LBN – Special Report – Saturday February 4, 2017

State Department Reverses Revoked Travel Visas:

The State Department has reversed 60,000 visa revocations for those foreigners who were affected by President Trump‘s executive order. The department has announced that people with valid visas will be allowed to travel to the United States, following an opinion from federal judge James Robart. “We have reversed the provisional revocation of visas,” an official statement from the State Department read. “Those individuals with visas that were not physically canceled may now travel if the visa is otherwise valid.”The Department of Homeland Security has also issued a new press release following Robart’s ruling. “In accordance with the judge’s ruling, DHS has suspended any and all actions implementing the affected sections of the Executive Order,” acting press secretary Gillian Christensen said. “This includes actions to suspend passenger system rules that flag travelers for operational action … DHS personnel will resume inspection of travelers in accordance with standard policy and procedure.”

Trump Rips ‘So-Called Judge’ James Robart on Ban:

President Trump on Saturday tweeted an attempted takedown of the judge who granted a nationwide temporary restraining order on Friday to block the executive order banning those from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States. He wrote, “The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!” Federal Judge James Robart was appointed by George W. Bush. The Washington-state based judge ruled in favor of a legal challenge to Trump’s order, which was brought by the state of Washington and later by the state of Minnesota. Robart ruled that states have legal standing to sue the administration—this could open the door for more litigation against the newly-minted president.


ATF Looks to ‘Beef Up’ Chicago Presence:

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is allegedly looking to “beef up” its federal presence in Chicago, CNN reports. The agency plans to transfer at least 20 agents to the city, who will form a new task force—on internal documents referred to as “Chicago Crime Guns Strike Force.” The agency plans to curb the city’s notoriously bad gun violence. Officials told CNN that the increase has been long-planned and isn’t related to President Trump‘s tweet last week. (“If Chicago doesn’t fix the horrible ‘carnage’ going on … I will send in the feds,” he wrote.) “ATF is exploring various options as we are committed to furthering law enforcement efforts in Chicago,” a spokesperson said. “One of those options is to send additional agents to Chicago on permanent transfers. ATF is still early in the process of developing strategies and will be prepared to discuss these options further once plans are finalized.”

Trump Warns of ‘Death & Destruction’ if Ban Is Stopped:

During an early Saturday tweetstorm, President Trump warned of the ominous consequences that could befall the United States if he isn’t allowed to implement his Jan. 27 executive order on travel restrictions. “When a country is no longer able to say who can, and who cannot, come in & out, especially for reasons of safety & security—big trouble!” Trump tweeted, adding, “Interesting that certain Middle-Eastern countries agree with the ban. They know if certain people are allowed in it’s death & destruction!” Hours before, a federal judge had issued a broad ruling against the order, marking a significant legal block for the administration. So far, only one predominantly Muslim country has publicly stated support for the ban: the UAE’s foreign minister, Abdullah bin-Zayed al-Nayhan, defended it last week.

Louvre Attacker Came on Tourist Visa:

The man suspected of attacking a security officer at the Louvre Museum in Paris was a resident of United Arab Emirates and traveled to Paris on a tourist visa last week, a French prosecutor said. Additionally, according to the AP, the man is in “life-threatening condition.” He was shot five times by French troops after he attempted a machete attack in the tourist-populated area and allegedly yelled, “Allahu Akbar.” France’s prime minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, called the incident “terrorist in nature.”


Vincent Viola, Nominee for Army Secretary, Drops Out: 

Vincent Viola, a billionaire Wall Street trader and PresidentTrump’s nominee for secretary of the Army, abruptly withdrew his name for the post on Friday night after concluding it would be too difficult to untangle himself from his business ties, two government officials said. Mr. Viola is an owner of the Florida Panthers hockey club and a majority shareholder in Virtu Financial and Eastern Air Lines, among a number of other business interests. This week The New York Times reported that Mr. Viola had been negotiating to swap his stake in Eastern Air Lines for a stake in Swift Air, an airline with government subcontracts.

LBN-NOTICED:   ***Malia Obama is making the most of her time living in Manhattan after exiting the White House. The former first daughter attended a starry HBO “Girls” premiere, then went dancing into the early hours of the morning. Malia — who worked as an intern on the HBO series in July 2015 after telling White House guest Lena Dunham she was a fan — joined cast members including Zosia Mamet, Allison Willliams and Jemima Kirke at Cipriani 42nd Street in NYC on Thursday night.   ****Common at a WanderLuxxe party in NYC.   ***Boxer Wladimir Klitschko with promoter Shelly Finkel at Benjamin Prime in NYC.   ***Clive Davis at Primola in NYC nearby Joe Torre, Linda Fairstein and Butch Elias.   ***“Shark Tank” star Kevin O’Leary at Ocean Prime in Midtown in NYC.   ***Newly single star Tobey Maguire at a McDonald’s party celebrating its new Big Macs in LA.   ***La La Anthonyand Kelly Rowland at a listening party for Big Sean’s “I Decided” at the Garage.    ***Rumer Willis at new Dream Midtown bar Fishbowl in NYC.   ***Anna Wintour and daughterBee Shaffer seeing “Dear Evan Hansen.”    ***A huge turnout last night at the Coral Tree Café in Brentwood for the “We All Walk In Different Shoes” charity event for the L.A. Mission. Guests brought their used shoes for the needy of the L.A. mission and approximately 280 pairs of shoes were collected. Prominent guests included international comedy sensationIsmo and actress and fitness guru Christina Fulton.

Internships: Get Your Skills On: 

This is high season for securing a summer internship, an essential talent pipeline for employers and steppingstone for students. Postings peak in March, with 30,443 advertised positions in March 2016 (if you don’t have anything by May, you’re probably out of luck). But before sending that résumé, take a good hard look at what’s on it. “Employers are being a lot more specific about the skills they expect from interns,” saysScott Bittle, a spokesman at Burning Glass Technologies, a research company that visits more than 40,000 websites a day to collect employer postings for internships. For example, students are expected to show up versed in particular software. But the top crossover skill: project management, which requires some people skills.

LBN-SPOTLIGHT: Episode #2 of the revealing TV show – “Without Notes” —–with Isabella Sinclaire (the world’s most famous dominatrix – Episode 2: Overcoming Stalking and much more…….

Springsteen tells crowd he’s ‘embarrassed’ to be American:

Bruce Springsteen, a once proud American with his song “Born in the USA” said at a concert in Australia he’s embarrassed to be an American. The 67-year-old addressed the crowd as “embarrassed Americans” referring to PresidentTrump in the White House in a newly-surfaced clip from his show in Melbourne Monday night. He sang a cover of “Don’t Hang Up” mocking Trump’s phone call with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. He said, “We stand before you embarrassed Americans. This is a song from 1965 by The Orlons and we’re going to use it to send a letter back home.” Springsteen also announced his band is a part of the resistance against the Trump administration.

LBN-SPOTLIGHT: “A man is known by the company he keeps. A company is known by the men it keeps.” —–

LBN-COMMENTARY by Charles Krauthammer: There are many people to thank for the coming accession of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Donald Trump for winning the election. Hillary Clinton for losing it. Mitch McConnell for holding open the high court seat through 2016, resolute and immovable against furious (and hypocritical) opposition from Democrats and media. And, of course, Harry Reid.  God bless Harry Reid. It’s because of him that Gorsuch is guaranteed elevation to the court. In 2013, as Senate majority leader, Reid blew up the joint. He abolished the filibuster for federal appointments both executive (such as Cabinet) and judicial, for all district and circuit court judgeships (excluding only the Supreme Court). Thus unencumbered, the Democratic-controlled Senate packed the lower courts with Obama nominees.


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