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EXTREME VETTING – Report: Trump to Sign Immigration Orders:
Corey Lewandowski, Robby Mook Team Up For Paid Speeches:
Usain Bolt Loses Gold Medal Over Teammate’s Failed Doping Test:
Trump Adviser Gary Cohn Gets $100M Goldman Payout:
Russian Cybersecurity Expert Arrested:
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Peter Thiel Has New Zealand Citizenship:
LBN-NOTICED: ***Salma Hayek asking for two bottles of Francis Ford Coppola wine to go at Sundance’s packed PepsiCo Creators League Studio, where Coppola’s nephewJason Schwartzman was seen quaffing the stuff and Joshua Jackson danced to old-school hip-hop. ***“Carol” directorTodd Haynes visiting Cate Blanchett backstage after her Broadway show, “The Present”. ***Dujor’s Jason Binncelebrating his birthday at the Dream Downtown in NYC withDaymond John, Ray Kelly, Simon Huck and Abigail Breslin. ***Veteran entertainment attorney Reid Nathanhaving lunch yesterday at Milo & Olive on Wilshire Blvd. in Santa Monica. ***Comedy writer, Mark Miller having lunch at Izzy’s Deli in Santa Monica. ***L.A. deli owner, Lenny Rosenberg having dinner at the classic Italian restaurant, Vito’s in Santa Monica.
OUT! Secret Service agent ripped for posting she wouldn’t take bullet for Trump:
LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***Amazon.com’s strategy of sticking to Hollywood’s time-honored traditions helped deliver a big payoff that has so far eluded its streaming rival Netflix — the first-ever best picture nomination for an online video service. “Manchester by the Sea,” a family tragedy set in Massachusetts, was nominated Tuesday for best picture by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, one of nine movies that will vie for the top honor. The film secured six Oscar nominations in all, including ones for acting, writing and directing.
LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: I’ve actually been watching the early Trump presidency from London. (I would have gone to the moon, but I couldn’t get a ride.) Even from here I have vertigo.My head is swirling from “alternative facts,” trade deals canceled, pipelines initiated, Obamacare in the Twilight Zone and utterly bizarre rants about attendance on Inauguration Day and fake voters on Election Day. Whatever this cost Vladimir Putin, he’s already gotten his money’s worth — a chaos president. Pass the vodka. But moderate Republicans, independents and Democrats who opposed Donald Trump need to beware. He can make you so nuts — he can so vacuum your brains out — that you can’t think clearly about the most important questions today: What things are true even if Trump believes them, and therefore merit support? And where can Democrats offer smarter approaches on issues, like jobs, for instance — approaches that can connect to the guts of working-class voters as Trump did, but provide a smarter path forward. Where Trump’s instinct is not wrong is on the need to strike a better long-term trading arrangement with China. But I worry about his pugnacious tactics. I would be negotiating with Beijing in total secret. Let everybody save face. If he smacks China with “America First,” China will smack him with “China First,” and soon we’ll have a good ol’ trade war.
LBN-COMMENTARY by Frank Bruni: You know how Donald Trump wins? I don’t mean a second term or major legislative victories. I’m talking about the battle between incivility and dignity. He triumphs when opponents trade righteous anger for crude tantrums. When they lose sight of the line between protest and catcalls. When a writer for “Saturday Night Live” jokes publicly that Trump’s 10-year-old son has the mien and makings of a killer. “Barron will be this country’s first home-school shooter,” the writer, Katie Rich, tweeted. I cringe at repeating it. But there’s no other way to take proper note of its ugliness.
LBN-COMMENTARY by Gary Taubes: To understand the case against sugar, using a criminal justice metaphor, you have to understand the crimes committed: epidemics of diabetes andobesity worldwide. Wherever and whenever a population transitions from its traditional diet to a Western diet and lifestyle, we see dramatic increases in obesity, and diabetes goes from being a relatively rare disorder to a common one. One in 11 Americans now has diabetes. In some populations, one in three or four adults have diabetes. Stunning numbers. So why sugar? Well, for starters, recent increases in sugar consumption are always at the scene of the crime on a population-wide level when these epidemics occur. And sugar is also at the scene of the crime biologically, and it’s got the mechanism necessary. But the evidence is not definitive; what I’m arguing is still a minority viewpoint.
LBN-COMMENTARY by Dennis Prager: It is time for our society to acknowledge a sad truth: America is currently fighting its second Civil War. In fact, with the obvious and enormous exception of attitudes toward slavery, Americans are more divided morally, ideologically and politically today than they were during the Civil War. For that reason, just as the Great War came to be known as World War I once there was World War II, the Civil War will become known as the First Civil War when more Americans come to regard the current battle as the Second Civil War. This Second Civil War, fortunately, differs in another critically important way: It has thus far been largely nonviolent. But given increasing left-wing violence, such as riots, the taking over of college presidents’ offices and the illegal occupation of state capitols, nonviolence is not guaranteed to be a permanent characteristic of the Second Civil War. There are those on both the left and right who call for American unity. But these calls are either naive or disingenuous. Unity was possible between the right and liberals, but not between the right and the left.
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