Turkish Police Release Alleged Gunman’s ‘Selfie’ Video:
Turkish police released a “selfie video” that purports to show the gunman who killed 39 people at an Istanbul nightclub in the early hours of New Year’s Day. The video, which has beenbroadcast on Turkish television, shows the alleged gunman in Taksim Square filming himself with a cellphone. It isn’t clear if the footage was filmed before or after the mass shooting, in which the assailant reportedly opened fire with an AK-47 on a crowd of more than 600 people inside the Reina nightclub before he fled the scene. Unconfirmed reports in Turkish media say the man in the video may be connected to a terror cell responsible for the June 2016 attack on Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport that left 45 people dead. Police have not released any information about how they obtained the film or why the man in the video was linked to the massacre. The Islamic State terror group has claimed responsibility for the killings. Eight people have been detained in connection with the attack.
FORD STAYS IN USA:
Ford is canceling plans to build a new plant in Mexico. It will invest $700 million in Michigan instead, creating 700 new US jobs. Ford CEO Mark Fields
said the investment is a “vote of confidence” in the pro-business environment president-elect Donald Trump
is creating. However, he stressed Ford did not do any sort of special deal with Trump. “We didn’t cut a deal with Trump. We did it for our business.”
Debbie Reynolds ‘Would Not Last’ Without Carrie:
Carrie Fisher’s half-sister Joely Fisher said Tuesday that she knew Debbie Reynolds “would not last” without her actress-writer daughter. In a tearful joint interview on Good Morning America, Joely and sister Tricia Fisher, the daughters of the late Eddie Fisher, spoke about the trauma of losing Carrie and Debbie in the space of a few days. Carrie Fisher died Dec. 27 at the age of 60, and one day after Carrie Fisher’s death, Reynolds died after suffering a stroke. Carrie’s last few days were spent in hospital after she went into cardiac arrest while on an airplane from London to Los Angles. “I knew that if Carrie wasn’t going to survive this, that Debbie would not. You knew it,” Joely said, “You could see it in her face. She would not last without [Carrie] on the planet.”
Assange Says Russia Allegations Just Way to ‘Delegitimize’ Trump:
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange
on Monday echoedDonald Trump
in commenting on allegations that Russia interfered in the U.S. presidential election. In an interview withSean Hannity
set to be aired on Fox News on Tuesday, Assange said the Obama administration is “trying to delegitimize the Trump administration as it goes into the White House.” “They are trying to say that President-elect Trump is not a legitimate president,” he said, in excerpts of the interview released Monday night. He went on to lament that the Obama administration was focusing on Russia rather than therevelations in WikiLeaks releases. “Our publications had wide uptake by the American people, they’re all true.… But that’s not the allegation that’s being presented by the Obama White House,” he said. While WikiLeaks has been accused of being a front for Russian intelligence agencies, Assange denied claims that Moscow was the source of WikiLeaks documents from the Democratic National Committee, saying the source of the leaks was “not a state party.” WikiLeaks has increasingly come under fire in recent months for defending Russia and frequently parroting Kremlin talking points. Hannity, who once called for Assange’s arrest before recently flip-flopping on WikiLeaks, interviewed the fugitive inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
Obama Releases 220 Illegal Alien Kids PER DAY As Border Crisis Escalates:
During the month of November alone, the Obamaadministration sent enough border-crossing illegal alien children to live in American communities to fill up 12 Washington, D.C. middle schools. In fact, strung out over the entire 30-day period, the Obama administration processed and turned loose an astonishing 6,623 illegal alien kids who’d recently crossed the U.S.-Mexico border unlawfully, averaging more than 220 kids per day. The administration released about 600 more kids in November than they did during the month of October, when 6,051 children were sent to live with sponsors in the U.S. pending their day in immigration court. FY2016 data reveals the vast majority of these children are teens claiming to be between 15 and 17 years of age.
Bruce Springsteen: Trump Encouraged ‘Un-American’ Behavior:
During an interview with comedian Marc Maron
on his WTF
podcast, Bruce Springsteen
questioned President-elect Donald Trump
’s basic “competency,” three weeks before he’s set to take the oath of office. “I’ve felt disgust before, but never the kind of fear that you feel now,” the rock icon said. “It’s as simple as the fear of, is someone simply competent enough to do this particular job? Do they simply have the pure competence to be put in the position of such responsibility?” Springsteen, who campaigned for Hillary Clinton,
went on to express his concerns that Trump’s campaign unleashed “bigotry, racism, intolerance” that will be difficult to quell now that he will be in the White House. “Whether it’s a rise in hate crimes, people feeling they have license to speak and behave in ways that previously were considered un-American and are un-American,” Springsteen added. “That’s what he’s appealing to. My fears are that those things find a place in ordinary civil society.”
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Arnold Schwarzenegger Debuts His ‘Apprentice’ Slogan:
With Donald Trump
as president-elect and no longer hosting Celebrity Apprentice
, the world will never hear “You’re fired!” on the NBC reality-TV show again. Instead, as debuted Monday evening on The New Celebrity Apprentice
, new host Arnold Schwarzenegger
’s verbose and self-referential catchphrase, “You’re terminated. Now get to the chopper!” will enter the lexicon of American reality-TV viewership. The former actor-turned-governor of California used a combination of references from his action-movie roles in Predator
and the Terminator
series to fire the first losing contestant of the season, actress Carrie Keagan
. Trump left the show in 2015 as he explored a possible presidential run. Later, following racist anti-Mexican remarks during his announcement speech, NBC officially cut ties with him. However, the show’s production company rebranded the program, found a new celebrity host, and continued its relationship with the network—all while Trump remained executive producer.
Nixon Tried to Spoil Johnson’s Vietnam Peace Talks in ’68, Notes Show:
Richard M. Nixon
told an aide that they should find a way to secretly “monkey wrench” peace talks in Vietnam in the waning days of the 1968 campaign for fear that progress toward ending the war would hurt his chances for the presidency, according to newly discovered notes. In a telephone conversation with H. R. Haldeman
, who would go on to become White House chief of staff, Nixon gave instructions that a friendly intermediary should keep “working on” South Vietnamese leaders to persuade them not to agree to a deal before the election, according to the notes, taken by Mr. Haldeman.
LBN-SEE IT:….Southern California kicker Matt Boermeester (39) kicking a 46-yard field goal to defeat Penn State in the Rose Bowl.
Customs Outage Frustrates Fliers at Airports Across U.S.:
A four-hour failure of a processing system used by United States Customs and Border Protection caused delays at airports across the country Monday night, frustrating travelers, many of whom turned to social media to vent about the long lines. The systems failure, which lasted from about 5 to 9 p.m., did not appear to be caused by a malicious act, the agency said in a statement.
Brent Musburger Melts Down Over Twitter Criticism:
ESPN football commentator Brent Musburger
flipped out on the air Monday night after he received flak on Twitter for callingJoe Mixon
—the University of Oklahoma running back who was caught on video striking a woman—“one of the best.” During the broadcast of the Sugar Bowl, Musburger said he hoped Mixon “makes the most of his chance and goes on to have a career in the National Football League.” A 2014 surveillance video of Mixon punching a woman in the face was released last month and sparked a new discussion about his violent behavior. Mixon was suspended from play for a year following the assault and returned this year as a redshirt freshman. Many online took issue with Musburger’s blasé treatment of the incident. “Apparently some people were very upset when I wished this young man well at the next level,” Musburger said during the telecast of the Auburn-Oklahoma showdown, in a frenetic rant. “Let me make something perfectly clear: What he did with that young lady was brutal, uncalled for. He’s apologized, he was tearful. He got a second chance. He got a second chance from Bob Stoops. I happen to pull for people with second chances, OK? Let me make it absolutely clear: I hope he has a wonderful career and he teaches people with that brutal, violent video. OK?”
LBN-NOTICED: ***After an eventful personal year, Angelina Jolie ushered in 2017 with her children at her side. The Oscar winner jetted off to Crested Butte, Colorado to ring in the new year with her kids. The actress was spotted hitting the slopes on New Year’s Day with Zahara, Vivienne and Knox. The group was trailed by a ski instructor who offered a helping hand during runs down the snow-padded slopes. ***Scott Pelley and his wife enjoying a candlelit dinner at the Country Club of Darien in Connecticut. ***Sean Penn with a male friend at the Outrigger Canoe Club in Honolulu on New Year’s Day. ***“Today’s” Jill Martin on New Year’s Eve at Pierre’s in Bridgehampton having dinner with friends. Separately, Chris Wragge of “CBS 2 News This Morning” with his wife and friends. ***Dwyane Wade andChris Bosh at River Yacht Club in Miami. ***Mary J. Bligecelebrating New Year’s Eve with Diddy and his mom, Janice Combs, at the Five Star New Year’s Eve party in Miami. ***“How You Glow” writers Jessie De Lowe and Tara Sowlatygetting mani-pedis at Base Coat Nail Salon in LA. *** Donald Trump celebrated New Year’s Eve with family and friends including Sly Stallone at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla. The president-elect was joined by wife Melania, son Eric— who was celebrating his birthday — as well as friends including Howard Lorber, Richard and Karen LeFrak, Wilburand Hilary Geary Ross, Ava Roosevelt, and Martin and Jean Shafiroff. Also posing for pictures with guests was long-haired romance novel lothario Fabio.
LBN-BOOK NEWS: ***The first reprint of Adolf Hitler’s”Mein Kampf” in Germany since World War II has proved a surprise bestseller, heading for its sixth print run, its publisher said Tuesday. The Institute of Contemporary History of Munich (IfZ) said around 85,000 copies of the new annotated version of the Nazi leader’s anti-Semitic manifesto had flown off the shelves since its release last January. ***Long time fashion editor, Booth Moore brings together more than 175 of her A-list contacts and exceptional industry access to create the secret source list – the world’s fashion elite in her new book “Where Stylists Shop” from Regan Arts.
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LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks:
Normal leaders come up with policy proposals in a certain conventional way. They gather their advisers around them and they debate alternatives — with briefing papers, intelligence briefings and implementation strategies. Donald Trump doesn’t do that. He’s tweeted out policy gestures in recent weeks, say about the future of America’s nuclear arsenal. But these gestures aren’t attached to anything. They emerged from no analytic process and point to no implemental effects. Trump’s statements seem to spring spontaneously from his middle-of-night feelings. They are astoundingly ambiguous and defy interpretation. Normal leaders serve an office. They understand that the president isn’t a lone monarch. He is the temporary occupant of a powerful public post. He’s the top piece of a big system, and his ability to create change depends on his ability to leverage and mobilize the system. His statements are carefully parsed around the world because presidential shifts in verbal emphasis are not personal shifts; they are national shifts that signal changes in a superpower’s actual behavior. Donald Trump doesn’t think in that way, either. He is anti-system. As my “PBS NewsHour” colleague Mark Shields points out, he has no experience being accountable to anybody, to a board of directors or an owner. As president-elect, he has not begun attaching himself to the system of governance he’ll soon oversee.
LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:
’s family wants to thank the emergency workers who rushed to the star’s aid when she suffered a heart attack aboard a flight from London to Los Angeles on Dec. 23. According to TMZ, when flight attendants asked the passengers if there were any medical professionals on board, two people, including a nurse, came forward to offer their services. They “worked like crazy” to keep Fisher alive. The family says had it not been for their quick response, they would not have been able to say goodbye in the following days. ***Mariah Carey
and her entourage were photographed the week before the botched New Year’s performance heading into a marijuana dispensary called The Original Leaf in Aspen, Colorado. The famed vocalist wore a green ball gown and smiled at photographers as she walked in and out of the store just before Christmas in the state where recreational marijuana is legal. ***There’s at least one person out there who isn’t excited to watch Nick Viall
’s journey on “The Bachelor.” In a guest column for The Hollywood Reporter, former NBA star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
attacked the show, warning viewers, “There is an insidious darkness beneath the fairytale pabulum they are serving up.” He goes on to explain the short-term effects of the ABC show are harmless, but the long-term effects can “have serious consequences,” just like with “smoking” or “listening to Kenny G.”
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