South and North Korea have agreed to hold official military talks, officials from the two countries announced Tuesday in a rare joint statement. Such talks would mark the first time the two Koreas have engaged in any such dialogue in more than two years. Earlier Tuesday, North Korea announced during a formal discussion with its southern neighbor that it would send a delegation to the upcoming Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang. The South agreed to temporarily suspend sanctions against North Korean officials visiting their country in order for the visit to happen.
*FBI Chief Calls Unbreakable Encryption ‘Urgent Public Safety Issue’:
The inability of law enforcement authorities to access data from electronic devices due to powerful encryption is an “urgent public safety issue,” FBI Director Christopher Wray said on Tuesday in remarks that sought to renew a contentious debate over privacy and security. The FBI was unable to access data from nearly 7,800 devices in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30with technical tools despite possessing proper legal authority to pry them open, a growing figure that impacts every area of the agency’s work, Wray said during a speech at a cyber security conference in New York. “This is an urgent public safety issue,” Wray added, while saying that a solution is “not so clear cut.”
*TIDE ROLLS – Alabama Beats Georgia in Overtime to Win National Championship
Alabama’s Crimson Tide football team won its fifth national championship in a decade, besting Georgia late Mondayevening, 26-23 in overtime. The victory came largely thanks to freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who came off the bench at halftime for No. 4 seed Alabama and led a comeback, tossing three touchdown passes to defeat the No. 3 seed Georgia Bulldogs.
*Joe Arpaio Is Running For Senate In Arizona
Joe Arpaio, the former Arizona sheriff notorious for his draconian views on immigration, is running for the Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) later this year. “I have a lot to offer. I’m a big supporter of President Trump,” Arpaio, 85, told the Washington Examiner in an interview published Tuesday. “I’m going to have to work hard; you don’t take anything for granted. But I would not being doing this if I thought that I could not win. I’m not here to get my name in the paper, I get that everyday, anyway.”
*‘A BAD JOKE’ – Netanyahu’s Son Sorry for Bragging About Gas Deal on Secret Strip-Club Tape
Yair Netanyahu apologized Tuesday for a secret audio tape recording of him boasting about the role of his father, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in a controversial gas deal. “Bro, my dad now arranged for you a $20 billion deal and you can’t spot me 400 shekels?” Yair, 26, asked Ori Maimon, son of gas tycoon Kobi Maimon, on a 2015 recording taped outside a strip club. “Bro, you have to spot me. My dad made an awesome deal for your dad, bro. He fought, fought in the Knesset for this, bro.” The younger Netanyahu said the remarks were a “bad joke” made while drunk, and “aimed at mocking” Maimon. But Prime Minister Netanyahu likely isn’t laughing as he has repeatedly denied any connection to Kobi Maimon while police investigate him for alleged corruption.
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*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Small-business confidence hit a record high in 2017, according to the National Federation of Independent Businesses. The National Federation of Independent Businesses on Tuesday released its Small Business Optimism Index for, capping “an all-time record setter” of a year in 2017, according to the right-leaning lobbying group. ***Jeff Bezos’s net worth reached $105.1 billion Monday on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index as Amazon.com Inc. shares added to a 12-month surge that’s lifted the online shopping giant’s market value by almost 57 percent.
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*LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***John Dickerson will be taking over Charlie Rose‘s former position on “CBS This Morning.” Dickerson will be co-anchoring with Norah O’Donnell andGayle King, the Huffington Post reported Tuesday. ***Hulu eclipsed 17 million total subscribers in 2017, the streaming service unveiled on Tuesday. That’s five million more (+40 percent) total subscribers from its last publicly reported total in 2016. The Netflix competitor also announced that its total audience has grown to 54 million total unique viewers.
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*LBN-NOTICED: ***Garrett Hedlund had dinner at Delliah in West Hollywood. Robert Pattinson also popped by ***Cameron Diaz checked out Ivory on Sunset ***LL Cool Jwas at Petite Taqueria. ***Cuba Gooding Jr. held court at Casa Vega in Studio City. ***Actress Lucy Punch and producer Holly Wiersma had lunch at Laduree Beverly Hills. ***Sean Combs stopped by Lucky Strike Live in Hollywood. ***Marc Maron lunched at Kitchen Mouse in Highland Park.
*LBN-VIDEO LINK: The Problem with Having an Advanced Degree – Dennis Prager: https://youtu.be/IL60aZMggYg
*LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Let me start with three inconvenient observations, based on dozens of conversations around Washington over the past year: First, people who go into the White House to have a meeting with President Trump usually leave pleasantly surprised. They find that Trump is not the raving madman they expected from his tweet storms or the media coverage. They generally say that he is affable, if repetitive. He runs a normal, good meeting and seems well-informed enough to get by. Second, people who work in the Trump administration have wildly divergent views about their boss. Some think he is a deranged child, as Michael Wolff reported. But some think he is merely a distraction they can work around. Some think he is strange, but not impossible. Some genuinely admire Trump. Many filter out his crazy stuff and pretend it doesn’t exist. My impression is that the Trump administration is an unhappy place to work, because there is a lot of infighting and often no direction from the top. But this is not an administration full of people itching to invoke the 25th Amendment.
*LBN-COMMENTARY by Michael T. Osterhohn and Mark Olshaker (Michael T. Osterholm is a professor and director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota. Mark Olshaker is a writer and documentary filmmaker. They are the authors of “Deadliest Enemy: Our War Against Killer Germs.”): The influenza season is just getting started in the United States, and it already promises to be more severe than usual. Hospital emergency rooms are filling up with flu sufferers, and pharmacies have reported medicine shortages. Twelve children have died as of last month. To make matters worse, in Australia, which experienced its flu season four to six months ago, the current vaccine appeared to be only about 10 percent effective against this year’s dominant strain. Yet as bad as this winter’s epidemic is, it won’t compare with the flu pandemic that is almost certainly on the horizon if we don’t dedicate energy and resources to a universal vaccine. Influenza pandemics occur when a novel animal flu virus acquires the ability to infect humans and they, in turn, transmit it to other humans. The 1918-19 Spanish flu epidemic (which despite the name may have originated in the American Midwest) killed 50 million to 100 million around the globe. Accounts at the time described people falling ill in the morning and dying that night. Given the century of medical progress since then, one might conclude that we are far better prepared today to deal with such a worldwide catastrophe. Unfortunately, the opposite is true.
*LBN-COMMENTARY by Dennis Prager: I have believed all my life that the primary crisis in America and the West is the abandonment of Judeo-Christian values, or, one might say, the dismissal of the Bible. Virtually everyone on the left thinks America would be better off as a secular nation. And virtually all conservative intellectuals don’t think it matters. How many intellectuals study the Bible and teach it to their children? And yet, from the time long before the United States became a country until well into the 1950s, the Bible was not only the most widely read book in America; it was the primary vehicle by which each generation passed on morality and wisdom to the next generation.
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*LBN-OVERHEARD: Amber Rose is prepping to launch a sex empire. The “Dancing With the Stars” contestant, 34, filed trademarks on her name, Muva and Muva’s House all in regards to sex products or services, according to the United States Patent and Trademark Office records according to sources. The applications were submitted by her company ,Behind Her Shades, Inc.
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