In his first public comments on the government shutdown,President Trump on Saturday placed the blame entirely on Democrats, who he says “could have easily made a deal.” “Democrats are far more concerned with Illegal Immigrants than they are with our great Military or Safety at our dangerous Southern Border,” he wrote on Twitter, accusing Democrats of playing “shutdown politics.” He also used the government shutdown as a campaign slogan for 2018 midterm elections. “WeNeedMoreRepublicansIn18 to power through mess!” he wrote. Democratic lawmakers, meanwhile, have said they were close to a deal with Trump but the president unexpectedly bailed on the plan at the last minute. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Saturday he’d offered to discuss a U.S.-Mexico border wall in last-minute negotiations with Trump on Friday, but “even that was not enough to entice the president to finish the deal.” Ahead of a feared government shutdown last November, Trump reportedly told confidants he believed a shutdown would benefit him politically, saying he’d blame Democrats in order to bolster support from his base.
*Cops may bring dogs to search for bodies in ‘horror house’:
Investigators fear there may have been more siblings in the California horror house who didn’t make it out alive, and now they’re considering sending in corpse-sniffing dogs, according to a report. Police in Riverside County are in “serious discussions” to use the animals to comb the Perris, Calif., residence of David and Louise Turpin, where the couple’s 13 starving children were found in filthy conditions last week — some shackled to beds — to see if any unknown children died and were secretly buried there, according to Crime Watch Daily. The Turpin’s 17-year-old daughter escaped the house last Sunday and alerted officials that her parents had imprisoned her and her siblings, whose ages range 2-29. When officials rescued the kids, all but the baby showed severe signs of malnutrition, including stunted growth. Some of the children, all of whom were home-schooled by David, lacked even basic knowledge such as what a policeman is, officials said.
*US marches for women’s rights slam Trump, encourage voting:
Demonstrators from Los Angeles to New York marched in support of female empowerment and denounced President Donald Trump’s views on immigration, abortion, LGBT rights and women’s rights on Saturday, the anniversary of his inauguration. People marched in Casper, Wyoming, and Cambridge, Massachusetts, and in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Houston. In Park City, Utah, where the annual Sundance Film Festival is in full swing, actress Jane Fonda and nationally known attorney Gloria Allred joined the women’s march. In Morristown, New Jersey, that state’s new first lady told a crowd she was a victim of sexual violence while attending college.
*UNDER ATTACK – Kabul Hotel Siege Ends After 13 Hours
A 13-hour siege at Kabul’s International Hotel in the Afghan capital came to an end on Sunday morning. At least five people were killed in the attack, according to the interior ministry. The Taliban claim responsibility, while the government said the Taliban-aligned Haqqani network was to blame. Militants dressed in army uniforms stormed the hotel, causing dozens to evacuate before the building caught on fire.
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*Trump urges GOP to use ‘Nuclear Option’ during government shutdown:
President Trump on Sunday continued to blast Democrats over immigration during the showdown and urged Republicans to use the “Nuclear Option” to reach a long-term solution.“Great to see how hard Republicans are fighting for our Military and Safety at the Border. The Dems just want illegal immigrants to pour into our nation unchecked,” the president wrote on Twitter. “If stalemate continues, Republicans should go to 51% (Nuclear Option) and vote on real, long term budget, no C.R.’s!,” he posted. Democrats and Republicans have been at loggerheads since the Senate failed to pass a temporary spending bill – a C.R., or continuing resolution – that would have kept the government funded until Feb. 16.
*LBN-SEE IT:….A year after Trump’s Inauguration, some women found solidarity again in the streets for the Women’s March.
*Hawaii Governor Learned Missile Alert Was False Within Two Minutes:
The leader of the Hawaii National Guard told state lawmakers on Friday that he informed the governor that a panic-inducing missile alert was a false alarm two minutes after it had been sent to cellphones statewide. The leader, Gen. Arthur J. Logan, made the revelation about the Jan. 13 episode at a hearing during which legislators raised concerns about why that critical information was not conveyed to the public more quickly. Amid the chaos and confusion, it took officials 38 minutes to send a second message saying the original message was an error. Officials have said a flaw in the alert system delayed the distribution of the correction. “The false alarm has identified so many gaps in the system,” Della Au Belatti, the majority leader of the Hawaii State House, said in a phone interview on Saturday. “We won’t see this kind of communications breakdown again.”
*ESCALATING – Turkish Military Launches Ground Operation in Syria
Turkey’s military deployed ground troops into northern Syria on Sunday. The controversial move came after Turkish airstrikes targeted U.S.-backed Syrian Kurds in the Afrin region. Those strikes killed more than half a dozen people and wounded 13 others, the Syrian Democratic Forces General Command said. Turkey said it launched the operations as part of an effort to destroy “terrorist organizations” in the region, and said the military action was “within the right of self-defense and with respect to Syrian territorial integrity.” The YPG, the Kurdish militia group, said it had “no choice but to resist” and called on its members to “meet in the ranks of resistance.”
*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***The first clue that there’s something unusual about Amazon’s store of the future hits you right at the front door. It feels as if you are entering a subway station. A row of gates guard the entrance to the store, known as Amazon Go, allowing in only people with the store’s smartphone app. Inside is an 1,800-square foot mini-market packed with shelves of food that you can find in a lot of other convenience stores — soda, potato chips, ketchup. It also has some food usually found at Whole Foods, the supermarket chain that Amazon owns. But the technology that is also inside, mostly tucked away out of sight, enables a shopping experience like no other. There are no cashiers or registers anywhere. Shoppers leave the store through those same gates, without pausing to pull out a credit card. Their Amazon account automatically gets charged for what they take out the door. ***California lawmakers are targeting the expected windfall that companies in the state would see under the federal tax overhaul with a bill that would require businesses to turn over half to the state. A proposed Assembly Constitutional Amendment by Assemblymen Kevin McCarty, D-Sacramento, and Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, would create a tax surcharge on California companies making more than $1 million so that half of their federal tax cut would instead go to programs that benefit low-income and middle-class families.
*LBN-SPORTS INSIDER: ***Fox Sports host Charissa Thompson’s private photos were hacked and leaked online. Thompson’s lawyer, Andrew Brettler, told Fox News his client will take “every appropriate step” to seek justice. “We’re working with [the Los Angeles District Attorney] hand-in-hand,” Brettler told Fox News. “I think that it’s important that the responsible individual or individuals are held accountable for this because it’s a disgusting invasion of my client’s privacy rights.”
*LBN-VIDEO LINK: New Rule: Distinction Deniers | Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO) — https://youtu.be/N1MZRowhMtc
*LBN-R.I.P.: Harry Selby, one of the last of Africa’s renowned white hunters, who took rich and famous safari clients into the interiors of Kenya, Tanganyika and Botswana for a half-century to shoot game, photograph exotic wildlife and search for elusive adventure in the bush, died on Saturday at his home in Maun, Botswana. He was 92. His death was confirmed by his friend Joe Coogan, an American writer and hunter who had worked on safaris with Mr. Selby. Mr. Coogan said he was notified in a message from Botswana by Mr. Selby’s daughter, Gail. No cause was given.
*LBN-VIDEO LINK: Are You a Millennial? – https://youtu.be/No35-c4zXjo
*LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:
WHO exists to build a better, healthier future for people all over the world working through offices in more than 150 countries. Together they strive to combat diseases – infectious diseases like influenza and HIV and noncommunicable ones like cancer and heart disease. They help mothers and children survive and thrive so they can look forward to a healthy old age. They ensure the safety of the air people breathe, the food they eat, the water they drink – and the medicines and vaccines they need.
*LBN-VIDEO LINK: Women are marching on Trump’s one-year anniversary in office — https://youtu.be/4GUxd-4TUTs
*LBN-COMMENTARY by Susan Gubar: At diagnosis, quite a few cancer patients spy Eros rushing out the door. I know I did. For some, eroticism vanishes during or after treatment. Anhedonia, the inability to feel pleasure, can afflict both men and women with cancer. We often get more help from one another than from the medical specialists who are beginning to address this challenge. It can be difficult to experience desire if you don’t love but fear your body or if you cannot recognize it as your own. Surgical scars, lost body parts and hair, chemically induced fatigue, radiological burns, nausea, hormone-blocking medications, numbness from neuropathies, weight gain or loss, and anxiety hardly function as aphrodisiacs. At 46, the youngest member of my cancer support group put it best: “an existential crisis is not sexy.” Although her physicians offered no advice, she eventually attempted to foster a renewed sex life, if only for the caring partner who saw her through treatment. “Sex and Cancer,” a new book by Dr. Saketh R. Guntupalli, a gynecologic cancer specialist, and Maryann Karinch, sets out to help women with gynecologic or breast cancer. Dr. Guntupalli and Ms. Karinch labor mightily to provide scientific evidence for an insight some might consider predictable: “We found that sex was less pleasurable for women after cancer and that all types of sexual activity — oral, vaginal and anal — decreased after cancer.” In patches of ponderous prose, their book describes the ways in which treatment inhibits romance.
*LBN-COMMENTARY by Alan Burdick: Many people may be wondering whether the remaining three years of Mr. Trump’s current term of office can be made to speed up. This isn’t physically possible, of course, but it might be psychologically achievable. Remember that time flies when — and because — you aren’t paying attention to it. So attend elsewhere: Put away your calendar; stop counting down the days; fully engage the work in front of you, be it political or not. With luck you’ll be able to look back in amazement at how fast it all went by.
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*LBN-OVERHEARD: ***She’s not entirely free yet, but former “Dance Moms” host Abby Lee Miller will be walking out of jail next month after having served less than half of her sentence for fraud. The often explosive reality TV host will leave a federal prison in California on February 20 and segue to a halfway house, Deadline has learned. It is unclear how long Miller will spend at the Van Nuys facility after her release, according to an individual with knowledge of the situation.
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