Iran Promises ‘Firm Response’ if Sanctions Extended:
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani
pledged to “firmly respond” if President Barack Obama
signs legislation into law that would extend sanctions against the country. Rouhani, in a speech to Parliament on Sunday, said the law is a direct violation of the Iran nuclear agreement. “America’s president is obliged to exercise his authority by preventing its approval and particularly its implementation … and if this gross violation is carried out we will firmly respond,” Rouhani said. The White House has said that Obama will sign the legislation, and has argued that it would not violate the nuclear deal.
Trump: 35 Percent Tariff for Companies That Ship Jobs Overseas:
In a series of tweets early Sunday morning, President-elect Donald Trump
warned U.S. companies that ship jobs overseas that they would face a 35 percent tariff. “Any business that leaves our country for another country, fires its employees, builds a new factory or plant in the other country, and then thinks it will sell its product back into the U.S. without retribution or consequence, is WRONG!” he wrote in a series of tweets. “There will be a tax on our soon to be strong border of 35 percent for these companies wanting to sell their product, cars, A.C. units etc., back across the border.” In addition, Trump pledged to “reduce taxes and regulations on businesses.” Trump repeatedly promised throughout the campaign that he would work to ensure that companies do not leave the U.S. and take jobs with it.
Syrian Rebels Vow to Stay in Aleppo:
Syrian rebels have vowed to stay in the besieged city of Aleppo, despite Russia’s call for rebel forces to leave. Zakaria Malahifji
, a senior rebel official, told Reuters: “we cannot leave our city, our homes, to the mercenary militias that the regime has mobilized in Aleppo,” adding that U.S. officials asked whether they were interested in leaving or staying. The Syrian government, backed by Russia and Shi’ite militia groups from Iraq, Lebanon and Afghanistan, has taken back much of Aleppo after launching a major offensive there.
Putin Praises Trump as ‘Clever’ Businessman:
Russian President Vladimir Putin
praised President-elect Donald Trump
on Sunday, characterizing him as a “clever” businessman. “Trump was an entrepreneur and a businessman. He was already a statesman, he is the head of the United States of America, one of the world’s leading countries,” Putin said in an interview with NTV TV. “Because he achieved success in business, it suggests that he is a clever man. And if (he is) a clever man, then he will fully and quite quickly understand another level of responsibility.” Putin and Trump have been complimentary toward each other over the past year, with Trump saying Putin is a better leader for Russia than Barack Obama
is for the United States.
LBN – INTEL FOR INFLUENCERS:
Alec Baldwin to Trump: ‘Release Your Tax Returns and I’ll Stop’:
Late Saturday night, after SNL aired another sketch of liberal actor Alec Baldwin
mocking President-elect Donald Trump
—this time poking fun at his twitchy Twitter fingers, which resemble that of a reactionary, basement-dwelling teen—the soon-to-be leader of the free world weighed in on Twitter, writing: “Just tried watching Saturday Night Live
– unwatchable! Totally biased, not funny and the Baldwin impersonation just can’t get any worse. Sad.” So Baldwin replied: “Release your tax returns and I’ll stop. Ha.”
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Jill Stein Drops Pennsylvania Recount Bid:
Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein
is dropping her bidfor a statewide recount in Pennsylvania after a judge asked for the required $1 million bond to initiate a recount. But Stein said late Saturday that she would file a court motion in federal court on Monday to demand a recount. “The judge’s demand that voters pay such an exorbitant figure is a shameful, unacceptable barrier to democratic participation,” Stein said in a statement. “This is yet another sign that Pennsylvania’s antiquated election law is stacked against voters.” Stein had unsuccessfully filed for recounts in Michigan and Wisconsin, two other states won by President-elect Donald Trump
. Lawyers for Trump countered in their own court motion that there is “no evidence—or even an allegation—that any tampering with Pennsylvania’s voting systems actually occurred.”
Castro Funeral Underway in Cuba:
The funeral of former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro
was underway on Sunday morning, nine days after he died at age 90. Castro’s ashes were being interred at the Santa Ifigenia cemetery in Santiago. Tens of thousands of Cubans gathered on Saturday to remember Castro in a rally led by his brother Raul
, the island nation’s current president. Sunday was the last day of national mourning in Cuba over the late leader’s death.
Death toll in Oakland concert fire rises to 24: Officials today raised the death toll from nine to 24 in a fire that raced through an Oakland warehouse during a music concert. About 80% of the building remains to be searched after the Friday night blaze.
Bergdahl Asks Obama for Pardon:
Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl
, facing trial on charges of desertion and misbehavior, has asked President Barack Obama
for a pardon. The former American prisoner of war in Afghanistan and his legal team launched a last-ditch effort after the presidential election, submitting copies of a clemency application to the White House, the Justice Department and the Pentagon, The New York Times reported. Bergdahl’s legal team asked for a pre-emptive pardon to avoid trial scheduled for April 18, as they try to beat the clock before President-elect Donald Trump
takes over the White House. Trump frequently lashed out at Bergdahl at his rallies, once even pantomiming shooting him while calling him a “dirty, rotten traitor.” Trump made it clear that he believed Bergdahl “should have been executed,” a fact which Bergdahl’s lawyers say compromises any future legal proceedings. Eugene R. Fidell
, Bergdahl’s lead defense lawyer, said he’d seek to have the trial dismissed if it’s still pending once Trump is in charge. Bergdahl faces the charges for leaving his post in Afghanistan in 2009, a move which resulted in him being snatched by militants and held in captivity for five years. An Army investigation last year recommended against jail time for Bergdahl, but a commander later ordered that he be prosecuted in a general court-martial. A conviction could see him hit with a life sentence.
LBN-NOTICED: ***HIV-positive star Charlie Sheen was recently spotted leaving New York City’s ritzy Beautique restaurant around 4 a.m. with an entourage of women — who he hadn’t arrived with! “It’s unbelievable,” marveled one Hollywood insider. “His HIV status, all of his documented scandalous behavior with male and female sex workers and his angry outbursts … none of it seems to have tarnished his appeal! Girls are still flocking to Charlie. ***Deana Martin — daughter of Dean Martin — with “The French Connection” star Tony Lo Bianco at Patsy’s Italian restaurant in NYC. ***Sebastian Stan at Kola House in the Meatpacking District after Ferragamo and Esquire’s Style Mavericks event at Le Coucou in NYC. ***Charli XCX at Mamo restaurant in Soho in NYC. ***Aviva Drescher at a “Blow Out For Breast Cancer” event co-hosted by Angelo David Salon. ***Valentino and Giancarlo Giammetti at Nello in NYC.
LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Justin Vineyards & Winery donated $100,000 to 20 organizations serving the North San Luis Obispo County area last week. The winery is owned byStewart and Lynda Resnick’s Wonderful Co. Justin has a history of supporting local nonprofits. Since 2013, Justin has donated over $500,000 to local organizations. ***Four days after November’s presidential election, Mark Zuckerberg wrote a lengthy note downplaying the role that fake news on Facebook had in the outcome. More difficult for him to dispute, though, is the recent downward trajectory of his fortune; since November 8, Zuckerberg’s net worth has decreased by nearly $3.7 billion. That figure is based on a 7% decline in Facebook’s share price between Election Day and the end of normal trading at 4:00 P.M. EST on Friday. Despite the fall, Zuckerberg is still the planet’s fifth-richest person, according to FORBES’ real-time rankings of the world’s billionaires, worth an estimated $49 billion.
LBN-SEE IT:….Ariana Huffington in a napping pod at her Thrive Global pop-up store in Manhattan.
***C. Wyatt Dickerson
, a dapper investor and real estate developer who, alongside his wife, Nancy Dickerson
, glittered at the top of the Washington A-list from the Kennedy era to Reagan’s, died on Tuesday in Washington. He was 92. His son John Dickerson
, the host of “Face the Nation” on CBS, said the death was caused by complications of esophageal cancer.
LBN-COMMENTARY By Charles Krauthammer: Twenty-five years ago — December 1991 — communism died, the Cold War ended and the Soviet Union disappeared. It was the largest breakup of an empire in modern history and not a shot was fired. It was an event of biblical proportions that my generation thought it would never live to see. As Wordsworth famously rhapsodized (about the French Revolution), “Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive/But to be young was very heaven!” That dawn marked the ultimate triumph of the liberal democratic idea. It promised an era of Western dominance led by a preeminent America, the world’s last remaining superpower. And so it was for a decade as the community of democracies expanded, first into Eastern Europe and former Soviet colonies. The U.S. was so dominant that when, on Dec. 31, 1999, it gave up one of the most prized geostrategic assets on the globe — the Panama Canal — no one even noticed. That era is over. The autocracies are back and rising; democracy is on the defensive; the U.S. is in retreat. Look no further than Aleppo. A Western-backed resistance to a local tyrant — he backed by a resurgent Russia, an expanding Iran and an array of proxy Shiite militias — is on the brink of annihilation. Russia drops bombs; America issues statements.
LBN-COMMENTARY by Tony Medley: LBN’s headline, “Hillary’s Popular Vote Lead Passes 2.5 Million,” while correct, is a little misleading, because her lead in the popular vote comes from her landslide win in one state, California. Hillary’s lead completely disappears if California results are taken out. She won California by 3,446,281 votes. Trump beat her by 2,124,186 votes in the other 49 states. Take out New York, also, and he beat her in the other 48 states by 3,627,490 votes.
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may be out of the hospital, but it could be a while before he returns to his marriage bed. Days after being released following a brief hospitalization for his onstage meltdown, West and wife Kim Kardashian
are living in separate households, a source said.
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