Report: Trump Aides, Russian Intel Spoke:
According to a report in The New York Times
, four current and former U.S. officials contend that members of PresidentTrump
’s campaign staff and other associates of Trump had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials during the year before the 2016 election. Three of the officials contend that U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies intercepted the communications around the time they were finding evidence that Russia was involved in hacking of the Democratic National Committee. One of the advisers who was allegedly on the calls was former campaign manager Paul Manafort
. “This is absurd,” Manafort said in response to the allegations. “I have no idea what this is referring to. I have never knowingly spoken to Russian intelligence officers, and I have never been involved with anything to do with the Russian government or the Putin administration or any other issues under investigation today.” He added: “It’s not like these people wear badges that say, ‘I’m a Russian intelligence officer.’”
Trump Lambasts ‘Non-Sense’ Russia Contacts Report:
on Wednesday blasted a new report in The New York Times
that contends members of his 2016 campaign staff maintained contact with senior Russian intelligence officials leading up to the election. Following a formal denial from the Kremlin, Trump shot off a tweetstorm attacking the “fake news media” and its “blind hatred” of his office. He even called the Times
report a “conspiracy theory.” The controversy followed a full day of media firestorm surrounding Trump’s former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn
, who was let go over pre-inauguration contact with the Russian ambassador. “This Russian connection non-sense is merely an attempt to cover-up the many mistakes made in Hillary Clinton
’s losing campaign,” Trump tweeted. “Information is being illegally given to the failing @nytimes & @washingtonpost by the intelligence community (NSA and FBI?). Just like Russia.”
‘Morning Joe’ Bans Kellyanne Conway:
MSNBC’s Morning Joe
will no longer allow presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway
to appear on its air, so long asMika Brzezinski
is around. The co-host of the morning Beltway-centric gabfest revealed on Wednesday that Conway often personally texts directly to schedule an interview with the show. However, Brzezinski said, because, “Every time I’ve ever seen her on television, something’s askew, off, or incorrect”—referring to Conway’s recent string of TV commentary proven false or troubling at best—“I will say: Kellyanne Conway does not need to text our show, just as long as I’m on it, because it’s not happening here.” Brzezinski went a step further and suggested Conway is simply seeking attention: “I don’t even think she’s saying things she knows to be untrue, she’s just saying things just to get in front of a TV set and prove her relevance because behind the scenes, she’s not in these meetings. She’s not credible anymore.”
Suspected Killer Arrested in Kim Jong Nam Death:
Officials in Malaysia said early Wednesday they have arrested a female suspect in the death of Kim Jong Nam
, the estranged brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un
. Kim was allegedly poisoned Monday at Kuala Lumpur’s international airport, and local reports said the women involved in Kim’s death were believed to be North Korean operatives who fled in a taxi. Malaysian police said the apprehended suspect was identified from CCTV footage at the airport and was taken into custody Wednesday when she returned to the airport. Police identified her as a 28-year-old woman named Doan Thi Huong. She was carrying a Vietnamese passport. Authorities are still looking for other suspects related to the case.
WHO READS LBN? Actor Bob Odenkirk:
Rise in U.S. Traffic Deaths Reported for a Second Year:
After years of steady progress making highways safer, auto-safety advocates are voicing alarm over a surge in traffic fatalities and fears that the deadly trend is strengthening. Last year, traffic deaths increased 6 percent to 40,200, according to preliminary estimates released on Wednesday by the National Safety Council, a nonprofit organization that works closely with federal safety agencies. If the estimates are confirmed, it will be the first time since 2007 that more than 40,000 have died in motor vehicle crashes in a single year. The 2016 total follows a 7 percent rise in 2015.
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German Shepherd Called Rumor Wins at Westminster:
Rumor the German shepherd won best in show Tuesday evening at the Westminster Kennel Club, becoming the “top dog” in America. The 5-year-old was crowned at the packed Madison Square Garden, making history as only the second of her breed to ever win the event since its founding in 1877. Handler and co-owner Kent Boyles
called the achievement “unbelievable.” She beat out a Pekingese, a Norwegian elkhound, a miniature poodle, an Irish setter, a boxer, and a Norwich terrier in the final ring. Adrian, an Irish setter, was crowned in second place. “The German shepherd standard talks about quality and nobility,” said judgeThomas Bradley III
. “When you recognize it, it hits you at home, and that’s what it really is. She is just magnificent.”
Boycott Culture Forces CEOs to Walk Tightrope in Trump Era, Notes Media Expert:
According to media expert and author Michael Levine
) *41 percent of shoppers and 46 percent of executives say companies should express an opinion or take action on controversial issues. *40 percent of consumers regularly or frequently talk about how honest and ethical companies are. *34 percent say they’re buying more from companies or brands that share their values. *When people want to learn more about a company, 64 percent say they care what they find about the brand on social media.
LBN-SPOTLIGHT: An incredible (almost unbelievable but true) story on Episode #2 of the revealing TV Show – “Without Notes” —– A harrowing episode of stalking of the world’s most famous dominatrix – Isabella Sinclaire —- https://youtu.be/LSga6KS6oCM
LBN-WHERE THE ELITE AND UNDERDOGS MEET:
***Last week a new book was published co-written by Chelsea Clinton
and entitled Governing Global Health: Who Runs the World and Why?
Almost no one is buying the Clinton title, co-authored by Devi Sridhar
, a Global Public Health Professor at the University of Edinburgh. It currently stands at No. 74,374 on the Amazon Bestsellers Chart. The book profiles global health organizations and the work they do. Chelsea is Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation which prioritizes improving global health.
LBN-R.I.P.: ***Stanley Bard, a Robin Hood of innkeepers who nurtured talented writers and artists and tolerated assorted deadbeats as the manager and part-owner of the Chelsea Hotel in Manhattan for more than 40 years, died on Tuesday in Boca Raton, Fla. He was 82. The cause was a stroke, his son, David, said.
LBN-COMMENTARY by Mark Brian Baer (Award-winning mediator):
People are truly insane. I, of all people, am beinglectured on Twitter about the use of retired judges as mediators. I’m being lectured to because I won’t make a blanket statement that retired judges do not make good mediators because their background is judging – not mediating. Really? With all that I’ve written about mediation versus “soft arbitration”? I upset people because I’ve said that although evaluative mediation is called mediation, it’s really “soft arbitration” or “an alternative form of litigation.” I’ve said this is the type of “mediation” retired judges tend to do. Meanwhile, I upset others because I oppose a blanket statement that retired judges don’t make good mediators. It’s a good thing I’ve long since realized that I live in the Twilight Zone and have come to terms with the insanity.
LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: Thank God for the resignation in shame by Mike Flynn, President Trump’s national security adviser. And not just because he misled the vice president and engaged in deeply malignant behavior with Russia, but, more important, because maybe it will finally get the United States government, Congress and the news media to demand a proper answer to what is still the biggest national security question staring us in the face today: What is going on between Donald Trump and the Russians? Sorry, Kellyanne Conway, I am not ready to just “move on.” Every action, tweet and declaration by Trump throughout this campaign, histransition and his early presidency screams that he is compromised when it comes to the Russians. I don’t know whether Russian oligarchs own him financially or whether Russian spies own him personally because of alleged indiscreet behavior during his trips to Moscow. But Trump’s willingness to attack allies like Australia, bluster at rivals like China, threaten enemies like Iran and North Korea and bully neighbors like Mexico — while consistently blowing kisses to Russian President Vladimir Putin — cannot be explained away by his mere desire to improve relations with Moscow to defeat the Islamic State. And the Flynn ouster gives our government another, desperately needed opportunity to demand the answers to these questions, starting with seeing the president’s tax returns.
LBN-COMMENTARY by Kent Moyer: Businesses: 50% fail in the first year. 80% fail in 5 years. 96% fail in 10 yrs. 5% of businesses only achieve 1 mil. in revenues.
LBN-COMMENTARY by Vickie Casas (Small business owner):Ivanka does not need defending by the President or Kelly Ann Conway. Ivanka is a fiercely independent woman who is perfectly capable of taking care of herself! Nordstrom and any other department store who takes this stance will have the biggest loss in the end. Retail stores have become unpopular with the onset of online shopping, so now all of us women who disagree with these stores political stance will find quality shopping elsewhere.
LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:…….
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