Kerry Will Speak on Mideast Peace After Israel Vote:
Secretary of State John Kerry will give a major Middle East policy speech Wednesday, following last week’s UN Security Council vote to condemn Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. The 14-0 vote last Friday, which the U.S. abstained from, has been followed by an outcry from Israel—including threats to withdraw UN funding. Israeli leaders have harshly criticized the U.S. for not vetoing the resolution. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who already had a rocky relationship with President Obama, called the abstention “shameful.” Kerry, who only has three weeks left in office, will use the remarks Wednesday to “address some of the misleading critiques” directed at the Obama administration, The New York Times reports. Netanyahu on Wednesday also instructed the Jerusalem municipality to postpone the scheduled approval of new housing units—at least until after Kerry’s speech—in order to avoid straining already tense U.S.-Israeli relations. A committee planned to finalize the plans Wednesday for 492 new homes in East Jerusalem, despite the Friday vote.
Japan’s Abe Decries ‘Horrors of War’ at Pearl Harbor:
During a historic trip to Hawaii’s Pearl Harbor, PresidentObama
and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
on Tuesday warned against repeating the “horrors of war.” Both leaders dropped purple flower petals into the water near the wreckage of the USS Arizona
. The Japanese attack on the U.S. naval base 75 years ago killed more than 2,300 Americans and triggered the nation’s entry to World War II. “As the prime minister of Japan, I offer my sincere and everlasting condolences to the souls of those who lost their lives here, as well as to the spirits of all the brave men and women whose lives were taken by a war that commenced in this very place,” Abe said at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Abe is Japan’s first leader to visit Pearl Harbor with a sitting U.S. president.
LBN-SEE IT:…. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahuaccused the Obama Administration of carrying out an “underhanded, anti-Israel maneuver” in its failure to veto a U.N. resolution targeting Israeli settlements.
Russian Flight Recorder Indicates ‘Faulty’ Wing Flaps:
A flight-data recorder recovered from a Russian jet thatcrashed into the Black Sea on Sunday has reportedly revealed the aircraft had faulty wing flaps. Aviation sources told the Interfax news agency that the panels on the wings, which are designed to help lift an aircraft, allegedly did not open in sync properly. The issue led the pilots to lose control of the plane at a critical moment. The flight recorder reportedly captured the crew’s last words: “The flaps, hell… !” The TU-154 airliner crashed just two minutes after takeoff from Sochi. It was bound for an air force base in Syria, where the renowned Russian military choir on board was set to perform in a new year’s concert. Ninety-two people on board were killed, including the crew, journalists, humanitarians, and musicians.
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McCain: Russia Will ‘Undermine Democracy’ If Action Not Taken:
Sen. John McCain
has warned President-elect Donald Trump’s
team that Russia may “undermine democracy” if nothing is done about the Kremlin’s recent election meddling. In an interview with CNN aired Tuesday, McCain said more must be done about the CIA’s findings that the Kremlin interfered in the presidential election. “On the issue of the Russians, there is no doubt about it and we have to act and we have to have a policy—which this administration does not have—and address this threat to our national security,” he said. “If they’re able to undermine an election, they’re able then to undermine democracy,” he warned. Sen. Lindsey Graham
echoed his concerns. “I think most of us, Democrats and Republicans, really believe that Russia is up to no good all over the world. They’re trying to break the back of democracies,” he said. While Trump has shrugged off the news of Russia’s involvement, McCain said he thinks “overwhelming evidence” would do the trick of getting Trump to change his stance on the matter. Rather than exercising caution with Russia, however, Trump has promised warmer relations with Moscow, praised Russian President Vladimir Putin
, and filled his team with people who have strong Russia ties.
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SHORT BENCH – Harry Reid Laments ‘Old-Folks Home’ Options for 2020 Dems:
According to Harry Reid
, the likely crop of potential 2020Democratic presidential candidates looks more like a home for the elderly. Unsure whether he’d support a Biden
challenge against Donald Trump
, the outgoing Senate minority leader reportedly told an aide, “It depends on who’s running,” according to a New York
magazine profile. “We’ve got[Elizabeth] Warren
; she’ll be 71. Biden will be 78. Bernie [Sanders
] will be 79,” the retiring pol reportedly lamented. “It appears we’re going to have an old-folks’ home,” he quipped. Vice President Joe Biden teased reporters this month that he will run in 2020, later saying he has “no plans” to do so.
Signature Bank (Nasdaq: SBNY), a New York-based full-service commercial bank, announced today the appointment of new private client banking professionals, who joined existing banking teams. Richard V. Imprescia
, who was named Associate Group Director and Vice President, joined Tom Kasulka’s
team, based in midtown Manhattan. Kasulka has been a Group Director and Senior Vice President at the Bank since 2004.
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LBN-COMMENTARY by Carrie Fisher:
Movies are dreams! And they work on you subliminally. You can play Leia as capable, independent, sensible, a soldier, a fighter, a woman in control – control being, of course, a lesser word than master. But you can portray a woman who’s a master and get through all the female prejudice if you have her travel in time, if you add a magical quality, if you’re dealing in fairy-tale terms.
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LBN-COMMENTARY by Paul Simon (From the song “Hearts and Bones” written about Carrie Fisher): She said…Why won’t you love me. For who I am. Where I am? He said ’cause that’s not the way the world is baby. This is how I love you baby.
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***Another Hollywood couple has called it quits. T.I.
.’s wife Tiny
has filed for divorce from the rapper after six years of marriage, E! News can confirm. The two have three children together, King Harris, Major Harris
and Heiress Harris
. ***Carrie Fisher
, who died Tuesday, is set to appear in two forthcoming episodes of Fox’s animated comedy “Family Guy.” Variety
confirmed that Fisher completed voice-acting work for the two episodes, which will premiere on dates yet to be determined. Fisher first guest starred on the animated comedy as Angela, supervisor to Seth MacFarlane
’s Peter Griffin at the brewery where he works, in 2005. She voiced the character in 20 episodes that have aired, most recently last season in an episode that premiered Jan. 3. ***Melissa Benoist
is going from “Supergirl” to single girl. Benoist, 28, filed for divorce from her former co-star, Blake Jenner
. ***Zach Galifianakis
and wife Quinn Lundberg
have quietly welcomed their second child. Son Rufus Emmanuel Lundberg
was born on Nov. 7. ***Queen Latifah
’s car was stolen in Atlanta when a thief hopped in and drove off while the driver was pumping gas, reports said. The actress and singer, whose real name is Dana Owens, was not the one driving the 2015 Mercedes at the Shell station in Fulton County on Dec. 20 when the opportunistic thief struck, FOX-5 Atlanta reported. ***Edgy indie icon John Waters
, known for movies like “Cry-Baby,” and “Hairspray,” was hospitalized with a health scare over the holidays, missing his own annual wild Christmas party on Friday. Guests at the bash, which has been held in Baltimore for 45 years and is one of the most city’s most coveted invites, were told Waters would not be attending because he was in the hospital with kidney stones.
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