LBN- Special Report- Sunday January 1, 2017


16 Foreigners Among Istanbul Victims, Attacker Still at Large:

Turkish authorities say 16 foreign nationals were among the 39 people killed in a New Year’s Eve attack on a popular Istanbul nightclub early Sunday. The attack took place shortly after 1 a.m., when an attacker stormed in and began firing at partygoers with what Istanbul Governor Vasip Sahin described as some kind of assault rifle. In addition to those killed, 69 people are currently being treated at Turkish hospitals for their injuries, with four of them in critical condition. The Israeli foreign ministry has identified one of the victims as a 19-year-old Israeli woman from the town of Tira. Turkish Interior MinisterSuleyman Soylu said the other foreign nationals were Moroccan, Saudi Arabian, Lebanese and Libyan, though he stopped short of releasing any further details, the Guardian reported. The identification of the victims comes as Soylu refutes earlier reports of the attacker being caught, saying the attacker is still at large and a manhunt is ongoing. While initial reports said there were multiple attackers, authorities now say they are seeking a single attacker. The search coincided with the first funeral for one of the victims, Ayhan Arik, who reportedly drove foreign tourists to the Reina nightclub where the massacre took place. As the nation’s holiday festivities quickly turned into mourning on Sunday, President Tayyip Erdogan vowed to “fight to the end” against terrorism, and “against their economic, political and social attacks.”

CRYPTIC – Trump Promises to Release New Details on Russian Hacking:

President-elect Donald Trump says he knows “things that other people don’t know” about Russia’s alleged hacking during the presidential election. Speaking to reporters outside his Mar-A-Lago estate while on his way to a New Year’s Eve party on Saturday night, Trump promised to disclose the information in a few days, saying “you will find out on Tuesday or Wednesday.” He noted that he still believes the hacking was carried out by “somebody else,” and not Russia. While the CIA concluded that a Russian hacking group was to blame for the election breaches, Trump once against cast doubt on that conclusion, saying computer hacking “is a very hard thing to prove.” “I just want them to be sure because it’s a pretty serious charge,” he said. Trump has gone against the tide on the issue of Russia’s alleged hacking, repeatedly dismissing the accusations against Russia and saying it’s time to simply move on from the scandal. The Obama administration hit top Russian intelligence officials with sanctions over the hacking last week and expelled 35 diplomats, a move which some believe will serve as a test to determine where Trump’s loyalties lie.

North Korea Says It’s Close to Testing Long-Range Missiles:

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un began the new year on Sunday by announcing that the country is nearing the testing phase for its long-range missiles. “Research and development of cutting edge arms equipment is actively progressing andICBM rocket test launch preparation is in its last stage,” Kim said in a televised New Year’s Day greeting. The country frequently tested its ballistic missiles in 2016, to the alarm of the West, but most experts have maintained that it’s a long way away from successfully using long-range missiles capable of hitting the U.S. A successful test of an ICBM would be a leap forward for Pyongyang’s controversial weapons program, which has been a thorn in the side of North Korea’s relations with the West since 2006, when the U.N. imposed sanctions over missile testing. Kim’s announcement comes after reports that President-elect Donald Trump took a special interest in North Korea’s nuclear program, with his only request for a classified intelligence briefing focusing on the subject.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: $2.9 Billion- Even this low estimate ofTrump‘s wealth by Bloomberg would make him the richest U.S. president ever. In fact, Trump is richer than the combined wealth of all 44 of his predecessors. Their combined wealth adds up to about $2.6 billion.

TIS THE SEASON – Trump Wishes Happy New Year to Enemies ‘Who Lost So Badly’:

President-elect Donald Trump on Saturday took to Twitter to send out holiday greetings to everyone – including his “enemies.” “Happy New Year to all, including to my many enemies and those who have fought me and lost so badly they just don’t know what to do. Love!” he wrote. The taunting New Year’s message seems to be in keeping with a Trump holiday tradition, The Hill notes. In 2013 – prior to his entry into political life – the Donald offered a similar Thanksgiving greeting to “the haters and losers.”


*Gun-focused conservative writer accidentally killed after letting teen hold his weapon: 

A conservative columnist who often wrote scathing criticisms of gun control for the Portland Press Herald has been accidentally shot and killed by a teenage boy. An unidentified teenaged boy and his father had been visiting M.D. Harmon in his home on Wednesday, when Harmon allowed the teenager to handle one of his guns. The gun went off and killed him.

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***Mariah Carey suffered through a performance train wreck in Times Square on New Year’s Eve as technical malfunctions left her at a loss vocally during her hit song “Emotions,” struggling to reach notes and to sync the lyrics and music.The trouble continued when she gave up on another of her best-known numbers, “We Belong Together,” while a prerecording of the song continued to play, a confirmation that she had been lip-syncing. It was a rare meltdown on national television by one of the top-selling recording artists of all time. Ms. Carey, a pop phenomenon in the 1990s who won five Grammys out of 34 nominations over the years, was the final pre-midnight act on ABC’s “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest.” She had just finished “Auld Lang Syne” when her star turn began to spiral out of control.

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LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Allan Williams, the stocky Liverpool club owner and impresario who, as the first manager of the Beatles, played a crucial role in the group’s transformation from a mediocre local dance band to the hard-rocking ensemble that mesmerized the world, died on Friday in Liverpool. He was 86. His death, at a nursing home, was announced by the Jacaranda Club, the coffee bar that Mr. Williams founded in 1958.

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LBN-NOTICED: Anthony Weiner apparently didn’t get to spend the holidays with his son and estranged wife, Huma Abedin. Top Hillary Clinton aide Huma and her 4-year-old son with Weiner, Jordan, have been hiding out in the Hamptons over the holidays with her mother, Saleha Mahmood Abedin, and sister, Heba Abedin. On Wednesday, Huma was spotted taking Jordan to see the animated film “Sing” at the 4 p.m. showing in Southampton. Meanwhile, a sad-looking Weiner was last week spotted traveling around Manhattan and riding the subway solo.   ***St. Barts isn’t the only tropical locale luring celebs to its turquoise waters. The Dorado Beach Ritz-Carlton Reserve, the former property of Laurance Rockefeller in Puerto Rico, which just underwent a $340 million dollar renovation, has celebrities galore, among them actors Mariska Hargitay and Peter HermannPaul Rudd, Patriots owner Bob Kraft and “Good Morning America’s” Robin Roberts. Further afield, Uraguay’s Punta del Este is attracting a hip set. Spotted at the chic enclave were polo star Nacho Figueras, Giants co-owner Steve Tisch, Cinema Society’s Andrew Saffir and Daniel Benedict and designer Cynthia Rowley, among other stars.   ***Neil Patrick Harris and his family are vacationing in Honolulu. A spy saw Harris, hubby David Burtka, and their two kids, daughterHarper Grace and son Gideon Scott, enjoying the sights.   ***International comedian sensation Ismo having New Year’s Eve dinner last night at the elegant Baltaire in Brentwood.   ***Diddy did not hold back on celebrating his son Justin’s 23rd birthday. We hear the music mogul threw the ultimate blowout bash for his boy at Story nightclub in Miami Beach on Thursday. Toasting the occasion was a crew including Diddy’s on-again, off-again girlfriend Cassie, rapper French Montana, USA national soccer team member Jozy Altidore and disgraced footballer turned full-time party boy Johnny Manziel.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Jeff Wald (Manager): Reading thevituperative blurb by someone who claims to be a film historian (Peter Biskind) yet brags that he has never seen a Debbie Reynolds film tells me what a mean spirited irrelevant asshole he is. At the very least SINGING IN THE RAIN is one of the all-time classic movies. It is better to shut ones mouth and appear a fool than open it and erase all doubt. This fool peaked in the 90’s and thinks this will get him attention. In reality he is just another troll in the new Trump era. I can only think of a quote that was from Brendan Behan an Irish poet that CRITICS ARE EUNUCHS AT A GANG BANG. I suggest that Peter Biskind crawl back under a rock.


LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Lauren Conrad had some big news to share with her loyal fans and followers Sunday morning. As it turns out, the fashion designer is going to be a mom in 2017.   ***The Real Housewives of New York star married her businessman beau, Tom D’Agostino in a fairy tale, New Year’s Eve wedding.

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