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Report: Russian Hackers Had RNC Data But Didn’t Release It:
As the CIA concludes that Russia tried to help Donald Trump
win the presidential election, intelligence officials have released one more intriguing detail: Russian hackers had dirt on the Republican National Committee but never released it, according to a new report. A senior administration official said, “We now have high confidence that they hacked the D.N.C. and the R.N.C., and conspicuously released no documents” from the Republicans, according to the New York Times. Officials said the hacks into the Republican committee took place in the spring, at the same time emails from the Democratic National Committee were stolen by hackers thought to be connected to Russian intelligence. It’s unclear what kind of information was stolen from the RNC, and how much of it, just as the motive is unknown. Investigators are divided on whether the hackers’ original goal was to support Trump or simply hedge their bets and go from there. President-elect Donald Trump, who has repeatedly shrugged off revelations of Russian interference, doesn’t seem fazed by the conclusion of the RNC hack, despite the fact that any intel gathered by the hackers could be used later. On Friday, Trump’s transition team released a statement dismissing the CIA’s conclusion. “These are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction,” the statement said. “The election ended a long time ago in one of the biggest Electoral College victories in history. It’s now time to move on and ‘Make America Great Again.’”
U.S. Airstrike Kills Militant Linked to Hebdo Attack:
An Islamic State leader connected to the deadly attack on French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo
was killed in U.S. airstrike in Syria, U.S. military officials said Friday. Boubaker el Hakim, 33, was reportedly killed in a November 26 strike on Raqqa, and was a mentor of sorts to the brothers who killed 12 people at the French paper’s headquarters in January 2015. He was originally arrested in Syria and sent to France and convicted in 2008. Following his release three years later, el Hakim is believed to have moved to Tunisia and later claimed credit in 2014 for the assassinations of two political leaders. According to documents obtained by the AP, el Hakim also moved back and forth between Syria and Iraq using smugglers and fellow jihadist.
Senate Dems Cave And Avoid Shutdown:
Senate Democrats said on Friday night that they never in fact wanted to shut down the federal government over a dispute about benefits for coal miners. There was a looming threat because Democrats had taken a hard line against a Republican proposal because it only gave extended health insurance for retired miners for four months. But Democrats relented and did not want to force a shutdown over it. “We’re not going to shut down the government. We’re going to keep it open,” said incoming Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer
of New York. “We’re going to provide the votes so we don’t shut down.”
Giuliani is out of the race for secretary of state:
Rudolph W. Giuliani
, one of Mr. Trump’s
most loyal allies, is no longer in the running for secretary of state, after removing his name from contention on Nov. 29, according to a statement from the transition. “Rudy Giuliani is an extraordinarily talented and patriotic American,” Mr. Trump said in the statement. “I will always be appreciative of his 24/7 dedication to our campaign after I won the primaries and for his extremely wise counsel. He is and continues to be a close personal friend, and as appropriate, I will call upon him for advice and can see an important place for him in the administration at a later date.” Mr. Giuliani, a former mayor of New York, will remain on the transition team.
T.J. Miller Arrested for Battery Following Trump Fight:
Comedian and actor T.J. Miller
, best known for his role as Erlich Bachman on HBO’s Silicon Valley
, was arrested in Hollywood around 1 a.m. Friday morning when LAPD officers responded to a call from a driver for a transportation company, who had picked him up from the GQ
Men of the Year party at Chateau Marmont. The driver reportedly accused Miller of slapping him in the head following an altercation about President-elect Donald Trump
. Miller, who also stars in Office Christmas Party
, released in theaters today, was released on $20,000 bail. The Daily Beast reached out to a representative for the Critics’ Choice Awards, which Miller is scheduled to host this Sunday night in Santa Monica. Asked if he will stay on as host following the arrest, the spokesperson replied, “Yes, he will be.”
LBN-TRANSITION INSIDER: ***Rex W. Tillerson, the head of Exxon Mobil, appears to be the leading contender for Secretary of State. ***President-elect Donald J. Trump’s transition team is asking a lot of questions at the Energy Department. ***Mr. Trump will name Gary D. Cohn, the president of Goldman Sachs, to direct the National Economic Council. ***Trump could also name Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Republican of Washington, to be interior secretary.
Newt: Weird For Trump To Do ‘Apprentice’:
, a previous close adviser to President-elect Donald Trump
, appeared on Fox News on Friday to say that it was “weird” for Trump to continue being the executive producer of “The Celebrity Apprentice” while he serves in office. “He doesn’t need his name in print. Donald J. Trump is going to be the executive producer of a thing called the American government and he is going have this a huge TV show called leading the world,” Gingrich told Neil Cavuto
. He ought to just relax, and give executive producer to Eric
or Donald [Jr.]
and keep moving forward.”
LBN – INTEL FOR INFLUENCERS:
TRUCE? – Carrier Union Leader to Trump: Let’s Talk:
, the president of United Steelworkers 1999, a union with members who work for air-conditioner manufacturer Carrier, said Friday that he’d be happy to speak with President-elect Trump about solutions to the relocation of the company’s jobs. “If Trump is sincere about keeping jobs in the country—and you guys’ve heard him numerous times, that’s what his goal is—we’ll sit down, we’ll work out something to keep these damn jobs here,” Jones told reporters. Trump personally attacked Jones on Twitter this week after the union leader said the president-elect boastfully misrepresented the facts of the Carrier deal during a visit to the Indiana plant. “He got upset because his numbers weren’t adding up and he took an exception to it and decided to attack me,” Jones said after giving Trump credit for attempting to take on the issue in the first place. “Hell, I was fine with that. You know, I’ve been doing this job 30 years.” After the personal attack took place, unions around the country rushed to stand in solidarity with Jones.
LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***When Wells Fargo admitted a few months ago that thousands of its employees had created as many as two million unauthorized accounts for its customers, alarm bells went off at Prudential, one of the nation’s biggest insurance firms. Wells Fargo has a partnership with Prudential to sell a low-cost life insurance policy to the bank’s retail customers. After news of the Wells Fargo settlement in September, Prudential ordered an internal review of its dealings with the bank, to make sure nothing was amiss with the joint endeavor. A lot was amiss. According to three former managers in Prudential’s corporate investigation division, Wells Fargo employees appeared to have signed up bank customers for Prudential insurance without the customers’ knowledge or permission. In some cases, they even arranged for monthly premium fees to be withdrawn from their customers’ accounts. ***A letter from John Glenn to billionaire Jeff Bezos — written shortly before the astronaut’s Thursday death — was read at the presentation of a Smithsonian award to Bezos. Hours after Glenn passed, fellow astronaut Mae Jemison read the note, which was written on Nov. 28 to congratulate the Amazon founder and space-travel entrepreneur on receiving the museum’s Ingenuity Award.
Hillary Clinton’s losing campaign cost a record $1.2B Reports Media Expert:
According to media expert and author Michael Levine
), Hillary Clinton
and her supporters spent a record $1.2 billion for her losing presidential campaign — twice as much as the winner, Donald Trump
. The president-elect, who confounded critics during the campaign by saying there was no need to raise or spend $1 billion or more, ended up making do with $600 million, Levine reported.
LBN – THINK FREELY:
***International sports’ antidoping watchdog on Friday laid out mountainous evidence that for years Russian officials orchestrated a doping program at the Olympics and other competitions that involved or benefited 1,000 athletes in 30 sports. The findings intensified pressure on the International Olympic Committee to reassess Russia’s medals from the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and penalize the nation ahead of the 2018 Winter Games. The evidence, published by the World Anti-Doping Agency, was the coda to a set of investigations led by the Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren
, who issued a damning report in July that prompted more than 100 Russian athletes to be barred from the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
LBN-BOOK NEWS: ***Given the sheer tonnage of books already devoted to the Nazis and Hitler, you might assume that everything interesting, terrible and bizarre is already known about one of history’s most notorious regimes and its genocidal leader. Then along comes Norman Ohler, a soft-spoken 46-year-old novelist from Berlin, who rummages through military archives and emerges with this startling fact: The Third Reich was on drugs. All sorts of drugs, actually, and in stupefying quantities, as Mr. Ohler documents in “Blitzed: Drugs in Nazi Germany,” a best seller in Germany and Britain that will be published in the United States by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in April.
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LBN-HOLLYWOOD: ***Top CAA agent Nick Styne was let go from the agency on Thursday, an individual familiar with the decision told TheWrap. His last day will be Friday. Styne’s client list included Justin Bieber, One Direction, Ariana Grande, Bella Thorne, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Lily Collins, Cameron Diaz and “Pretty Little Liars” star Ashley Benson. ***The Sundance Film Festival will open with a follow-up to An Inconvenient Truth, former Vice President Al Gore’s two-time Academy Award-winning documentary about the world’s climate crisis. From Participant Media, and directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk, the sequel follows Gore as he continues his decades-long fight to build a more sustainable future for the planet.
LBN-NOTICED: ***Diplo and Karolína Kurková at Stephen Starr’s new Upland Miami. ***Kristaps Porzingisgreeting Jamie Foxx outside Prime 112 in Miami Beach. ***Marla Maples and Lisa Vanderpump, with husband Ken Todd and two dogs, at Beautique in NYC. ***Zendaya seeing “Dear Evan Hansen” on Sunday and again on Tuesday in NYC.
LBN-R.I.P.: ***Mika Kurosawa, a choreographer and dancer who was considered by many to be the godmother of Japanese contemporary dance, died on Dec. 1 in Yokohama, Japan. She was 59. The cause was complications of breast cancer, said Kumi Hiraoka, Ms. Kurosawa’s manager.
LBN-COMMENTARY By Charles Krauthammer : The most amusing part of the Trump transition has been watching its effortless confounding of the media, often in fewer than 140 characters. One morning, after a Fox News report on lefty nuttiness at some obscure New England college — a flag-burning that led a more-contemptible-than-usual campus administration to take down the school’s own American flag — Donald Trump tweets that flag burners should go to jail or lose their citizenship. An epidemic of constitutional chin tugging and civil libertarian hair pulling immediately breaks out. By the time the media have exhausted their outrage over the looming abolition of free speech, judicial supremacy and affordable kale, Trump has moved on. The tempest had a shorter half-life than the one provoked in August 2015 by a Trump foray into birthright citizenship. Trump so thoroughly owns the political stage today that the word “Clinton” seems positively quaint and Barack Obama, who happens to be president of the United States, is totally irrelevant. Obama gave a major national security address on Tuesday. Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn’s son got more attention. Trump has mesmerized the national media not just with his elaborate Cabinet-selection production, by now Broadway-ready. But with a cluster of equally theatrical personal interventions that by traditional standards seem distinctly unpresidential.
LBN-COMMENTARY by Bill O’Reilly: You all rememberSisyphus, history’s first rock star. Or maybe you don’t. He’s the king in Greek mythology who was condemned by some angry gods to roll a massive boulder all the way to the top of a steep mountain. The rock would immediately roll right back down and he’d have to start all over. For eternity. It is a slight overstatement to say that Donald Trump may be looking at Sisyphus with a touch of envy right about now, but the president-elect does face some daunting and hellish tasks. Chief among them is how to live up to his vow to ‘bring this country together.’ Sure, he now has a favorability rating of about 50%, way up from a few weeks ago. But that means about half the country still disapproves of Mr. Trump, and many of those folks will never, ever be swayed into thinking otherwise.
LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:…
***Khlomar is officially no more. A Los Angeles judge on Friday finalized Khloe Kardashian‘s
divorce from former NBA player Lamar Odom
, more than three years after the reality TV star first sought to end their marriage. ***A year after the birth of her second child was marred in drama, Bristol Palin
is pregnant with her third. Palin, 26, and husband Dakota Meye
r — who turned heads with a sudden reconciliation and June wedding following a bitter custody battle over their baby — said Thursday, “We are so excited to announce that our family is expanding!”
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