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REX TILLERSON’S TIES WITH RUSSIA

President-elect Donald Trump has selected Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson as nominee for secretary of state. FYI: Tillerson negotiated an energy partnership with Russian president Vladimir Putin in 2011 that Putin said could be worth $500 billion.

MONSANTO SUED BY WASHINGTON

Washington has become the first state to sue Monsanto over pervasive
pollution from PCB’s (the toxic industrial chemicals that accumulate in
plants, fish and people).

ANDY PUZDER SCANDAL, MACY’S AD CAMPAIGN, HAZEL & ARNOLD DONALD

Shortly after Donald Trump announced he would nominate Andy Puzder as Labor Dept. Secretary, the Riverfront Times pointed out that his now-ex-wife, Lisa Henning, had accused him in a 1980s divorce filing that he physically abused her on two occasions: punched her in their car; struck and choked her in their home in 1986. Puzder denied the allegations.

Carnival CEO Arnold Donald and his wife, Hazel, have opted to buy a $2.4 million house in Ladue. . .Macy’s is running three holiday ad campaigns for the upcoming holidays with different messaging: a 90-second spot, “Old Friends” on Facebook; “The Santa Project” with a two-and-a-half-minute documentary video on Instagram’s Marquee takeover ads. . .The late and beloved Mo. Supreme Court justice Richard Teitelman will be honored posthumously at a luncheon as “lawyer of the year.” The event, hosted by Missouri Lawyers Weekly will be 11 a.m., Jan. 27 at the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark.

GOV. NIXON TO JOIN CLAYTON LAW FIRM

Gov. Jay Nixon will join the Clayton law firm, Dowd Bennett, next year.

ANDY PUZDER, ARCHBISHOP TIMOTHY DOLAN, “HAIRSPRAY LIVE”

Prez-elect Donny’s new Labor Dept. pick, Andrew Puzder, is of course, deeply conservative. (Ask any local pro-choice activist about his battle with the now-shuttered Reproductive Health Services here decades ago.) But he’s shown a soft spot on Trump’s signature issue, immigration. Puzder once wrote that (“the GOP”) should be the party of immigration reform. (Many undocumented immigrants) live in fear of being deported, losing what they’ve built and being separated from their families.”

IN A DOCUMENT PUBLISHED YESTERDAY, “The Gift of the Priestly Vocation,” the Vatican reaffirmed its position that gay men are barred from entering Catholic seminaries. Following its publication New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan reportedly said that a gay man with a strong vocation to become a priest “shouldn’t be discouraged.”

EARLY NIELSEN MEDIA RATINGS FOR LAST NIGHT’S NBC MUSICAL “HAIRSPRAY LIVE!” are lower than any previous musicals on the network drawing 8.9 million viewers, a 25 percent drop from last year’s “The Wiz Live.” Next in 2017: “Bye Bye Birdie” with Jennifer Lopez.

JOHN DUBINSKY OUT AT CORTEX

Hank Webber, exec veep administration at WashU, has been tapped to succeed John Dubinsky as chairman of the Cortex innovation district effective Jan. 1, reports the St. Louis Business Journal.

FIONA APPLE SINGS ANTI-TRUMP VIDEO

Fiona Apple has sung a parody on Tumblr video of Nat King Cole’s “The Christmas Song” (“Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire”): “Trump’s nuts roasting on an open fire/As he keeps nipping at his foes/They know that Trump is on his way/he’s got black boys in hoodies locked up on his sleigh.”

ANHEUSER-BUSCH InBev & SUPER BOWL

The Deutsch ad agency is creating the television ads for Anheuser-Busch InBev’s Busch and Bud Light debut on the Feb. 3 telecast of the Super Bowl. The brewery has increased media spending for the brands adding 10 weeks of national television time. . .In Pontiac Park, the Soulard Beautification Committee will soon install two iron bench sculptures made by the late Bob Cassilly. (It’s hard to believe he’s been gone for five years.) Kudos to Richard Eason. Alan Jankowski and Molly’s owner Luke Reynolds (who found the sculptures wrapped in plastic in Cassilly’s studio). . .Branson, MO-based Ride the Ducks International, that made the duck boat involved in a deadly crash in Seattle, has agreed to pay up to $1 million in civil penalties under a consent order. . .Retired Post-Dispatch scribe Robert Kelly is now an instructor at SIUE. . .The latest New Yorker magazine profiles Ritchie Torres of the NYC City Council. A product of public housing (who heads the Council’s housing committee), he’s the youngest elected official in the city and the first openly gay pol to win at the polls in the Bronx. Gracing the wall of his office: a large photo of our town’s Pruitt-Igoe. . .Just so you know: Vinyl records are making a big comeback in parts of the nation outselling digital downloads.

GOV. JAY NIXON & MEDICAID

Today, Gov. Jay Nixon restricted $51 million in Medicaid and other spending to make nearly $4 million available to support schools, law enforcement, higher education and mental health.

PEARL HARBOR: 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF DECEMBER 7, 1941

“The attack would happen on a Sunday morning, a time when most sailors would be sleeping. . .Waves of carrier-launched Japanese dive-bombers would drop from the skies, unloading torpedoes and bombs that would sink destroyers and demolish airplanes, forever ending America’s naval presence in the Pacific.” – Bill O’Reilly/Martin Dugard “Killing the Rising Sun”

At 7:48 a.m. Hawaiian time, the Imperial Japanese Navy conducted a savage attack on the U.S. Naval base in Pearl Harbor leading to our country’s entry into World War II. More than 2,400 Americans were killed and 1,178 wounded in what President Franklin Roosevelt proclaimed Dec. 7, “the date which will live in infamy.”

August 6, 1945, the bulbous 8,900-pound atomic bomb, Little Boy, was dropped from the B-29 (Enola Gay) on Hiroshima. New York Times editorial: “Yesterday, man unleashed the atom to destroy man, and another chapter in human history opened, a chapter in which the weird, the strange, the horrible becomes the trite and obvious. We clinched victory in the Pacific, but sowed the whirlwind.”


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