LBN – Special Report – Sunday February 5, 2017

BLOCKED –  Court Denies Justice Department Request to Reinstate Ban:

The U.S. Justice Department’s request to immediately reinstate President Donald Trump’s travel and immigration ban was denied early Sunday. The emergency stay came after a federal judge in Washington state put the executive order on holdnationwide. On Saturday the Department of Homeland Security said it was complying with the judge’s order and halting implementation of the executive order. The order, signed more than a week ago, halts immigration for foreign nationals of seven Muslim-majority countries. In its court filing, the Justice Department said judge James Robart’s decision to block the order “second-guesses the president’s national security judgment about the quantum of risk posed by the admission of certain classes of (non-citizens) and the best means of minimizing that risk.” Trump tweeted about the case multiple times on Saturday, at one point referring to Robart as the “so-called judge.”

COUNTERTERRORISM – Turkey Arrests 445 People for Alleged ISIS Connections:

Turkey has arrested 445 people suspected of having connections to ISIS. State-run media said 60 were arrested in the capital city of Ankara, while raids also occurred in other cities including Istanbul, Gaziantep and Izmir. ISIS claims to have affiliates in Turkey. According to reports, many of the individuals who were detained were acting as ISIS operatives and participating in recruiting efforts via social media. The terror group claimed responsibility for a mass shooting at a night club in Istanbul on New Year’s Eve.


DHS Suspends Implementation of Travel Ban:

The Department of Homeland Security said on Saturday that it will suspend its implementation of President Donald Trump’s executive order that bars foreign nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries. The order was suspended nationwide late Friday by a federal judge in Seattle. “In accordance with the judge’s ruling, DHS has suspended any and all actions implementing the affected sections of the Executive Order,” the department said in a statement. It went on to say that the Justice Department will file an emergency stay to defend the executive order in court, calling it “lawful and appropriate.” Trump took to Twitter early Saturday morning to berate the “so-called judge,” James Robart, a George W. Bush appointee.

Trump Defends ‘Killer’ Putin in Pre-Super Bowl O’Reilly Interview:

In a preview clip from a new interview with Bill O’Reilly, which will air on Fox before the Super Bowl, President Donald Trumpdrew a moral equivalence between Vladimir Putin’s Russia and the United States. Asked by O’Reilly if he “respects” the Russian leader, Trump said, “I do respect him, but I respect a lot of people. That doesn’t mean I’m going to get along with him.” When O’Reilly described Putin as a “killer,” Trump replied, “There are a lot of killers. We’ve got a lot of killers. What do you think, our country’s so innocent?”

Early Signs Suggest Trump’s Actions Are Taking a Toll on Trump Brand: 

Since the day Donald J. Trump began his presidential campaign, there were questions about how the Trump brand would be affected. Would his stream of insults hurt viewership of “The Apprentice” or sales of Ivanka Trump shoes? Or was all the attention good for business, a marketing adage President Trump could have learned during his time as a reality television star. The answer may surprise him. Major companies appear to be re-evaluating their relationships with the Trump brand, which, in some instances, does not appear to have benefited from Mr. Trump’s presidency. Hinting at lackluster sales, Neiman Marcus confirmed on Friday that it had dropped Ivanka Trump’s jewelry line from its website. A day earlier, her brand had disappeared from, a move reported by the fashion news site Racked. Not everyone was happy that retailers were distancing themselves from the Trump name. By Saturday, some Twitter users were posting #BoycottNordstrom.

DID YOU KNOW? Did you know that seven (7) members of the staff of the New York City restaurant Trattoria Dellarte read LBN daily?

LBN-NOTICED:   ***New York literary journal the Paris Review added to the list this week by assembling erudite Angelenos — such as Randy Newman, Matthew Weiner,Mona Simpson, Stephen Gaghan and Kim Gordon — at the Brentwood home of Paul and Lisa Wachter to toast the magazine. At the celebration, waiters in Paris Review T-shirts served Manhattans while editor Lorin Stein quoted D.H. Lawrence by telling the Hollywood crowd, “An artist is usually a damned liar, but his art, if it be art, will tell you the truth of his day.” Also spotted were Brit author Geoff Dyer (a writer in residence at USC), Minnie Mortimer, Maile Meloy, New York Review of Books critic Elaine Blair and Sadie Stein.   ***Prominent sports manager Darin Harvey having dinner last night at Fabrocini’s at the Beverly Glen Center in L.A.


Henry Louis “Hank” Aaron (1934)
Aaron was the first US baseball player to hit more career home runs than Babe Ruth. After playing briefly in the Negro leagues and then in the minor leagues, Aaron moved up to the majors as an outfielder with the Milwaukee—later Atlanta—Braves in 1954 and was National League MVP in 1957. Upon breaking Ruth’s record in 1974, he was besieged by the media and badgered by racist letter-writers, and retired just two years later.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Maureen Dowd: Now, stacked on the Trump tower of petrifying things we have to worry about — war with Iran, war with China, war with Mexico, war with Islam, war with koala bears — there is yet another looming disaster. The East Wing is perilously behind in planning for the Easter Egg Roll. Is the White House dropping the ball — or rather, the ovoid? As our omnipresent new president hijacked our reality, the first lady vanished, sparking headlines for nary a glimpse in D.C. since the inaugural. Just as there is a gush of leaks from the resistance in the federal government about President Trump’s erratic and impulsive behavior, there are whispers about Melania’s elusive and sphinx-like behavior.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Michael Levine (Media expert and author – : In 1919, four of the leading figures in Hollywood—Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, D.W. Griffith, and Douglas Fairbanks—decided to form their own film studio to better control their own work. Though initially successful, United Artists foundered as films became more expensive to produce. It was taken over in the 1950s and began to thrive again until the 80s, when it was bought by the studio MGM.

LBN-COMMENTARY by M Zuhdi Jasser (Author):  Our US military servicemen and women are the most moral force for good and defense of liberty and human rights on the planet.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Kent Moyer (Security expert): I just watched an interview with Bob Kraft of the Patriots on Fox news with Chris Wallace. I have met Mr. Kraft several times at the Super Bowl. He is an amazing person & really a nice man. A class act.


LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***There’s a baby on board for Chelsea Peretti and Jordan Peele! The Brooklyn Nine-Nine star took to Instagram on Saturday to reveal she is expecting her first child with the comedian. Peretti made light of Beyoncé‘s surprise pregnancy announcement by captioning her baby bump selfie, “beyonce schmonce.” Too funny!   ***Well, that relationship went up in flames. Mariah Carey used the music video for her song “I Don’t” to send a heated message to her ex-fiancé, Australian billionaire businessman James Packer — by setting fire to the wedding dress she never wore. In the video, the singer is seen dancing around the $250,000 Valentino gown, which she had shown off on an episode of her reality show “Mariah’s World,” as it burns.   ***Former “Baywatch” babe Pamela Anderson seems to have a new career in the Old World, where she’s paying regular visits to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and making friends in Russia. The Canadian-born blonde has visited Assange four times in the past three months at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London — where he’s been holed up for more than four years. “She seems to be wearing sexier outfits every time she visits,” one political activist observed.   ***Alcohol makes everything easier. At least for Dakota Johnson, who admitted in a new interview that shots of whiskey helped her while filming steamy sex scenes with Jamie Dornan for “Fifty Shades Darker.” While chatting with Entertainment Tonight about the “Fifty Shades of Grey” sequel, Johnson confessed that she and Dornan adopted a “pre-game ritual” before getting busy. The 27-year-old actress, who stars as Anastasia Steele, said she would take a “shot of whiskey (and) mints” before the cameras started rolling.

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