LBN – Tuesday, June 19, 2018

*Nationwide Rallies Planned Against Trump’s Family Separation Policy:

A Washington state lawmaker has mobilized numerous immigrant advocacy groups to call President Trump out on his zero tolerance border policies at nationwide protests on June 30. The American Civil Liberties Union, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human RightsMoveOn, and theNational Domestic Workers Alliance are among the organizations expected to take part in more than 100 events across the country. The Families Belong Togetherdemonstrations will also include a large rally directly across from the White House to demand an end to the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy. Rep. Pramila Jayapal(D-WA) told MSNBC on Monday the aim is to force Trump to take responsibility for the family-separation policy that has widely been condemned as inhumane. “The end game is really to say, ‘This is about Trump,’” despite the fact that the president “would love to make this… about Democrats,” Jayapal said. Trump and other White House officials have repeatedly blamed Democratic lawmakers for the policy announced by Trump’s attorney general in April.

*Senate Rebukes Trump With Vote to Block ZTE Deal:

The Senate delivered a rebuke to President Donald Trump on Monday when lawmakers overwhelmingly approved legislation that blocks the Trump administration from scrapping tough penalties on Chinese telecommunications firm ZTE. The annual defense appropriations bill, which sailed through the Senate by a vote of 85 to 10, includes a provision that would reinstate the Commerce Department’s penalties that ban U.S. companies from selling to ZTE. The company has been accused of violating U.S. sanctions on Iran and North Korea. Additionally, U.S. intelligence officials have warned that the company’s equipment could be used for cyber-espionage purposes on behalf of the Chinese government. But the Trump administration recently struck a trade deal with Beijing that lifts the penalties on ZTE in exchange for a fine of more than $1 billion. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle were critical of that concession, and they quickly drafted an amendment to the defense bill that would reverse the administration’s decision. Sens. Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) led the effort on the GOP side, with Sens. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) as the leading Democrats. The legislation must now be reconciled with the House version, which does not include the ZTE provision. The White House is expected to lobby lawmakers intensely to scrap the measure from the final product that both chambers will soon consider.

*Trump Threatens New Tariffs on Chinese Goods After Beijing Retaliates:

President Donald Trump threatened on Monday night to impose new tariffs on China after Beijing retaliated against his initial decision to slap tariffs on $50 billion worth of Chinese imports. In a statement, Trump said he asked the U.S. trade representative to “identify $200 billion worth of Chinese goods for additional tariffs at a rate of 10 percent.” Trump also threatened to repeat that action if China retaliates again in response to the latest U.S. penalties. “I have an excellent relationship with President Xi, and we will continue working together on many issues,” Trump said. “But the United States will no longer be taken advantage of on trade by China and other countries in the world.”

*Polls: Two-Thirds of Americans Say Trump’s Family-Separation Policy Is Unacceptable:

Two-thirds of Americans believe that the Trumpadministration’s family-separation policy at the southern border is unacceptable, while just 17 percent believe it is acceptable, according to a new CBS News poll. The survey also found that 90 percent of Democrats and 66 percent of independents oppose the so-called “zero tolerance” policy, which was implemented by the Justice Department in April. Nearly 40 percent of Republicans said the policy is unacceptable. Polls conducted by Quinnipiac and CNN found that a similar chunk of Americans disapprove of separating families.

*Ex-CIA Staffer Charged With Feeding Info to WikiLeaks:

Joshua Adam Schulte, a former engineer for the Central Intelligence Agency, was indicted on Monday for allegedly stealing classified information from the agency and sharing it with WikiLeaks. Schulte, 29, was already facing child pornography charges. The Justice Department also said Schulte lied to the FBI about his activities and “intentionally caused damage without authorization to a CIA computer system by granting himself unauthorized access to the system.”

*John Kelly No Longer Cares if Trump Gets Impeached:

President Trump’s chief of staff has reportedly become so demoralized amid mounting White House scandals that he no longer cares if the president gets impeached. Sources cited byPolitico on Monday say John Kelly told a confidant he is giving up on trying to rein Trump in and will let the president do what he wants even if that results in impeachment because, as Politico paraphrased it, “at least this chapter of American history would come to a close.” Reports have swirled in recent weeks about Kelly planning to step down amid ongoing friction with Trump, and he is now said to have begun working out frequently in the middle of the working day, a sign some officials see as proof he has mostly checked out from Trump’s White House.

*Migrant Children Wail After Separation From Parents:

Children who were separated from their parents last week and are being detained at the border can be heard sobbing as aU.S. Customs and Border Protection agent jokes, “We have an orchestra here,” in an audio recording obtained byProPublica. The agent continues, “What’s missing is a conductor.” In the recording, the children repeatedly cry “Mami” and “Papá,” and one girl begs someone to call her aunt. In April, the Trump administration announced a “zero-tolerance” policy for illegal immigration and has since separated 2,300 children from their parents at the border. The policy has received condemnation from moderate Republicans including House Speaker Paul Ryan and Democrats like Trump’s former opponent Hillary Clinton.

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*LBN-TODAY’S FAMOUS QUOTE: “The biggest coward is a man who awakens a woman’s love with no intention of loving her.” ~Bob Marley

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Coffee

1. Legend has it a 9th-century Ethiopian goat herder discovered coffee by accident when he noticed how crazy the beans were making his goats.

2. New Yorkers drink almost 7 times more coffee than other cities in the US.

3. Coffee is a psychoactive. And at high doses it can make you see things… It can also kill you…

4.  The lethal dose of caffeine is roughly 100 cups of coffee.

5. Unlike the hip 20-something Baristas in the US, in Italy the average Barista age is 48, and it is a very respected profession.

*LBN-ENTERTAINMENT NEWS: XXXTentacion Shot and Killed

The controversial chart-topping rapper XXXTentacion was shot and killed Monday in South Florida. TMZ reported that while 20-year-old Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy was shopping for motorcycles in South Florida, “a gunman ran up to his vehicle and shot him,” and that “an eyewitness tells us he appeared lifeless with no pulse.” The Broward County Sheriff’s Officelater confirmed that the rapper was pronounced dead at a local hospital. TMZ noted how Onfroy was not involved in any prominent feuds, although he most recently made news for allegedly battering his pregnant girlfriend. In March, his latest LP, titled ?, debuted in the number one spot on the Billboard 200 chart.

*LBN-VIDEO CLIP:  David Blaine Magic Tricks– The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: The Wizard of Oz

1. The cowardly lion’s costume weighed 100 pounds and was made of real lion skin.

2. The snow in the poppy scene was made of asbestos.

3. Judy Garland had to wear a super-tight corset to make her figure seem younger.

4. The Tin Man’s oil was actually chocolate syrup.

5. Toto reportedly earned $125 per week of filming—but eachMunchkin actor just $50.

6. The horses in the Emerald City were colored with Jell-O, which they kept trying to lick off.

7. Toto was played by a female dog named Terry.

8. Temperatures on set often soared about 100 degrees due to the lighting needed to shoot in early Technicolor.

9. The film was nominated for six Oscars, but lost Best Picture to Gone with the Wind.

10. The fire that blazes out from Dorothy’s shoes when the Witch tries to touch them was actually apple juice spraying out of them, sped up on film.

*LBN-MUSCIAL SELECTION:  Aramaic rendition of the ‘Our Father’ that moved the Pope

*LBN-TODAY’S FAMOUS BIRTHDAY: Laura Ingraham (June 19, 1963)

Laura Anne Ingraham is an American conservative television and radio talk show host. Since 2001, she has hosted the nationally syndicated radio show, The Laura Ingraham Show, is the editor-in-chief of LifeZette, and beginning in October 2017, has been the host of The Ingraham Angle on Fox News Channel. Ingraham worked as a speechwriter in the Reaganadministration in the late 1980s, and then worked as a judicial clerk in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York and then for United States Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. She began her media career in the late 1990s.

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*LBN-FUN FACTS: Did you know that in 2006, an Australian man tried to sell New Zealand on eBay. The price rose to $3,000 before eBay shut it down.

LBN-OVERHEARD:  ***Heather Locklear was taken to a hospital for a psych evaluation after a family member claimed the actress was threatening to kill herself, TMZ has learned. According to the dispatch audio, the caller claimed Heather was acting erratically and threatening to hurt herself … the caller said Heather was trying to find a gun to shoot herself. Locklear was then transported to a hospital — we’re told the incident was only medical, nothing criminal.   ***Tom Brady … praised his former teammate, LeGarrette Blount, on the newSuper Bowl ring he got by BEATING the Patriots! Blount signed with the Eagles last season and was a key member of the squad that beat the Patriots in Super Bowl 52. So, when LB posted his 3 rings on Instagram, Brady felt compelled to comment — saying, “You have EARNED them my brother!”

 *LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:….


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LBN – Friday, June 15 , 2018

*Leader of the Pakistani Taliban Killed by U.S. Drone Strike, Say Afghan Officials:

The leader of the Pakistani Taliban was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Afghanistan on Thursday, according to a senior Afghan defense ministry official. Fazlullah, who had a U.S. bounty of $5 million, claimed responsibility for the killing of more than 140 pupils and teachers at the Army Public School in Peshawar in December 2014. He also reportedly ordered the shooting ofMalala Yousafzai, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize that same year. According to the reports, which have yet to be confirmed by the U.S., Mullah Fazlullah, the head of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), was killed along with four other TTP commanders who have been identified as Abu BakarUmar,Imran, and Sajid. They were attending an Iftar party, where theRamadan fast is broken.

*Manafort ordered to jail after witness-tampering charges:

Paul Manafort will be jailed after being accused of witness tampering while awaiting trial on federal conspiracy and money-laundering charges brought by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III. The order to imprison President Trump’s former campaign manager came Friday in a federal court hearing after Manafort had been asking to post a $10 million bond and end seven months of home detention. It was not immediately clear when Manafort would be imprisoned or where. Proceedings before U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the District of Columbia were ongoing.

*Trump Calls Justice Dept. Report ‘Total Disaster’ for Fired F.B.I. Director: 


President Trump said on Friday that a new internal Justice Department report proved there had been F.B.I. bias against him ahead of the 2016 presidential election, citing “vicious” texts between investigators and findings that he said illustrated “criminal” behavior by the bureau’s former director. In a wide-ranging interview on Friday morning with “Fox and Friends,” Mr. Trump said that he did not want to get involved in Justice Department matters but that what the former F.B.I. director James B. Comey had done “was a terrible thing to the people.” “I would never want to get involved in that,” Mr. Trump said when he was asked if Mr. Comey should be “locked up.” “Certainly he, they just seem like criminal acts to me. What he did was criminal.” He added: “What he did was so bad in terms of our Constitution, in terms of the well-being of our country. What he did was horrible.”

*Trump on Kim Jong Un’s Killings: ‘I Can’t Speak to That’:

President Trump says he is unable to “speak to” North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un’s infamous legacy of mass executions, assassinations, and killings of his own people. During a lengthy, at-times-rambling Friday morning conversation with Fox & Friends, the president boasted of his meeting with Kim earlier this week: “I got along with him great. We have a great chemistry together. That’s a good thing.” Fox News host Steve Doocy asked: “What about the people he’s killing?” And the president replied: “I can’t speak to that. I can only speak to the fact that we signed an incredible agreement and it’s great and going to be great for them too because now North Korea can develop and North Korea can become a great country economically.” The comment registered as odd considering Trump featured prominently in his 2018 State of the Union address a defector who escaped the North Korean regime’s brutality. Moments after ending the Fox News interview, Trump was asked by a media-scrum reporter: “How can [Kim] love his people if he’s killing them?” The president once again replied: “I can’t speak to that.”

*STRIKE OUT! – Major League Baseball Sees a Sharp Drop in Attendance:

With the regular season approaching the halfway point, it seems safe to say that this is baseball in 2018: lots of home runs, even more strikeouts—and, relatively speaking, not a lot of people in the stands to see them. League-wide attendance entering Friday of 27,328 per game is down 6.6% from this date last year and 8.6% overall, according to Stats LLC. The sport hasn’t seen an attendance drop of more than 6.7% in a single season since 1995, when the average crowd fell nearly 20% following the player strike that canceled the 1994 World Series. MLB attendance has remained consistent throughout this decade, never changing more than 1.9% in either direction. While unwelcome to MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, small decreases in attendance aren’t unusual or cause for alarm. Crowds sank 0.7% last year and 0.8% the year before that. But this season has been more than a minor dip, raising legitimate questions about what is happening.

*Stephen Hawking to Be Buried Between Darwin and Newton:

A memorial service for renowned physicist Stephen Hawkingis to be held at Westminster Abbey on Friday and will see his ashes buried alongside other great British scientists likeCharles Darwin and Isaac Newton. His remains will be marked with a stone plaque featuring the equation that bore out his most famous discovery: that black holes aren’t entirely black after all, and instead emit a glow that became known as Hawking radiation. The service will feature readings fromBenedict Cumberbatch, who played Hawking in a BBCdrama, and astronaut Tim Peake. Hawking’s words have also been set to an original score by composer Vangelis, which will be beamed into space toward the nearest black hole after the service. Hawking died in March after decades of coping with a rare motor neuron disease.

*Trump Hits China With Tariffs on $50 Billion Worth of Goods:

Twenty-four hours after claiming he had secured peace on the Korean Peninsula, Donald Trump declared the start of a trade war with China. The president slammed crippling 25 percent duties on a raft of Chinese products. “The United States can no longer tolerate losing our technology and intellectual property through unfair economic practices,” Trump said. China will impose tariffs of “equal scale, equal intensity” on U.S. products, according to Beijing’s commerce ministry website. Trump will impose even more tariffs if China retaliates, according to a statement emailed to Bloomberg News.

“Then you better start swimmin’, or you’ll sink like a stone. For the times they are a-changin’. ” ~Bob Dylan

After 16 years of bringing you fearless independent DAILY (7 days a week, 365 days a year) news and information, the time has come to change both the format and delivery rate of LBN not the mention its name. Starting Wednesday, July 4th, 2018,LBN E-lert will officially begin with a BANG by changing its name to LBN Examiner. It also changes its circulation schedule to weekly instead of daily. If you’re already a loyal LBN subscriber, don’t worry about not being included. You are still on the list!

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: IQ scores have been steadily falling for the past few decades, and environmental factors are to blame, a new study says. The research suggests that genes aren’t what’s driving the decline in IQ scores, according to the study, published Monday. Norwegian researchers analyzed the IQ scores of Norwegian men born between 1962 and 1991 and found that scores increased by almost 3 percentage points each decade for those born between 1962 to 1975 — but then saw a steady decline among those born after 1975.

*MY REVIEW: “I am submitting this photo of myself along with my praise for LBN, which I have been reading daily for years. In a world of dis-information, LBN has proven itself independent and unbiased. I feel my mind enlarged by reading LBN.”—– Sofia G., an LBN reader from Rome, Italy.


*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Beer

1. Beer is the third-most popular drink on Earth, after water and tea.
2. Beer is by far the most popular alcoholic drink in the world. In 2016, people consumed nearly 50 billion gallons of beer worldwide.
3. Beer is as old as human history. Beer brewing and drinking predate written language.
4. In 2017, the average U.S. citizen over 21 consumed 26.9 gallons of beer. However, the United States doesn’t even make the top 10 in terms of overall beer drinking.
5. The Czech Republic consumes the most beer per capita of any country in the world, and China consumes the most overall.

*WHO READS LBN? Veteran Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Jon Perlman


*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:  ***AT&T announced it had completed its $85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner on Thursday, shortly after the Justice Department said it would not seek an injunction to stop the deal. The merger gives AT&T a vast media and entertainment portfolio belonging to Time Warner, including HBO and CNN, rights to major sports leagues and valuable film franchises such as “Harry Potter.”   ***The re-emerging Four Seasons Restaurant has parted ways with its veteran executive chef Pecko Zantilaveevan as the place preps to reopen at 280 Park Avenue in NYC. A New York Times report last week said the eatery had hired Diego Garcia as chef de cuisine and Bill Yosses as executive pastry chef, but that Zantilaveevan would continue in the role he had held at the spot when it left its famous location in 2016.

*LBN-HEALTH WATCH:   ***A surprising segment of the population is turning to plastic surgery to sculpt, smooth, and shape their dream bodies into reality: men. According to a report from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 1.3 million men have gotten plastic surgery in the last year, accounting for 8 percent of all plastic surgeries—and that number isn’t even at its peak yet. What is striking is the fact that men are overwhelmingly signing up for body contouring surgeries. The number one procedure in 2017 for men was breast reduction, with 300,378 cases and a 30 percent increase from the year before; close behind were liposuctions and tummy tucks. Penile augmentations are fast rising in popularity, as are pectoral implants and operations to help create muscles in arms and legs.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: The English chocolate companyCadbury made the first chocolate bar in the world in 1842.

*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***Barry Manilow has pulled out of a sold-out Las Vegas performance after being hospitalized and diagnosed with a bronchial infection Thursday. “I can’t believe this is happening,” Manilow, 74, said, according to the singer’sFacebook page. “Our new show is ready, we’re all ready, and we were all looking forward to tonight.” The “Copacabana” crooner, who was set to perform at West Gate Las Vegas for his “Manilow Las Vegas — The Hits Come Home” show, is expected to recover quickly and be released from the hospital in a few days.

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Sofia Coppola and daughters checking out the desserts at the Sofia Coppola and Lael Cakes pop-up in Brooklyn, N.Y.   ***Clive Davis, Related mogul Stephen Ross,Jean Shafiroff, and interior designers Tony Ingrao and Randy Kemper at separate tables at Harry Cipriani in NYC.   ****Tamera Mowery from The Talk and her husband, Fox News reporter Adam Housley were spotted grabbing coffee atCoffee Bean & Tea Leaf in Southwest’s LAX Terminal 1 a week ago.

*LBN-SPORTS INSIDER:   ***Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has reached a deal with Spanish tax authorities to “serve” two years in prison and pay an 18.8 million euro — $21.8 million — fine in a tax evasion case, newspaper El Mundo reported on Friday. In reality, Ronaldo is unlikely to serve any time in jail under the deal because Spanish law states that a sentence of under two years for a first offense can be served on probation.   ***Boris Becker, the former tennis star, hails from Germany, lives in England, and has had homes in, among other places, Switzerland, Monaco, Spain and the United States. But now, he says, he represents (wait for it) the Central African Republic. Mr. Becker, 50, is trying to fend off creditors who forced him into bankruptcy last year, but instead of the usual debtor’s defense of insolvency, he is claiming diplomatic immunity.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: TV’s REVEALING INTERVIEW SHOW – MEET AMERICA’S PREMIER TRIAL ATTORNEY – “Without Notes” with Tom Girardi – Episode 1: The Early Years


*LBN-R.I.P:    ***Dorothy Cotton, a confidante of the Rev. Dr.Martin Luther King Jr. who was the only woman in his inner circle of aides, marched in perilous civil rights demonstrations and was a driving force in getting Southern black people to vote, died on June 10 at a retirement home in Ithaca, N.Y. She was 88. A friend, Bonnie Harrison, confirmed the death but did not give a cause.   ***Anne Donovan, a 6-foot-8 center who was one of the most dominating players of the early 1980s in women’s college basketball and who later won championships as a coach in the W.N.B.A. and the Summer Olympics, diedon Wednesday at her home in Wilmington, N.C. She was 56. Her brother John said the cause was a heart ailment.   ***D. J. Fontana, whose simple but forceful drumming behind Elvis Presley helped to shape the early sound of rock ’n’ roll, died on Wednesday at a hospital in Nashville. He was 87. His death was confirmed by his son David, who said Mr. Fontana had been in poor health since breaking his hip in a fall last year.   ***British actor Leslie Grantham, best known for playing rogue “Dirty” Den Watts on the long-running BBC soap “EastEnders, has died. He was 71. The actor, who also co-hosted the UK version of French gameshow “Fort Boyard,” appeared on “EastEnders” from 1985 to 1989 and returned to the BBC One series from 2003 to 2005.   ***“Midnight Cowboy” actressGeorgann Johnson died June 4 in Los Angeles. She was 91. With a career spanning six decades, the Iowa native first appeared on television in 1950s commercials, later appearing opposite James Dean in TV drama “Life Sentence” (1953).

*LBN-COMMENTARY by James Comey (Mr. Comey is the former F.B.I. director): The Department of Justice’s independent watchdog, the inspector general, has released a report that is critical of my decisions as F.B.I. director during the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email account. The report concludes that I was wrong to announce the F.B.I.’s completion of the investigation without coordinating with the attorney general and that I was wrong to inform Congress in late October that we had reopened the investigation. In both situations, the inspector general’s team concludes, I should have adhered to established norms, which they see as mandating both deference to the attorney general on the public announcement and silence about an investigation so close to an election. I do not agree with all of the inspector general’s conclusions, but I respect the work of his office and salute its professionalism. All of our leaders need to understand that accountability and transparency are essential to the functioning of our democracy, even when it involves criticism. This is how the process is supposed to work.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: The most important lesson from 83,000 brain scans | Daniel Amen | TEDxOrangeCoast —https://youtu.be/esPRsT-lmw8

*LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks:   ***One of the lessons of a life in journalism is that people are always way more complicated than you think. We talk in shorthand about “Trump voters” or “social justice warriors,” but when you actually meet people they defy categories. Someone might be a Latina lesbian who loves the N.R.A. or a socialist Mormon cowboy from Arizona. Moreover, most actual human beings are filled with ambivalences. Most political activists I know love parts of their party and despise parts of their party. A whole lifetime of experience, joy and pain goes into that complexity, and it insults their lives to try to reduce them to a label that ignores that. Yet our culture does a pretty good job of ignoring the uniqueness and depth of each person. Pollsters see in terms of broad demographic groups. Big data counts people as if it were counting apples. At the extreme, evolutionary psychology reduces people to biological drives, capitalism reduces people to economic self-interest, modern Marxism to their class position and multiculturalism to their racial one. Consumerism treats people as mere selves — as shallow creatures concerned merely with the experience of pleasure and the acquisition of stuff. Back in 1968, Karol Wojtyla wrote, “The evil of our times consists in the first place in a kind of degradation, indeed in a pulverization, of the fundamental uniqueness of each human person.” That’s still true.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: Xanax for Gay Summer Weddings – SNL 

*LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:…


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Asia Argento is doing just “fine” following the death of her celebrity chef boyfriend Anthony Bourdain. The Italian actress posted the message Thursday in an Instagram story that she tagged in Berlin. It showed a card reading “I’m a f—ing mess inside” that’s crossed out and replaced with “I’m fine” underneath. Argento shared another photo, captioned “Berlin Sisterhood,” of herself and a friend and a Spanish prayer that reads, in part, “May your holy spirit enlighten me in every step, decision and action that I make, in every word that comes out of my mouth.”.   ***Val Chmerkovskiy and Jenna Johnson are one step closer to going from dance partners to life partners. The “Dancing with the Stars” pros announced they got engaged Thursdayevening.   ***Two suspected burglars were being soughtThursday after eluding officers following a break-in at the estate of longtime entertainer Wayne Newton, police in Las Vegas said. Officers responded a little before midnight Wednesday to a burglary call at Newton’s home several miles southeast of the Las Vegas Strip, police Officer Jacinto Rivera said. The Newtons were not injured, and Rivera said police were investigating if anything was taken.

LBN E-Lert Edited By Renee Preston

LBN – Wednesday, June 13, 2018

*WOW! – Food Stamp Enrollment Dips to Lowest Level in 8 Years:  

Overall enrollment in the nation’s food stamp program has dipped to its lowest level in eight years, according to the latest statistics released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The latest USDA data reveals that enrollment in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)—the federal government program that administers food stamps—dropped to 40,083,954 in March 2018. The last time enrollment in the food stamp program reached that level was February 2010, when 39,588,993 people participated in the nation’s food stamp program.

*Trump: There’s ‘No Longer a Nuclear Threat’ From North Korea:

Donald Trump has showered himself in praise after landing back in the U.S. from his summit with Kim Jong Un in Singapore, saying North Korea is no longer a nuclear threat. The president tweeted early Wednesday morning: “Just landed—a long trip, but everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office. There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea. Meeting with Kim Jong Un was an interesting and very positive experience. North Korea has great potential for the future! Before taking office people were assuming that we were going to War with North Korea. President Obama said that North Korea was our biggest and most dangerous problem. No longer—sleep well tonight!” Critics have said the document signed by Trump and Kim went no further on denuclearization than previous agreements.

*YIKES – One in three Americans take meds with depressive side effects: study:

One third of Americans are taking prescription and over-the-counter drugs, such as birth control pills, antacids and common heart medications, that may raise the risk of depression, researchers warned on Tuesday. Since the drugs are so common, people may be unaware of their potential depressive effects, said the report in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). “Many may be surprised to learn that their medications, despite having nothing to do with mood or anxiety or any other condition normally associated with depression, can increase their risk of experiencing depressive symptoms, and may lead to a depression diagnosis,” said lead author Dima Qato, assistant professor of pharmacy systems, outcomes and policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The report was released one week after US health authorities said suicides have risen 30 percent in the past two decades, with about half of suicides among people who were not known to suffer from mental illness.

*The Trump-Kim Summit Was Unprecedented, but the Statement Was Vague:

In a day of personal diplomacy that began with a choreographed handshake and ended with a freewheeling news conference, President Trump deepened his wager on North Korea’s leader on Tuesday, arguing that their rapport would bring the swift demise of that country’s nuclear program. Mr. Trump, acting more salesman than statesman, used flattery, cajolery and even a slickly produced promotional video to try to make the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, a partner in peace. He also gave Mr. Kim a significant concession: no more military drills between the United States and South Korea, a change that surprised South Korea and the Pentagon. After hours of face-to-face contact, in which Mr. Trump even gave Mr. Kim a peek inside his bulletproof presidential limousine, he said he believed that Mr. Kim’s desire to end North Korea’s seven-decade-old confrontation with the United States was sincere. “He was very firm in the fact that he wants to do this,” Mr. Trump said at the news conference before leaving for home. While cautioning that he could not be sure, Mr. Trump said, “I think he might want to do this as much or even more than me.”

*U.S., Mexico and Canada Win Joint Bid to Host 2026 Soccer World Cup:

The U.S., Mexico, and Canada will host the 2026 World Cuptogether after a joint bid was chosen by delegates of world soccer Wednesday morning. A meeting of Fédération Internationale de Football Association [FIFA] delegates in Moscow picked the North American bid over a rival pitch from Morocco, 134 votes to 65. The U.S. previously hosted the world’s biggest international soccer tournament in 1994, while Mexico has held it twice, in 1986 and 1970. The bid proposed that the U.S. will host 60 of the 80 matches while Canada and Mexico will host 10 each. The 2018 World Cup gets underway in Russia this week, and the 2022 World Cup is due to take place in Qatar.

*North Korea Says Trump Agreed to Lift Sanctions:

North Korean state media says President Trump agreed to lift sanctions against the country during his meeting with Kim Jong Un on Tuesday. North Korea’s official KCNA news agency said Wednesday that Trump had also offered security guarantees to the North Korean leader, while Kim had agreed only to “step-by-step” denuclearization—and only if “the U.S. side takes genuine measures for building trust.” While Trump hailed the meeting for taking the world a “big step back from nuclear catastrophe” late Tuesday, critics say he made too many concessions to Kim without getting any specific commitment to denuclearization. Trump also offered to suspend joint U.S.-South Korean military drills to appease Kim, a move that reportedly came as a shock to both the Pentagon and South Korean officials.

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*Heroic Raccoon Captivates World by Climbing Minnesota Skyscraper:

A daredevil raccoon that sent the internet into a frenzy with its attempt to climb a Minnesota skyscraper has made it safely to the top. The dramatic scenes began after workers removed the death-defying trash panda from the roof of an office block in St. Paul. It headed to the nearby UBS tower—one of the tallest buildings in the city—and started its climb. Twitter users followed every step of the creature’s stunt through Tuesdayand, as the city slept, he made it to the top. A live feed showed the parkour critter reaching the summit of the 25-story building around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday. After it reached the roof, the raccoon was trapped, reports said. Mayor Melvin Cartertweeted shortly before the end of the climb: “Even wild animals know @cityofsaintpaul is a great place to reach for higher heights. We’re working with staff & building owner to find a way to help #MPRraccoon without further endangering it or staff by scaring or making it feel threatened.”

*DUH! – Thefts rise after California reduces criminal penalties: 

California voters’ decision to reduce penalties for drug and property crimes in 2014 contributed to a jump in car burglaries, shoplifting and other theft, researchers reported. Larcenies increased about 9 percent by 2016, or about 135 more thefts per 100,000 residents than if tougher penalties had remained, according to results of a study by the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California released Tuesday. Thefts from motor vehicles accounted for about three-quarters of the increase. San Francisco alone recorded more than 30,000 auto burglaries last year, which authorities largely blamed on gangs. Shoplifting may be leveling off, researchers found, but there is no sign of a decline in thefts from vehicles. Proposition 47 lowered criminal sentences for drug possession, theft, shoplifting, identity theft, receiving stolen property, writing bad checks and check forgery from felonies that can bring prison terms to misdemeanors that often bring minimal jail sentences.

*Legal Pimp Dennis Hof Wins Republican Primary in Nevada:

Dennis Hof, a pimp who owns half a dozen legal brothels in Nevada and stars in the HBO adult reality-TV series Cathouse, won a Republican primary for the state legislature Tuesday. The famous pimp, who lives in the town of Pahrump, edged out three-term lawmaker and hospital executive James Oscarson. “It’s all because Donald Trump was the Christopher Columbus for me,” Hof told the AP. “He found the way and I jumped on it.” Hof is the author of a book titled The Art of the Pimp, has given himself the nickname “The Trump of Pahrump,” and held a rally with controversial Trump adviserRoger Stone. He’ll face Democrat Lesia Romanov in November, and will be the favored candidate in the Republican-heavy district.

*Angelina Jolie at risk of losing primary custody of kids:

Angelina Jolie is at risk of losing primary physical custody of her kids with Brad Pitt if she doesn’t take steps to improve their relationship with their father. A judge in the couple’s ongoing divorce case said the six children “not having a relationship with their father is harmful to them,” adding that “it is critical that each of them have a healthy and strong relationship with their father and mother,” according to court documents obtained byThe Blast. The judge also ordered the “Maleficent” actress to provide her kids with cellphones that Pitt can call whenever he’d like without Jolie monitoring. She’s also not allowed to read their text messages with their father. The court also laid out a summer schedule for each of the children except Maddox, who is old enough to decide how much time he wants to spend with Pitt, the documents read.

*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***The battle for the future of media has begun. A judge’s approval on Tuesday of the $85.4 billion AT&T-Time Warner deal is sure to touch off a series of mergers as once-powerful news and entertainment companies, built for an era when cable was king, position themselves to compete against the likes of NetflixAmazon and YouTube. How quickly are things changing? Netflix recently surpassedDisney to become the most valuable media company at $158 billion.   ***A concentrated campaign of price manipulation may have accounted for at least half of the increase in the price ofBitcoin and other big cryptocurrencies last year, according to a paper released on Wednesday by an academic with a history of spotting fraud in financial markets. The paper by John Griffin, a finance professor at the University of Texas, and Amin Shams, a graduate student, is likely to stoke a debate about how much of Bitcoin’s skyrocketing gain last year was caused by the covert actions of a few big players, rather than real demand from investors. Many industry players expressed concern at the time that the prices were being pushed up at least partly by activity at Bitfinex, one of the largest and least regulated exchanges in the industry. The exchange, which is registered in the Caribbean with offices in Asia, was subpoenaed by American regulators shortly after articles about the concerns appeared in The New York Times and other publications.

*LBN-HEALTH WATCH:   ***The Food and Drug Administration approved the first lasers to correct vision in the 1990s. Roughly 9.5 million Americans have had laser eye surgery, lured by the promise of a quick fix ridding them of nettlesome glasses and contact lenses. There is also a wide perception among patients, fostered by many eye doctors who do the surgery, that the procedure is virtually foolproof. As far back as 2008, however, patients who had received Lasik and their families testified at an F.D.A. meeting about impaired vision and chronic pain that led to job loss and disability, social isolation, depression — and even suicides.

*LBN-SPORTS INSIDER:   ***Former Dallas Cowboysdefensive end Greg Hardy is officially a UFC fighter. Competing on “Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series” in Las Vegas, Hardy, 29, won his UFC contract in his first-ever professional MMA fight by knocking out fellow NFL alumAusten Lane in just 57 seconds. The fight was contested in the heavyweight division. “It’s awesome news,” Hardy said after the fight, according to ESPN. “I get an opportunity to show what I’ve got, go back and work hard and come back even better than before. It’s exciting. It’s everything I could ask for.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: SOCKI Card Game

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*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Nick Meglin, a top editor at Mad Magazinewho for many years was the chief barometer of whether the publication’s silly and satirical humor had gone too far — or not far enough — died on June 2 at his home in Durham, N.C. He was 82.   ***Jon Hiseman, the British drummer, composer and progressive-rock innovator who led the bands Colosseum andTempest and played in many other groups, died early Tuesdayin Sutton, England. He was 73. His son, Marcus, said the cause was complications of surgery that Mr. Hiseman underwent in May to remove a brain tumor. He had lived in Sutton, a suburb of London, before entering hospice care there. His daughter, Diane Meglin, said the cause was a heart attack. ***Murray Fromson, a well-traveled print and broadcast reporter who helped found the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press at a time when journalists faced hostility during President Richard M. Nixon’s administration, died on Saturday in Los Angeles. He was 88. His son, Derek, said the cause was Alzheimer’s disease.

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*LBN-COMMENTARY by Brian X. Chen:  Chances are that when you bought a Wi-Fi router, you probably did not prioritize strong network security. After all, when we think about wireless connectivity in our homes, most of us generally care more about speed of data transmissions and how much range the router can cover. But it’s time to change our views. Network security needs to be high on our list of considerations because a Wi-Fi station is the gateway for devices to get on the internet. If your router is infected with malicious software, all your internet-connected devices become vulnerable, including your smartphone, computer, smart watch, television and Amazon Echo. A recent cyberthreat underscores the need to take network security more seriously. Last month, Cisco’s threat research arm Talos, in collaboration with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, discovered that a malware system with links to Russia had infected hundreds of thousands of Wi-Fi routers made by popular brands like NetgearTP-Link and Linksys. This month, Talos revealed the problem was even worse than initially thought: Routers from other brands like Asus and D-Link had also been infected.

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*LBN-COMMENTARY by Gayle King: I do worry about the#MeToo Movement because I think when a woman makes an accusation, the man instantly gets the death penalty. There has to be some sort of due process here. All of these inappropriate behaviors are not all the same.

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*LBN-COMMENTARY by Roni Caryn Rabin:  Could common prescription medications be contributing to depression and rising suicide rates? Over one-third of Americans take at least one prescription drug that lists depression as a potential side effect, a new study reports, and users of such drugs have higher rates of depression than those who don’t take such drugs. Many patients are taking more than one drug that has depression as a side effect, and the study found that the risk of depression increased with each additional such drug taken at the same time. About 200 prescription drugs can cause depression, and the list includes common medications like proton pump inhibitors (P.P.I.s) used to treat acid reflux, beta-blockers used to treat high blood pressure, birth control pills and emergency contraceptives, anticonvulsants like gabapentin, corticosteroids like prednisone and even prescription-strength ibuprofen. Some of these drugs are also sold over-the-counter in pharmacies.

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*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***“Dukes of Hazard” star John Schneider is free hours after he was jailed for an alimony dispute. The 58-year-old Schneider was released from the Los Angeles County Jail on Tuesday when his three-day sentence was cut short because of overcrowding. The “Smallville” star told Fox News he cannot afford the payments to his estranged wife Elvira “Elly” Schneider. She filed for divorce in 2014 after 21 years of marriage; they have three adult children. Schneider said he’s “disheartened” with the system.   ***Barbra Streisand’s “A Star Is Born” is being reborn online with scenes she’d cut from the 1976 movie. Long known as a perfectionist, Streisand tinkered with the film to restore an exchange between the star-crossed lovers played by her and Kris Kristoffersonand an instrumental take on the Oscar-winning tune “Evergreen.” The romantic drama, coming to Netflix along with other Streisand projects, isn’t the only “Star” on the horizon: A new version with Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper will be in theaters this fall.

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