses meant to transport civilians out of Aleppo on Sunday, postponing the measure. A UN official told Reuters that evacuations finally began from Aleppo late Sunday night, though he had no information about planned evacuations from villages near Idlib.
Trump to Keep His Own Private Security:
President-elect Donald Trump has made the unusual choice to continue employing his own private security team instead of leaving the task up to the Secret Service. “It’s playing with fire,” said former Secret Service agent Jonathan Wackrow, who worked on President Obama’s detail during his 2012 campaign. Having a mix-and-match security team working events in tandem with the Secret Service “increases the Service’s liability, it creates greater confusion, and it creates greater risk,” Wackrow said. Trump is expected to continue that same system through his presidency, Politico reports. All modern presidents have up to now deferred to the Secret Service, leaving just event security to local law enforcement. Breaking from the norm, Trump has instead elected to maintain his own private security force, which is led by retired veteran and New York City cop Keith Schiller. “You never want to comingle a police function with a private security function,” Wackrow said. “If you talk to the guys on the detail and the guys who are running the rallies, that’s been a little bit difficult because it’s so abnormal.”
Russian ambassador to Turkey seriously injured after being shot in ‘assassination attempt’:
Russia’s ambassador to Turkey has been seriously wounded in an ‘assassination attempt’ that has left at least three others with injuries. Ambassador Andrei Karlov was reportedly in a critical condition in hospital after was shot as he delivered a speech at an art gallery in the Turkish capital of Ankara.
1,574 PER DAY: Border Officials Struggle Under Increasing Wave of Illegal Migration:
About 1,574 – that’s how many illegal aliens were apprehended at the U.S. Mexico border per day during the month of November, marking the fifth straight month of escalating illegal immigration into the southwest United States. And now, in addition to the tens of thousands of illegals streaming in from Central America, officials are reporting increased waves of Cubans and Haitians crossing into the United States via Mexico. It was reported late last week that they’d caught a total of 47,214 illegal aliens at the border last month, up from the 46,191 they’d apprehended in October. Already, the first two months of FY2017 have seen higher per-month apprehension rates than any month in FY2016, indicating a new wave of illegal immigration that rivals the surge seen during the summer of 2014. Border officials added in their report that the more than 47,000 aliens they caught last month included another 7,406 unaccompanied children and 15,573 members of family units.
IMF’s Lagarde Convicted on Corruption Charges:
International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde
was unexpectedly convicted Monday of criminal charges in connection with a misuse of public funds while she served as France’s finance minister. Lagarde is not expected to face jail time. Just last week, prosecutors said their case against her was “very weak.” Lagarde was accused of having used her cabinet position in France’s government to give special treatment to Bernard Tapie
, a former owner of Adidas who was convicted on his own corruption charges. Lagarde’s future as IMF chief is in doubt. She is set to begin her second five-year term in February 2017.
Kremlin ‘Not in Touch’ With Trump’s Team:
President Vladimir Putin’s
spokesman, Dmitry Peskov
, said Monday that Russia’s government is not in touch with President-elect Donald Trump’s
team. Russian news agencies reported the story, which conflicts with earlier reports that the Kremlin had been communicating with Trump during the U.S. presidential campaign and that the two groups had maintained that relationship. CIA and FBI intelligence officials have said it is likely Russia meddled in the election in order to aid Trump’s victory against Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton
. The Kremlin last week dismissed those claims as “nonsense.”
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POST-GAME ANALYSIS – Bill Clinton: Trump Knows How to Use ‘Angry’ White Men:
Former President Bill Clinton
told local reporters in Katonah,New York, that President-elect Donald Trump
“doesn’t know much,” but that he does know “how to get angry, white men to vote for him.” The Record-Review
writes that Clinton said he believes FBI Director James Comey
“cost [Hillary Clinton
] the election” when he, just two weeks before the election, publicly announced the agency was examining new evidence in her private email server case. When asked about Russian cyberattacks damaging her changes to win, he said, “you would need to have a single-digit IQ not to recognize what was going on.” Clinton also said Trump told him his wife “was tougher than I thought she’d be.”
‘Rogue One’ Dominates Weekend Box Office:
Disney’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
owned the weekend box office, with a stunning $290 million worldwide debut. The film, which details events that take place right before the events of the first Star Wars
film in 1977, raked in $155 million in North America alone. It opened in 4,100 theaters throughout the U.S. With an already impressive global debut, the film will likely get a huge boost on Jan. 6 when it opens in China. The Star Wars
spinoff tells the story of how the Rebel Alliance stole the secret plans to the evil Death Star, focusing not on the Skywalker family but on entirely new characters, including Felicity Jones
’ Jyn Erso and Diego Luna’s
Cassian Andor. The movie is expected to get fans excited about Star Wars’
Episode VIII, which is due to open one year from now.
LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***Sylvester Stallone suggested on Sunday that he was not interested in taking a top arts leadership role in the Trump administration, including as chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. “I am incredibly flattered to have been suggested to be involved with the National Endowment of the Arts,” he said in a statement.
Most of the Northern Hemisphere is now in the throes of the deadliest time of the year. Cold kills, and I don’t mean just extreme cold and crippling blizzards. I mean ordinary winter cold, like that typically experienced, chronically or episodically, by people in every state but Hawaii from late fall through early spring. While casualties resulting from heat waves receive wide publicity, deaths from bouts of extreme cold rarely do, and those resulting from ordinary winter weather warrant virtually no attention. Yet an international study covering 384 locations in 13 countries, including the United States, found that cold weather is responsible, directly or indirectly, for 20 times more deaths than hot weather. Over time, milder winter temperatures are likely to result in fewer cold-related deaths, a benefit that would far outweigh a much smaller rise in heat-caused mortality. In winter in the United States, mortality is generally 10 percent to 15 percent higher than on typical summer days.
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LBN-NOTICED: ***Joanna Coles hosting the Hearst 100 luncheon at Michael’s in NYC for guests including Diane Sawyer, Norah O’Donnell, Julie Taymor, Aerin Lauder and Diane von Furstenberg. ***Josh Lucas and Jessica Ciencin Henriquez at Hennessy’s V.S.O.P Privilège Awards in NYC, where Hill Harper was honored. ***Kiernan Culkin and Brian Cox at a viewing party for their HBO pilot “Succession” at Rumpus Room in NYC. ***Edgar Ramírez hosting the launch of Gran Centenario tequila’s Angels on Earth 2017 campaign at Sunset Tower in LA. ***Jude Law, who plays the pope in his latest project, kept things chaste on a date with Phillipa Coanat Sons of Essex Saturday. “They were sitting super intimately and left once it started getting busy,” says a spy. “They were close, but no kissing.” ***The holiday spirit was in full swing at the Morrison Hotel Gallery’s party for photographer (and gallery co-owner) Timothy White at the Sunset Marquis in LA, where Julian Lennon got a surprise serenade from guests. We’re told that when Lennon, son of John Lennon and first wife Cynthia, walked into 1200 Bar, the piano player was playing “Hey Jude,” the song Paul McCartney wrote for him when his parents split. “The whole restaurant joined in and was singing to Julian,” says a guest. “He was just standing there with this look on his face. It was such a beautiful moment.”
LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Acclaimed financial adviser Neil Gallagher appeared recently on KLTY Radio (Dallas), the nation’s #1 Christian Station. One million listeners. With radio hosts Frank Reed and Starlene Stringer, Gallagher promoted again (as he has every year) “Christmas Wish”. This famous project, supplying the needs of millions, was outlined in Gallagher’s book.
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***A dominatrix has revealed how Hollywood insiders get their kinky kicks without getting caught. “Mistress Scarlett
,” aka Jenny Nordbak
, says that dozens of members of LA’s creative class — from household-name musicians to famous screenwriters and even A-list actors — have hired her to whip, beat and bind them, and play out their fantasies. Nordbak, who’s hung up her spikes and will publish a memoir, “The Scarlett Letters,” in April, says, “When you’re at the more exclusive private fetish play parties, that’s [when] you start to see more [famous people], and I did see more celebrities in that sphere.”
LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***The New York Times is vacating eight floors of its Manhattan building to save money and bring in some rental income.
LBN-SPORTS INSIDER: ***Dennis Rodman’s former business manager, Peggy Ann “King” Fulford, who goes by a number of aliases, was arrested in New Orleans Friday on charges of fraud and is accused of stealing millions from several athletes. Retired Miami Dolphin Ricky Williamsaccused her of stealing $6 million in 2013, and Rodman’s attorney says she took a significant amount from the former NBA star known as “the Worm,” who fired her in 2015.
LBN-R.I.P.: ***Zsa Zsa Gabor, the Hungarian actress whose self-parodying glamour and revolving-door marriages to millionaires put a luster of American celebrity on a long but only modestly successful career in movies and television, died on Sunday in Los Angeles. She was 99. The cause was heart failure. ***Howard Bingham, the Los Angeles photographer who was a close friend of Muhammad Ali and a “warrior for social justice,” died Thursday at age 77. He first paying job as a photographer was for the Los Angeles Sentinel.
LBN-INVESTIGATES: California is installing nearly 1,000 sophisticated metal detectors, scanners and secret security cameras at its prisons in its latest attempt to thwart the smuggling of cellphones, thousands of which continue to flood the prisons despite previous efforts.
LBN-COMMENTARY by Elliot Mintz (Publicist): My New Year’s resolution is that I resolve to live fully in the moment because there is less time.
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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Grammy-winning singer Marc Anthony and his wife announced Sunday that they are divorcing after a two-year marriage. A brief statement said the decision to end the marriage was made mutually by Anthony, a New York-born singer of Puerto Rican roots, and Shannon de Lima, a Venezuelan model. ***Cameron Douglas missed his family’s centennial birthday bash for his legendary movie star grandfather Kirk Douglas this month because he was not allowed to travel out of New York while on parole. But Cameron — the son of star Michael Douglas who was released from prison in June after serving nearly seven years — was able to celebrate his own 38th birthday in New York with family this month, and we hear he’s halfway through writing his planned tell-all book, working on it every day at his dad’s office.
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