He is the world’s most persistent illegal immigrant: One Mexican managed to get deported 44 times in 15 years — which means he also managed to sneak back across the border at least that many times. The runner-up was ousted 40 times from 2001 to 2015. No. 3, 4 and 5 on the list were deported 35, 34 and 31 times, respectively, according to data provided to The Washington Times by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. While those are the most extreme cases, repeat-illegal immigrants were back in the news this week after police said a twice-deported man was driving drunk in Indiana on Sunday morning when he plowed into pro football player Edwin Jackson and his Uber driver, killing them both.President Trump tweeted about the “disgraceful” death and called the killing “one of many such preventable tragedies.”
*FBI lovers’ texts: Obama wanted ‘to know everything’ about Hillary probe:’
Texts sent by two FBI agents who exchanged disparaging messages about Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign reveal President Obama wanted “to know everything we’re doing” about the bureau’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails, according to a report on Wednesday. FBI lawyer Lisa Page wrote to her lover and fellow agent Peter Strzok in September 2016 about preparing talking points for FBI Director James Comey when he updated Obama on the probe because “potus wants to know everything we’re doing,” Fox News reported. Earlier that spring, Obama vowed not to interfere. “I do not talk to the attorney general about pending investigations. I do not talk to FBI directors about pending investigations. We have a strict line,” he told Fox News in an interview in April 2016.
The U.S. is set to announce the “toughest and most aggressive” economic sanctions against North Korea, Vice President Mike Pence declared Wednesday in Japan. “We will continue to isolate North Korea until it abandons its nuclear- and ballistic-missile programs once and for all,” said Pence, who is leading the U.S. delegation at the Opening Ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, on Friday. Pence had meetings with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abeon Wednesday.
*Lawmakers Want to Stop Laundry Detergent Pods From Looking So Damn Delicious
Mouth-watering laundry-detergent pods that look like Willy Wonka’s everlasting gobstoppers could soon be a thing of the past. A bill introduced in Albany this week would ban tempting detergent packets in New York state and replace them with ones of “uniform color not attractive to children” and “not easily permeated by a child’s bite,” reported the New York Post. Babies keep eating the tasty-looking packages and teenagers can’t stop daring each other to take part in the Tide Pod Challenge, with 86 teens reportedly sick after chowing down on detergent in January alone, according to the American Association of Poison Control Centers.
*Accused LA Times Publisher ‘Cleared,’ Reinstated at Tronc
Former Los Angeles Times publisher Ross Levinsohn has been reinstated into a new role at the paper’s soon-to-be former owner Tronc after taking an unpaid leave of absence over allegations of sexual misconduct in the workplace. Levinsohn will oversee Tronc’s digital portfolio in his new position while leaving the paper behind. According to the company, an “independent investigation and report to the board of directors” found that Levinsohn did no wrongdoing. “We are pleased that Ross will be back to work,” Tronc CEO Justin Dearborn said in a statement. This comes as Tronc confirmed that the Times was sold to a healthcare billionaire namedPatrick Soon-Shiong for $500 million—who is a major shareholder in Tronc.
*Quincy Jones: ‘I Used to Date Ivanka’ Trump
In a wild interview with Vulture, music producer Quincy Jones claimed that he “used to date” Ivanka Trump, who he called “a fine motherfucker” who “had the most beautiful legs I ever saw in my life.” Then added: “Wrong father, though.” The 84-year-old, who also said President Trump was a “crazy motherfucker” who is “limited mentally—a megalomaniac, narcissistic,” stated that 12 years ago, fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger told him that Ivanka wanted “to have dinner” with him and he took up the offer. In the wide-ranging sit-down, the 28-time Grammy winner also declares that Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen “sings and plays just like Jimi Hendrix” and that his most famous collaborator, Michael Jackson, “stole a lot of songs,” including “Billie Jean” and “Don’t Stop ’Til You Get Enough.” “Greg Phillinganes wrote the C section,” he said of the noted session keyboardist. “Michael should’ve given him 10 percent of the song. Wouldn’t do it.”
*Gronkowski 911: My House ‘Got Robbed’ During Super Bowl
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski’s house was robbed while he was playing in the Super Bowl. Upon returning home to the Foxborough neighborhood in Boston on Monday, he called 911 at 6:18 p.m. “Hello. This isn’t an emergency. This is Rob Gronkowski calling,” he told the emergency dispatcher, in audio released Wednesday. “And while I was gone, my whole house got robbed.” According to a police dispatch, “multiple safes and possible guns” were taken from the home. The report, obtained by the Boston Globe, said the burglar entered “through a broken window.” Items were only taken from Gronkowski’s housemates, Robert Goon and Nathan Ruckdaschel. Gronkowski, who has been with the Patriots for eight seasons, won’t commit to playing for the team next year.
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*Sister Act – Kim Jong Un’s Sister Is Heading to the Winter Olympics
There are plenty of downsides to being Kim Jong Un’s sibling, but the North Korean leader’s sister, Kim Yo Jong, will get to attend the Opening Ceremony of the Winter Olympics on Friday. South Korea said the 28-year-old will make her debut in international diplomacy alongside North Korea’s nominal head of state, Kim Yong Nam. They’ll be joined by a 280-strong North Korean delegation, including a massive squad of North Korean cheerleaders who took part in one of the biggest peacetime crossings of the inter-Korean border Tuesday night.
*LBN-INVESTIGATES: On average, boys are around 13, and girls are around 14, when they first see pornography, says Bryant Paul, an associate professor at Indiana University’s Media School and the author of studies on porn content and adolescent and adult viewing habits. In a 2008 University of New Hampshire survey, 93 percent of male college students and 62 percent of female students said they saw online porn before they were 18. Many females, in particular, weren’t seeking it out. Thirty-five percent of males said they had watched it 10 or more times during adolescence.
*Staffers: ‘Batsh*t Crazy’ Newsweek Meeting Made Staffers Thank Church, Hold Hands
Newsweek’s interim Chief Content Officer Jonathan Davis reportedly did little to soothe his angry staff at a 90-minute meeting Tuesday. Davis asked that the staff hold hands and thank the Christian church community headed by the Rev. David Jang that has financial ties to the magazine. Davis, who is a member of the church, allegedly asked for employees to give thanks for its “blessings” in what staffers called a “batshit crazy” 90 minutes. The New York Post reports the church’s financial ties to Newsweek Media Group are being probed by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, which raided the Newsweek office last month. On Monday, the news outlet fired Editor Bob Roe, Executive Editor Ken Li, and investigative reporter Celeste Katz. All had reported on the company’s recent troubles. BuzzFeed has reported on recent allegations that Newsweek engaged in “fraudulent online traffic practices.” The legacy magazine was previously owned by Daily Beast parent company IAC.
*Steve Wynn Steps Down as Wynn Resorts CEO
Wynn Resorts on Tuesday announced that founder and CEO Steve Wynn resigned from the company amid a series of sexual-misconduct allegations leveled against him. “In the last couple of weeks, I have found myself the focus of an avalanche of negative publicity,” the casino mogul said in a statement. “As I have reflected upon the environment this has created—one in which a rush to judgment takes precedence over everything else, including the facts—I have reached the conclusion I cannot continue to be effective in my current roles.” Wynn did not directly deny the many accusations made against him—first revealed two weeks ago by The Wall Street Journal. Matt Maddox, president of the hotel company, will be named its new chief executive.
*Black Lives Matter leader shot dead:
The Black Lives Matter leader known for diving over a barrier to snatch a Confederate flag from a protester on live TV last year was shot dead in New Orleans, police said. Muhiyidin Elamin Moye, who went by Muhiyidin d’Baha, was found deadTuesday morning after being shot in the thigh while riding his bicycle, the Advocate reported. New Orleans police spokesmanBeau Tidwell said no information about a potential motive or suspects was immediately available. D’Baha, 32, moved to South Carolina from Poughkeepsie, NY, when he was 13 and was in the Big Easy on a personal trip, his niece Camille Weaver told the Post and Courier.
*LA Times sold to billionaire physician:
The Chicago-based owner of the Los Angeles Times completed its sale of the newspaper on Wednesday in a surprise move that probably spells the end of its long-troubled relationship with Southern California’s leading news outlet. The buyer is Patrick Soon-Shiong, a Los Angeles-area physician and a major shareholder of the paper’s former parent company,Tronc. Soon-Shiong is the billionaire founder and chief executive of NantHealth, based in Culver City, Calif. As part of the $500 million deal, he will also buy its sister newspaper, the San Diego Union-Tribune. News of the sale was first reported by The Washington Post on Tuesday afternoon.
*LBN-SPORTS INSIDER: ***Can posing in a swimsuit be empowering? Pro golfer Paige Spiranac thinks so. The 24-year-old is determined to send a message with her debut modeling gig in this year’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue, out next week. Spiranac says that she was intensely bullied because of her looks and outfit choices after she spoke out about the stricter dress code rules enforced by the Ladies Professional Golf Association this past summer. “I was bullied so bad to the point where I didn’t want to live anymore,” she tells SI in a behind-the-scenes video from her photoshoot in Aruba.
*LBN-R.I.P.: John Mahoney, the gravel-voiced, Tony Award-winning, British-born actor who came to embody all-American grass-roots fatherhood on the hit sitcom “Frasier,” died on Sunday in Chicago. He was 77. The death, in a hospital, was confirmed by Paul Martino, his longtime manager, who did not specify the cause.
*Rex Tillerson Says Russia Is Already Trying To Meddle In 2018 Midterms:
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned this week that Russia is already trying to meddle in the 2018 midterm elections. And the U.S. is inadequately prepared to counter that threat, he said. Speaking to Fox News from Colombia on Tuesday, Tillerson said the U.S. has seen “certain behaviors” from Russia that could imply meddling ahead of multiple international elections, including the U.S. midterms. “Really, I think it’s just important to continue to say to Russia, ‘Look, if you think we don’t see what you’re doing, we do see it and you need to stop. If you don’t, you’re just going to continue to invite consequences for yourself,’” Tillerson said.
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*Police: Man tells illegal immigrant to stop peeing at bus stop, gets stabbed in neck:
An illegal immigrant urinating in public used a box cutter to repeatedly stab a man who had merely suggested he pull up his trousers and use a proper restroom, police say. On Nov. 30, around 11 p.m., Montgomery County Police were dispatched to the Wheaton Metro bus turnaround along Georgia Avenue. Upon stepping out of their cruisers, officers saw a man with stab wounds and bloody slashes to his neck, face and stomach. That victim, plus an uninjured eyewitness, pointed officers toward Salvador Gomez-Lopez, 46, who was allegedly drunk and belligerent. The two men explained that Gomez-Lopez was relieving himself in plain view of fellow bus passengers. When the victim questioned his actions, Gomez-Lopez reportedly reached into his backpack and grabbed hold of a razor-sharp box cutter.
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*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***The tumble in cryptocurrencies that erased nearly $500 billion of market value over the past month could get a lot worse, according toGoldman Sachs Group Inc.’s global head of investment research. Most digital currencies are unlikely to survive in their current form, and investors should prepare for coins to lose all their value as they’re replaced by a small set of future competitors, Goldman’s Steve Strongin said in a report dated Feb. 5. While he didn’t posit a time-frame for losses in existing coins, he said recent price swings indicated a bubble and that the tendency for different tokens to move in lockstep wasn’t rational for a “few-winners-take-most” market. ***Macy’s is launching a women’s clothing line aimed at Muslim shoppers. The department store chain says it teamed up with a boutique called Verona Collection and plans to sell the collection of modest dresses, tops, cardigans and hijabs online. The clothing will launch on Macy’s website on Feb. 15. The brand was developed by Lisa Vogl, a graduate of Macy’s minority- and women-owned business development program, which aims to offer more fashion diversity.
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*LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: It is hard to spend a week in Israel and not come away feeling that Israelis have the wind at their backs. They’ve built an awesome high-tech industry, and everyone’s kid seems to work for a start-up. Even Israeli Arabs have caught the bug — the number studying for B.A. degrees at Israeli universities rose 60 percent in the last seven years, to 47,000. Regionally, the Arabs and Palestinians have never been weaker, and under President Trump, Israel has never had a more unquestioningly friendly United States. Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, asking Israel for nothing in return. The Arab states barely made a peep. Alas, though, all of this wind has whetted the appetite of Israel’s settlers and ruling Likud Party to go to extremes. Reuters reported on Dec. 31 that the “Likud Party unanimously urged legislators in a nonbinding resolution … to effectively annex Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, land that Palestinians want for a future state.” Sure, the world would scream “apartheid,” but Israeli rightists shrug that the world will get used to it. Nikki Haley will cover for Israel at the U.N.Sheldon Adelson will keep Trump and the G.O.P. in line. And the Arab regimes, which need Israel to counter Iran, will look the other away. It always plays out that way, and the settlers see that, so, they ask, why wait? They think they can annex the West Bank without giving Palestinians citizenship; they’ll just let the Palestinians vote in their own elections.
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*LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Alec Baldwin is recovering after undergoing hip replacement surgery on Wednesday. “Thank you for your kind wishes,” Baldwin’s wife Hilaria wrote on Instagram alongside a pic of her holding Alec’s hand at the hospital. “I know many of you are anxious to hear how he is doing. We have been here since very early…All went well in surgery and I am with him in recovery. to all #wegotthis2018”
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