Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said he’s canceling his meeting with Trump:
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said he’s canceling his meeting next Tuesday with President Trump at the White House, just hours after Trump issued an ultimatum that Mexico scrap the visit if it won’t pay for a wall he plans to build along the U.S. border.
Trump Blocks Syrian Refugees and Orders Mexican Border Wall to Be Built:
on Wednesday began a sweeping crackdown on illegal immigration, ordering the immediate construction of a border wall with Mexico and aggressive efforts to find and deport unauthorized immigrants. He planned additional actions to cut back on legal immigration, including barring Syrian refugees from entering the United States. At the headquarters of the Department of Homeland Security, Mr. Trump signed a pair of executive orders that paved the way for a border wall and called for a newly expanded force to sweep up immigrants who are in the country illegally. He revived programs that allow the federal government to work with local and state law enforcement agencies to arrest and detain unauthorized immigrants with criminal records and to share information to help track and deport them. He also planned to clamp down on legal immigration in another action expected as early as Thursday. An eight-page draft of that executive order, obtained by The New York Times, would indefinitely block Syrian refugees from entering the United States and bar all refugees from the rest of the world for at least 120 days.
‘Sanctuary City’ Mayors Vow to Defy Trump’s Immigration Order:
The mayors of American cities large and small reacted with outrage on Wednesday as President Trump
signed an executive order saying he would halt funding to municipalities that did not cooperate with federal immigration officials. The defiant officials — from New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and smaller cities, including New Haven; Syracuse; and Austin, Tex., said they were prepared for a protracted fight. “We’re going to defend all of our people regardless of where they come from, regardless of their immigration status,” Mayor Bill de Blasio
of New York said at a news conference with other city officials. In Chicago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel
declared: “I want to be clear: We’re going to stay a sanctuary city. There is no stranger among us. Whether you’re from Poland or Pakistan, whether you’re from Ireland or India or Israel and whether you’re from Mexico or Moldova, where my grandfather came from, you are welcome in Chicago as you pursue the American dream.
Scientists: ‘Doomsday Clock’ Inches Closer to Apocalypse:
The so-called “Doomsday Clock” inched closer to the apocalypse, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists announced Thursday. The closer the minute-hand is to midnight, the closer the planet is to complete destruction. The organization says the clock, which now stands at 2.5 minutes until midnight, “conveys how close we are to destroying our civilization with dangerous technologies of our own making.” It was five minutes from midnight in 2014 and three minutes from midnight in 2015. The Bulletin said it was basing its decision off of President Donald Trump
’s comments about nuclear weapons and climate change, among other items including “strident nationalism worldwide.”
LBN-INVESTIGATES: Since President Trump was elected, the stock market gained $2 trillion in wealth.
North Korean Defector Says Kim Jong-Un’s Control Is Crumbling:
The highest-ranking defector from North Korea in years said on Wednesday that the days of the country’s leadership were “numbered,” and that its attempts to control outside information were not working because of corruption and discontent. “I am sure that more defections of my colleagues will take place, since North Korea is already on a slippery slope,” the defector,Thae Yong-ho
, said during a news conference in Seoul, the capital of South Korea. “The traditional structures of the North Korean system are crumbling.” Mr. Thae had been the North’s No. 2 diplomat in London until he fled to the South last summer with his family. South Korea has hailed his defection as a sign of growing disillusionment among North Korean elites with the country’s leader, Kim Jong-un
. Since December, Mr. Thae has given a series of interviews to share his dire view of today’s North Korea. Mr. Thae’s diagnosis of Mr. Kim’s rule is hardly new. Defectors from the North, as well as some conservative analysts and policy makers in the South, widely share that view. Still, it signaled a drastic change of roles for Mr. Thae.
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LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***They truly look like wonder women. Pregnant Natalie Portman, Emma Stone, Amy Adams, Lupita Nyong’o, Ruth Negga, sisters Dakota Fanning and Elle Fanning, Dakota Johnson, Greta Gerwig, Aja Naomi King and Janelle Monáe are the stars of Vanity Fair‘s 2017 Hollywood issue, and the cover is nothing short of glamorous. Wearing hues of pink, gold and red, the A-list stars stare deadpan into the lens of famed photographer Annie Leibovitz‘s camera, proving that they really are the women running Hollywood.
LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Facebook’s virtual reality effort, including its big bet on the virtual reality goggles maker Oculus VR, has a new leader. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, said in a post on Wednesday that Hugo Barra, a former executive at Google and the Chinese phone maker Xiaomi, was joining Facebook to lead its virtual reality business. The move puts to rest questions about who would assume direction of the efforts after Oculus ran into several hurdles, including an intellectual property lawsuit and leadership changes. ***The Carnegie Deli in NYC may have closed — but its scandals continue. At an auction to sell the iconic restaurant’s equipment, the goods sold out in less than an hour — except one $10 KitchenAid coffee maker. “It had the name ‘Kay’ written on the box, the name of a former waitress and alleged mistress of the ex-husband of Marian Harper, the owner,” said a source at the sale. Added the source, “Marian was seen last week giving away two dozen old photos to loyal customers. Many wondered why — but most of those particular photos tossed included her ex or were taken by him.”
Travelers With Nut Allergies Clash With Airlines:
Rosanne Bloom and her family had just settled into their seats on a flight from Philadelphia to Turks and Caicos Islands on Christmas morning when two airline employees ordered Dr. Bloom, her husband and two boys off the plane. Their luggage had already been removed. The problem? Dr. Bloom had informed the crew that her teenage sons had severe nut allergies. “I said, ‘We have our medicine. We brought our own food, and we’re comfortable staying on the plane.’ I offered to sign a waiver,” said Dr. Bloom, an orthodontist from Clarksville, Md. “We were off the plane in two minutes.” Matt Miller, a spokesman for American Airlines, said such decisions are left to the pilot. “The pilot determined it would be best for the family not to travel based on the severity of the allergy and the need to divert the airline if anyone were eating nuts,” he said.
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LBN-NOTICED: ***Alan Cumming on the Upper West Side in NYC, stopping — despite having no umbrella in the rain — to give a lost passerby directions to a church. **Ansel Elgortcelebrating Violetta Komyshan’s 21st birthday with friends at Sugar Factory in the Meatpacking District in NYC. Elgort had the restaurant make her a pink Barbie cake as she’s a huge fan of the doll. ***Huma Abedin dining with Marie Claire’s Anne Fulenwider at Michael’s New York.
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Madonna should be arrested for White House remark, says Gingrich:
Republican former House Speaker Newt Gingrich
“ought to be arrested” for telling the crowd at the women’s rights march in Washington that she’s “thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House.” During an interview on “Fox & Friends” on Monday, Gingrich said Madonna is part of “an emerging left-wing fascism.” In a statement Sunday on Instagram, Madonna said she was trying to express that there are two ways to respond toDonald Trump
’s election: with hope or with outrage. She said she hopes to effect change “with love.” Gingrich says Madonna changed her tune because “she now understands she’s at risk.”
LBN-R.I.P.: ***Mary Tyler Moore, whose witty and graceful performances on two top-rated television shows in the 1960s and ’70s helped define a new vision of American womanhood, died on Wednesday in Greenwich, Conn. She was 80. Her family said her death, at Greenwich Hospital, was caused by cardiopulmonary arrest after she had contracted pneumonia.
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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Scarlett Johansson
didn’t just smile through the pain. She traveled, entertained, worked, promoted, bantered and marched through it. All of which probably helped ease the pain in the meantime, but…we digress. The news broke seemingly out of nowhere yesterday that Johansson and her husband of two years, Romain Dauriac
, had separated. And though we know by now that there’s no such thing as “out of nowhere” when it comes to a celebrity’s marriage, the Lost in Translation
star really kept a lid on this development, aided in part by the fact that she and Dauriac have largely split their time between France and New York since tying the knot. ***Legendary singer-songwriter Neil Diamond
has purchased a Malibu estate for $7.25 million, says real estate gossip Yolanda of Yolanda’s Little Black Book. Diamond bought the house just off Pacific Coast Highway through an LLC in November 2016. It appears Diamond scored a gem of a deal, because the sellers paid $8.15 million for the home in August 2010.
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