LBN-Special Report- Sunday

Romney sucks it up: ‘Choker’ Mitt embraces the man he called ‘a phony, racist and bigot’ in election war-of-words as Trump dangles prospect of White House job:

It appears the long-running war of words between Donald Trump and Mitt Romney has come to an end after the two met at his New Jersey golf club on Saturday. The US president-elect was joined by Mike Pence for a meeting with one of his most outspoken critics at the clubhouse of Trump National Golf Club in Bedminister. Trump and Vice President-elect Pence posed for pictures together before greeting Romney at the clubhouse’s entrance.

Pence: ‘I Wasn’t Offended’ by ‘Hamilton’ Cast:

Vice President-elect Mike Pence said on Sunday morning that he was not offended when a cast member of the Broadway musical “Hamilton” addressed his presence after the show and asked him to “work on behalf of all of us.”  Appearing on “Fox News Sunday,” Pence said he would “leave it to others” to decide whether the “venue” was appropriate, and demurred when asked if he is owed an apology. President-elect Donald Trump, for his part, said the cast should apologize to Pence for their “very rude” treatment of him. “The cast and producers of Hamilton, which I hear is highly overrated, should immediately apologize to Mike Pence for their terrible behavior,” Trump tweeted earlier Sunday morning, following up on his criticisms of actor Brandon Victor Dixon for his post-show remarks. Pence praised the musical and encouraged others to see it, telling host Chris Wallace that he enjoyed the show.


China Warns Trump Against Going Back on Trade Deals:

Chinese state media on Saturday cautioned U.S. President-elect Donald Trump against backtracking on free trade deals. “Turning his trade-bashing campaign talks into actual policies could bash any hope that the Asia-Pacific will finally have its much-wanted free trade deal,” the official Xinhua news agency said Saturday, according to Reuters. “Worse, it could drag his country and the wider world into deeper economic distress,” said the news agency, which is widely considered a government mouthpiece. “The billionaire-turned-politician needs to prove that derailing the global economy has not been one of the reasons why he ran for U.S. president,” Xinhua’s message for Trump said. Trump spent much of his campaign lashing out at China, accusing the country of manipulating its currency and at one point claiming it was “raping” the U.S. He repeatedly told voters that one of his priorities as president would be cutting off international trade deals with the country. After Trump’s presidential win, China’s Xi was quick to tell him that cooperation would be the only choice between the U.S. and China, warning him against isolationism and protectionism.

Angela Merkel to Seek Re-Election:

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she will run for re-election next year, according to reports. She will be seeking her fourth four-year term as leader of Germany. Merkel, 62, has been at the country’s helm since 2005. It does not have term limits. Elections are expected to be held in the second half of 2017. In a news conference alongside President Obama last week, the president said of Merkel: “I could not ask for a steadier or more reliable partner on the world stage.”


McCain to Trump: ‘We Will Not Torture’:

Arizona Sen. John McCain affirmed that the U.S. will not employ tactics of torture, no matter what President-elect Donald Trump wants to do. “I don’t give a damn what the president of the United States wants to do,” McCain said at the Halifax International Security Forum. “We will not waterboard. We will not torture people. … It doesn’t work.” Trump has said in the past that he likes waterboarding “a lot” and that it’s not “tough enough.” Legislation signed last year by President Obama prohibits such interrogation tactics. McCain, who was held as a prisoner of war and tortured during the Vietnam War, added that anyone who tries to employ such techniques would be in court in a “New York minute.”

LBN-SPOTLIGHT: Award Winning Computer Consultant – David Slon – Winner “Best Of Los Angeles Award” Three (3) Years In A Row. —–

Report: Melania, Barron Trump Won’t Live in the White House:

President-elect Donald Trump’s wife and young son will not be moving to the White House with him when he is inaugurated as the 45th president in January, according to a report. The New York Post reports that Melania Trump and Barron Trump will stay at their penthouse apartment in Trump Tower in New York City so that Barron can continue attending his private school. “Melania is extremely close to Barron, and they have become closer during the campaign,” a source close to the transition team told the Post. “The campaign has been difficult for Barron, and she is really hoping to keep disruption to a minimum.” Melania Trump will reportedly travel to Washington as needed. The arrangement will require heavy security in and around Trump Tower.

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***The Rolling Stones have played their last gig in America without telling anyone — and the audience was a bunch of stuffed shirts. Billionaire Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots, hired the Stones to play Gillette Stadium on Oct. 26 for a few hundred pals. A source said that Kraft bragged to his guests — including Secretary of State John Kerry, designer Tommy Hilfiger and rocker Peter Wolf — that they were seeing something special. In fact, Kraft reportedly declared “they were seeing the final show Mick Jagger and company will ever do in this country!”

DID YOU KNOW? Did you know that four (4) member of the Trump transition team read LBN daily?

LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:   ***CNN’s Don Lemon says that while “this has been a contentious election season, and people are fast and loose with the facts — if there are any,” the dramatic events have been a thankful boon for ratings. “I was not surprised that Trump won . . . He had a very good chance of winning,” Lemon said in hindsight.

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LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***GetDismissed, the online web service and mobile application to assist California drivers with contesting traffic tickets, announced today a new partnership with Road Protect, a claims service that offers drivers inSouth Africa and Israel relief, recovery, and representation from road incidents.

LBN-NOTICED:   ***Ari Emanuel, the co-CEO of entertainment and sports powerhouse WME-IMG, was spotted at the Trump National Golf Course in New Jersey on Sunday, and a WME-IMG source confirms that a meeting is set for this afternoon.   ***Amy Schumer with Colin Quinn at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House in New York.   ***Models Anna and Pat Cleveland at the Museum of Arts and Design MAD Ball to honor Charles S. Cohen, Angela Missoniand Zaha Hadid.   ***Rosie O’Donnell and Meg Ryan at STK Midtown in NYC.   ***Olivia Culpo at Cotton’s Blue Jeans Go Green pop-up gallery in Soho in NYC.   ***Taryn Manning at the opening of LES lounge Delilah.   ***Blythe Danner, Kathy Najimy and Patti LuPone seeing the new play “Heisenberg.” in NYC.

LBN-BOOK NEWS:   ***Best-selling author Michael Levine has signed with prominent San Francisco literary agent Roger Freet of Foundry Media.

LBN-SPOTLIGHT: “Experience is a hard teacher. She gives the test first and the lessons afterwards.” —–

LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: Britain’s vote to withdraw from the European Union followed by Donald Trump’s election in America constitute a single giant political event — one that makes 2016 a vintage year in history that will long be studied. Big political events have big causes. For the last three years I’ve been working on a book about what’s been happening beneath the surface — in the plumbing and wiring of the world — that’s roiling politics in so many places. My answer begins with a question: What the hell happened in and around 2007? 2007? That’s such an innocuous year. But look again. Steve Jobs and Apple released the first iPhone in 2007, starting the smartphone revolution that is now putting an internet-connected computer in the palm of everyone on the planet. In late 2006, Facebook, which had been confined to universities and high schools, opened itself to anyone with an email address and exploded globally. Twitter was created in 2006, but took off in 2007. In 2007, Hadoop, the most important software you’ve never heard of, began expanding the ability of any company to store and analyze enormous amounts of unstructured data. This helped enable both Big Data and cloud computing. Indeed, “the cloud” really took off in 2007. In 2007, the Kindle kicked off the e-book revolution and Google introduced Android. In 2007, IBM started Watson — the world’s first cognitive computer that today can understand virtually every paper ever written on cancer and suggest to doctors highly accurate diagnoses and treatment options. And have you ever looked at a graph of the cost of sequencing a human genome? It goes from $100 million in the early 2000s and begins to fall dramatically starting around … 2007.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Dr.Robert Kotler: Another egotistic and arrogant entertainer seizes a Broadway stage – meant to entertain a paying audience –  to espouse personal political views. Did the Hamilton audience give actor/singer Dixon “the floor”?  We pay to see performers act and sing for us, not lecture to us. Here’s a better idea. Politicized actors and singers should rent a theatre or better, Yankee stadium. Sell tickets, at Hamilton prices, to give a political speech. Let’s see how many will show up to hear their drivel.


LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx are back together, we’re told. The secret couple — who have never confirmed that they’re in a relationship, even though they’ve been together since 2013 — broke up in October. Page Six reported at the time that Holmes, who married her ex-husband Tom Cruise 10 years ago on Friday, had become impatient because Foxx didn’t want to go public with their long romance.

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