LBN- Special Report- Saturday November 26, 2016

Trump Offers Lackluster Response to Castro’s Death:

After hundreds of Cubans took to the streets of Miami early Saturday to celebrate the death of Fidel Castro and U.S. politicians sounded off on his passing, President-elect Donald Trump had very little to say about it. “Fidel Castro is dead!” Trump wrote on Twitter hours after the news broke. Other U.S. politicians offered more substantial statements on the momentous news. Florida Governor Rick Scott expressed hope for “the future of Cuba” after Castro’s death, saying “the news should usher in an era of freedom, peace and human dignity.” New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez echoed Scott’s comments, saying while Castro’s “oppressive legacy will haunt the Cuban regime,” Cubans today are now “one step closer to achieving freedom.” Senator Ted Cruz took a more solemn tone, saying Castro’s death “cannot bring back his thousands of victims, nor can it bring comfort to their families.” Senator Marco Rubio said Cubans should use Castro’s death as motivation to continue to fight for freedom. “The dictator has died, but the dictatorship has not,” Rubio said. PresidentBarack Obama, who sought to mend ties with Cuba during his term, offered his condolences to the Castro family in a statement. Saying the White House extends “a hand of friendship to the Cuban people” after Castro’s death, Obama added that “history will record and judge the enormous impact of this singular figure on the people and world around him.”

Marco Rubio: Fidel Castro was an ‘evil, murderous dictator who inflicted misery and suffering’:  

Hundreds took to the streets of Miami’s Little Havana early Saturday morning after the death of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro was announced. Drivers honked their horns, while others played drums and banged pots and pans. Many cheered as they waved American and Cuban flags. Among those who showed up was the city’s mayor, Tomas Regalado, a Cuban American who left the country at the age of 14 in 1962, three years after Fidel Castro rose to power. “I am proud of this celebration. The reason that I am proud of this celebration is because Fidel Castro hurt many generations of Cuba,” Regalado told WSVN 7. “What you see here is many, many young people that are celebrating because their fathers and grandfathers were hurt and attacked and killed by Fidel Castro.” Sen. Marco Rubio did not mince words when he weighed in on Castro’s death on Saturday. The Florida Republican called Castro an “evil, murderous dictator who inflicted misery and suffering on his own people” and turned Cuba into an “impoverished island prison.” “Sadly, Fidel Castro’s death does not mean freedom for the Cuban people or justice for the democratic activists, religious leaders, and political opponents he and his brother have jailed and persecuted,” Rubio said in a statement. “The dictator has died, but the dictatorship has not.”

Jill Stein Makes Wisconsin Recount Deadline:

Jill Stein, the Green Party nominee who is back in the news as she calls for a recount in Rust Belt states, managed to file a petition for a recount in Wisconsin just in time. Stein announced she had raised the $1.1 million required to pay for the recount, and the Wisconsin Election Commission tweeted Friday afternoon that they had received the recount petition. Stein is calling for recounts in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan.

N. Dakota Pipeline Protest Camp to Be Shut Down by Dec. 5:

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers warned the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe on Friday that protesters demonstrating against a controversial pipeline project in the area will be forced out by Dec. 5 as authorities reclaim the area. John W. Henderson, a district commander with the Corps, said the closure of the area north of the Cannonball River was necessary to “prevent death, illness or serious injury” to inhabitants in the camp caused by harsh winter weather, and to “protect the public from violent confrontations between protesters and law enforcement.” Opponents of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline have been occupying the area near the construction site for months, warning that the project may harm sacred Native American sites. Henderson’s announcement came as protests over the pipeline spread to a shopping mall in Bismarck, where more than 30 protesters were arrested Friday. Pipeline protesters held a rally in the Kirkwood Mall on Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year, to draw attention to the controversy over the pipeline. The rally saw demonstrators form a prayer circle right inside the entrance of the shopping center, ignoring demands from mall management to stop blocking the area. About 100 protesters took part in the rally, including members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, and at least 33 were arrested for trespassing after refusing to get out of the way.


LBN-SEE IT: Castro was last seen in public ten days ago as he met a visiting group of Vietnamese politicians.

Reports: K.T. McFarland to Be Dep. National Security Adviser:

President-elect Donald Trump has tapped K.T. McFarland, a Fox News analyst, to be his deputy national security adviser, a transition aide confirmed to multiple sources on Friday. McFarland served in the Reagan administration before unsuccessfully running for the U.S. Senate in New York in 2006. She will be working alongside Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, who was announced as Trump’s national security adviser pick last week. A source cited by Bloomberg said McFarland had already accepted the position and an announcement was due to be made later Friday.

LBN-NOTICED:   ***Andrew Lloyd Webber seeing “Dear Evan Hansen” on Broadway in NYC.   ***Michael Moore at Hi-Life Bar and Grill in NYC.   ***Maura Tierney of “The Affair” shopping for Thanksgiving at Citarella in the West Village in NYC.   ***Ivanka Trump and Massimo Gargia at Nello in NYC   ***Conservative commentator Laura Ingraham and Andrew Stein seeing Woody Allen play at Café Carlyle in NYC.   ***R&B singer Kehlani at a bash to celebrate duo Audio Push’s new album in Bedford-Stuyvesant in NYC   ***Bethenny Frankel at East Hampton Grill.


·  According to legend, coffee was discovered in the 9th century when an Ethiopian goat herder named Khaldi noticed that his normally lethargic goats were more excitable after they had nibbled the red berries from an evergreen tree. Khaldi took the berries to a Muslim holy man, who turned the raw fruit of the coffee tree into the delicious beverage.
·  Though coffee was discovered in Ethiopia around A.D. 850, it wasn’t until it spread to Mocha, Yemen, in around 1100 that it became firmly established as a popular drink. From Mocha (from which Mocha coffee derives its name), beans were shipped to India, Java, and eventually Europe in 1515. By 1675, England had more than 3,000 coffee houses.
·  Coffee was originally regarded as a wonder drug in Yemen and Arabia and was taken only at the advice of a doctor. Many saw coffee as a brain tonic or as a way to stimulate religious visions.
·  Arabs were the first to cultivate coffee trees on the Arabian Peninsula. Arabs typically roasted and boiled coffee, or qahwa, which is Arabic for “the wine of Islam.”
Coffee has mood-boosting effects
·  A 2011 study showed that women who drink two to three cups of caffeinated coffee a day were 15% less likely to develop depression over a 10-year period than those who drank one cup of coffee or less per week.

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LBN-OVERHEARD:   **Kanye West is so paranoid, he wouldn’t even let his doctors come near him. The rapper, who was hospitalized at UCLA Medical Center on Monday, believes people are after him, TMZ reported early Saturday. West spent Thanksgiving in the hospital with wife Kim Kardashian at his side, sources say. Exhaustion from nonstop touring, work on his fashion and sneaker lines and the first anniversary of the death of West’s mother Donda were said to contribute to West’s breakdown.


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