LBN – Special Report – Thursday February 16, 2017

Mattis: No Military Collaboration with Russia:

Defense Secretary James Mattis said Thursday that the U.S. is not ready to collaborate militarily with Russia. Mattis’s remarks come after Russian President Vladimir Putin asked for assistance in Syria and elsewhere. “We are not in a position right now to collaborate on a military level,” Mattis said at a NATO meeting in Brussels. “But our political leaders will engage and try to find common ground or a way forward where Russia, living up to its commitments, will return to a partnership of sorts, here with NATO.” Mattis added that America’s commitment to NATO is “rock solid.”

Report: Reince Trying to Get WH Back on Its Feet:

White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus is reportedly wrestling to restore order to the West Wing after a string of crises. According to Politico, Priebus talks on the phone for “hours” with Congressional Republicans, “who have been leftconfused and flat-footed by the administration’s stormy opening days.” He also helped secure the firing of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who was accused of lying to the vice president about his communications with the Russian ambassador, and spearheaded the search for Flynn’s replacement. Priebus’ attempts to re-assert his power within the White House come as some in Trump’s orbit, notably the right-wing website Breitbart, are cheering for his ouster. Stephen K. Bannon, the former Breitbart chief who is now the White House chief strategist, has reportedly been attempting in recent days to downplay rumors that Priebus is on the way out and that there is animosity between the two of them.

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Trump, Meeting With Netanyahu, Backs Away From Palestinian State: 

President Trump jettisoned two decades of diplomatic orthodoxy on Wednesday by declaring that the United States would no longer insist on the creation of a Palestinian state as part of a peace accord between Israel and the Palestinians. Hosting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel for the first time since becoming president, Mr. Trump promised aconcerted effort to bring the two sides together, suggesting a regional effort involving an array of Arab nations. But he said that he was flexible about how an agreement would look and that he would not be bound by past assumptions. “I’m looking at two-state and one-state” formulations, Mr. Trump said during a White House news conference with Mr. Netanyahu. “I like the one that both parties like. I’m very happy with the one that both parties like. I can live with either one.” At the same time, Mr. Trump urged Mr. Netanyahu to temporarily stop new housing construction in the West Bank while he pursues a deal, echoing a position past presidents have taken. “I’d like to see you hold back on settlements for a little bit,” he told Mr. Netanyahu.

Report: Spies Keeping Info From Trump:

U.S. intelligence officials have withheld some sensitiveintelligence from President Trump because of concerns about the information being leaked or compromised, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. This purported move underscores distrust between the intelligence community and the new administration as a result of reports that Trump’s campaign team had contacts with the Russian government. Additionally, Trump’s contentious words about the intelligence community have reportedly given them pause as well. Responding to the story, a White House official said: “There is nothing that leads us to believe that this is an accurate account of what is actually happening.”

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Two More Held in Death of Kim Jong Nam:

Two more people have been arrested in the alleged poisoning of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The elder Kim was attacked Monday by two female assassins while at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, police said. The female suspects—one of whom was arrested Wednesday—were both identified from surveillancefootage at the airport. The newly arrested female suspect was identified by her passport as an Indonesian national named Siti Aishah. A Malaysian man was also detained Thursday, and police identified him as the boyfriend of one of the other suspects. The woman arrested Wednesday was carrying a Vietnamese passport with the name Doan Thi Huong. Authorities have voiced skepticism about the authenticity of the women’s passports and are still working to verify their identities. South Korean intel officials said Wednesday that the Hermit Kingdom’s dictator had ordered his sibling killed shortly after he took power from their father in 2011.

Season 7 ‘American Horror Story’ Theme Will Be 2016 Election:

The creator of American Horror Story has revealed that the theme for Season 7 will be the 2016 presidential election. “I don’t have a title, but the season that we begin shooting in June is going to be about the election that we just went through,”Ryan Murphy said on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live. “I think that will be interesting for a lot of people.” Murphy demured when asked if President Trump will be a character. “Maybe,” he said. Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters have already signed on.

Acclaimed Mediator, Mark Baer, Signs with Psychology Today as an Online Blogger:

Family law attorney and mediator, MarkBaer http://www.markbaeresq.com/, has signed with Psychology Today as an online blogger. His blog column is titled “Empathy and Relationships: Fostering genuine open-mindedness.” In his capacity as a mediator, collaborative law practitioner, and conflict resolution consultant, Baer shares his insight pertaining to the cross fields of psychology and law. In his most recent article titled, “Judges Should Strive to Provide Equal Justice Under Law” Baer states that since judicial bias significantly interferes with judges’ abilities to perform the duties expected of them, they should do anything and everything possible to reduce their biases by developing their empathy toward “others.”

Susan Sarandon had a ‘very loving affair’ with a gay man: 

Susan Sarandon doesn’t have a long dating history, but shesure has a colorful one. “My sexual orientation is up for grabs, I guess you could say,” the “Feud” star told Pride Source in an interview published Tuesday. Sarandon, 70, also revealed one big reason she isn’t into labels for one’s sexuality. “I did at one point have a very successful and very loving and wonderful affair with a man who then wasn’t with another woman after me, and that worked out fine,” she said. “I don’t think you had to declare yourself as rigidly as you do now in terms of having to declare yourself almost politically about your sexual preference.” The lucky guy was Philip Sayer, he co-star in 1980’s “The Hunger.”

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: The parent company of Snapchat is preparing to hit the road to pitch potential investors. Snap Inc., as the messaging start-up is formally known, disclosed on Thursday that it was seeking to raise more than $2 billion in its initial public offering.In a newly revised prospectus filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the company said it expected to price its offering at a range of $14 to $16 a share. At the midpoint of that range, the company would be valued at nearly $20.9 billion. At the high point of the range, Snap would be valued at $22.24 billion.

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LBN-HEALTH WATCH:   ***Some emergency room doctors are far more likely than others even within their own department to prescribe opioids to treat pain in older people, and their patients are at greater risk of using the powerful drugs chronically than those who saw doctors who prescribe them less frequently, according to a large new study. The research was published Wednesday in The New England Journal of Medicine. As the opioid epidemic continues to devastate communities around the country, the study was the latest attempt to identify a starting point on the path to excessive use.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:   ***After nearly three years at CAA, Dakota Fanning is returning to WME. Fanning had first signed with WME, along with her younger sister Elle Fanning, in 2012 after the two left their youth-focused agency Osbrink Talent. The elder Fanning broke out as a child star with a steady string of movies, including I Am Sam and War of the Worlds.

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***Adele raked in over $625,000 every night on her mammoth world tour last year — making her one of the highest-paid performers ever. New accounts for her firm Remedy Touring, of which she is the only director, show a profit of $14.38 million between October 2015 and April 2016. That works out as $653,448 per tour date during that period. Adele performed 107 dates across Europe and America between February and December last year.

LBN SPOTLIGHT: Newly released and available on Amazon in both e-book and paperback formats is a non-fiction study of the Nixon era, Tiananmen West: Why Nixon Ordered the Kent State Massacre. Author, Jenny Deason Copeland, emphasizes Nixon’s own confession in his autobiography RN. The book took over three decades of research using FOIA procedures. The work ends with a call to action in hopes that Nixon would be the final marginally sane president the U.S. would suffer. The book uncovers the possible motive behind the massacre. The FOIA results are available free at www.crazyredheadpublishing.com

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LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Sofía Vergara has filed papers to prevent her ex-fiancé Nick Loeb from bringing the former couple’s two frozen embryos to term.   ***There’s no bad blood between Nicole Kidman and former fiancé Lenny Kravitz. Speaking with Net-A-Porter’s The Edit, Kidman, 49, who dated the 52-year-old rocker between 2003 and 2005, revealed for the first time they were engaged to be married. “I love Lenny. He’s a great guy,” Kidman said.

 

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