LBN – Special Report – Saturday January 21, 2017

In Inaugural Address, Trump Continues to Shun Establishment:

President Trump’s Inaugural Address on Friday was a scalding repudiation of the Washington establishment. The question left hanging after this angry jeremiad: How will the new commander in chief be able to work with these people to govern the country? Uncompromising in tone and entirely in keeping with his insurgent campaign, Mr. Trump dispensed with appeals to unity or attempts to build bridges to his opponents. He tarred the nation’s political class, arrayed behind him on the West Front of the Capitol, as faithless and corrupt. “Their victories have not been your victories; their triumphs have not been your triumphs,” he said. “And while they celebrated in our nation’s capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land.” “That all changes,” a grim-faced Mr. Trump declared, “starting right here, and right now.”

 FIRST MOVE – Trump Issues Executive Order on Obamacare:

Shortly after taking office, President Trump signed an executive order telling federal agencies to work within the law to “ease the burden of Obamacare.” While the executive order did not point to any specific actions that agency heads could take, it does represent the first official step by the president toward eventual repeal.

Hillary Clinton Is Stoic at Her Rival’s Inauguration:

This was not the inauguration Hillary Clinton thought she would be attending. Some Democrats, still bitter about her election night defeat, grumbled privately that she should have skipped Donald J. Trump’s swearing-in, as 60 House Democrats did on Friday. But a groundswell of supporters praised her fortitude. There she was, in the bookend of a political career that spanned from first lady to senator to secretary of state, watching as her former Republican opponent was inaugurated as the 45th president. Mrs. Clinton was not required to accompany former President Bill Clinton and other former presidents and dignitaries to the ceremony. But after taking a deep breath backstage, she strode on stage with a practiced smile, wearing a Ralph Lauren coat and pants, all in white, a tribute to the suffragists that she had similarly made at times during her presidential campaign. She greeted allies and adversaries, embraced former first ladies, got a thumbs up from former President George W. Bush, and exchanged a warm hello with her old boss, President Barack Obama, all while appearing impervious to the scattered chants of “Lock her up!” coming from the crowd.

Anti-Trump Women’s Marches Kick Off:

The first demonstrations in the global Women’s March against U.S. President Donald Trump kicked off on Saturday, with demonstrations underway in Paris, London and Sydney. Thousands of women and men reportedly turned up in Australia’s Melbourne and Sydney, with similar crowds in New Zealand’s cities of Wellington and Auckland. “Hatred, hate speech, bigotry, discrimination, prejudicial policies — these are not American problems, these are global problems,” Mindy Freiband, the co-founder of the march in Sydney, told protesters, according to RFE/RL. More than 600 rallies are scheduled in major cities across the globe as Trump begins his first full day as U.S. president. The “Women’s March” comes in response to what many saw as Trump’s rampant sexism during his campaign. While Trump begins his term as the 45th president, he does so after several sexual assault allegations were made against him during his campaign, and a video released showing him making vulgar, demeaning comments about women. Organizers of the “Women’s March” have stressed that the event is not intended only for women, but for all those who want to protest against any minorities being marginalized. “The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to our new government on their first day in office, and to the world, that women’s rights are human rights,” a statement from organizers said.

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Trump Calls for Ovation for Clintons: ‘I Have a Lot of Respect’ for Them:

It appears that Donald Trump’s campaign chant to “lock her up” is moving further and further into the newly inaugurated president’s rearview mirror. During his brief remarks before a congressional luncheon Friday on Capitol Hill, the president thanked Bill and Hillary Clinton for being in attendance for his inauguration and the subsequent luncheon. “I was very honored when I heard that President Bill Clinton and Secretary Hillary Clinton was coming today,” Trump said of his election foe. “I’d like you to stand up,” he said to the crowd of members of Congress, dignitaries, and his cabinet nominees. “Honestly, there’s nothing more I can say because I have a lot of respect for those two people.”

Gen. James Mattis Confirmed as Defense Secretary:

Retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis was confirmed by the Senate to be the next defense secretary, just hours afterDonald Trump was sworn in as president. Both house of Congress passed a bill that would grant Mattis a waiver from a 1947 law, later amended in 2008, that prohibits an individual who is less than eight years removed from military service to serve in the traditionally civilian post. During his confirmation hearing, Mattis broke with Trump on a few issues—notably his support for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), which Trump repeatedly disparaged on the campaign trail.


U.S. Airstrike Kills More Than 100 Qaeda Fighters in Syria:

As the clock wound down on Barack Obama’s presidency, an Air Force B-52 bomber carried out a punishing airstrike against a training camp of Al Qaeda in Syria, the Pentagon said Friday. The attack, which took place west of Aleppo, killed more than 100 fighters, according to the Pentagon. Armed drones were also involved in the operation, which took place Thursday evening local time. It was the second major strike carried out by American warplanes in Mr. Obama’s waning hours in the White House. On Thursday, the Pentagon reported that B-2 stealth bombers had flown their first combat mission in nearly six years to attack two training camps in Libya that were being used by the Islamic State, which is also known as ISIS or IS.

LBN-NOTICED:   ***The most unlikely star at Donald Trump’s inauguration was MyPillow king Mike Lindell. Mustachioed Lindell is well-known to many because of his ubiquitous ads for his pillows, of which he’s sold nearly 30 million. The divorced former crack addict-turned-strictly sober millionaire was swarmed at the Empire State Inaugural Kick-Off. While big names including Newt Gingrich and Jon Voightattended, women flocked to Lindell, a divorced father of four. Lindell said, “A lot of people recognize me from the MyPillow ads, and they often stop and ask for pictures. It’s a blessing,” as a group of attractive blond women approached.   ***While the rest of the country was watching Donald Trump‘s inauguration, Emily Ratajkowski was walking down the streets of Manhattan in her underwear. The 25-year-old model — who’s never been shy when it comes to baring all — was spotted in black lacy lingerie and combat boots while shooting a DKNY campaign on Friday. Onlookers stopped to watch as she strutted her stuff down the street with an adorable dog.   ***Carmelo Anthony at Blue Ribbon Brasserie in Soho in NYC with wife La La and two friends.   ***Former NFL star Takeo Spikes celebrating his new book “Behind the Mask” at Beautique in NYC.   ***Natalie Morales at Talde at the Confidante Miami Beach.   ***Tyga “getting frisky” with Kylie Jenner at Jue Lan Club in NY.

LBN-SPOTLIGHT: “Love, friendship, respect, do not unite people as much as a common hatred for something.” ——

LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Miguel Ferrer, who followed his mother,Rosemary Clooney, and his Academy Award-winning father,Jose, into acting and often portrayed lawmen and tough guys, died on Thursday at his home in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 61. CBS said the cause was cancer.   ***Brenda Barnes, a two-time corporate chief executive whose decision to leave her top job at Pepsi-Cola sparked a national debate about women juggling career and family, died on Tuesday in Naperville, Ill. She was 63. The cause was complications of a stroke she suffered in 2010, her daughter, Erin Barnes, said.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Charles Krauthammer: Barack Obama did not go out quietly. His unquiet final acts were, in part, overshadowed by a successor who refused to come in quietly and, in part, by Obama’s own endless, sentimental farewell tour. But there was nothing nostalgic or sentimental about Obama’s last acts. Two of them were simply shocking. Perhaps we should have known. At the 2015 White House correspondents’ dinner, he joked about whether he had a bucket list: “Well, I have something that rhymes with bucket list.”  Turns out, he wasn’t kidding. Commuting the sentence of Chelsea Manning, one of the great traitors of our time, is finger-in-the-eye willfulness. Obama took 28 years off the sentence of a soldier who stole and then released through WikiLeaks almost half a million military reports plus a quarter-million State Department documents.


LBN-OVERHEARD:   ****Padma Lakshmi has quietly been spending time again with venture capitalist Adam Dell, her ex and the father of her daughter. The couple had a short-livedrelationship, broke up in 2009, then went through a bitter custody battle — but settled amicably out of court several years ago. Sources say that the two have recently become close again.   ***Famed “Riverdance” hoofer Michael Flatley is dancing at President Donald Trump’s Liberty Ball on Friday — but he’s also been accused by a New York PR firm of shuffling his way out of a $42,000 bill for his last Broadway show. Flatley and his show, “Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games” — the dancer’s farewell show before retiring — were sued in New York Supreme Court on Thursday for breach of contract over “$42,246.56 in fees and expenses for public relations and theatrical press agent services” by Broadway firm O&M Co.

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