MORE! MORE! MORE TAXES! – $1,084,840,000,000: Taxes Set Record Through January; $7,133 Per Worker; Feds Still Run Deficit of $156,939,000,000:
The U.S. Treasury hauled in a record of approximately $1,084,840,000,000 in tax revenues in the first four months of fiscal 2017 (Oct. 1, 2016 through Jan. 31, 2017), according to the Monthly Treasury Statement released today. That is up about $5,616,000,000 in constant 2016 dollars from the approximately $1,079,224,000,000 in constant 2016 dollars that the Treasury collected in the first four months of fiscal 2016. Tax revenues from previous years, as reported in the Monthly Treasury Statement for January of each year, were adjusted to 2016 dollars using the Bureau of Labor Statistics Inflation Calculator.
America’s tallest dam is about to burst:
Nearly 200,000 people remained under evacuation orders Monday as California authorities try to fix erosion of the emergency spillway at the nation’s tallest dam that could unleash uncontrolled floodwaters if it fails. About 150 miles northeast of San Francisco, Lake Oroville — one of California’s largest man-made lakes — had water levels so high that an emergency spillway was used Saturday for the first time in almost 50 years. The evacuation was ordered Sunday afternoon after engineers spotted a hole on the concrete lip of the secondary spillway for the 770-foot-tall Oroville Dam and told authorities that it could fail within the hour.
THE NIGHTMARE CONTINUES! Chicago Girls 11, 12 Shot in Head:
Two Chicago girls were shot in the head within an hour of each other in two separate Saturday incidents, police say. The girls,ages 11 and 12, were rushed to hospitals, their conditions described as “dire” and “critical,” respectively. The 11-year-old was in the backseat of a car when bullets penetrated the vehicle, striking her in the head. The 12-year-old was playing on an elementary school’s basketball court. Police have not made arrests in either shooting as of Sunday night. “They are treating her as best as they can with all kind of aggressive measures that the hospital can do for her, but it’s grim and we want prayers to go up for her. We want whoever saw what happened to tell the police,” the 11-year-old’s grandmother told ABC News.
Turmoil at the National Security Council, From the Top Down:
These are chaotic and anxious days inside the National Security Council, the traditional center of management for a president’s dealings with an uncertain world. Three weeks into the Trump administration, council staff members get up in the morning, read President Trump
’s Twitter posts and struggle to make policy to fit them. Most are kept in the dark about what Mr. Trump tells foreign leaders in his phone calls. Some staff members have turned to encrypted communications to talk with their colleagues, after hearing that Mr. Trump’s top advisers are considering an “insider threat” program that could result in monitoring cellphones and emails for leaks. The national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn
, has hunkered down since investigators began looking into what, exactly, he told the Russian ambassador to the United States about the lifting of sanctions imposed in the last days of the Obama administration, and whether he misled Vice President Mike Penc
e about those conversations. His survival in the job may hang in the balance.
Angelina Jolie scrambles to do damage control:
— who’s famous in Hollywood for being the rare A-list star who doesn’t have a publicist — has been discreetly reaching out to powerful Hollywood p.r. pros behind the scenes, Page Six has learned, amid her acrimonious divorce from Brad Pitt.
Sources tell Page Six that Jolie — who told the Hollywood Reporter in 2014, “I had [a publicist] once, years ago . . . I didn’t like it” — has apparently had a change of heart and is seeking an image overhaul after her divorce battle with Pitt has been waged in the press. Since her shock divorce filing in September, Jolie’s circle of advisers has not included a traditional celebrity p.r. rep. Instead Jolie retained Washington, DC, crisis specialist Judy Smith, and she also reportedly brought back onboard her former manager Geyer Kosinski
, with whom she split in 2013.
Geraldo Rivera Quits Yale Over Calhoun Name Removal:
quit his voluntary Yale fellowship after the university decided to change the name of its residential college that honored a historic slavery supporter and white supremacist. Following the school’s announcement that Calhoun College would be renamed to honor computer-science pioneer and Yale alumna Grace Murray Hopper
, the Fox News host said on Sunday that he had resigned his associate fellow position with the college because “intolerant insistence on political correctness is lame.” On Monday morning, he followed that message up with several more attacks on the university’s decision: “Slavery was abhorrent sin,” he wrote. “Will #Yale students now petition to change name of #USA capital? #Washington was a slave holder as was #Jefferson.” Rivera added: “To judge a 200 yr old early 19th century historic figure by standards of the 21st century as #Yale is doing is more Orwellian than inspired.” Yale announced the name change on Saturday, with its president explaining in a statement, “The decision to change a college’s name is not one we take lightly. But John C. Calhoun’s legacy as a white supremacist and a national leader who passionately supported slavery as a ‘positive good’ fundamentally conflicts with Yale’s mission and values.”
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Pakistan Capital Bans Valentine’s Day:
A judge in Pakistan has banned Valentine’s Day celebrations in the capital city of Islamabad. Court official Niaz Saleh
ruled on Monday that such celebrations are a violation of Islamic doctrine. According to the Associated Press, there will be a blackout throughout the city on any Valentine’s Day references. The holiday is celebrated annually worldwide on February 14.
Trump Friend Suggests Reince Priebus Is in Over His Head:
A longtime friend of President Trump’s who met with him thisweekend in Florida issued a public rebuke of the president’s chief of staff on Sunday, blaming him for the botched rollout of Mr. Trump’s targeted travel ban and saying the early chaos in the White House may not ease until he departs. The friend,Christopher Ruddy, the chief executive of Newsmax Media, said in an interview that Reince Priebus was well meaning and well liked. But he said Mr. Priebus was in over his head, and he hinted that Mr. Trump may already be growing weary of the man he chose to run the White House. “He doesn’t waste a lot of time,” Mr. Ruddy said of the president. “If he thinks somebody is not performing, he moves pretty quickly.”
LBN-SEE IT:…Tablets of the antidepressants Prozac, Paxil and Zoloft. A new analysis, based on data from doctors’ office visits, suggests that inappropriate prescribing to older people is more common than previously thought.
has been dramatically fired from CBS News today after a bizarre series of events where he stepped down from CBS’s digital channel for a larger role at the network — shocking his own bosses. Elliott, who had served as CBSN’s lead daytime anchor for a year, bid an emotional farewell to viewers on Friday, saying that it was to be his “last day.” “It has been by any measure a great stay here at CBSN,” he added. ***Anthony Marquez
, the Associated Press bureau chief in Los Angeles since 2003, died on Thursday of complications from cancer. He was 55, the wire service said. The graduate of Cal State Fresno began with AP as a summer intern in the Minneapolis bureau, then he joined the San Francisco bureau as a reporter. The LA bureau that he ran is the second-largest in the nation for AP. ***Google has warned a number of prominent journalists, including Jonathan Chait
of New York Magazine and Julia Ioffe
of The Atlantic, that state-sponsored hackers are attempting to steal their passwords and break into their inboxes. ***The Hollywood Reporter
, entertainment media’s flagship outlet, announced that NBA legend, actor, activist, cultural commentator and New York Times
bestselling author Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
has joined the publication as contributing editor. In his role, Abdul-Jabbar will pen a regular column and conduct select celebrity interviews. Abdul-Jabbar’s first column on race and romance in La La Land
will run in the Feb. 24 print issue and online at THR.com.
LBN-NOTICED: ***Meryl Streep, wearing a North Face jacket and a “big knitted, brown teddy-bear hat” that kept her from looking like the Oscar-winning activist that she is, loading up on groceries in Whole Foods Tribeca in NYC while her husband waited for her outside in the car. ***“Sex and the City” star Kim Cattrall dining with two gentlemen at Indian Wells Tavern in NYC. She noshed on a quesadilla paired with a pint of beer. ***Chris Noth at an NYC event for One&Only Ocean Club in NYC. ***Olivia Wilde seeing Lucas Hedges in the new play, “Yen.” in NYC. ***Media expert and authorMichael Levine doing a mid-night appearance last night atFrazer Smith‘s iconic radio show talking Grammy Awards on KLOS in Culver City.
LBN-R.I.P.: Al Jarreau, a versatile vocalist who sold millions of records and won a string of Grammys for his work in pop and R&B as well as his first love, jazz, died on Sunday in Los Angeles. He was 76. His death was announced by his manager, Joe Gordon, who said that Mr. Jarreau had been hospitalized for exhaustion two weeks ago. On the advice of his doctors, he had canceled his tour dates and retired from touring.
***Derek and Hannah Jeter
are adding a new member to their team. On Monday, the “Project Runway: Juniors” host announced she is expecting her first child, a girl, with the Yankees legend. “Big moments also have a funny way of making you look ahead,” she wrote in a post on her husband’s sports website, The Players’ Tribune. “Now, pregnant with our first child, Derek and I are looking to the future.
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