LBN – Special Report – Saturday January 14, 2017

Chicago Police Routinely Trampled on Civil Rights, Justice Dept. Says: 

A blistering report by the Justice Department described far-reaching failures throughout the Chicago Police Department, saying excessive force was rampant, rarely challenged andchiefly aimed at African-Americans and Latinos. The report, unveiled on Friday after a 13-month investigation, forced a public reckoning for a police department with a legacy of corruption and abuse. It came as the department grapples with skyrocketing violence in Chicago, where murders are at a 20-year high, and a deep lack of trust among the city’s residents. Over 161 pages, the investigation laid out, in chilling detail, unchecked aggressions: an officer pointing a gun at teenagers on bicycles suspected of trespassing; officers using a Taser on an unarmed, naked 65-year-old woman with mental illness; officers purposely dropping off young gang members in rival territory.

Trump Open to Lifting Russia Sanctions:

President-elect Donald Trump says he would be open to removing sanctions against Russia if Moscow is “really helping us.” In an interview with the Wall Street Journal that came out late Friday, Trump said he would leave the sanctions in place “at least for a period of time,” though he did not elaborate or provide a more specific timeframe. The sanctions, imposed by the Obama administration in late December amid allegations that Moscow meddled in the presidential election, have been widely seen as a test for Trump as he takes office. Despite finally conceding that Russia may really have been behind election hacking at his Wednesday news conference, however, he appears not to have hardened his stance on the matter. “If you get along and if Russia is really helping us, why would anybody have sanctions if somebody’s doing some really great things?” Trump said in the WSJ interview. Trump also said he would be willing to meet with Russian President Vladimir Trump soon after he takes office on Jan. 20. “I understand that they would like to meet, and that’s absolutely fine with me,” he said.

Trump Tears Into John Lewis:

President-elect Donald Trump on Saturday attacked top Democrat John Lewis for earlier saying he was not a “legitimate” president. “Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results. All talk, talk, talk – no action or results. Sad!” Trump wrote on Twitter. Trump’s verbal attack comes after Lewis on Friday said he did not plan on attending the president-elect’s inaugural because Trump is not, as he said, a “legitimate president.” While Trump regularly attacks his critics on Twitter, Lewis’ status as a top Democrat and key civil rights leader has spurred talk of a potential standoff between Democrats and Republicans, with Democrats boycotting the inauguration. Six Democrats have already announced that they won’t attend Trump’s inauguration over concerns that he is not fit to be president.

LBN-SEE IT:….A government report shows that sugary soda is the most popular item in the shopping carts of families that receive federal food stamps.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to decide whether companies can use employment contracts to prohibit workers from banding together to take legal action over workplace issues. The court accepted three cases on the subject. They follow a series of Supreme Court decisions endorsing similar provisions, generally in contracts with consumers. The question for the justices in the new cases is whether the same principles apply to employment contracts.   ***United States prosecutors said on Friday that they had charged three executives at Takata, the Japanese auto parts maker, with fabricating test data to mask a fatal airbag defect, a striking turn in a case that set off the largest automotive recall in United States history. Prosecutors also announced that Takata had agreed to plead guilty to charges of wire fraud for providing the false data, a rare outcome for businesses accused of wrongdoing. The company, based in Tokyo, was also fined $1 billion.   ***Happy New Year, Mark Zuckerberg. In the first two weeks of 2017, the Facebook founder’s net worth has soared by nearly $5 billion, by far the biggest gain of any person in the world. Bolstered by climbing revenues and a series of bullish analyst reports, Facebook’s shares are inching closer to October’s all-time high.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: A 2015 study by Microsoft revealed that the average person’s attention span in this wild world of technology and social media is down to eight seconds — which is less than that of a goldfish.

LBN-VIDEO LINK: Shields and Brooks on Russian intrigue in American politics, Obama’s farewell —-

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***Jennifer Holliday sang for the Reagans. She sang for the Bushes (father and son). And she sang for the Clintons. So when the planners of this year’s presidential inauguration reached out to the Tony-winning singer this week to ask if she would sing during a welcome concert the day before Donald J. Trump is to be sworn in as president, she said yes.

LBN-NOTICED:   ***Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz at Locanda Verde in NYC for an American Express/Surface magazine dinner.   ***Dave Navarro and Donovan Leitch playing David Bowie tunes at Giorgio’s at the Standard Hollywood.   ***Francine LeFrak at Primola before heading to Washington, DC, for the Inauguration.   ***John Catsimatidis hosting a birthday party for Andrew Stein at ‘21’ in NYC with guests including Carl Icahn, Woody Allen, Robert Kraft,James Toback, Laura Ingraham and Steve Schwarzman.   ***LBN Editor Addison Beaulieu having dinner last night at M Street Kitchen on Main Street in Santa Monica.   ***Baseball star Alex Rodriguez has been dating a mogul (tech royalty Anne Wojcicki) and is now hanging with them, too. The former slugger showed up in Miami for a Nicole Miller fashion show with Starwood Capital’s Barry Sternlicht. The bash was for the 10th anniversary of modeling agency Front Management.

Johnny Depp sues ex-business managers for $25M:

Johnny Depp sued his former business managers onFriday alleging they mismanaged his earnings throughout a lucrative period of his career, although the company says the actor’s spending is to blame. Depp’s lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court against The Management Group seeks more than $25 million, alleging its owners failed to properly pay his taxes, made unauthorized loans and overpaid for security and other services. Michael J. Kump, an attorney for The Management Group, calls Depp’s lawsuit a “fabrication” and wrote in a statement that Depp never alleged any wrongdoing. The company “did everything possible to protect Depp from his irresponsible and profligate spending,” Kump wrote.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:   ***The chief executive of Sony’s underperforming entertainment division, Michael Lynton, announced Friday that he would step down to focus more intently on the popular messaging service Snapchat, where he was an early investor. Mr. Lynton, who weathered various corporate crises at Sony Entertainment over his 13-year tenure, including a devastating cyberattack and a battle with activist investors, will step down on Feb. 2, the company said. After that, Kazuo Hirai, the president and chief executive of Sony Corporation, based in Tokyo, will take a more hands-on role at the conglomerate’s movie, television and music division, at least for a time.   ***Former Obama administration appointeeSeth Oster has joined United Talent Agency in the role of Global Head of Corporate Communications, the company announced Friday. Once a top public affairs official at the Environmental Protection Agency, Oster joins the Hollywood agency most recently from his position as communications chief at KPMG, a big-four accounting firm.


Over 90% of LBN readers in all 50 of the United States and 26 foreign countries voted that BuzzFeed was wrong to publish unverified accusations against President Elect Trump.


LBN-SPORTS INSIDER:   ***Last summer, shortly after claiming his third N.B.A. title, LeBron James said he was still chasing Michael Jordan and his six championship rings. But James is also chasing Jordan in the world of signature shoe sales — a realm still dominated by the Air Jordan line 13 years after its founder retired. So Nike and James are trying something new with their newest release, the LeBron 14, to build extra buzz. Instead of a standard rollout on Nike’s website or at retailers, a small batch of the shoes is going directly to a secondary marketplace before a wider release — the sneaker world’s equivalent of an initial public offering of a stock. Nike released 23 pairs of the LeBron 14, along with 23 pairs of his signature shoe from his rookie season, on Friday evening to the highest bidders on StockX, an online sneaker resale marketplace where shoe prices rise and fall like share prices. The limited release of the 46 pairs — called Cavs Court SPO — come with special features including a hardwood box made from the Cleveland Cavaliers home court from last year’s championship season and a version of the championship rings that the team gave to its employees (which are different from the players’ rings).

LBN-SPOTLIGHT: “Nothing will work unless you do.” —–

LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Buddy Greco, the jazz pianist, singer and sometime member of Frank Sinatra’s Rat Pack whose hard-swinging renditions of “The Lady Is a Tramp,” “Mr. Lonely” and “Around the World” were hits in the early 1960s, died on Tuesday in Las Vegas. He was 90. The death was confirmed by his wife, Lezlie Greco.

WHO READS LBN? Business owner, Andrea Waters

LBN-COMMENTARY By Charles Krauthammer : The shortest honeymoon on record is officially over. Normally, newly elected presidents enjoy a wave of goodwill that allows them to fly high at least through their first 100 days. Donald Trump has not yet been sworn in and the honeymoon has already come and gone.  Presidents-elect usually lie low during the interregnum. Trump never lies low. He seized the actual presidency from Barack Obama within weeks of his election — cutting ostentatious deals with U.S. manufacturers to keep jobs at home, challenging 40-year-old China policy, getting into a very public fight with the intelligence agencies. By now he has taken over the presidential stage. It is true that we have only one president at a time, and for over a month it’s been Donald Trump.

LBN COMMENTARY by Michael Levine (media expert and author): ***There comes a time when neutrality and laying low become dishonorable. History often records silence as agreement. ***David Brooks is right (as usual). These days, if you want to elect a leader, you generally have two choices: a sensible establishment figure who is completely out of touch, or a populist outsider who is incompetent, crazy or both. ***Americans’ anger and pessimism are more fundamental than anything that can be explained by G.D.P. statistics. ***Many Democrats have grown hostile to capitalism. Sixty percent of Democrats are friendly to socialism, according to a poll by OnMessage Inc. and the American Action Network.

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