LBN – Special Report – Thursday January 19, 2017

Steven Mnuchin, Treasury Nominee, Failed to Disclose $100 Million in Assets:

Steven T. Mnuchin, President-elect Donald J. Trump’s pick to be Treasury secretary, failed to disclose nearly $100 million of his assets on Senate Finance Committee disclosure documents and forgot to mention his role as a director of an investment fund located in a tax haven. The revelation came hours before Mr. Mnuchin, a former Goldman Sachs banker, was scheduled to testify on Thursday before the Senate Finance Committee, which has historically been bipartisan in its demands for transparency from nominees. Mr. Mnuchin was ready to outline his vision for the economy and defend himself against claims that he headed a bank that ran a “foreclosure machine” during the financial crisis. “In his revised questionnaire, Mr. Mnuchin disclosed several additional financial assets, including $95 million worth of real estate — a co-op in New York City, a residence in Southampton, New York, a residence in Los Angeles, California, and $15 million in real estate holdings in Mexico,” Democratic staff members of the Senate Finance Committee wrote in a memo on Thursday. “Mr. Mnuchin has claimed these omissions were due to a misunderstanding of the questionnaire.”

Newt Gingrich says Democrats boycotting Trump’s inaugural make themselves look ‘small and silly’ as their numbers grow to 65:

A former speaker of the House said Thursday that the roughly 60 Democratic members of Congress who plan to boycott President-elect Donald Trump‘s inauguration should hang theirheads in shame. ‘If you’re a member of Congress, if you work that hard to get to be a part of the system … all they’re doing is make themselves look small and silly,’ Newt Gingrich told ‘Fox & Friends’ hosts. And the onetime conservative revolutionary, who led the Republican Party to a House majority in 1994 after four decades of back-benching, warned Democrats that their partisan stand could backfire. ‘I mean, their left loves them. But as we used to learn the hard way, you know, you can have your partisans love you for a long time and stay in the minority.’ Asked what the late President Ronald Reagan would think of the boycott, Gingrich shot back: ‘That they’re childish and silly.’

Trump Plans to Hold Military Parades:

President-elect Donald Trump said he will hold military parades while in office to be a “great cheerleader for the country.” In an interview with The Washington Post out Wednesday, in which Trump spoke at length about conveying the image of America as a great power, he said he considers it part of his job to show off the military’s prowess. He vowed to “show the people as we build up our military, we’re going to display our military.” “That military may come marching down Pennsylvania Avenue. That military may be flying over New York City and Washington, D.C., for parades. I mean, we’re going to be showing our military,” he said, apparently unaware of the association military parades have with authoritarian regimes. Like most of his other statements, the grandiose plan lacked specifics. It was unclear if the planned military parades would be conducted in tandem with Moscow, where tanks and fighter jets descend on the city each May 9 for Russian President Vladimir Putin‘s show of military might.

‘Many’ Dead as Avalanche Buries Italian Hotel:

Italian rescuers say as many as 30 people are missing and feared dead after a ski resort was buried by an avalanche early Thursday. Snow from the earthquake-triggered avalanche was so deep, officials said, that rescuers had to use skis to get to the Hotel Rigopiano, located in the Italian Alps. Local reports claimed there were 22 guests and eight hotel staffers inside the spa resort when the avalanche struck. One man said he survived because he went to his car to retrieve something just as disaster struck. His wife and two children were reportedly still buried inside the hotel. The avalanche was reportedly triggered by the four earthquakes that jolted the alpine region this week.

Australian Open Great Novak Djokovic Stunned in Early Ouster:

Tennis star Novak Djokovic, who has long dominated the Australian Open, was stunned Thursday with an upset byDenis Istomin in the second round of this year’s first major tournament. The world’s No. 2-ranked player was looking to win a record seventh Australian Open title when the 117th-ranked Istomin knocked him out after a nearly five-hour epic. “First of all, I feel sorry for Novak. I was playing so good today,” Istomin, an Uzbekistan native, said during his post-match interview. “I surprise myself also today.”

Michael Douglas doesn’t think Donald Trump is an idiot: 

President-elect Donald Trump is “not an idiot,” insisted actor and longtime Democratic donor Michael Douglas, who urged Americans to withhold judgment on his golf buddy for at least 100 days. “I personally know the President-elect Donald Trump. I’ve spent time with him, played golf with him, my wife Catherine and I have the same birthday and have had him (Trump) at parties together,” Douglas, 72, told the website at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. “I’ve always found him to be charming and have a self-deprecating humor — but then again, one of the things you learn playing golf is not to talk politics or religion,” he continued. “I think we have to wait. He’s not an idiot so I will be curious to see what plays out,” Douglas said.

Advisers urge Trump to dance with Caitlyn Jenner at inauguration:

President-elect Donald Trump is being urged by some advisers to save at least one dance, as he celebrates his inauguration on Friday night, for a very special Republican lady — Caitlyn Jenner. “It’s a brilliant idea,” a member of the incoming administration told me. Besides mollifying the LGBTQ community — wary of conservative Republicans in general, and of Trump in particular — dancing with Jenner could mend fences within the party. “Time heals all wounds,” one GOPer pointed out. Bruce Jenner was a stalwart Republican long before the parent of six (10 if you count stepkids) transitioned into Caitlyn.

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Baseball HOF Picks Bagwell, Raines, Rodriguez:

Jeff Bagwell, Ivan Rodriguez, and Tim Raines were all admitted to the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Wednesday. Bagwell and Raines both easily cleared the 75 percent vote threshold. Raines made it in his tenth and final year of eligibility.Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds missed the cutoff with 54.1 percent and 53.8 percent, respectively, likely due to their alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs.

Paul McCartney Sues Sony to Reclaim Beatles Songs:

Paul McCartney has filed a lawsuit against Sony to regain ownership of the Beatles’ songs he co-wrote with John Lennon. Citing part of the U.S. Copyright Act of 1976 that allows songwriters to get copyrights back 56 years after a legal transfer of ownership, McCartney says he will reclaim rights in October 2018. According to legal documents cited by TMZ, the songs include “Love Me Do,” “All You Need Is Love,” and “I Want to Hold Your Hand”—all of which are currently in Sony’s catalog. McCartney had initially gotten the ball rolling on getting ownership of the songs back last March, but he decided to file a lawsuit when Sony put up resistance, TMZ reported.

NICHOLSON NOT RETIRING: The many published reports about Jack Nicholson retiring are not  true according to his long-time agent Sandy Bresler.  “He continues to read material and has not found anything of interest.  He is not just an actor that will do a film for the money” said Bresler.

WTF? Michigan Man, 54, Arrested For 14th Time For Drunk Driving:

A Michigan man whose rap sheet includes 13 convictions for drunk driving has again been arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated. Zenon Bialokur, 54, was nabbed Friday after a sheriff’s deputy pulled him over for running a traffic signal. “Upon talking to the driver, the deputy determined that he was intoxicated,” police report. A subsequent records check revealed Bialokur’s 13 drunk driving convictions, which date back to 1998. Additionally, Bialokur’s record includes ten convictions for driving with a suspended license and 12 “current suspensions of his driving privilege.”

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***Navient, the nation’s largest servicer of student loans, has for years misled borrowers and made serious mistakes at nearly every step of the collectionsprocess, illegally driving up loan repayment costs for millions of borrowers, according to lawsuits filed on Wednesday by a federal regulator and two state attorneys general. Navient handles $300 billion in private and federal loans for some 12 million people — touching about one in four student loan borrowers. Every customer may have been affected by Navient’s misdeeds, said Lisa Madigan, the attorney general of Illinois, announcing her own lawsuit with the one filed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Navient does not make the loans, but it holds lucrative contracts to collect payments each month on behalf of banks, government and other lenders.   ***A year ago, Netflix boldly declared that it planned to conquer the global market for streaming television, adding more than 130 countries to its service map. It also promised to start delivering material profits in 2017 after operating at break-even profitability for several quarters. On Wednesday, the company released business results showing that it is on its way to reaching those targets, even as competition accelerates from services like Amazon and Hulu. Netflix added a record 7.05 million streaming members in the three months that ended Dec. 31, up from the 5.59 million net additions in the same period of 2015. That growth, in domestic and international markets, beat its forecast of 5.2 million new members for the quarter. Netflix now has a total of 93.8 million members.   ***Alphabet Inc.’s Google runs the world’s largest advertising business, selling space atop its search results. Google is also among the biggest buyers of those ads, promoting products from its music service to its app store. These days, Google often pushes its growing list of hardware products, from Pixel phones to Nest smart thermostats, in the top ad spot above its search results. A Wall Street Journal analysis found that ads for products sold by Google and its sister companies appeared in the most prominent spot in 91% of 25,000 recent searches related to such items. In 43% of the searches, the top two ads both were for Google-related products.

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LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***Bruce Springsteen staged a secret acoustic concert at the White House January 12th to reward President Barack Obama‘s staff for their hard work over the past eight years The 15-song set took place in front of approximately 250 staffers in the White House’s East Room, where two months earlier Springsteen was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Illegal worker sues San Francisco for violating sanctuary law: 

An undocumented immigrant from El Salvador is suing SanFrancisco alleging police violated the city’s sanctuary city policy by turning him over to U.S. immigration authorities after he reported his car stolen. The lawsuit was filed on Tuesday on behalf of Pedro Figueroa Zarceno, 32, in federal court in San Francisco against the city and its police chief for violating his right to due process and breaking an ordinance barring municipal employees from cooperating with federal immigration authorities seeking to deport a person. Figueroa walked into a police station in November 2015 to report his car stolen, according to the lawsuit. Two days later, the car was found and when he went to recover it, he was handcuffed and led outside where federal immigration agents were waiting for him, the lawsuit said.


LBN-COMMENTARY by John Kerry (Secretary of State): With a new administration taking office this week, it is natural to assess the inheritance it will receive from the old. There are some who see nightmares wherever they look and insist that the entire global system is unraveling and that America’s position as world leader is in precipitous decline. As the departing secretary of state, I cannot claim objectivity. But I will leave office convinced that most global trends remain in our favor and that America’s leadership and engagement are as essential and effective today as ever. A major reason is that President Obama has restored assertive diplomacy as our foreign policy tool of first resort and deployed it time and again to advance our security and prosperity.

LBN-R.I.P.:   ***George Beall, a son and brother of United States senators from Maryland whose prosecution of Vice President Spiro T. Agnew, a former governor of the state, for bribery led to Mr. Agnew’s resignation in 1973, died on Sunday in Naples, Fla. He was 79. The cause was cancer, said his wife, Carolyn Campbell.   ***Bishop Eddie L. Long, the flamboyant megachurch pastor whose reputation was tarnished after former congregants accused him of sexual misconduct, died on Sunday. He was 63. The cause was cancer, his church, New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Ga., said in a statement. The statement did not say where he died.


LBN-OVERHEARD:    ***Chloë Grace Moretz at STK LA.   ***Former ESPN anchor Dan Patrick with Tony Dungy andRodney Harrison at Del Frisco’s Grille Stamford.   ***Bob Costas at the Leopard at des Artistes in NYC.   ***Chad Loweat the Palisades Garden Cafe in LA.   ***Tommy Hilfiger andBernie Taupin at the Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary Art Fair.   ***Former “SNL” star Ana Gasteyer at Franny’s in Brooklyn.   ***Rep. Carolyn Maloney and Cheri Kaufman at a National Women’s History Museum luncheon at Le Cirque in NYC.

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