LBN- Special Report- Thursday


*Barack Obama Meets With Donald Trump At The White House: 

President Barack Obama met with President-elect Donald Trump at the White House on Thursday to discuss transitioning power to the Republican, who spent years attempting to delegitimize Obama’s presidency.  The two men met in the Oval Office, according to Bloomberg News.

*Report: Gingrich, Giuliani Among Trump’s Cabinet Picks:

Donald Trump’s preliminary list of candidates for his Cabinet team includes Rudy Giuliani, Chris Christie, Newt Gingrich, and Mike Huckabee, among others. The list, revealed by BuzzFeed News on Wednesday, contains 41 names and covers 14 different departments, with many candidates being considered for multiple positions. In some cases, it appears thetransition team is trying to reward loyal Trump allies. Ben Carson, for instance, is pitched for multiple positions, as if the transition team is trying to find a spot for him in any department. Christie, Giuliani, and Jeff Sessions are listed as potential candidates for attorney general, according to the report. Gingrich, Bob Corker, and John Bolton are among the candidates for secretary of State. Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus is mentioned as the possible chief of staff. Fox News regular Sheriff David A. Clarke, who once called for “pitchforks” if Clinton were to win the election, is mentioned for Department of Homeland Security. A source familiar with the matter was cited as saying the list is likely to be changed in the future.

*Investors exuberant as Trump signals shift from austerity era: 

European stocks rose on Thursday following extraordinary gains in Asia and the United States, as exuberance shot through markets and reversed initial dives in reaction to Donald Trump‘s U.S. presidential victory. Investors focused on Trump’s priorities – including tax cuts and higher infrastructure and defense spending, along with bank deregulation – and set aside for the moment longer-term worries about whether he will slap punitive tariffs on Chinese and Mexican exports, risking a global trade war. European stocks hit a two-week high, with the pan-European STOXX 600 index up 1.3 percent in early dealings, and “safe haven” government bonds sold off after Trump suggested he would spend billions on infrastructure.

*White House 101: Obama Aides Prep Trump Team for Transition:

As recently as Monday, President Obama was warning darkly that Donald J. Trump could not be trusted with the nation’s nuclear arsenal. On Thursday, he is scheduled to sit down in the Oval Office with Mr. Trump, now the president-elect, to discuss the daunting business of handing over the vast bureaucracy of the United States government to him, including vital national security information and resources he would need in the event of a catastrophic attack. Top advisers to Mr. Obama have spent months preparing for a transition, a highly complex venture condensed into the 72-day period between now and the Jan. 20 inauguration. It is up to them and the Trump team to set it in motion, pairing Obama administration staff members with representatives of the president-elect for crash courses in the inner workings of the White House and federal agencies. Two war-gaming exercises are planned to help ready the new team for a terrorist strike or other national security crisis.

*Nationwide Protests Erupt Against Trump:

Protesters across the nation hit the streets Wednesday night to protest Donald Trump’s presidential victory. Thousands gathered in New York City, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, and Portland, chanting slogans like, “No Trump! No KKK! No racist USA!” In New York, thousands marched to Trump Tower, where demonstrators burned a flag. Police later said at least 15 demonstrators had been arrested. The protest was mostly peaceful, but traffic was crippled and many roads closed. In Chicago, thousands gathered outside the Trump International Hotel. Demonstrators even gathered outside the U.S. embassy in London, holding up placards that read, “No to racism! No toTrump!” In U.S. cities, many protesters said they were anticipating racist policies and a spike in white nationalism after Trump’s shocking win. Protests have not been limited to city streets, however, with numerous high schools and colleges in California seeing student protests. Hundreds of students in Los Angeles staged a walkout Wednesday morning, chanting in Spanish, “The people united will never be defeated.” The nationwide demonstrations are set to continue, with more rallies planned in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Oakland. There were no immediate reports of injuries or violence in Wednesday night’s protests, but police have been forced to intervene in some cities to prevent protesters from blocking off roads. Trump’s campaign has not yet commented on the unrest.

*Brad Pitt Cleared of Child-Abuse Allegations:

Brad Pitt has been cleared of child-abuse allegations related to a family disturbance on a private jet. The reported confrontation occurred days before his wife, Angelina Jolie, filed for divorce. The Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services found no evidence of physical abuse by the actor in the September incident. Interviews with family members, including the Jolie-Pitt children, did not corroborate the allegations, according to NBC News.

*Spy Agencies to Start Top-Secret Briefings With Trump:

Donald Trump may get his first intelligence briefing as early as Thursday, to be followed by a series of top-secret briefings on covert CIA operations and intercepted communications of worldleaders. While the briefings are routine for any president-elect, several anonymous officials said the intelligence community was filled with a sense of dread this time around. “I don’t know if there is going to be a tidal wave of departures of people who were going to stay around to help Hillary’s team, but are now going to be, ‘I’m out of here,’” one official told The Washington Post. Throughout his campaign, Trump repeatedly ignored advice from intelligence officials and made a point to demonstrate his disdain for the intelligence community as a whole, prompting many officials to approach the new reality with fear and concern. While Trump has already attended two preliminary briefings, he wasn’t given any highly sensitive information at that time.

*Sting is ‘fairly deaf’ but refuses to wear hearing aid: 

Sting is turning up the music louder these days due to hearing loss. While discussing his new music on SiriusXM’s “Artist Confidential” show this week, the rocker shared that his hearing has been declining, but that he refuses to use a hearing aid. “I’m fairly deaf. ‘What?’ is my favorite word,” the 65-year-old rocker quipped. “I tried wearing a hearing aid, but I heard more than I wanted to hear!” Sting said, noting people aren’t always kind. “People talk a lot of s–t!” Hearing loss hasn’t slowed Sting from recording new music. His 12th studio album, “57th & 9th,” will be released Friday.

*WHO READS LBN? Veteran personal manager Jeff Wald:

*LBN-HEALTH WATCH: Monkeys with spinal cord damage that paralyzed one leg quickly regained the ability to walk with a wireless connection from the brain to the spinal cord below the injury, scientists reported Wednesday. The achievement is yet another advance in the rapidly moving field of technological treatments for spinal cord damage. In recent years, scientists have achieved brain control of robotic hands in monkeys and humans, helped a paralyzed man regain some use of a hand through a chip implanted in his brain, and used electrical stimulation of nerves to enable paralyzed rats to walk again.

*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: For many months, Twitter has been trying to reshape itself as a growing social media service. That attempt now includes reshaping the company’s top ranks. On Wednesday, Twitter said that Adam Bain, its chief operating officer, plans to leave the company. Mr. Bain was well liked by Wall Street for building up and running Twitter’s once fast-growing advertising business.


*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***Katy Perry has pulled out as the headline star of Alibaba’s kick-off concert to mark Singles Day in China. The “Firework” singer, who was to perform alongside OneRepublic and basketball star Kobe Bryant, cited a family emergency as the cause for the cancellation.

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Tina Fey, Charlize Theron, Katy Perryand Orlando Bloom seeing Nick Kroll and John Mulaney’s Broadway show, “Oh, Hello”.   ***Eddie Redmayne dining at Delicatessen in NYC with his wife, Hannah Bagshawe, and their newborn baby.   ***Olympic gold medalist Aly Raismandropping the ceremonial first puck before the Islanders beat Vancouver at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. ***Producer B.D. Gunnell having dinner at El Cholo in Santa Monica.

*WHO READS LBN? Bloomberg Bureau Chief Chris Palmeri

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: “The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.” —–

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: Rudy Giuliani on Donald Trump’s upset win  —-

*LBN-R.I.P: Yaffa Eliach, who as a 4-year-old survived the Nazi massacres of Jews in her Lithuanian town, and went on to document their daily life in a kaleidoscopic book and a haunting, three-story canyon of photographs at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, died on Tuesday at her home in Manhattan. She was 79. Her death, after a long illness, was confirmed by Thea Wieseltier, a family friend.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Mark Brian Baer (Award-winning mediator): As you give our President-elect, Donald Trump the benefit of the doubt that he intends on representing ALL Americans, I’d like you to consider the following: “Outcomes are typically determined by the way in which the ‘game’ is designed.” Who he selects for cabinet and other positions will show exactly how he’s designing the “game.” You’d be foolish to expect an outcome that is inconsistent with that design.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: I began election night writing a column that started with words from an immigrant, my friend Lesley Goldwasser, who came to America from Zimbabwe in the 1980s. Surveying our political scene a few years ago, Lesley remarked to me: “You Americans kick around your country like it’s a football. But it’s not a football. It’s a Fabergé egg. You can break it.” With Donald Trump now elected president, I have more fear than I’ve ever had in my 63 years that we could do just that — break our country, that we could become so irreparably divided that our national government will not function. From the moment Trump emerged as a candidate, I’ve taken seriously the possibility that he could win; this column never predicted otherwise, although it certainly wished for it. That doesn’t mean the reality of it is not shocking to me. As much as I knew that it was a possibility, the stark fact that a majority of Americans wanted radical, disruptive change so badly and simply did not care who the change agent was, what sort of role model he could be for our children, whether he really had any ability to execute on his plan — or even really had a plan to execute on — is profoundly disturbing.


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***At Harvey Weinstein’s starry election-viewing party, Michael Moore, having predicted months ago that Donald Trump would win and the vote would be the “biggest ‘f - - k you’ ever recorded in human history,” wasn’t gloating. He was overheard telling Helena Bonham Carter and “Homeland” and “Billions” star Damian Lewis, before taking selfies with the two British actors, “We saw this coming. We’ve lived through Nixon, Ford, Reagan and Bush.”

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