LBN-INVESTIGATES: A scathing report by the Pentagon’s Office of the Inspector General a year ago revealed that some Defense Department personnel were using their government credit cards as casinos and strip clubs. Cardholders incurred charges at establishments such a Larry Flynt’s Hustler Club and the Sapphire Gentlemen’s Club. One year later, a new IG investigation shows that not much has changed. Investigators report Pentagon officials have failed to follow through on the corrective measures they recommended. The department’s credit card program remains “vulnerable to continued misuse,” they write.
Trump’s Meeting With Al Gore Gives Environmental Activists Hope:
President-elect Donald J. Trump
, who has called climate change a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese, met on Monday with the climate-activist extraordinaire Al Gore
, offering environmental activists a glimmer of hope that the Trump administration’s policies will moderate from his campaign pledges to scrap all efforts to stem the warming of the planet. But even as the president-elect was sitting down with the former vice president, his transition team continued to court ardent opponents of climate control policies to fill key posts in the government. Many transition officials question or deny the established science of human-caused climate change and have worked aggressively to undo President Obama’s
climate change policies. Mr. Gore, who starred in the Academy Award-winning documentary “An Inconvenient Truth,” projected optimism in the lobby of Trump Tower, telling reporters that his meeting with Mr. Trump was “lengthy and very productive,” and calling it “a sincere search for areas of common ground.”
Suspect Arrested in Joe McKnight Shooting:
The man who admitted to fatally shooting former NFL player Joe McKnight
has been arrested and charged with manslaughter. Ronald Gasser is said to have told sheriff’s officials that he killed 28-year-old McKnight in Terrytown, Louisiana, last week during a road-rage incident, firing three shots from the inside of his vehicle. McKnight was reported to have been unarmed. According to Jefferson Parish booking documents, Gasser, 54, was arrested Monday, and officials said they will hold a Tuesday press conference to discuss his charges. Officials had taken Gasser into custody after the shooting, but then released him without charges.
Adele, Beyoncé Nominated for 2017 Grammys:
were tapped Tuesday morning in three ofthe Grammys’ four major award categories, with the Formation
singer leading the way with nine nominations, including Album of the Year and Record of the Year. Others picked in the album category include Justin Bieber
, and country star Sturgill Simpson
, Drake, and Kanye West
all also earned eight nominations each. Those nominated for Best New Artist including country-pop sensation Kelsea Ballerini
, Chance the Rapper
(who nabbed a total of six other nods), Maren Morris
, Anderson .Paak
, and The Chainsmokers
. The Grammys are scheduled to air on Feb. 12 on CBS.
Angela Merkel Wants Ban on ‘Full Veil’ Islamic Coverings:
Chancellor Angela Merkel
has called for a national ban in Germany on “full veil” Islamic coverings. “The full veil is not appropriate here,” she said. “It should be banned wherever it’s legally possible.” Merkel opened the country’s door last year to nearly 1 million migrants, many of whom were Muslim. The call makes Germany just one of many European nations proposing restrictions on burqas, hijabs, and other religious covers for women; advocates say those who wear full veils are very rare in Germany. Details of Merkel’s proposal are still being hammered out, and come as she faces a tougher bid for reelection for a fourth term next year.
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Pentagon Buries Evidence of $125 Billion in Bureaucratic Waste:
The Pentagon has systematically buried a study that showed evidence of its $125 billion in bureaucratic waste, according to an article in The Washington Post
. The article, which was based on confidential memos and interviews, claimed the report was issued in January 2015 and identified a “clear path” for the Defense Department to save $125 billion over five years. Pentagon officials had requested the study in hopes of improving administrative efficiency and to eventually reallocate the saved money toward combat needs. However, the Post
reports that when the study showed an extraordinarily large amount of wasteful spending, senior officials worried about public perception—as well as Congress’s reaction—and suppressed the information. The department allegedly imposed secrecy restrictions on parts of the data, which meant that no one could ever replicate the report’s findings. The study’s 77-page summary was subsequently removed from a Pentagon website shortly after it had been made public.
Man Gets 30 Years for Plot to Kill Obama:
An Ohio man who planned to kill President Barack Obama
during the 2015 State of the Union address was sentenced Monday to 30 years behind bars. Christopher Lee Cornell, who said he was inspired by the Islamic State terror group, responded to his sentencing by saying, “Allah’s in control, not the judge.” Cornell caught the attention of authorities in 2014 when he expressed support for ISIS online, and was arrested after sharing his plot to kill Obama with an informant. Cornell’s lawyer had argued that the plot was never close to coming to fruition, saying his client’s ideas “were not rationally possible or remotely realistic.” “Chris created a character, with a different name, in a fantasy where this character was somebody in the world,” he said, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer
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Fire Victims Texted Family ‘I Love You’ Before Dying:
Officials said early Tuesday they believe they have found all 36 bodies of the victims who died in an Oakland warehouse fire during a dance party Friday night, and evidence so far shows that some were able to text friends and family before they perished. Sgt. Ray Kelly
, of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, said victims texted friends and family: “I’m going to die,” and “I love you.” Kelly said rescue personnel also found bodies that were “protecting each other, holding each other.” Officials had only finished going through 75 percent of the debris Monday, but said they believe they won’t find any more bodies. The three-dozen victims ranged in age from 17 to their late thirties. Twenty-two families have been notified of a loved one’s death; the remaining victims are still being identified. It is still unclear how the deadly blaze started, but the district attorney said murder charges are one possible outcome of an investigation. “We owe it to the community and those who perished in this fire, and those who survived the fire to be methodical, to be thorough, and to take the amount of time it takes to be able to look at every piece of potential evidence,” said Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley
Klay Thompson Breaks NBA Record for Points in 30 Minutes:
Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson
put on a shooting clinic Monday evening, breaking the NBA record for points scored in under 30 minutes. At home in Oakland, facing the Indiana Pacers, Thompson set his career high with 60 points, eight of which were from beyond the three-point line. And those 60 points were scored in 29 minutes and three seconds of court time—a feat no other NBA player has accomplished in the shot-clock era. The Warriors ended up crushing the Pacers, 142-106.
LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***Legendary film director Roman Polanski will not be extradited to Los Angeles to face sentencing in his decades-old statutory rape case, Poland’s Supreme Court announced Tuesday. Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro filed a formal appeal with the court in May to overturn a 2015 ruling that prevented the 83-year-old Polanski’s extradition to the U.S. ***Emma Watson has signed with CAA. The 26-year-old actress is best known for playing the iconic character of Hermione Granger in the “Harry Potter” film franchise. She can be seen next in Disney’s live-action adaptation of “Beauty and the Beast” opposite Dan Stevensand Luke Evans, followed by “The Circle”.
LBN-NOTICED: ***Russell Simmons at a party celebratingthe 50th anniversary of modeling agency Wilhelmina in NYC. ***Calvin Harris dining at Komodo in Miami before playing at LIV for a crowd including fellow DJ Skrillex. ***Artist Bradley Theodore at a Haute Living preview of Miami’s soon-to-open DÔA restaurant. ***Actor/writer Justin Born having ice cream and hot chocolate last night at the popular Kippy’s on Main Street in Venice. ***Jill Zarin and Kathy Wakile at Soho Beach House in NYC. ***Rosario Dawson coaching finalists through their first red-carpet appearances at a finale event for the 7th annual Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series at Art Basel Miami. ***Prominent rock ‘n’ roll photographer, Jimmy Steinfeldt having lunch with celebrity dentist, Dr. Jay Grossman in Brentwood, California.
LBN-POLITICAL INSIDER: Japanese officials nervous about an unpredictable Trump presidency are said to be hoping the President-elect will turn to a familiar face to serve as ambassador to the island nation; Hollywood movie producer Mark Joseph who was born and raised in Japan and produced the film “Japan: Searching For The Dream” is said to be at the top of top officials’ wish list for the post. The 48-year old Joseph was a familiar media presence for a decade on Japanese TV and radio, screens his films privately for members of the Japanese parliament and launched a film festival in the city of Hiroshima. A recent column for the Huffington Post outlining an optimistic vision for U.S-Japan relations in a Trump administration and a July column in which he accurately predicted a popular vote loss and electoral college victory for Trump caught Tokyo’s attention. Joseph was most recently a producer on Martin Sheen’s “The Vessel” and the Jerry Lewis film “Max Rose.”
LBN-BOOK NEWS: Sartoris Literary Group was founded five years ago by James L. Dickerson, a prolific writer with substantial ties to Memphis as a reporter with The Commercial Appeal for six years back in the 1980s. He then went on to found Nine-O-One Network in 1986, a music magazine that, at the time, was third in national circulation behind Rolling Stone and Spin. Meanwhile, he published books — about 20 by the time he decided he’d seen enough of what New York could do and start up his own enterprise. “With five out of the seven major New York houses foreign-owned, we’re one of the few American-owned publishing houses left besides university presses,” he says. Astute readers will recognize the title of Faulkner’s first Yoknapatawpha County novel, but Dickerson went a step back for the name of his business. “[Sartoris is] a Chickasaw word that means ‘water flowing over flat land,'” he says. “I’m from the Delta, so it seemed like a good name.”
LBN-COMMENTARY by Dennis Prager:
You have to marvel at the ease with which our fellow Americans who call themselves progressive label those with whom they differ as sexist, intolerant, xenophobic, homophobic, Islamophobic, racist and bigoted. I always wonder: Do they believe it? Or do they say it because they lack intellectual arguments? I have come to believe that both are true. As a student of the left since graduate school at the Harriman Institute at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, I am more aware than most people of how old and ubiquitous this mode of attack is. Since Josef Stalin got away with calling Leon Trotsky a fascist — Trotsky, the father of the Bolshevik Revolution (along with Vladimir Lenin) and the founder of the Red Army — the left has relied on defaming its opponents. And whatever it says often enough it comes to believe. Moreover, the libel list never ends. The left may not produce liberty or prosperity, but it does produce labels. We now have “misogynist” and “transphobic,” for example. In every single area where the left differs from the right, it assigns a label to the right.
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is spending money like he’s still an NFL star. Despite the fact the disgraced former college phenom and NFL flameout has been unemployed since March, sources say he’s already spent some $35,000 celebrating his birthday in Miami just in the past week. Sources say hard-partying Manziel — who was cut from the Browns at the end of last season — began his tear on Thursday at LIV nightclub, dropping a cool $5,000 on Armand de Brignac (a.k.a. Ace of Spades) Champagne. ***The Oscars isn’t the only event Jimmy Kimmel
has to prepare for in 2017. As the late-night host confirmed Monday, he and wife Molly McNearney
are expecting their second child.
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