LBN – Special Report – Saturday January 28, 2017

Trump Signs Executive Order for ‘Extreme Vetting’ of Refugees:

President Donald Trump on Friday signed an executive order that would institute “new vetting” measures aimed at preventing “radical Islamic terrorists” from entering the U.S. Speaking at the Pentagon after swearing in new Defense Secretary James Mattis, Trump said “we only want to admit those into our country who support our country.” The order temporarily suspends the refugee program for 120 days, and the Syrian refugee program indefinitely, according to the text released by the White House. Additionally, no new visas will be issued for 90 days to individuals coming from countries linked to terrorism: Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia and Yemen.  “We are a compassionate nation and a country of immigrants. But as we know, terrorists are dead set on using our immigration and refugee programs as a Trojan Horse to attack us,” said House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul, praising the order as helping “prevent jihadists from infiltrating the United States.” “President Trump is slamming the door on the world’s most desperate refugees,” said Rep. Eliot Engel, ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. “He’s building a wall and banning a religion, actions that won’t keep us any safer, but will send a message that if you aren’t a certain color, or don’t speak a certain language or worship a certain way, you don’t have a place in America.”

 Trump’s Refugee Ban Sparks Outrage Among Dems:

After President Donald Trump on Friday signed an order banning refugees from seven Muslim countries, leading Democrats have vowed to take him to task for the move. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said the “tears are running down the cheeks of the Statue of Liberty,” denouncing Trump’s executive order as “backwards and nasty.” Sen.Elizabeth Warren called the ban a “betrayal of American values.” Sen. Cory Booker called the move “fundamentally un-American.” Others noted that it would most likely backfire in the war on terrorism. Sen. Chris Murphy wrote in Huffington Post that Trump had just “handed ISIS a path to rebirth.”

Nikki Haley Puts U.N. on Notice: U.S. Is ‘Taking Names’: 

The American ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki R. Haley, issued a stark warning on Friday to allies and rivals abroad, saying in her first remarks at the headquarters of the world body that the Trump administration would hold to account those who do not back the United States. “You’re going to see a change in the way we do business,” Ms. Haley said. “Our goal with the administration is to show value at the U.N., and the way we’ll show value is to show our strength, show our voice, have the backs of our allies and make sure our allies have our back as well.” “For those who don’t have our back,” she added, “we’re taking names; we will make points to respond to that accordingly.”

Russians Charged With Treason Worked in Office Linked to Election Hacking: 

Ever since American intelligence agencies accused Russia of trying to influence the American election, there have been questions about the proof they had to support the accusation. But the news from Moscow may explain how the agencies could be so certain that it was the Russians who hacked the email of Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee. Two Russian intelligence officers who worked on cyberoperations and a Russian computer security expert have been arrested and charged with treason for providing information to the United States, according to multiple Russian news reports. As in most espionage cases, the details made public so far are incomplete, and some rumors in Moscow suggest that those arrested may be scapegoats in an internal power struggle over the hacking. Russian media reports link the charges to the disclosure of the Russian role in attacking state election boards, including the scanning of voter rolls in Arizona and Illinois, and do not mention the parallel attacks on the D.N.C. and the email of John Podesta, Mrs. Clinton’s campaign chairman. But one current and one former United States official, speaking about the classified recruitments on condition of anonymity, confirmed that human sources in Russia did play a crucial role in proving who was responsible for the hacking.

Serena Williams Beats Sister Venus to Win Record 23rd Grand Slam Title:

Serena Williams beat her sister Venus on Saturday to claim her 23rd Grand Slam singles title in the Australian Open. The 35-year-old tennis star won 6-4 6-4 to top Steffi Graf for a Grand Slam record. The win came after an intense battle against her own sister, with whom she has played in nine Grand Slam titles throughout her career. “She’s an amazing person, there’s no way I would be at 23 without her,” Serena said of Venus after the win. “There’s no way I would have anything without her. She’s the only reason the Williams sisters exist, so thank you for inspiring me to be the best that I can be,” she said. Venus, who was the oldest finalist in Melbourne for the competition at 36, offered similar praise for Serena. “Serena Williams, that’s my little sister, guys,” she said. “Your win has always been my win, you know that,” she said.

Trump and Mexican President Speak by Phone Amid Dispute Over Wall:

Amid the diplomatic showdown over President Trump’s order to build a border wall — and who should pay for it — Mr. Trump and President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico spoke by telephone for an hour on Friday and agreed to proceed with negotiations on a range of bilateral issues, both leaders said. The presidents made an effort to say that the call had been productive, implying that tensions had cooled, but they stood their ground on their positions, with no suggestion that the conversation had resolved their disagreement over fundamental issues, most notably the payment for construction of a wall between the United States and Mexico. “With respect to payment for the border wall, both presidents recognized their clear and very public differences in their stances on this very sensitive issue, and agreed to solve these differences as part of a comprehensive discussion of all aspects of the bilateral relationship,” according to a statement issued by Mr. Peña Nieto’s office. The statement added: “The presidents also agreed for now not to speak publicly about this controversial issue.”

WHO READS LBN? Author Roxane Gay:

Top scientists stand up to Trump:

As Donald Trump cracks down on the EPA and USDA, saying their public-facing documents will be under review,astrophysicist Neil ­deGrasse Tyson tells us when it comes to science, “If you base policy on things that are not objectively true . . . it’s a recipe for disaster.” An outlook like that is “the unraveling of all that drives the growth of wealth in our nation and in the world,” he told us Wednesday. “Ever since the Industrial Revolution we have known that innovations in science and technology are the engines of tomorrow’s growth economy,” Tyson said. “If you don’t recognize that . . . you are undermining the future wealth of the nation. If there is no science happening here, other countries . . . will pass us by, and that’s inconsistent with the idea of making America great again.”

Screen Legend John Hurt Dead at 77:

In a strange bit of irony, just as the surreality of the Trump administration has pushed George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984 to No. 1 on the Amazon charts, the star of the filmadaptation, John Hurt, has passed away after a fight with pancreatic cancer. He was 77. Born in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, UK, Hurt was the son of an actress and a vicar, and, after training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), made his film debut in 1966’s A Man for All Seasons. With his pained British voice and poignant stare, the actor would make an indelible impact on cinema, earning his first Academy Award nomination as Max, a heroin addict trapped in a Turkish prison, in Midnight Express, before performing one of film’s most memorable death scenes in Ridley Scott’s Alien. His next two films, as the severely deformed and chastised John Merrick in The Elephant Man (Oscar-nominated for Best Actor) and Michael Cimino’s Heaven’s Gate, cemented his status as one of the greats, and marks a stellar 4-film run.

WEIRD – Lindsay Lohan Meets With Turkey’s Erdogan:

Lindsay Lohan on Friday met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Syrian refugee and blogger Bana Alabedin Istanbul. The meeting appeared to be aimed at drawing attention to the plight of Syrian refugees. Bana, who shot to stardom while tweeting about her and her mother’s day-to-day troubles in besieged Aleppo, posted a photo of the group’s meeting on Twitter, writing that she was meeting with Lohan and Erdogan “to support the people of Syria.” In a separate video of Lohan, she wrote, “Look who I am with. I have a new friend Lindsay Lohan.” Lohan offers a message in the video: “We want to send to all of the people in Syria and Aleppo suffering, and to all the refugees, we are here supporting you and you can hang on and be strong. Just like Bana has,” she said. The ‘Mean Girls’ star Lohan is rumored to have converted to Islam recently, and she has appeared on Turkish television praising Erdogan’s rule. The implausible meeting between the child refugee, strongman Turkish leader and former Hollywood wild child came as U.S. President Trump signed an executive order banning Syrian refugees from the U.S., along with refugees from six other countries.

Awash in overdoses, Seattle creates safe sites for addicts to inject illegal drugs: 

Officials in Seattle on Friday approved the nation’s first “safe-injection” sites for users of heroin and other illegal drugs, calling the move a drastic but necessary response to an epidemic of addiction that is claiming tens of thousands of lives each year. The sites — which offer addicts clean needles, medical supervision and quick access to drugs that reverse the effects of an overdose — have long been popular in Europe. Now, with the U.S. death toll rising, the idea is gaining traction in a number of American cities, including Boston, New York City and Ithaca, N.Y.


Report: Trump Sought to Scrap Electoral College:

President Donald Trump reportedly floated the idea of scrapping the Electoral College, according to The Wall Street Journal. In a meeting with congressional leadership at the White House this week, Trump reportedly told the lawmakers he wanted to replace the Electoral College with a national popular vote. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell shot down the idea, pointing specifically to the costly Florida recount in 2000 and the potential headache it could cause if such a recount were conducted on the level of the entire country. Trump’s reported consideration of scrapping the Electoral College comes despite having lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton, and still won the presidency because of the required 270 electoral vote threshold he crossed. After losing the popular vote by several million ballots, Trump has called for an investigation into alleged widespread voter fraud, for which there is no evidence.

Cleveland Indians Owner Discussing Logo Change With MLB:

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred and Cleveland Indians owner Paul Dolan have reportedly discussed a logo change for the team. The current “Chief Wahoo” logo, which has been in use since the 1940s, has been criticized as being offensive to Native Americans. The spotlight on the team has increased, however, as it is set to host the 2019 All-Star Game, and played in the World Series last season. “I’m not going to speculate about what I want the end of the process to be,” Manfred said, although he has said he “understands” why the logo is viewed as offensive. “I think that Paul has been fantastic about engaging in conversations. I want those conversations to continue, and I think we’ll produce a result that will be good for the Indians and good for baseball.” Manfred added that it would be premature to speculate on a potential outcome or agreement between the league and the Indians. While the logo remains in use, the team often wears caps displaying a red “C” rather than the “Wahoo” logo.

LBN-NOTICED:   ***Selena Gomez and The Weeknd are taking their romance to a different continent. The couple traveled to the Italian city of Florence, where they dined at Trattoria Borgo Antico for lunch. Plenty of pictures have popped up on social media, showing Selena and The Weeknd in the airport and getting into a car in an Italian piazza.   ***Former Republican nominee hopeful Jeb Bush and ex-Secretary of State John Kerry had a near run-in at New York restaurant ‘21’ on Thursday night. Both politicos were dining at separate tables at the popular eaterie — a regular haunt of President Donald Trump as well as former presidents including Bill Clinton.   ***Acclaimed security expert Kent Moyer held his 4th annual security lunch this week at the Beverly Hills Hotel featuring author Zudhi Jasser as a guest-speaker. ***Veteran entertainment industry attorney, Reid Nathan having lunch at Milo and Olive on Wilshire Blvd. in Santa Monica.

LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:   ***NBC’s shock cancellation of the third hour of “Today” has anchors shaking in their boots about further changes at 30 Rock. The 9am hour has been axed to create a spot for former Fox News star Megyn Kelly. Now strong rumors are swirling that Kelly is being groomed to take over Savannah Guthrie’s anchor spot on the flagship show. Kelly will first take over either the 9 a.m. hour from Tamron Halland Al Roker, or will replace Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford at 10 a.m.

LBN-BOOK NEWS:   ***For six decades, she has been the silent woman linked to one of the most notorious crimes in the nation’s history, the lynching of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old black boy, keeping her thoughts and memories to herself as millions of strangers idealized or vilified her. But all these years later, a historian says that the woman has broken her silence, and acknowledged that the most incendiary parts of the story she and others told about Emmett — claims that seem tame today but were more than enough to get a black person killed in Jim Crow-era Mississippi — were false. The woman, Carolyn Bryant Donham, spoke to Timothy B. Tyson, a Duke University professor — possibly the only interview she has given to a historian or journalist since shortly after the episode — who has written a book, “The Blood of Emmett Till,” to be published next week. In it, he wrote that she said of her long-ago allegations that Emmett grabbed her and was menacing and sexually crude toward her, “that part is not true.”

LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Barbara Hale, the Emmy Award-winning actress who typified the ideal mid-20th-century secretary as the beautiful, loyal, confident but soft-spoken Della Street on the television series “Perry Mason,” died on Thursday at her home in Los Angeles. She was 94. Her death was confirmed byJacqueline Stander, the agent for the actor William Katt, Ms. Hale’s son.   ***Chuck Stewart, who could not master the piano but succeeded indelibly with a camera, becoming a fixture in the jazz world with his photographs of John Coltrane,Dizzy Gillespie, Dinah Washington and many others, died on Jan. 20 in Teaneck, N.J. He was 89. His death was confirmed by Kim Stewart, his daughter-in-law.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Charles Krauthammer: The flurry of bold executive orders and of highly provocative Cabinet nominations (such as a secretary of education who actually believes in school choice) has been encouraging to conservative skeptics of Donald Trump. But it shouldn’t erase the troubling memory of one major element of Trump’s inaugural address.  The foreign policy section has received far less attention than so revolutionary a declaration deserved. It radically redefined the American national interest as understood since World War II. Trump outlined a world in which foreign relations are collapsed into a zero-sum game. They gain, we lose. As in: “For many decades, we’ve enriched foreign industry at the expense of American industry; subsidized the armies of other countries” while depleting our own. And most provocatively this: “The wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes and then redistributed all across the world.” Bernie Sanders believes that a corrupt establishment has ripped off the middle class to give to the rich. Trump believes those miscreants have given away our patrimony to undeserving, ungrateful foreigners as well.

LBN COMMENTARY by Michael Levine (media expert and author): Memo to politicians – If you occasionally display honest self-appraisal and even moments of remorse, you’d have the world rooting for you, not against you. ***Firing people is brutal even when it is totally necessary. ***Politicians who make soaring, poetic promises are dominating a game we are no longer playing.


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LBN – Late Breaking News – January 27, 2017

Buffett, Gates have hope for America after Trump ascension:

Bill Gates and Warren Buffett on Friday expressed optimism that the United States will move ahead as a nation, even as it works through political differences and gets used to the new Trump administration.
The world’s two richest people were speaking to students at Columbia University after U.S. President Donald Trumpstarted to unwind the work of his predecessor Barack Obamain a series of executive orders, prompting concern from critics over what the actions mean for Americans and their place in the world.
“I am confident that America will move ahead,” Buffett said.
Gates, meanwhile, said the desire for innovation and support for research are “strong” and “largely bipartisan,” despite differences on how to accomplish and fund both.
“This administration is new enough; we don’t know how its budget priorities are going to come out,” but there is much intensity to ensure that the executive branch and Congress encourage “amazing things,” Gates said.

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LBN – Special Report – Friday January 27, 2017

Miami-Dade Mayor: No More ‘Sanctuary’ Status Here:

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Giménez on Thursday ordered county jails to comply with federal requests on detaining undocumented immigrants, fearing the loss of federal dollars for defying executive orders. President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order threatening to cut federal grant dollars to counties or cities that don’t fully comply with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement policies. Miami-Dade has maintained so-called “sanctuary” status since 2013, refusing to indefinitely detain undocumented immigrants in the county. “In light of the provisions of the Executive Order, I direct you and your staff to honor all immigration detainer requests received from the Department of Homeland Security,” Giménez wrote in his new request.

NYT: Trump Plans More Aggressive Military Action Against ISIS:

President Trump is reportedly preparing a directive calling for U.S. forces to be more aggressive in fighting the Islamic State in Syria, a move which may pave the way for U.S. artillery on the ground and attack helicopters. The New York Times on Thursday cited White House officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, as saying Trump will give the Pentagon 30 days to map out new options for harder tactics in Syria. Trump has repeatedly declared a desire to build up and expand the military, and he repeatedly boasted about a secret plan to defeat ISIS during the presidential campaign. Defense Secretary James Mattis will reportedly be in charge of overseeing that new plan, which will focus on driving the terrorist group out of Raqqa and Mosul. Trump is expected to be present for Mattis’ swearing-in ceremony at the Pentagon on Friday, where he will also sign the new directive on ISIS, according to NYT.


Trump, Theresa May Prepare for First White House Meeting:

British Prime Minister Theresa May will be the first foreign leader to meet with Donald Trump at the White House on Friday, with a news conference to follow in the afternoon. “Sometimes, opposites attract,” she said of the potential to get along with the 45th president of the United States, despite their obvious differences. May on Thursday told Republicans that the two nations must “stand strong together.” She called the trip an “honor,” adding how exceptional it is to visit as “dawn breaks on a new era of American renewal.” She tempered such praise with warnings not to abandon the Iran nuclear deal and with advice to the U.S. to defend Russia’s neighboring countries. “The days of Britain and America intervening in sovereign countries in an attempt to remake the world in our own image are decisively over,” she said.

Judy Garland’s corpse makes cross-country trip:

Judy Garland’s remains have been moved from a New York mausoleum and transferred to a celebrity cemetery in Hollywood, according to reports. The transfer was made at the behest of the “Wizard of Oz” star’s daughter Liza Minnelli, because there isn’t enough space at Ferncliff Cemetery in Greenburgh for her children and grandchildren to be buried alongside her. Garland — whose kids are Minnelli, 70, Lorna Luft, 64, and Joey Luft, 61 — had been interred there since her death 48 years ago. On Thursday, her remains were flown from JFK Airport to Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles.

Suspected Florida Airport Gunman Indicted:

The gunman who allegedly attacked the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport earlier this month has been indicted on 22 counts related to the shooting rampage, in which he killed five people and injured another six. A federal grand jury ruled that Esteban Santiago, 26, be formally charged with 11 counts of causing death or bodily harm at an international airport, five counts of causing death during a crime of violence, and six counts of using a firearm during a crime of violence. If convicted, Santiago could face the death penalty. Santiago, an Iraq war veteran, reportedly told officials that he was the victim of government mind control. He lived in Anchorage, Alaska.

Inmates vow to bust El Chapo out of prison: 

Notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmanhas a new group of “hitmen” ready to bust him out of prison, according to a new report. Five tough-talking inmates shot a video inside a cell at the federal lockdown in, Taft, California, revealing their plans to help Guzman escape if he’s convicted of his American crimes and sent to their institution. “We are the hitmen who are going to take care of him,” one of the prisoner warned, The Los Angeles Times reported Thursday. “We want to tell the people this: If you bring ‘el señor’ here and if ‘el señor’ asks us to free him, we are going to take him out immediately,’” all five men pledge, speaking in Spanish.

WHO READS LBN? Peyton Manning:

Cathy Byrd’s New Memoir, ‘The Boy Who Knew Too Much’ Wins “Best of Los Angeles Award 2017” For Best Up-Coming Nonfiction Book:

Byrd’s memoir is a powerful and inspirational story about her young son’s vivid recollections of being a baseball player in the 1920s and ’30s. At the age of two, baseball prodigy Christian Haupt described historical facts about the life of Lou Gehrig thathe could not have possibly known at the time. Distraught by her son’s uncanny revelations, Christian’s mother, Cathy, embarked on a sacred journey of discovery that would shake her beliefs to the core and forever change her views on life and death. The “Best of Los Angeles Award” community was formed three years ago and consists of over 2,800 professional members living and working in Southern California. It celebrates the best people, places and things in Los Angeles with a slogan “No Ads. No B.S. Only the Best.” The Boy Who Knew Too Much, published by Hay House is on sale now and will be released in March 2017. “I am honored to have received this esteemed award from the Best of Los Angeles Award community. It is a real thrill to receive this positive feedback on my soon-to-be-published book,” says Byrd.

Origin Records To Release Sarah Partridge’s Tribute Album To Legendary Songwriter Janis Ian:

Jazz vocalist and songwriter Sarah Partridg announces the release ofher sixth CD, a salute to the legendary singer/songwriter, Janis Ian The album, titled “Bright Lights & Promises”. Redefining Janis Ian, will be released in mid- April on Seattle based, Origin Records. Now in her fifth decade of writing songs and performing, Janis Ian received her most recent Grammy nomination in 2016, making a total of 10 nominations and 2 wins over the years in 8 categories. Partridge, according to the New York Times, “belongs to a great tradition of jazz singers who use hard rhythm as a kind of emotional armor”. In addition to new arrangements of 11 Ian classics, the two singer/songwriters penned a couple of new songs for the forthcoming album… “A Quarter Past Heartache” and “Somebody’s Child”. They sing together on the former.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***It is almost boring how predictably good Alphabet’s earnings are these days — a trait not always shared by the company’s tech conglomerate peers. Apple is wildly profitable, but its results hinge on the fickle preferences of smartphone buyers who may or may not bemoved by the iPhone’s latest design. Amazon seems prepared to abandon quarterly profits to invest even more in faster delivery times or in another huge data center. Facebook is still young enough that a little volatility is not out of character.   ***The American economy finished 2016 on a soft note, the government reported on Friday, lowering the annual pace of growth to 1.6 percent, the lowest level in five years. That is less than half the rate President Trump vowed he could deliver during the campaign — a promise repeated on the White House website — and the economy’s underlying lack of momentum complicates the new administration’s plans. Indeed, it underscores why analysts say that Mr. Trump’s growth rate target of 4 percent is audacious at best, fanciful at worst, especially given the 2 percent or so growth that has prevailed since the current recovery began in 2009. Last year’s increase in output also represented a drop from the 2.6 percent rate recorded in 2015.   ***Not everyone is willing to wait in a line for a Starbucks fix. The coffee chain reported disappointing sales growth on Thursday and partly blamed the “congestion” in its stores for prompting some people to leave without buying anything. Starbucks said the popularity of its mobile order-and-pay option, which was supposed to make getting a drink easier, has caused bottlenecks at the areas where people pick up their drinks.


LBN-SPORTS INSIDER:   ***Rafael Nadal completed a slate of throwback finals at the Australian Open, beating Grigor Dimitrov, 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-7 (4), 6-4, in a battle that took 4 hours 56 minutes on Friday night. Nadal fell to the ground in relief when Dimitrov’s final backhand landed long to end a 13-shot rally on his third match point.

LBN-NOTICED:   ***Jay Z at an intimate Sundance reception at Main & Sky for his film project with Harvey Weinstein for Spike TV, “Time: The Kalief Browder Story”   ***Dennis Quaidin the audience of Cate Blanchett’s new play “The Present” in NYC.   ***Justin Bieber performing a surprise 30-minute set at the Peppermint Club in LA.    ***Ben Vereen at Broadway musical “A Bronx Tale” in NYC.   ***Dorinda Medley and John Mahdessian sharing a porterhouse for two at Royal 35 Steakhouse in NYC.   ***Luann de Lesseps and husband Tom D’Agostino Jr. dining at Santina.   ***Famed film producerMike Medavoy and media expert and author Michael Levinetalking about President Trump yesterday in the lobby of the Beverly Hills Hotel.   ***“Today” host Matt Lauer surprised his former co-star Katie Couric at a Manhattan eatery. Sources say that Lauer was at Fresco by Scotto with a party of 10, including “Today” colleague Al Roker and NBC News correspondent Keir Simmons, when he noticed Couric coincidently arrived.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:   ***“Live by Night” mostly fired blanks when it debuted in theaters in December, and its failure has resulted in a lot of financial carnage. The expensive gangster picture was a passion project for Ben Affleck, who directed, wrote, produced and starred in the story of a Florida rum runner. But critics ripped the picture, calling it dramatically inert and a muddle. That’s left Warner Bros., the studio behind the film flop, looking at a $75 million loss, according to insiders with knowledge of its financing and rival studio executives.

LBN-SPOTLIGHT: “Never esteem anything as an advantage to you that will make you break your word or lose your self-respect. —–

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: This is a column directed at high school and college students. I’m going to try to convey to you how astoundingly different the Republican Party felt when I was your age. The big guy then was Ronald Reagan. Temperamentally, though not politically, Reagan was heir to the two Roosevelts. He inherited a love of audacity from T.R. and optimism and charm from F.D.R. He had a sunny faith in America’s destiny and in America’s ability to bend global history toward freedom. He had a sunny faith in the free market to deliver prosperity to all. He had a sunny faith in the power of technology to deliver bounty and even protect us from nuclear missiles. He could be very hard on big government or the Soviet Union, but he generally saw the world as a welcoming place; he looked for the good news in others and saw the arc of history bending toward progress.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Kent Moyer: (Acclaimed security expert): Another simple solution for Ca. cites that want to be sanctuary cities. Defund them. The Federal Government gives 18 billion to California. A simple solution is to stop that funding. No argument, no hassle, & no negotiation.


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LBN – Special Report – Thursday January 26, 2017

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said he’s canceling his meeting with Trump:

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said he’s canceling his meeting next Tuesday with President Trump at the White House, just hours after Trump issued an ultimatum that Mexico scrap the visit if it won’t pay for a wall he plans to build along the U.S. border.

Trump Blocks Syrian Refugees and Orders Mexican Border Wall to Be Built: 

President Trump on Wednesday began a sweeping crackdown on illegal immigration, ordering the immediate construction of a border wall with Mexico and aggressive efforts to find and deport unauthorized immigrants. He planned additional actions to cut back on legal immigration, including barring Syrian refugees from entering the United States. At the headquarters of the Department of Homeland Security, Mr. Trump signed a pair of executive orders that paved the way for a border wall and called for a newly expanded force to sweep up immigrants who are in the country illegally. He revived programs that allow the federal government to work with local and state law enforcement agencies to arrest and detain unauthorized immigrants with criminal records and to share information to help track and deport them. He also planned to clamp down on legal immigration in another action expected as early as Thursday. An eight-page draft of that executive order, obtained by The New York Times, would indefinitely block Syrian refugees from entering the United States and bar all refugees from the rest of the world for at least 120 days.

‘Sanctuary City’ Mayors Vow to Defy Trump’s Immigration Order:

The mayors of American cities large and small reacted with outrage on Wednesday as President Trump signed an executive order saying he would halt funding to municipalities that did not cooperate with federal immigration officials. The defiant officials — from New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and smaller cities, including New Haven; Syracuse; and Austin, Tex., said they were prepared for a protracted fight. “We’re going to defend all of our people regardless of where they come from, regardless of their immigration status,” Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York said at a news conference with other city officials. In Chicago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel declared: “I want to be clear: We’re going to stay a sanctuary city. There is no stranger among us. Whether you’re from Poland or Pakistan, whether you’re from Ireland or India or Israel and whether you’re from Mexico or Moldova, where my grandfather came from, you are welcome in Chicago as you pursue the American dream.

Scientists: ‘Doomsday Clock’ Inches Closer to Apocalypse:

The so-called “Doomsday Clock” inched closer to the apocalypse, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists announced Thursday. The closer the minute-hand is to midnight, the closer the planet is to complete destruction. The organization says the clock, which now stands at 2.5 minutes until midnight, “conveys how close we are to destroying our civilization with dangerous technologies of our own making.” It was five minutes from midnight in 2014 and three minutes from midnight in 2015. The Bulletin said it was basing its decision off of President Donald Trump’s comments about nuclear weapons and climate change, among other items including “strident nationalism worldwide.”

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Since President Trump was elected, the stock market gained $2 trillion in wealth.

North Korean Defector Says Kim Jong-Un’s Control Is Crumbling: 

The highest-ranking defector from North Korea in years said on Wednesday that the days of the country’s leadership were “numbered,” and that its attempts to control outside information were not working because of corruption and discontent. “I am sure that more defections of my colleagues will take place, since North Korea is already on a slippery slope,” the defector,Thae Yong-ho, said during a news conference in Seoul, the capital of South Korea. “The traditional structures of the North Korean system are crumbling.” Mr. Thae had been the North’s No. 2 diplomat in London until he fled to the South last summer with his family. South Korea has hailed his defection as a sign of growing disillusionment among North Korean elites with the country’s leader, Kim Jong-un. Since December, Mr. Thae has given a series of interviews to share his dire view of today’s North Korea. Mr. Thae’s diagnosis of Mr. Kim’s rule is hardly new. Defectors from the North, as well as some conservative analysts and policy makers in the South, widely share that view. Still, it signaled a drastic change of roles for Mr. Thae.

WHO READS LBN? Actor Peter Dinklage:

LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:   ***They truly look like wonder women. Pregnant Natalie PortmanEmma StoneAmy Adams, Lupita Nyong’oRuth Negga, sisters Dakota Fanning and Elle FanningDakota JohnsonGreta GerwigAja Naomi King and Janelle Monáe are the stars of Vanity Fair‘s 2017 Hollywood issue, and the cover is nothing short of glamorous. Wearing hues of pink, gold and red, the A-list stars stare deadpan into the lens of famed photographer Annie Leibovitzs camera, proving that they really are the women running Hollywood.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***Facebook’s virtual reality effort, including its big bet on the virtual reality goggles maker Oculus VR, has a new leader. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, said in a post on Wednesday that Hugo Barra, a former executive at Google and the Chinese phone maker Xiaomi, was joining Facebook to lead its virtual reality business. The move puts to rest questions about who would assume direction of the efforts after Oculus ran into several hurdles, including an intellectual property lawsuit and leadership changes.   ***The Carnegie Deli in NYC may have closed — but its scandals continue. At an auction to sell the iconic restaurant’s equipment, the goods sold out in less than an hour — except one $10 KitchenAid coffee maker. “It had the name ‘Kay’ written on the box, the name of a former waitress and alleged mistress of the ex-husband of Marian Harper, the owner,” said a source at the sale. Added the source, “Marian was seen last week giving away two dozen old photos to loyal customers. Many wondered why — but most of those particular photos tossed included her ex or were taken by him.”

Travelers With Nut Allergies Clash With Airlines: 

Rosanne Bloom and her family had just settled into their seats on a flight from Philadelphia to Turks and Caicos Islands on Christmas morning when two airline employees ordered Dr. Bloom, her husband and two boys off the plane. Their luggage had already been removed. The problem? Dr. Bloom had informed the crew that her teenage sons had severe nut allergies. “I said, ‘We have our medicine. We brought our own food, and we’re comfortable staying on the plane.’ I offered to sign a waiver,” said Dr. Bloom, an orthodontist from Clarksville, Md. “We were off the plane in two minutes.” Matt Miller, a spokesman for American Airlines, said such decisions are left to the pilot. “The pilot determined it would be best for the family not to travel based on the severity of the allergy and the need to divert the airline if anyone were eating nuts,” he said.

LBN-SPOTLIGHT: Winner of the “Best of Los Angeles Award” Three (3) Years In A Row —– Best Computer Consultant —— Mr. David Slon —– —- (310) 788-3480

LBN-NOTICED:   ***Alan Cumming on the Upper West Side in NYC, stopping — despite having no umbrella in the rain — to give a lost passerby directions to a church.   **Ansel Elgortcelebrating Violetta Komyshan’s 21st birthday with friends at Sugar Factory in the Meatpacking District in NYC. Elgort had the restaurant make her a pink Barbie cake as she’s a huge fan of the doll.   ***Huma Abedin dining with Marie Claire’s Anne Fulenwider at Michael’s New York.


Madonna should be arrested for White House remark, says Gingrich:

Republican former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says Madonna “ought to be arrested” for telling the crowd at the women’s rights march in Washington that she’s “thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House.” During an interview on “Fox & Friends” on Monday, Gingrich said Madonna is part of “an emerging left-wing fascism.” In a statement Sunday on Instagram, Madonna said she was trying to express that there are two ways to respond toDonald Trump’s election: with hope or with outrage. She said she hopes to effect change “with love.” Gingrich says Madonna changed her tune because “she now understands she’s at risk.”

LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Mary Tyler Moore, whose witty and graceful performances on two top-rated television shows in the 1960s and ’70s helped define a new vision of American womanhood, died on Wednesday in Greenwich, Conn. She was 80. Her family said her death, at Greenwich Hospital, was caused by cardiopulmonary arrest after she had contracted pneumonia.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Michael Levine (Media expert and author – ) : Flirting is a series of nonverbal and verbal actions we do when expressing our interest in or attraction to another person. It is playful, nonthreatening, and sometimes subconscious. It’s about displaying and reading body language.


LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Scarlett Johansson didn’t just smile through the pain. She traveled, entertained, worked, promoted, bantered and marched through it. All of which probably helped ease the pain in the meantime, but…we digress. The news broke seemingly out of nowhere yesterday that Johansson and her husband of two years, Romain Dauriac, had separated. And though we know by now that there’s no such thing as “out of nowhere” when it comes to a celebrity’s marriage, the Lost in Translation star really kept a lid on this development, aided in part by the fact that she and Dauriac have largely split their time between France and New York since tying the knot.   ***Legendary singer-songwriter Neil Diamond has purchased a Malibu estate for $7.25 million, says real estate gossip Yolanda of Yolanda’s Little Black Book. Diamond bought the house just off Pacific Coast Highway through an LLC in November 2016. It appears Diamond scored a gem of a deal, because the sellers paid $8.15 million for the home in August 2010.

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LBN – Special Report – Wednesday January 25, 2017

WOW! Dow hits 20,000 for first time ever:

The Dow Jones industrial average eclipsed 20,000 on Wednesday for the first time ever, boosted by optimism around President Donald Trump’s pro-growth policies. Traders cheered from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange as the blue-chip index hit the historic mark. The benchmark index has risen nearly 1,800 points since Trump swept to victory on Nov. 8. The rally in the Dow — which had stalled in recent weeks after peaking at 19,999.63 on Jan. 6 — was reignited by Trump’s signing of numerous executive orders since his inauguration on Friday, including the go-ahead to move forward with the construction of two controversial oil pipelines.

Trump Threatens Federal Intervention in Chicago, Citing ‘Carnage’:

President Trump threatened federal intervention in Chicago onTuesday night if the city does not do more to address violent crime, resurfacing a criticism he made during the presidential campaign. “If Chicago doesn’t fix the horrible ‘carnage’ going on, 228 shootings in 2017 with 42 killings (up 24% from 2016), I will send in the Feds!” he said on Twitter just before 9:30 p.m. The tweet came after the evening broadcast on Fox News of “The O’Reilly Factor,” which featured a segment in which the host, Bill O’Reilly, explored whether and how the federal government could intervene in combating violent crime by having federal authorities prosecute some cases or calling in the National Guard.

EXTREME VETTING – Report: Trump to Sign Immigration Orders:

President Trump is expected to sign a number of executive orders on Wednesday which would restrict immigration from Syria and six other Middle Eastern or African countries,according to a number of people briefed on the matter in a Reuters report. Another one of the orders will reportedly block visas from being issued to Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. Trump’s purported restrictions may also include a temporary ban on admitting refugees from countries until the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security can increase the intensity of vetting. Additionally, The New York Times reported on Tuesday night that it is Trump’s intention to sign an executive order on Wednesday which would direct federal funds to be shifted towards building a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Corey Lewandowski, Robby Mook Team Up For Paid Speeches:

The former rival campaign managers for presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump plan to embark on a paid speaking circuit, where they will profit from their experience trying to take one another down. Robby Mook, of Clinton’s campaign, and Corey Lewandowski, of Trump’s campaign, will reportedly offer a “future-focused look at why Trump won.” They market themselves as an “entertaining pair sure to keep any audience engaged.”


Usain Bolt Loses Gold Medal Over Teammate’s Failed Doping Test:

Famed Jamaican Olympian Usain Bolt has lost a gold medal—one of his nine titles–after a teammate failed a doping test. Bolt, known as the world’s greatest track-and-field star, was stripped of the honor after Nesta Carter tested positive for a banned substance during a reanalysis of urine and blood samples from the Beijing Olympic Games. Carter is the sixth fastest 100m runner of all time. He did not compete in Rio.

Trump Adviser Gary Cohn Gets $100M Goldman Payout:

President Trump’s top economic adviser, Gary Cohn, will leave his post at Goldman Sachs with a payout worth more than $100 million. The former second-in-command at the Wall Street firm has been tapped by the commander-in-chief to head the National Economic Council. Cohn worked at the investment bank for 25 years, but he was forced to cut ties with the company in order to follow government ethics rules. Goldman announced it will pay Cohn $65 million for long-term bonuses, pay out stock awards worth $35 million and allow Cohn to sell $23 million in locked-up shares. After taxes, he will end up with just over $100 million.

Russian Cybersecurity Expert Arrested:

A top manager at Russia’s biggest cybersecurity firm, taskedwith investigating hacks, has been arrested and reportedly charged with treason. Kaspersky Lab confirmed Wednesday that Ruslan Stoyanov, head of the company’s computer incidents investigations unit, was arrested in December 2016, along with a senior Russian FSB intel officer. Both reportedly face treason charges for undisclosed reasons. According to a company spokeswoman, the charges have nothing to do with Kaspersky’s operations and allegedly date back to before Stoyanov was hired. According to USA Today, it wasn’t clear whether the charges have anything to do with allegations that Russian hackers have attempted to meddle with elections abroad, most famously including the United States.


Orwell’s ‘1984’ Becomes #1 Seller on Amazon:

George Orwell‘s dystopian novel “1984” has seen a huge surge in sales after Donald Trump‘s White House introduced the idea of “alternative facts” over the weekend. The novel, about a totalitarian state that depends on propaganda to control its citizens, made it onto Amazon’s best-sellers’ chart on Monday, just after the White House press secretary was widely criticized for misstating facts. After Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway explained that the inaccurate information provided by the press secretary was actually just “alternative facts,” sales of “1984” just kept climbing, making it to the top spot on Tuesday night, according to CNN. The surge in demand has now reportedly prompted the publisher, Penguin, to start making more copies, with a 75,000 copy reprint ordered this week. It’s unclear if Conway’s comments are to thank for the novel’s newfound popularity, but the timing certainly suggests that the White House’s “facts” fiasco reminded many people of Orwell’s Ministry of Truth.

Peter Thiel Has New Zealand Citizenship:

Peter Thiel, the billionaire, Trump-supporting tech mogul who personally financed the destruction of Gawker over a personal grudge, reportedly gained New Zealand citizenship in 2011. The typical process for obtaining citizenship in New Zealand, The New York Times reported Wednesday, includes living in the island country for at least 70 percent of the year. Thiel has not done so, but he reportedly does own “lavish properties” there, including an estate on “sensitive land,” which the PayPal founder purchased for roughly $10 million.

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:

A Secret Service agent is under fire for saying she’d rather do jail time than “take a bullet” for President Trump, it was revealed Tuesday. In an October Facebook post, Kerry O’Grady, the agent in charge of the Denver district, said Trump would be a “disaster” for the nation, the Washington Examiner reported. In an interview with the newspaper, O’Grady said the post, which she took down after a few days, wasn’t meant to be taken literally.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:   ***’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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