LBN – Monday, December 11th, 2017

*CLOSE CALL – Suspect With Bomb in Custody Following NYC Transit Explosion

A bomb exploded in one of Manhattan’s busiest transit terminals Monday morning, authorities said. Police officers and fire trucks swarmed the Port Authority Bus Terminal near Times Square following a blast at 7:30 a.m. One person is in custody and has been transported to a hospital due to injuries caused by the explosion. The bomb was strapped to the suspect’s person when it detonated, apparently prematurely, in a passageway between two subway platforms, The New York Times reported. Police stripped the man naked to remove the device, the Times added. The FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force is leading the investigation. President Trump has been briefed on the explosion, the White House said. The bus terminal is the nation’s largest and handles about 230,000 passengers every weekday.

*TERRIFYING – U.S. Officials See Biological-Weapons Threat in North Korea

U.S. officials are warning that North Korea’s suspected biological-weapons program poses a rapidly intensifying threat amid heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula, The Washington Post reports. Pyongyang has long been suspected of conducting a biological-warfare program in tandem with its nuclear program, but U.S. officials and analysts say new factories and labs suggest the program is further along than previously thought—and Kim Jong Un may be ready to use chemical or biological agents on U.S. or South Korean troops. “The capabilities—the science and technology—all of that now exists,” one senior U.S. official was quoted as saying. “Kim has chosen not to deploy at this time. But ultimately it comes down to a political decision,” the official said. U.S. and South Korean intelligence agencies suspect Pyongyang has experimented with bacterial strains that cause anthrax, cholera, and plague.

*DID YOU KNOW? Did you know that LBN is read daily in 26 foreign countries, from China to India, from Germany to Japan, from France to Mexico, from South Africa to Russia, from Korea to Sweden, from Israel to England?

*NEW NORMAL? – Firefighters Prepare for Another Week of Raging California Wildfires

Southern California emergency workers prepared for a second week of catastrophic flames as firefighters said they expect more growth and danger in the coming days thanks to strong wind, no rain, and dry vegetation. “This is the new normal,” Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown said Saturday, after he surveyed the damage caused by the Ventura fire. While new evacuations were ordered in Montecito and Carpinteria, the percentage of fire containment did increase Sunday in Los Angeles, San Diego, and Riverside. The Thomas Fire in Santa Barbara County threatens the homes of civilians and celebrities alike, including Oprah Winfrey, Rob Lowe, and Ellen Degeneres. Winfrey tweeted her prayers for the community: “Peace be Still, is my prayer tonight. For all the fires raging thru my community and beyond. #peacebestill”

*WITHDRAWAL – Putin Visits Syria Airbase, Orders Start of Pullout

Russian President Vladimir Putin made an unannounced visit to Syria on Monday and ordered the return of a portion of Russian troops to their native country.  Syrian President Bashar Assad greeted Putin at the Hmeimim air base, according to the Interfax news agency reports. “I order the defense minister and the chief of general staff to start withdrawing the Russian group of troops to their permanent bases,” Putin said, per the RIA Novosti news agency. “I have taken a decision: a significant part of the Russian troop contingent located in Syria is returning home to Russia.”

*Former Facebook Exec: Social Media is Ripping Apart Society:

Facebook’s former vice president for user growth Chamath Palihapitiya recently gave a talk at the Stanford Graduate School of Business that’ll probably make you think twice about your social media use (via the Verge). The entire talk is well worth a watch, but some of his most prominent remarks included: That he feels “tremendous guilt” about Facebook. “I think we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works.” “The short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops we’ve created [including the hearts, likes, and thumbs up of various social media channels] are destroying how society works.” He added, “[There’s] no civil discourse, no cooperation; [only] misinformation, mistruth. And it’s not an American problem–this is not about Russians ads. This is a global problem.” Regarding an incident in which seven innocent men in India were lynched after a hoax about kidnappings spread through WhatsApp: “That’s what we’re dealing with. And imagine taking that to the extreme, where bad actors can now manipulate large swathes of people to do anything you want. It’s just a really, really bad state of affairs.” Unsurprisingly, when it comes to social media, his children “aren’t allowed to use that shit.”

*Doug Jones Holds 10-Point Lead over Roy Moore in Fox Poll: 

Democrat Doug Jones holds a 10-point lead over Republican Roy Moore among likely voters in deep red Alabama. Greater party loyalty plus higher interest in the election among Democrats combined with more enthusiasm among Jones supporters gives him the advantage in the race to fill the U.S. senate seat previously held by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. That’s according to a Fox News Poll of Alabama voters conducted Thursday through Sunday using traditional polling techniques, including a list-based probability sample with both landlines and cellphones.

*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:  ***France has long been known for its open hostility to corporations and its suspicion of personal wealth. Taxes were high, regulations were baffling and “It’s not possible” was the default answer to any question — if a company could even find the right person to ask. Now, the country is in the midst of a sweeping attempt at national rebranding. Labor laws are being changed to make hiring and firing easier. New legislation has slashed a “wealth tax” that was said to drive millionaires out of the country. Courts with English-speaking judges are in the works, and a new international school is under construction to cater to the children of foreign executives.   ***The chief executive of Volkswagen said on Sunday that the German government should consider phasing out the subsidies that encourage Europeans to buy diesel cars, a startling change of position by the company largely responsible for diesel’s popularity in Europe. “We should question the logic and purpose of diesel subsidies,” Matthias Müller, the chief executive of Volkswagen, said in an interview with the German newspaper Handelsblatt. “The money can be invested more sensibly to promote more environmentally friendly technologies.”

*LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:   ***Saudi Arabia announced on Monday it will allow movie theaters to open in the conservative kingdom next year, for the first time in more than 35 years, in the latest social push by the country’s young crown prince. It’s a stark reversal in a county where movie theaters were shut down in the 1980′s during a wave of ultraconservatism in the country. Many of Saudi Arabia’s clerics view Western movies and even Arabic films made in Egypt and Lebanon as sinful. Despite decades of ultraconservative dogma, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has sought to ram through a number of major social reforms with support from his father, King Salman.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: In ancient Egypt, cosmetics were an integral part of hygiene, health, and ritual. Pills and creams protected against the sun and dry winds, and oils were used in perfumes in religious rituals.

*LBN-HEALTH WATCH:   ***The potentially harmful effects of loneliness and social isolation on health and longevity, especially among older adults, are well established. For example, in 2013  there was a report by The Daily Beast finding that loneliness can impair health by raising levels of stress hormones and inflammation, which in turn can increase the risk of heart disease, arthritis, Type 2 diabetes, dementia and even suicide attempts. Among older people who reported they felt left out, isolated or lacked companionship, the ability to perform daily activities like bathing, grooming and preparing meals declined and deaths increased over a six-year study period relative to people who reported none of these feelings. Writing for The New York Times’s department The Upshot last December, Dr. Dhruv Khullar, a physician and researcher at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York, cited evidence for disrupted sleep, abnormal immune responses and accelerated cognitive decline among socially isolated individuals, which he called “a growing epidemic.” As research moves forward on these topics, scientists are gaining a more refined understanding of the effects of loneliness and isolation on health. They are also looking into factors such as who is likely to be most seriously affected, and what kinds of interventions may reduce the associated risks.

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Duran Duran played an intimate show of hits and songs from their latest album “Paper Gods,” at Miami Beach’s Faena Theater on Saturday in front of stars, including Gerard Butler, Matthew McConaughey, and hotelier and investor Barry Sternlicht. “Matthew was incognito with a bandanna and sunglasses, inside, at night,” says the spy.   ***Former studio boss Sherry Lansing and her director husband, William Friedkin, hosted a book party for “No Room for Small Dreams” by late Israel president Shimon Peres at their LA home according to sources. The tome, which has been dubbed a “poignant work of memoir and history” by critics, was published in September, after the leader’s death last year. Attendees included Peres’ son Chemi Peres, power attorney Martin Singer, producers John Goldwyn, Mike Medavoy, Robert Cort and Nick Meyer, Sunset Tower guru Jeff Klein, “48 Hrs.” screenwriter Walter Hill, Vicki Iovine and financial adviser Paul Wachter.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: The conclusion to a five part conversation – “Without Notes” with Susan Estrich – Episode 5: That Was Then, This Is Now. —

*LBN-SPORTS INSIDER:   ***Former Detroit Tigers teammates Jack Morris and Alan Trammell were elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame on Sunday, completing the journey from Motown to Cooperstown. Morris, a big-game pitcher, and Trammell, a star shortstop, were picked by a 16-member Modern Baseball Era committee that considered 10 candidates whose biggest contributions came from 1970 to 1987. Morris received 14 votes and Trammell drew 13, one more than the minimum needed.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: A Millennial vs A Baby Boomer –



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*LBN-VIDEO LINK: A Gaythering Storm —

*LBN-HISTORICAL COMMENTARY by Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird):  Sometimes the Bible in the hand of one man is worse than a whisky bottle in the hand of (another).


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Perhaps surprisingly, Beyoncé taught her former stylist to be frugal. “The best lesson that [Beyoncé’s mom] Tina Knowles and Beyoncé have taught me is to just have confidence,” says Ty Hunter, who styled the singer from early in her career until 2016. “It’s not about the clothes — you were not born with clothes on. Fashion starts from within, not money. The last two Fashion Weeks, every day I wore something from the Goodwill and Salvation Army — everything was under $25.”   ***Jane Fonda used her 80th birthday celebration to raise $1.3 million for her foundation. The two-time Oscar-winner held the “Eight Decades of Jane” fundraiser at an upscale hotel Saturday night. The event recognized Fonda’s life achievements along with her foundation, Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential, which she created in 1995. The Atlanta-based nonprofit focuses on teen pregnancy prevention and adolescent health.


LBN E-Lert Edited By Dan Gaylord

LBN – Sunday, December 10th, 2017

*FALLOUT –  Clashes Erupt Near U.S. Embassy in Beirut

Lebanese security forces blocked protesters from reaching the U.S. Embassy in Beirut on Sunday in a violent protest against President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Demonstrators set fires in the street and hurled projectiles at security forces who had barricaded the road leading to the embassy, Reuters reports. The violence came amid a wave of unrest following Trump’s policy change last week, with an Israeli security guard also stabbed in Jerusalem on Sunday. The guard was seriously wounded and his attacker arrested after the incident, the first such attack on Israeli law enforcement since Trump’s announcement. World leaders have called on Trump to rethink his decision, warning that the Jerusalem move is likely to unleash further violence in the region. At least two Palestinians were killed and dozens others were wounded earlier this week during clashes with Israeli forces in the West Bank.

*DISTURBING –  South Carolina Serial Killer Says He Has More Victims

Convicted serial killer Todd Kohlhepp has sent an eight-page letter to a South Carolina news outlet claiming he has several more undiscovered victims. Kohlhepp, who was convicted of killing seven people earlier this year, told the Herald-Journal of Spartanburg that he racked up “more than seven” victims prior to his 2016 arrest. “It’s not an addition problem, it’s a multiplication problem. Leaves the state and leaves the country. Thank you private pilot’s license,” he was quoted as saying. “At this point, I really don’t see reason to give numbers or locations,” he said. Kohlhepp claims his attempts to warn authorities of more victims were “blown off.” Don Wood, chief division counsel with the FBI’s field office in Columbia, told the paper the bureau has an investigation pending into the matter. Kohlhepp was sentenced to life in prison after his trial last May. The former owner of a real estate business, his crimes took place over more than a decade and he was caught only after police found a woman chained up on his property in 2016.

*California Governor Blames Devastating Wildfires on Climate Change – Says Deadly Winter Infernos Will Be ‘The New Normal’:

California’s governor has said that deadly wildfires in the winter will be ‘the new normal’, as fire crews rushed to contain the fires, with dry desert winds expected to intensify over the weekend. Governor Jerry Brown on Saturday toured Ventura County neighborhoods ravaged by a week-long wildfire that killed at least one person and destroyed hundreds of homes and other buildings. At a news conference, the Democrat said drought and climate change mean California faces a ‘new reality’ where lives and property are continually threatened by fire, at a cost of billions of dollars. He added that gusty winds and low humidity are continuing and warned that there’s a good chance of seeing ‘firefighting at Christmas’.

*Trump’s Hour-by-Hour Battle for Self-Preservation:

Around 5:30 each morning, President Trump wakes and tunes into the television in the White House’s master bedroom. He flips to CNN for news, moves to “Fox & Friends” for comfort and messaging ideas, and sometimes watches MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” because, friends suspect, it fires him up for the day. Energized, infuriated — often a gumbo of both — Mr. Trump grabs his iPhone. Sometimes he tweets while propped on his pillow, according to aides. Other times he tweets from the den next door, watching another television. Less frequently, he makes his way up the hall to the ornate Treaty Room, sometimes dressed for the day, sometimes still in night clothes, where he begins his official and unofficial calls. As he ends his first year in office, Mr. Trump is redefining what it means to be president. He sees the highest office in the land much as he did the night of his stunning victory over Hillary Clinton — as a prize he must fight to protect every waking moment, and Twitter is his Excalibur. Despite all his bluster, he views himself less as a titan dominating the world stage than a maligned outsider engaged in a struggle to be taken seriously, according to interviews with 60 advisers, associates, friends and members of Congress. For other presidents, every day is a test of how to lead a country, not just a faction, balancing competing interests. For Mr. Trump, every day is an hour-by-hour battle for self-preservation. He still relitigates last year’s election, convinced that the investigation by Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel, into Russia’s interference is a plot to delegitimize him. Color-coded maps highlighting the counties he won were hung on the White House walls.


*ANCIENT ARTIFACTS –  Two 3,500-Year-Old Tombs Discovered in Egypt

Egyptian officials have excavated two tombs dating back to the 18th Dynasty in the southern city of Luxor. Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani announced the discovery on Saturday, declaring an “exceptional day” for the country after unearthing the final resting places of two ancient officials. “It’s the first time to enter these two tombs,” al-Anani told reporters. The tombs, located in an ancient cemetery for noblemen and top officials on the west bank of the Nile River, were previously known but had never been opened. Archaeologists found wooden funerary masks, clay vessels, hundreds of statues, and a linen-wrapped mummy among the many artifacts. The mummy is thought to belong to a top official from the early 18th Dynasty.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Despite decades of public health efforts to educate the public on the importance of protection from UV radiation, over 30 million people a year tan indoors in the United States. Approximately 71% of tanning salon patrons are girls and women aged 16-29.

*With 2020 Census Looming, Worries About Fairness and Accuracy:

Census experts and public officials are expressing growing concerns that the bedrock mission of the 2020 census — an accurate and trustworthy head count of everyone in the United States — is imperiled, with worrisome implications. Preparations for the count already are complicated by a sea change in the census itself: For the first time, it will be conducted largely online instead of by mail. But as the Census Bureau ramps up its spending and work force for the 2020 count, it is saddled with problems. Its two top administrative posts are filled by placeholders. Years of under-funding by Congress and cost overruns on the digital transition have forced the agency to pare back its preparations, including abandoning two of the three trial runs of the overhauled census process.

*LBN-HEALTH WATCH:   ***Having health insurance is supposed to save you money on your prescriptions. But increasingly, consumers are finding that isn’t the case. Patrik Swanljung found this out when he went to fill a prescription for a generic cholesterol drug. In May, Mr. Swanljung handed his Medicare prescription card to the pharmacist at his local Walgreens and was told that he owed $83.94 for a three-month supply. Alarmed at that price, Mr. Swanljung went online and found Blink Health, a start-up, offering the same drug — generic Crestor — for $45.89. It had struck a better deal than did his insurer, UnitedHealthcare. “It’s completely ridiculous,” said Mr. Swanljung, 72, who lives in Anacortes, Wash.

*LBN-SPORTS INSIDER:   ***The New York Yankees are set to acquire 2017 National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton from the Miami Marlins, according to multiple news reports. A source cited by ESPN on Saturday said Yankees infielder Starlin Castro would join the Marlins as part of the deal, which is not yet official. The Marlins would also receive Yankees prospects Jorge Guzman and Jose Devers. Stanton currently has a no-trade clause in his 13-year contract, though he has previously said the Yankees are a team he’d waive that clause for.   ***Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield won the Heisman Trophy on Saturday, completing a climb from walk-on to one of the most accomplished players in the history of college football. Mayfield, the brash, flag-planting Sooners star, became the sixth Oklahoma player to win the Heisman in one of the most lopsided votes ever. He received 86 percent of the total points available, the third-highest percentage in Heisman history.

*LBN-NOTICED:  ***Michael Bay at LIV nightclub at Miami’s Fontainebleau as producer Diplo took over the turntables.

*LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:   ***Mike Berkowitz is bringing his formidable roster of comedy touring clients to WME. The longtime APA agent has landed at WME, a day after announcing his intent to exit APA when his contract expires at the end of this month.

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Actor Steve Reevis, known for his roles in “Fargo” and “Last of the Dogmen,” has died. He was 55. Reevis passed Thursday at a hospital in Missoula, Montana. The cause of death was not immediately clear.



Without a doubt, SoundCloud is God’s gift to indie music. It’s a simple, bare-bones service that allows anyone to upload and download music under a variety of licenses, and embed uploaded tracks across the web. It’s effortless and has a novel timed annotation feature, allowing people to discuss music in an entirely new way. SoundCloud is great, and if you want to hear the next big thing before the labels do, SoundCloud is where to look.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: The Ultimate Masterclass In How To Be A Family —

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Maureen DowdAlan Simpson was appalled by the injustice of it all. Back in 1991, during the incendiary Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas hearings, the salty Republican senator from Wyoming was very concerned at the idea that a woman would wait many years after a disturbing encounter and then “come out of the night like a missile and destroy a man.” It has been a rough spell for men whose primal fear is women coming out of the night like missiles.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Jim Reische:  It would be nice to live in a world in which errors weren’t necessary. Or would it?Miles Davis left behind a quote that I think captures the beauty of a world in which mistakes are natural or even valued: “It’s not the note you play that’s the wrong note — it’s the note you play afterwards that makes it right or wrong.” Our children deserve the opportunity to play the music for themselves.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Euny Hong (author of “The Birth of Korean Cool): If there are such things as “Korean beauty secrets” they seem to amount to this: Put a lot of time, money and energy into your skin, and you’ll probably see results (just don’t export too much to China).

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Frank Bruni: It used to be that when someone called me an abomination, I was in the presence of a homophobe. But a recent opinion column in Texas State University’s main newspaper damned me for a different reason. I’m abominable because I’m white. The column wasn’t aimed at me personally but at my kind, and the Hispanic student who wrote it began by saying that “of all the white people” he had ever encountered, there were a dozen or so who rose to the level of “decent.” The allowance that 12 of us passed muster was perhaps the most generous passage in a screed that had an unambiguous message for white people, be they “good-hearted liberals” or “right-wing extremists.”


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*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Comedian Chelsea Handler is coming under fire for tweeting a vulgar video that mocks White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders‘ weight and physical appearance. The video – a promotion for Handler’s Netflix series – is a fake step-by-step makeup tutorial, featuring comedy writer Fortune Feimster as Sanders. Each step of the fake tutorial is accompanied by crude jokes that ridicule – among other things – Sanders’ face, Trump and Republicans.   ***Gwyneth Paltrow bailed on her own Goop Art Basel Miami dinner due to LA wildfires threatening her home. She had been due to celebrate the opening of Goop Gift, a pop-up in Miami’s Design District, followed by a dinner at developer Craig Robins’ home. Paltrow sent a note saying that she was unable to attend at the last moment due to an emergency evacuation.

LBN E-Lert Edited By Dan Gaylord

LBN – Saturday, December 9th, 2017

*MISSION ACCOMPLISHED – Iraqi PM Declares Country ‘Liberated’ From ISIS

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi on Saturday declared the end of a three-year war to root out Islamic State militants from the country after the “liberation” of the Iraq-Syria border. “Our forces are in complete control of the Iraqi-Syrian border and I therefore announce the end of the war against Daesh (IS),” Abadi said at a press conference in Baghdad. “Our enemy wanted to kill our civilization, but we have won through our unity and our determination. We have triumphed in little time,” he was quoted as saying by Agence France-Presse. The announcement comes after Iraqi forces regained control of Rawah, the last town held by ISIS near the border with Syria. Some 3 million Iraqis have been displaced since the so-called Islamic State took over nearly a third of the country’s territory in 2014. Abadi had initially declared the war over in July, but battles with ISIS continued in Mosul for weeks afterward.

*LBN-R.I.P.:    ***Tracy Stallard, who became a footnote in baseball history for throwing the pitch that the Yankees’ Roger Maris hit for his 61st home run on the last day of the 1961 season — breaking one of the game’s most cherished records,Babe Ruth’s 60-homer season for the 1927 Yankees — diedon Wednesday in Kingsport, Tenn. He was 80. His death, at the Holston Valley Medical Center, near his home in Wise, Va., was confirmed by Buford G. Sturgill Funeral Homes in Wise.

*ESCALATING –  Israel Strikes Gaza Hamas Sites After Rocket Attack

Israel conducted airstrikes Saturday on Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip amid high tensions following a major U.S. policy change on Jerusalem. Two weapons-manufacturing sites, an arms warehouse, and a military compound were hit, according to the Israeli military. The airstrikes, which came after rockets were fired at Israel from the area, killed two people and injured 20 more, Gaza authorities said. Hamas identified the two dead as members of its militant wing. The rocket attack that triggered the airstrikes was claimed not by Hamas but by small jihadist groups in the Gaza Strip. Hamas earlier this week called for a Palestinian uprising against Israel after U.S. President Donald Trump announced a decision to recognize Jerusalem as the country’s capital, a move that triggered warnings of more violence in the region.



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*LBN-VIDEO LINK: Shields and Brooks on Franken’s resignation, Trump’s Jerusalem move —

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Karen Weintraub: Sleep is important for workouts, he noted, reducing the risk of injury and allowing muscles to recover from exercise. Lack of sleep weakens the immune system, making people more likely to become sick — which means missing workouts. Sacrificing sleep has also been tied to weight gain, cardiovascular disease and diabetes, among other health problems. Of course, regular exercise provides a lot of benefits, too, including sounder sleep.Dr. Czeisler also notes that going to bed late, particularly if you’re using electronic devices and sitting under bright lights before bedtime, shifts the body’s circadian rhythms later. But people still need around eight hours of sleep per night. So if you get up after six and a half hours to work out, “you’re essentially exercising during your biological night,” he said.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Barry Koplen (Author): Twenty-two years after the passage of Public Law 104 – 45, the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995, President Trump has announced its enforcement. According to the Wall Street Journal’s article by Rory Jones, et. al., President Trump called Arab/Muslim leaders to inform him that the U.S. Embassy would be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Hours ago, Reuters reported that, along with the Palestinians, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey have expressed their displeasure. On July 2, 2014, Reuters also reported that Palestinians were the biggest supporters of suicide bombing although, by 2014, that percentage had fallen from 70% to only 46%.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Louis Dezseran: On three occasions during Comey’s testimony to the Senate panel in answering Trey Gowdy, Comey indicated that Hillary Clinton lied about her emails, although he did not formally charge Clinton, possibly for political reasons. If a citizen was watching that testimony, there is no way that person could misread Comey’s responses. I have long extolled LBN’s impartiality; however, it does seem that James Comey’s impartiality should be called into question, particularly after learning that Robert Mueller’s staff were sharing anti-Trump emails

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Brent Stephens: If nothing else,Donald Trump’s decision on Wednesday to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital shows how disenthralled his administration is with traditional pieties about the Middle East. It’s about time. One piety is that “Mideast peace” is all but synonymous with Arab-Israeli peace. Seven years of upheaval, repression, terrorism, refugee crises and mass murder in Libya, Egypt, Yemen, Iraq and Syria have put paid to that notion. Another piety is that only an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal could reconcile the wider Arab world to the Jewish state. Yet relations between Jerusalem and Riyadh, Cairo, Abu Dhabi and Manama are flourishing as never before, even as the prospect of a Palestinian state is as remote as ever. A third is that intensive mediation by the United States is essential to progress on the ground. Yet recent American involvement — whether at the Camp David summit in 2000 or John Kerry’s efforts in 2013 — has had mostly the opposite effect: diplomatic failure, followed by war. Which brings us to Jerusalem, and the piety that pretending it isn’t what it is can be a formula for anything except continued self-delusion.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: The Beatles – A Day In The Life —


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*LBN-HISTORICAL COMMENTARY by Oscar Wilde: We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Charlie Sheen is suing the National Enquirer for a story it published in November alleging he rapedCorey Haim when Haim was 13-years-old, according to TMZ. In the article, actor Dominick Brascia claims Haim confided in him about the alleged rape, which occurred while a then 19-year-old Sheen and Haim were filming “Lucas” in 1986. Haim has since passed away. Sheen adamantly denies sodomizing the teen.   ***Actress Fran Drescher is hosting a major Hanukkah celebration in Boston. “The Nanny” star will host a celebration of the Jewish Festival of Lights on Saturday at the Union for Reform Judaism’s convention at the Hynes Convention Center.   ***Model Paulina Porizkova — who was on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in ’84 and ’85 — says that, at the time, sexual harassment was such an ingrained part of the business, it was viewed as a “compliment.” “Here is the funny thing about sexual harassment with us as models: It was seen as a compliment,” she told us at the Bloomberg 50 gala at Gotham Hall. “As a matter of fact, you almost got offended if you did not get harassed. Like, if this photographer is known for hitting on [models] — or goes for all the brunettes — and you show up at the studio and you are a brunette and he does not hit on you . . . it is like, ‘What is wrong with me?’ So it is messed up. It makes you think that sexual harassment is what you need.

LBN E-Lert Edited By Dan Gaylord