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Russian Military Jet Crashes Into Sea:
A Russian military plane, on its way to Syria on Sunday, crashed into the Black Sea killing all 92 people on board including 60 from the Red Army Choir. The Russian Defense Ministry said that one of its TU-154 Tupolev planes had disappeared from the radar screen around 9:25 p.m. last night. Major-General Igor Konashenkov, a ministry spokesman, said that no one on board survived. President Vladimir Putin
declared December 26 a national day of mourning after the crash.
Israel to ‘Reassess’ Ties With U.N. Over Security Council Vote:
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
said Saturday Israel will reassess its relationship with theUnited Nations following a Security Council resolution this week to condemn Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. The 14-0 vote passed with an abstention from the United States. Netanyahu said he instructed his foreign ministry to reevaluate contact with the United Nations “within a month.” The foreign ministry will reassess all ties, including “the Israeli funding of U.N. institutions and the presence of U.N. representatives in Israel.” He added, “I have already instructed to stop about 30m shekels in funding to five U.N. institutions, five bodies, that are especially hostile to Israel…and there is more to come.”
Trump: I Will Dissolve the Trump Foundation:
In a statement released Saturday afternoon, President-elect Donald Trump
announced his intention to dissolve the Donald J. Trump Foundation. “[T]o avoid even the appearance of any conflict with my role as President I have decided to continue to pursue my strong interest in philanthropy in other ways,” he said in the statement. “I am very proud of the money that has been raised for many organizations in need, and I am also very proud of the fact that the Foundation has operated at essentially no cost for decades, with 100% of the money going to charity, but because I will be devoting so much time and energy to the Presidency and solving the many problems facing our country and the world, I don’t want to allow good work to be associated with a possible conflict of interest.” The foundation came under constant scrutiny throughout the presidential election as questions arose about its alleged distribution of funds—most notably with a Washington Post investigation that could not verify Trump had given money to veterans organizations as he had publicly claimed.
XMAS MIRACLE – Cleveland Browns Finally Get a Win:
The 2016 Cleveland Browns will not go down as second team NFL history to go 0-16 in a season. On Saturday afternoon, the Browns defeated the San Diego Chargers, 20-17, in a game that went down to the wire. The Chargers had a chance to tie the game as the clock ran down in the fourth quarter, but a rushed field-goal attempted blew those chances and the game ended with Cleveland on top. The Browns will face their division’s first-place Pittsburgh Steelers next week.
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, who was named as White House communications director by President-elect Donald J. Trump
two days ago, has informed Mr. Trump that he will not take the job, according to a statement from Mr. Miller. In the statement, Mr. Miller said he wanted to spend more time with his family. His wife is expecting their second child in January, he said. “It’s clear they need to be my top priority right now, and this is not the time to start a new job as demanding as White House communications director,” Mr. Miller wrote.
LBN-NOTICED: ***Kim Kardashian and Kanye West got out of the house and into the Christmas spirit Friday, marking the pair’s most public joint outing in weeks, following personal turmoil for both. The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star and her rapper husband attended a Los Angeles Ballet performance of The Nutcracker at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center with their daughter North West, 3, her sister Kourtney Kardashian and her daughter Penelope Disick, and a few friends. The group was also accompanied by bodyguards. ***Selena Gomez made a rare public appearance Christmas Eve to give back and spread some joy. The 24-year-old pop singer visited patients at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth in her native Texas. A source said that Gomez spent time with about 14 kids in the hospital’s Child Life Zone play area, where they also decorated cookies. ***Looks like Leonardo DiCaprio got close to a new blond model just in time for Christmas. Sources tell us that the model-loving Oscar winner — who’s most recently been dating Nina Agdal — cozied up to lingerie model Paige Watkins this past week. On Thursday, DiCaprio — plus his “wolf pack” including Lukas Haas and Tobey Maguire, and a group of models — went to Catch in LA, where a spy told us DiCaprio and Watkins took a number of smoke breaks together outside. ***New York businessman Josh Green and his wife Lindsey Kotler Greenwith owner John Terzian at ultra-hip Delilah in West Hollywood. ***President-elect Donald Trump was applauded and cheered by parishioners as he and his wife arrived for a Christmas Eve service around 10:30 p.m. EST at Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea in Palm Beach, Florida according to reports. The church was the site of Trump’s 2005 wedding to soon to be First Lady Melania Trump.
***A documentary series that was set to take viewers inside the Ku Klux Klan has been canceled by A&E after the network discovered that some of the show’s producers had made cash payments to participants on the show. The eight-part series, “Escaping the KKK,” promised an up-close look at high-ranking Klan members and their families, but it had prompted wide outcry since news about the show came out last Sunday. For a network best known for shows like “Hoarders” and “Intervention,” the K.K.K. series represented a strikingly complicated and politically charged endeavor, and fell into a roiling national debate about the potential glamorization of racism and bigotry that has grown only louder since the presidential election.
LBN–COMMENTARY by Charles Krauthammer: The fall of Aleppo just weeks before Barack Obama leaves office is a fitting stamp on his Middle East policy of retreat andwithdrawal. The pitiable pictures from the devastated city showed the true cost of Obama’s abdication. For which he seems to have few regrets, however. In his end-of-year news conference, Obama defended U.S. inaction with his familiar false choice: It was either stand aside or order a massive Iraq-style ground invasion. This is a transparent fiction designed to stifle debate. At the beginning of the civil war, the popular uprising was ascendant. What kept a rough equilibrium was regime control of the skies. At that point, the United States, at little risk and cost, could have declared Syria a no-fly zone, much as it did Iraqi Kurdistan for a dozen years after the Gulf War of 1991.
LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas Sowell: Nothing so epitomizes the politically correct gullibility of our times as the magic word “diversity.” The wonders of diversity are proclaimed from the media, extolled in the academy and confirmed in the august chambers of the Supreme Court of the United States. But have you ever seen one speck of hard evidence to support the lofty claims? Although diversity has become one of the leading buzzwords of our time, it has a history that goes back several generations. In the early twentieth century, the principle of geographic diversity was used to conceal bias against Jews in the admission of students to Harvard and other leading academic institutions.
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***As Carrie Fisher
remains in the hospital a day after suffering a heart attack, her loved ones took to social media to thank people for their support. The 60-year-old Star Wars
‘ actress’ only brother and 58-year-old producer Todd Fisher
told E! News Friday the actress was treated in the ICU following her cardiac arrest, which took place on a plane just before it landed in Los Angeles. Local TV station KABC reported that night she was in critical condition and on a ventilator. “She’s obviously a very tough girl who’s survived many things,” Todd told the outlet. “I encourage everyone to pray for her.”
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