McCain, Graham Voting for Rex Tillerson:
Republicans Sens. John McCain
and Lindsey Graham
revealed on Sunday that they will vote to confirm Rex Tillerson
, the former CEO of ExxonMobil, to be the next secretary of state. Tillerson has been criticized for allegedly being too cozy with Russian President Vladimir Putin
due to his past business dealings with the country, and McCain and Graham said they “still have concerns” about his connections to Russia. “Now more than ever, with America’s friends growing more discouraged and our enemies growing more emboldened, we need a Secretary of State who recognizes that our nation cannot succeed in the world by itself,” the senators said in a statement. “The views that Mr. Tillerson has expressed, both privately and publicly during the confirmation process, give us confidence that he will be a champion for a strong and engaged role for America in the world.”
Experts: Women’s March 3 Times the Size of Trump Inauguration:
The women’s march in Washington, D.C. on Saturday drew triple the number of people who attended President Donald Trump
’s inauguration the day before, according to crowd experts Marcel Altenburg
and Keith Still
from Metropolitan University in the U.K. They estimate that, based on available photos and videos, around 160,000 people were on the National Mall during the inauguration. Altenburg and Still added that the women’s march drew 470,000 people on the Mall. Trump falsely said on Saturday that more than a million people showed up to the inauguration and that the crowd stretched all the way back to the Washington Monument. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer
bashed the media for its reporting on the crowd size, saying falsely that “this was the largest audience to ever witness the inauguration period both in person and around the globe.”
Trump to Meet U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday:
President Donald Trump
will meet with U.K. Prime MinisterTheresa May
on Friday for the new commander in chief’s first official meeting with a foreign leader. In an interview with the BBC on Sunday, May said she “won’t be afraid” to challenge Trump where necessary. Asked about Trump’s past comments degrading women, May said: “I have already said that some of the comments Donald Trump has made in relation to women were unacceptable. Some of those he himself has apologized for.” May added that she is looking forward to discussing the possibility of a trade agreement between the U.S. and the U.K., in spite of Trump’s oft-used rhetoric in which he bashes free trade.
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Madonna to Women’s March Detractors: ‘F*ck You’:
, joining the many celebrities at Women’s Marchesacross the country and the world on Saturday, spoke to the massive crowd in Washington, D.C., asking “Are you ready to shake up the world?” She continued: “Welcome to the revolution, to the rebellion, to our refusal as women to accept this new age of tyranny.” And to “detractors” who “insist that this march will never add up to anything,” Madonna had two words: “Fuck you.” She repeated that message for emphasis before CNN cut her off. Earlier in the week, Madonna gave an interview in which she described how “frightened” she was about the future and said she believes Donald Trump
was elected president “for a reason, to show us how lazy and unified and lackadaisical and taking for granted we’ve become of our freedom and the rights that we have as Americans.”
LBN-INTEL FOR INFLUENCERS:
John Brennan: ‘Trump Should Be Ashamed of Himself’:
Former CIA Director John Brennan
went after PresidentDonald Trump
on Saturday after the new commander in chief bashed the media and boasted about his crowd sizes while speaking to CIA employees in front of the agency’s Memorial Wall at its headquarters in Virginia. “Former CIA Director Brennan is deeply saddened and angered at Donald Trump’s despicable display of self-aggrandizement in front of CIA’s Memorial Wall of Agency heroes,” Brennan’s former deputy chief of staff, Nick Shapiro, said in a statement. “Brennan says that Trump should be ashamed of himself.” Later Saturday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer
incorrectly stated that “this was the largest audience to ever witness the inauguration, period, both in person and around the globe.” On Sunday morning, Trump celebrated his visit to the agency’s headquarters. “Had a great meeting at CIA Headquarters yesterday, packed house, paid great respect to Wall, long standing ovations, amazing people. WIN!” he tweeted.
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LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***Donald Trump’s inauguration ratings were the second-highest in 36 years, according to Nielsen. The swearing-in of the 45th president was seen by 30.6 million viewers across 12 networks. The only inauguration over the last three decades that tops Trump’s number in the linear ratings? Barack Obama’s first inauguration back in 2009, which had a record-setting 37.8 million viewers.
LBN-NOTICED: ***Scarlett Johannson, Katy Perry, MileyCyrus, America Ferrera and a slew of other stars took to the streets Saturday to join hundreds of thousands of people protesting in favor of women’s rights and equality a day after Donald Trump was sworn in as President of the United States. Speaking onstage at the Women’s March on Washington, D.C., Ferrera told the crowd, “We are gathered here and across the country and around the world today to say, ‘Mr. Trump, we refuse.'” ***Demi Lovato can’t seem to stop smiling. The “Confident” songstress was on hand to support rumored boyfriend Guilherme ”Bomba” Vasconcelos during the Bellator 170 at The Forum in Los Angeles on Saturday evening, and from the looks of their PDA, these two are most definitely an item.
LBN-R.I.P.: ***Maggie Roche, the songwriter whose serene alto anchored the close harmonies of the Roches, her trio with her sisters Terre and Suzzy, died on Saturday. She was 65. Suzzy Roche said the cause was breast cancer.
LBN-COMMENTARY by Peggy Noonan:
I was more moved than I expected. Then more startled. The old forms and traditions, the bands and bunting, endured. I thought, as Iwatched the inauguration: It continues.
There were pomp and splendor, happy, cheering crowds; and for all the confounding nature of the past 18 months, and all the trauma, it came as a reassurance to see us do what we do the way we do it. A friend in the Southwest, a longtime Trump supporter, emailed just before the swearing in: “I have been crying all morning.” From joy. I found myself unexpectedly moved during the White House meeting of the Trumps and the Obamas, at the moment Melania Trump emerged from her car. She was beautiful, seemed so shy and game. There are many ways to show your respect for people and events, and one is to present yourself with elegance and dignity.
LBN-COMMENTARY by Joe Alton, M.D: Six Tips on How to Survive a Mass Shooting. 1. Have a plan. 2. Know your surroundings 3. Run, hide, and fight. 4. Hide. 5. Run. 6. Fight. Needing a plan for active shooter situations is galling to some but, it’s part of life in the New Normal. Those with a plan will have a better chance to survive this event and many other disasters in the uncertain future.
LBN-COMMENTARY by W. Neil Gallagher, Ph.D.: $3.50 to $5.00 for your frothy specialty drink in the A.M. Why? You’re the Specialty! Not the drink. Maybe the $3.50 is chump change for you, you think. But you’re a chump if you don’t put it to work for you. $3.50 is $100.00 a month = $1,200.00 year. In ten years, its $12,000.00 which is now worth $30,500.00 in a balanced strategy. No kidding. You’re only 25 and you keep it up. At age 50, and with the power of compounding, its over $220,000.00. And that’s the beginning of a sweet, frothy retirement. For you.
LBN-COMMENTARY by Michael Levine (Media expert and author – www.MichaelLevineMedia.com ) : Observing the many political protests recently it seems that overwhelming Conservatives think Liberals are fools. Liberals think Conservatives are evil. A significantly different approach to viewing political opponents.
LBN-COMMENTARY by DANIELLE OFRI: In my daily work as a primary care internist, I see no letup from pain. Every single patient, it seems, has an aching shoulder or a bum knee or a painful back. “Our bodies evolved to live about 40 years,” I always explain, “and then be finished off by a mammoth or a microbe.” Thanks to a century of staggering medical progress, we now live past 80, but evolution simply hasn’t caught up; the cartilage in our joints still wears down in our 40s, and we are more obese and more sedentary than we used to be, which doesn’t help. So it’s no surprise that chronic arthritis and back pain are the second and third most common non-acute reasons that people go to the doctor and that pain costs America up to $635 billion annually. The pain remedies developed by the pharmaceutical industry are only modestly effective, and theyhave side effects that range from nausea and constipation to addiction and death. What’s often overlooked is that the simple conversation between doctor and patient can be as potent an analgesic as many treatments we prescribe. In 2014, researchers in Canada did an interesting study about the role of communication in the treatment of chronic back pain. Half the patients in the study received mild electrical stimulation from physical therapists, and half received sham stimulation (all the equipment is set up, but the electrical current is never activated). Sham treatment — placebo — worked reasonably well: These patients experienced a 25 percent reduction in their levels of pain. The patients who got the real stimulation did even better, though; their pain levels decreased by 46 percent. So the treatment itself does work.
LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:
***Guests at an HBO party for new doc “Becoming Warren Buffett” at MoMA noshed on the billionaire’s favorite foods, such as “macaroni balls” and Dairy Queen treats, but the Oracle of Omaha had McDonald’s delivered for himself. “Someone snuck in a burger and a Coke. He has them every day,” a source said. In the doc, Buffett
credits his late wife Susan
with inspiring him to give to charity. He told us he agreed to make the doc to honor her and his late father. “I never thought my dad or my first wife had ever gotten full credit,” Buffett said.
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