LBN – Special Report – Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Madoff Investor Leaps to Death in NYC:

A hedge-fund executive who lost millions of dollars in BernieMadoff’s Ponzi scheme committed suicide on Monday when he jumped from the 24th floor of the Sofitel New York Hotel.Charles Murphy, 56, is now the fourth person connected to Madoff to commit suicide in the years following the scandal. French aristocrat Rene Thierry Magon De La Villehuchet was found dead in 2008 just after the scandal broke. His AIA Group lost $1.5 billion. Sixty-five-year-old former U.S. Army majorWilliam Foxton killed himself in 2009. In 2010, Madoff’s sonMark was found dead after he hanged himself in his New York apartment.

London Attacker’s Wife ‘Shocked’ by Violence:

The wife of the man who killed four people and injured dozens more outside British Parliament last week said Tuesday she was “saddened and shocked” by his actions. Fifty-two-year-old Khalid Masood drove his car over pedestrians on Westminster Bridge last Wednesday before stabbing an officer at the gates of Parliament. He was shot dead by police on the scene. His wife, Rohey Hydara, released a statement through the Metropolitan Police. “I am saddened and shocked by what Khalid has done. I totally condemn his actions,” she said. “I express my condolences to the families of the victims that have died, and wish a speedy recovery to all the injured. I would like to request privacy for our family, especially the children, at this difficult time.” On Monday, Masood’s mother, Janet Ajao, expressed a similar sentiment, noting that she has “shed many tears” for Masood’s victims.

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LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***In a move that drew praise from President Trump, Ford Motor said on Tuesday that it would invest $1.2 billion in three Michigan facilities as part of a larger effort to increase the production of American-made trucks and sport utility vehicles. Ford, the second-largest domestic automaker, said the investments would support a manufacturing shift from small cars to pickups and S.U.V.s at one assembly plant, and add or preserve 130 jobs at an engine factory. The company informed the White House of the move Tuesday morning, prompting an immediate reaction from Mr. Trump. “Big announcement by Ford today,” he said on Twitter. “Major investment to be made in three Michigan plants. Car companies coming back to U.S.”

LBN-NOTICED:   ***Justin Bieber having lunch at Burger & Barrel in Soho in NYC.   ***Tamron Hall working out withMichelle Obama’s hairstylist Johnny Wright at the Fhitting Room’s Flatiron studio in NYC.   ***Nicki Minaj tipping back Champagne with 2 Chainz at LIV nightclub in Miami.   ***Malia Obama with pals at Tijuana Picnic on Essex Street in NYC, and seeing new show “Significant Other”.   ****Former “Real Housewife of NYC” Jules Wainstein with friends at Old Homestead Steakhouse in NYC as “Real Housewife of New Jersey” Caroline Manzo dined nearby.   ***Media expert and author, Michael Levine giving a lunch time speech to a packed room of the Rotary Club of Beverly Hills at the Beverly Hills Hotel yesterday afternoon.   ***“Grace and Frankie” stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin were hanging together over the weekend in New York, seeing Broadway shows. Fonda — whom reported split from Richard Perry this year — took Tomlin as her date to “Dear Evan Hansen,” and the two went backstage afterward to meet the cast.   ****Sen.Chuck Schumer caused a scene at a Manhattan restaurant when he began yelling at a wealthy and well-connected Donald Trump supporter that the POTUS is “a liar.” Schumer, the top Senate Democrat, lost his cool on Sunday night at Upper East Side restaurant Sette Mezzo, according to witnesses. He was dining with friends when he encountered Joseph A. Califano Jr. — the former US secretary of health, education and welfare under President Jimmy Carter and domestic policy adviser to President Lyndon B. Johnson — and his wife, Hilary, who were having a quiet dinner.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Betsy Woodruff: Immigration and Customs Enforcement––the federal agency responsible for deportations––just got a little more powerful. In a surprise appearance at the White House press briefing, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Justice Department is taking steps to implement one of President Donald Trump’s core campaign promises by withholding some federal funds from so-called sanctuary cities. The move will push law enforcement officers in towns, counties and cities around the country to cooperate more with ICE, even if they think that cooperation could undercut their relationships with immigrant communities. “I strongly urge our nation’s states and cities and counties to consider carefully the harm they are doing to their citizens by refusing to enforce immigration laws and to rethink these policies,” Sessions said. “Such policies make their cities and states less safe. Public safety as well as national security are at stake.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by Nate Cohn: In the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election, many analysts suggested that HillaryClinton lost to Donald J. Trump because of poor Democratic turnout. Months later, it is clear that the turnout was only modestly better for Mr. Trump than expected. To the extent Democratic turnout was weak, it was mainly among black voters. Even there, the scale of Democratic weakness has been exaggerated. Instead, it’s clear that large numbers of white, working-class voters shifted from the Democrats to Mr. Trump. Over all, almost one in four of President Obama’s 2012 white working-class supporters defected from the Democrats in 2016, either supporting Mr. Trump or voting for a third-party candidate.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Becca Stanek: Americans’ abysmally bad diets also give vitamin companies some marketing ammunition. When the average American is eating just one or two servings of fruits and veggies a day (experts recommend as many as 10 servings of fruits and veggies a day for maximum benefits), a little boost of vitamins might seem like a good idea. But popping a pill isn’t going to make up for all those lost servings. “Food contains thousands of phyto-chemicals, fiber, and more that work together to promote good health that cannot be duplicated with a pill,” said nutritionist Karen Ansel. And if it’s those tasty gummy vitamins we’re falling back on, there’s an even better chance we’re not offsetting our sugar- and fat-laden diets. The women’s gummy multivitamins I was taking pack three grams of sugar per gummy. A serving size is two gummies. Even before breakfast, I was consuming six grams of sugar — almost a quarter of the American Heart Association’s recommended maximum sugar intake for women.

LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Noreen Fraser, a producer of television shows including “Entertainment Tonight,” ABC’s “Home Show,” and “The Richard Simmons Show” who devoted her life to raising money for cancer research, died on Monday in her Brentwood, California, home, surrounded by family, after a 16-year battle with stage IV metastatic breast cancer. She was 63.

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: The Republican Health Care bill failed because it was a bad bill that had almost no authentic public support. It took benefits away from tens of millions of vulnerable people in order to give tax breaks to the rich few. When Republicans turn to tax reform, they will start on much stronger ground. The Republican plans, at least in their broad conceptions, are built solidly on the two frameworks that have shaped recent tax reform discussions. The first is simplification, the idea that a cleaner tax code, with fewer loopholes and lower rates, would foster economic growth. The second is substitution, the idea that the overall rate of taxation is less important than what you tax. The current code taxes income heavily and barely taxes consumption. To increase dynamism and growth, we should substitute taxes on investment with taxes on spending. The first framework shaped the tax reform of 1986 and is locked in many people’s brains today. But my impression is that economists have come to see the second framework as more important.

LBN-COMMENTARY by ABIGAIL TUCKER: It seems as if there’s always some kind of feline holiday crouched around the corner, wriggling its bottom, ready to pounce. National Cat Day, National Feral Cat Day, National Hairball Awareness Day, Happy Mew Year — even the dog days of August are filled with feline jubilees.  celebration on Tuesday stands out from the pride, however, because it promises to deliver our cats what they most deserve, which is not a Meowjito. It’s Respect Your Cat Day, an opportunity to pay homage to that mysterious silken life form beside you, which can hear the height of sounds and has beaten the evolutionary odds to occupy your lap. Sadly, as cat lovers we don’t always fully grasp the formidable feline qualities we should be honoring. Respect Your Cat Day’s literature (mostly a news release put out by the folks at a website called National Today, who claim the source of the holiday dates back to an 1384 edict by Richard II of England forbidding the consumption of cats) highlights some impressive statistics about our “feline besties,” including the revelation from a survey that “64 percent of Americans” allegedly prefer their cat’s company to their significant other’s. (No comment, dear.)

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LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***On the same day her wedding date with former heavyweight champ Alberto Del Rio was confirmed, embattled WWE star Paige opened up about the leaked sex tapes that threaten to derail her promising career. “I had days [where] I wanted to physically harm myself,” Paige, whose real name is Saraya-Jade Bevis, revealed in a Twitter post.   ***Shark Week is getting some serious star power this year. Discovery Communications President and CEO David Zaslav announced on Tuesday morning that Michael Phelps would have a role in the summer shark-themed programming on Discovery Channel.   ***The way to Scarlett Johansson‘s heart is through her stomach.When Howard Stern attempted to play matchmaker with the “Ghost in the Shell” star, 32, on Tuesday, she nixed his suggestions of potential suitors like Brad Pitt or Louis C.K. before revealing who she believes is the hottest man in the world — celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay. “Gordon Ramsay! Honestly, I’m like somebody who likes Gordon Ramsay,” she said, before adding, “or Anthony Bourdain!”   ***Bar Refaeli, who gave birth to her first child last summer, is pregnant again. The blond supermodel, 31, made the big announcement on Instagram early Tuesday with a selfie of her tiny bump.

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LBN – Late Breaking News – Monday, March 27, 2017

AG Sessions says he’ll punish sanctuaries, cities could lose billions of dollars:

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Monday he’ll begin punishing sanctuary cities, withholding potentially billions of dollars in federal money — and even clawing back funds that had been doled out in the past.
Speaking at the White House, Mr. Sessions said his department is preparing to dole out more than $4 billion in funds this year, but will try to prevent any of it from going to sanctuaries.
“Countless Americans would be alive today … if these policies of sanctuary cities were ended,” Mr. Sessions said.
He said he’s carrying out a policy laid out by the Obama administration last year, which identified three grant programs — the COPS grants, Byrne grants and State Criminal Alien Assistance Program money — that already require sanctuary certification.
The Obama administration didn’t end up enforcing that policy, but Mr. Sessions said he’ll begin.

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LBN – Special Report – Monday, March 27, 2017

Oscars Board to Discuss New Envelope Protocols:

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ board of governors is meeting this week to discuss potential changes to the envelope system through which winners are announced at the Oscars each year. The possible shakeup comes after bungling at this year’s awards caused a mistaken winner to be announced. Warren Beatty was handed the wrong envelope backstage, which led him to mistakenly say La La Land won Best Picture, when the winner was actually Moonlight. The Academy is expected to keep accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers in charge of the envelope system, despite company officials being blamed for the mixup.

 Dealt a Defeat, Republicans Set Their Sights on Major Tax Cuts: 

Picking themselves up after the bruising collapse of their health care plan, President Trump and Republicans in Congress will start this week on a legislative obstacle course that will be even more arduous: the first overhaul of the tax code in three decades. Mr. Trump’s inability to make good on his promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act has made the already daunting challenge of tax reform even more difficult. Not only has Mr. Trump’s aura of political invincibility been shattered, but without killing the Affordable Care Act, Republicans will be unable to rewrite the tax code in the sweeping fashion that the president has called for. The grand plans of lower rates, fewer loopholes and a tax on imports may have to be scaled back to a big corporate tax cut and possibly an individual tax cut. A lot of people think Mr. Trump might go for this to get an easy win.

YIKES! – Just 2 Hours Of Social Media Doubles Risk Of Social Isolation Feelings In Young Adults: 

Young adults who use social media for at least two hours a day double their risk of feeling socially isolated, a new study finds. The findings led lead author Brian A. Primack, M.D., Ph.D., director of Pitt’s Center for Research on Media, Technology and Health, to sound the alarm on the effect of too much social media in young people. “This is an important issue to study because mental health problems and social isolation are at epidemic levels among young adults,” he says in a university news release.

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Kushner to Lead ‘American Innovation’ White House Office:

President Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is reportedly being lined up to lead his own White House office meant to reform the federal government via business solutions typically used in the private sector. Kushner, whose wife, Ivanka, recently obtained her own White House office, is said to be leading the new White House Office of American Innovation. “The government should be run like a great American company,” Kushner said. The bureau will allegedly come up with ideas to help the government become more lean and effective. “All Americans, regardless of their political views, can recognize that government stagnation has hindered our ability to properly function, often creating widespread congestion and leading to cost overruns and delays,” Trump said in a statement to The Washington Post. “I promised the American people I would produce results, and apply my ‘ahead of schedule, under budget’ mentality to the government.”

Russian Opposition Leader Alexei Navalny Fined for Protests:

A defiant Alexei Navalny was sentenced Monday to 15 days in jail for resisting arrest and fined 20,000 rubles (about $350) for organizing Russia’s nationwide anti-government protests over the weekend. With a selfie posted to Twitter from a Moscow court, the Russian opposition leader sent a tweet reading, “The time will come when we will put them on trial.” In the courtroom, he called on Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev to appear and explain why the protests took place—his activist group has accused Medvedev of corruption and illegally amassing vast real-estate holdings. Navalny has previously declared that he intends to run for president against Vladimir Putin next year. The Kremlin on Monday accused demonstrators of “provoking violence” and organizers of “consciously misleading people” with protests that included tens of thousands of people across Russia. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters Monday that while Putin respects the right to peacefully assemble, his government regarded Sunday’s protests as unlawful. More than 1,000 people were detained, according to The Guardian. In a statement late Sunday, the U.S. State Department said it condemned the detention of the hundreds of peaceful protesters.

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PERSISTENT – White House Fence Jumper Strikes Again—at Treasury:

The Secret Service said a woman arrested last week after getting caught by her shoelaces while trying to jump the White House fence has been arrested again for trying to scale another Washington perimeter. This marks the woman’s third arrest, Secret Service spokesman Shawn Holtzclaw said. She was first arrested March 21, after the White House incident, and then again days later after violating an order to stay away from the area. She was picked up again at about 2:15 a.m. Sunday after setting off an alarm while scaling a fence at the Treasury Building, next to the White House, officials said. She was carrying only a backpack and a sleeping bag when she was arrested, Holtzclaw said. She now faces a second charge of unlawful entry, in addition to contempt of court for ignoring an order to stay away from the area. The Secret Service did not identify the woman, but the Associated Press, citing court documents, named her as 38-year-old Marci Anderson Wahl.

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LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:   ***Former White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest has joined NBC News as a political analyst, the network announced Monday. Earnest, who most recently served as former President Barack Obama’s spokesman, made his first appearances Monday morning on Today and Morning Joe. Earnest worked for Obama for 10 years, having started as the then-candidate’s Iowa communications director during the 2008 presidential campaign.

LBN-SPOTLIGHT: “Without Notes”, TV’s revealing interview show —— https://youtu.be/dTDBovmH-P8

LBN-HEALTH WATCH:   ***Researchers are finding that thoughts like these, the hallmarks of people sometimes called “cockeyed optimists,” can do far more than raise one’s spirits. They may actually improve health and extend life. There is no longer any doubt that what happens in the brain influences what happens in the body. When facing a health crisis, actively cultivating positive emotions can boost the immune system and counter depression. Studies have shown an indisputable link between having a positive outlook and health benefits like lower blood pressure, less heart disease, better weight control and healthier blood sugar levels.

LBN-BOOK NEWS:   ***A new book reveals the strange and complicated relationship Amy Winehouse had with the paparazzi. In “Amy: A Life Through the Lens,” two photographer brothers say that the army of snappers who followed the tragic singer — who died in 2011 — would lend her money, act as “an extra layer of security,” helped her handlers track her down when she went missing, and even took pictures for Winehouse just so that she could check her outfit. ButDarren and Elliott Bloom could also snap at the paparazzi who covered her short and tumultuous career. The brothers even write that Winehouse’s father, Mitch, “hired” them as her “official paparazzi,” offering them access to her in return for deleting unflattering photos of her and helping “get Amy out of certain situations without the press hounding her.”

LBN-SPOTLIGHT: “Leadership is communicating others’ worth and potential so clearly that they are inspired to see it in themselves.” —— www.TheExcelCommunity.com

LBN-COMMENTARY by Tony Robbins: Most people don’t get in the game—maybe a little through their 401(k), but they don’tknow what they’re doing unfortunately—and the returns show that. So why don’t they get into the market? There are tons of millennials who have been saying, “The market’s overvalued and it’s gonna crash” for eight years, and they’ve missed out on a 250 percent increase. Or people said, “Trump’s in, it’s going to crash,” and the market’s up since Trump took office. Like Warren Buffett said to me, “Tony, betting against America for two centuries is the dumbest bet you could make,” because we keep becoming more productive, we have population growth that keeps us going, we’ve got inflation, and those things have caused us, in the long-term, to continue to go up. But there hasn’t been one bear market that wasn’t followed instantly by a bull market in the next year. Remember 2008? It went up 69 percent from March 9th to 12 months later. I’m here to show people that it’s more dangerous to not be in the market.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Laurie Yehia: Why devote valuable LBN space to judging someone for trying to work on saving her marriage to a sick guy? Who are we to think we know better about when and how to engage compassion, strength, love, and vision? We should not assume that Huma Abedin is acting out of weakness. A sex addict, like an alcoholic, may or may not be able to overcome–but would you judge someone for not giving up on their alcoholic spouse? I would rather see you publish news of import than catty judgments about private lives of public figures.

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LBN – Special Report – Sunday, March 26, 2017

Hooker loving London jihadist wasn’t ‘proper Muslim’: landlord:

London jihadist Khalid Masood was not a “proper Muslim,” instead preferring the service of prostitutes and days-long crack binges. In the days since Masood’s rampage, a complicated picture of the bloodthirsty zealot has emerged – both as a loving, sweet schoolboy and violent adult. “He wasn’t a proper Muslim,” one-time landlord Cassie Havard told The Sun . “He (had sex with) prostitutes, smoked copious amounts of crack and stuck knives in people’s faces.” Havard said there was also a paranoid, violent streak to Masood – also known as Adrian Emls — just under the surface. “He was a madman. After one four-day crack session, one druggie pal got paranoid and accused him of being an undercover cop,” she said. “Adrian went absolutely wild and ran to the kitchen to grab the biggest knife he could find. He went back in the room and slashed the guy’s face to pieces. It was horrific, but he always had that darker side about
him.”

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WTF? Huma Abedin ‘working hard’ on marriage with Anthony Weiner:

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool Huma Abedin four times, and she’ll still take you back. After years of public humiliation by her sext-a-holic husband, Anthony Weiner, 40-year-old Abedin finally separated from the former congressman in August, one day after The New York Post reported that he had sent yet another explicit photo to a woman — this one showing his toddler son asleep beside him. But sources say that Hillary Clinton’s righthand woman is now giving the marriage another try. “Huma has been working hard on her relationship with Anthony,” said a source close to the Abedin family. “He has been spending 80 to 90 percent of his time at the [Irving Place apartment] they share . . . If there is a disagreement, he goes to his mother’s apartment in Brooklyn. “Both [his and her] families are hoping they will reconcile.”

U.K. Minister: WhatsApp Must Turn Over Attacker’s Messages:

U.K. Home Secretary Amber Rudd said on Sunday that London attacker Khalid Masood used the messaging service WhatsApp, and that intelligence services are unable to access one of the messages because it was encrypted. Appearing on the BBC and Sky News, Rudd said WhatsApp and similar messaging apps should cooperate with intelligence services and provide necessary information. “We need to make sure that organizations like WhatsApp—and there are plenty of others like that—don’t provide a secret place for terrorists to communicate with each other,” Rudd said. Last year, Apple resisted the FBI’s requests to unlock an iPhone used by the man who carried out the terror attack in San Bernardino, California.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: A human can make over 10,000 facial expressions to express a wide variety of subtle emotions.

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LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ******Venerable Manhattan restaurants Le Cirque and Circo went into bankruptcy Friday as famed owners the Maccioni family worked to restructure its finances. Mauro Maccioni, the son of the legendary restaurateur Sirio,  said the move was to protect the leases for the two fine-dining mainstays, whose regulars include Woody Allen, John Paulson, President Trump, Robert De Niro and ­Steven Schwartzman.   ***Media expert and best-selling author Michael Levine will give a lunch-time speech tomorrow (Monday) for the prestigious Beverly Hills Rotary Club at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:   ***Conservative firebrand Tomi Lahren has reportedly been “banned permanently” from The Blaze, where she hosted a popular but controversial TV show. Lahren was previously suspended after she declared she was pro-choice, despite suggesting numerous times on her show that she is pro-life.   ***Boris Epshteyn, a top official in the White House press office and one of President Donald Trump’s most noticeable TV surrogates from the campaign, is leaving the administration, according to The New York Times. A senior administration official said it was possible Epshteyn would have a new role inside the administration, but the move is still in the works. The Times reported that Epshteyn, who leads the White House’s surrogate operations, became “combative” with TV producers when booking guests.   ****Variety has named veteran music journalist Shirley Halperin as Executive Editor, Music — signaling the entertainment publication’s launch of a new initiative to cover the music and live entertainment businesses.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:   ***Power Rangers directorDean Israelite has left CAA for WME.   ***UTA has promoted nine agents to partner, thereby increasing its top ranks by 20 percent. Joining the existing 44 partners are: Sarah Clossey, motion picture talent Steve Cohen, motion picture talentGueran Ducoty, head of licensing and endorsements Charles Ferraro, motion picture literary Pete Franciosa, head of production Allan Haldeman, television Keya Khayatian, motion picture literary Tim Phillips, television literary Jo Yao, motion picture talent.

LBN-NOTICED: ***Michael Kors seeing Broadway show “Significant Other” in NYC.  ***Venus Williams at a W Miami Citi Taste of Tennis event, saying of sister Serena’s wedding plans, “If I knew, I wouldn’t tell”.   ***Cynthia Erivo at Diamond Horseshoe for Legendary Damon’s Annual Luxx Ball in NYC.   ***Mario Lopez at Benjamin Prime and also Broadway’s “Groundhog Day” in NYC.   ****Danielle Savre of Tyler Perry’s new show “Too Close to Home” at Brasserie 8½ in NYC.   ***Sean Young at Il Gattopardo in NYC.   ***Michael B. Jordan at Rochelles in NYC.

LBN-SPOTLIGHT: The conclusion of the intriguing conversation with the world’s most famous dominatrix –Isabelle Sinclaire — “Without Notes”, the revealing TV interview show —- https://youtu.be/dTDBovmH-P8

LBN-COMMENTARY by MAUREEN DOWD: You sold yourself as the businessman who could shake things up and make Washington work again. Instead, you got worked over by the Republican leadership and the business community, who set you up to do their bidding. That’s why they’re putting up with all your craziness about Russia and wiretapping and unending lies and rattling our allies. They’re counting on you being a delusional dupe who didn’t even know what was in the bill because you’re sitting around in a bathrobe getting your information from wackadoodles on Fox News and then, as The Post reported, peppering aides with the query, “Is this really a good bill?” You got played. It took W. years to smash everything. You’re way ahead of schedule.

LBN-COMMENTARY by LAWRENCE GROBEL: Celebrities seem to exist in most cultures—some for their prowess as being stronger or more agile than others, some for their sharp wit, some for their ability to mimic others. I don’t know why we are so obsessed as a culture by celebrities, but I’ve seen how people react to seeing someone famous and all I can say is that I’m glad I’m not one. It can be frightening when a stranger approaches you in a restaurant or on a street with a demand for an autograph or a picture. I’ve been with Goldie Hawn when she was approached at a Japanese restaurant by a guy who acted like he knew her and saw how she handled it; with Al Pacino when a woman took him by surprise on the street where he lives in Beverly Hills and thrust a DVD at him, as he jumped away from her and tossed the DVD into a bush as if it might explode. I’ve been around celebs when paparazzi are waiting for them, and I can understand why they react the way they often do. A lot of it stems from when the Manson “Family” committed their crimes, making celebrities afraid. And afterJohn Lennon got shot, it just magnified how vulnerable celebrities are. It’s no fun being a target for the insane.

LBN-COMMENTARY by DENNIS PRAGER: Contrary to one of the left’s more mendacious claims, diversity has not been America’s great strength. America’s great strength has been forging an American identity out of diversity. But the left, with its identity politics and commitment to multiculturalism — as expressed, for example, by ballots in dozens of languages, the proliferation of ethnic studies departments at universities and the allowance of all-black dorms and graduation ceremonies — is undoing that.

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LBN-OVERHEARD:   *****Liam Payne is about to start singing a lot of lullabies. The One Direction crooner and girlfriend Cheryl Cole welcomed their first child together on Wednesday, March 22, and it’s a boy. Liam took to Instagram with a heartfelt message about fatherhood.   ***Carrie Fisher was honored by a dear and old friend at a public celebration of her and her mother Debbie Reynolds lives, which was live-streamed Saturday. Star Wars droid R2-D2 made a cameo appearance onstage alongside Carrie’s brother and Debbie’s son Todd Fisher, who hosted the event at a reception hall at the Hollywood Hills’ Forest Lawn Memorial Park, where both actresses were laid to rest together at a private funeral in January.   ***Spanish film star Antonio Banderas says he has recovered from a heart attack that he had in January. The 56-year-old Banderas tells Spanish media that “I suffered a heart attack on Jan. 26, but it wasn’t serious and hasn’t caused any damage.”

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LBN – Special Report – Saturday, March 25, 2017

In Major Defeat for Trump, Push to Repeal Health Law Fails:

House Republican leaders, facing a revolt among conservatives and moderates in their ranks, pulled legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act from consideration on the House floor Friday in a major defeat for President Trump on the first legislative showdown of his presidency. “We’re going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future,” the House speaker, Paul D. Ryan, conceded. The failure of the Republicans’ three-month blitz to repeal President Barack Obama’s signature domestic achievement exposed deep divisions in the Republican Party that the election of a Republican president could not mask. It cast a long shadow over the ambitious agenda that Mr. Trump and Republican leaders had promised to enact once their party assumed power at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue. And it was the biggest defeat of Mr. Trump’s young presidency, which has suffered many. His travel ban has been blocked by the courts. Allegations of questionable ties to the Russian government forced out his national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn. Tensions with key allies such as Germany, Britain and Australia are high, and Mr. Trump’s approval ratings are at historic lows.

The London Attacker: Quiet and Friendly, but With a Hostile Side:

He described himself as “friendly and approachable.” He had a degree in economics, and said he was a good listener. Adrian Russell Ajao, the man who drove a car into pedestrians in the shadow of Big Ben and then killed a police officer with a knife in Britain’s worst act of terrorism since 2005, and who called himself Khalid Masood after converting to Islam in his late 30s, was a 52-year-old husband and father. Prone to violent outbursts as a younger man, he had led a quiet life in recent years, usually attracting notice from the neighbors only when he washed his car in the driveway or mowed his lawn. Most afternoons he would pick up his two youngest children from primary school in a quiet suburban part of Birmingham, in the West Midlands of England. Occasionally, though, a darker side broke through. “When he spoke about religion,” said a neighbor who did not want to be identified for fear of reprisals, “he suddenly was a different man,” describing in those moments a fierce and uncompromising anger about the treatment of Muslims.

Trump Blames Democrats for Trumpcare Implosion:

President Trump on Friday afternoon pivoted to blaming the Democrats for the implosion of the American Health Care Act, the Republican bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. “We had no Democrat support; we had no votes from the Democrats,” he said during a press availability following the decision to pull the effort. “They weren’t going to give us a single vote so it’s a very difficult thing to do.” The president also downplayed suggestions that his first major legislative effort ended in failure, telling reporters that he never once claimed during the campaign that he would repeal and replace Obamacare during his first 100 days. He continued: “And, again, I think what will happen is Obamacare, unfortunately, will explode. It’s going to have a bad year.” New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman wrote on Twitter, before the presser, that “Trump tells me in interview this is now the Democrats’ fault, and that he anticipates that when Obama[care] ‘explodes’ they will be ready to deal.” She added: “Trump told me he is happy having this in the rear view mirror. ‘It’s enough already,’ he said of the negotiations.”

Treasury Sec. Steven Mnuchin: Trump Has ‘Perfect Genes’:

Steven Mnuchin on Friday claimed President Donald Trumphas “perfect genes.” During a sit-down interview with Axios co-founder Mike Allen, the treasury secretary marveled at how his boss has “more stamina than anyone I’ve ever met… it’s unbelievable… he’s constantly doing things.” Referencing Trump’s known affinity for fast food, Allen asked how that’s possible given his poor eating habits. Mnuchin replied: “He’s got perfect genes.” Asked to elaborate, Mnuchin said, “He’s got perfect genes. He’s got incredible energy, okay? And he’s unbelievably healthy.” The audience nervously laughed after a brief pause on both replies.

McCain: I’ve Yet to Meet President Trump Since He Took Office:

Republican Senator John McCain revealed he hasn’t met thePresident Donald Trump in person since he took office, and he urged Trump to reach out to his opponents—Democratic and otherwise—ala Ronald Reagan if he wants to repeal Obamacare. “Do some outreach. Get to know some of these Democratic leaders,” he said. “You can find common ground.” McCain said he’d met Trump “some years ago” when he was a businessman, but had not met him since. McCain said he did speak “almost daily” to National Security Adviser Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, however. “He doesn’t seem to be that upset that he’s not talking to him,” said German Marshall Fund’s Derek Chollet, a former Obama Pentagon official. “He’s trying to run U.S. defense policy through Mattis and effectively ignore Trump.” The White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Ex-Penn State President Guilty in Sandusky Case:

Former Penn State President Graham Spanier was found guilty Friday on charges of child endangerment, stemming from how he handled complaints about former assistant football coach and convicted pedophile Jerry Sandusky. After 13 hours of jury deliberations, though, Spanier was acquitted on a charge of conspiracy and another of child endangerment. Spanier could face up to five years behind bars, and could be forced to pay a $10,000 fine. Spanier will reportedly appeal the decision. Penn State paid settlements four years ago of nearly $60 million to more than two dozen victims of Sandusky’s abuse.

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Dogs detect breast cancer from bandage: 

Dogs can sniff out cancer from a piece of cloth which had touched the breast of a woman with a tumor, researchers said Friday, announcing the results of an unusual, but promising, diagnostic trial. With just six months of training, a pair of German Shepherds became 100-percent accurate in their new role as breast cancer spotters, the team said. The technique is simple, non-invasive and cheap, and may revolutionize cancer detection in countries where mammograms are hard to come by. “In these countries, there are oncologists, there are surgeons, but in rural areas often there is limited access to diagnostics,” Isabelle Fromantin, who leads project Kdog, told journalists in Paris.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: When the Southern states seceded in 1860 and 1861, they did not leave in order of their geographic location, economic standing political qualities, or level of industrialization. They left in almost the exact order of their percentage of slaves.

 

LBN-NOTICED: ****Chelsea Clinton was spotted perusing art at a buzzy new show by Olafur Eliasson on Thursday. Also at the opening of “The Listening Dimension” at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery in NYC were Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaardand Proenza Schouler CEO Judd Crane.


LBN-VIDEO LINK: Song written by Janis Ian and Sarah Partridge for the album, “BRIGHT LIGHTS AND PROMISES. REDEFINING JANIS IAN”. To be released April 21st 2017 by Origin Records.https://youtu.be/1gI_WNOUO64

 

Naked people slaughter a sheep at Auschwitz death camp:

Eleven men and women in their twenties on Friday slaughtered a sheep and took their clothes off at the former Nazi German death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, according to police and the museum at the site in southern Poland. The individuals aged 20 to 27, whose identities and motives are unknown, then chained themselves together in front of the camp’s infamous “Arbeit macht frei” (“Work makes you free”) gate, the museum said in a statement.

LBN-SPOTLIGHT: “Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.” —– www.TheExcelCommunity.com

LBN-VIDEO LINK: Shields and Brooks on Obamacare repeal failure, Gorsuch grilling —-  https://youtu.be/MybT9P2brJ

LBN-R.I.P.:  ***Cardinal William H. Keeler, who as archbishop of Baltimore strove to improve relations between the Roman Catholic Church and American Jews, and who championed victims of sexual abuse by priests, died on Thursday in Catonsville, Md. He was 86. No cause was specified, but he was injured in a car accident in 2006 and had undergone brain surgery since then, an archdiocesan spokesman said.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by SALENA ZITO: While pundits breathlessly reported this week that President Trump’s Gallup approval rating has plummeted to a historic low (dipping to 37 points), not all approval ratings are created equal. Because in American politics, geography is everything. Live in an urban, minority or college setting, and Donald J. Trump is underwater in the polls in a big way; he gets a frosty 29 percent approval rating in the cities, 35 percent approval in the urban suburbs, in the latest NBC/Wall Street Journal survey. But, live in the second ring of suburbs outside the cities, or the exurbs or the third and fourth rings that comprise rural America, and the president gets a 53 percent to 59 percent job approval rating in the same poll.

LBN-COMMENTARY by FRANK BRUNI: For seven years — seven years — Republicans thundered about the evils of Obamacare, yearned for the day when they could bury it and vowed to do precisely that once the ball was in their hands. Last week proved that this had all been an emotional and theatrical exercise, not a substantive one. The ball was in their hands, and they had no coherent playbook. No real play. They scurried around the Capitol with their chests deflated and their tails between their legs. For the entirety of his campaign,Donald Trump crowed about his peerless ability to make deals, one of which, he assured us, was going to be a replacement for Obamacare that would cut costs without leaving any Americans in the lurch. Last week proved that there was no such swap, that he hadn’t done an iota of work to devise one and that he was spectacularly unprepared to shepherd such legislation through Congress. As his promise lay in tatters at his feet, he gave a delusional interview to Time magazine about what an infallible soothsayer he is, then tried to shift the blame to Democrats.

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LBN-OVERHEARD: *****Congratulations to newlyweds Amanda Seyfried and Thomas Sadoski…they’re new parents now, too. A rep for the actress confirms the couple welcomed their first child together. The Mamma Mia star gave birth to a baby girl.   ****Cher has dropped out of Lifetime’s television movie “Flint” about the water contamination crisis. The iconic actress and musician was scheduled to begin shooting the film next month, but is now unable to participate, due to a family matter. Cher cited a “serious family issue” as the reason for her departure from the project, though she did not offer details. ***Gwyneth Paltrow is a backdoor connoisseur. In honor of her website Goop’s second annual Sex Issue, the actress, 44, posted a Q&A about anal sex with research psychoanalyst and author Paul Joannides, Psy.D., to answer all of her readers’ most pressing questions.

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