Monthly Archives: July 2016

LBN- Special Report- Sunday

*Khan Begs GOP to Stand Up to Trump:
Khizr Khan, the father of the late American war hero U.S. Army Capt. Humayun Khan, has challenged the Republican party for its support of Donald Trump, urging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan to “repudiate” the GOP nominee. In an interview with MSNBC on Friday, Khan called it a “moral imperative” for the two to stand up to Trump. “If your candidate wins and he governs the way he has campaigned, my country, this country, will have constitutional crises [like] never before,” Khan warned. Calling Trump’s possible leadership a “threat to our democracy,” Khan begged McConnell and Ryan not to be deterred by “political consequences” and to put an end to Trump’s “schoolyard bullying.” Khan, whose Muslim-American son died fighting for the U.S. in Iraq, delivered an epic speech alongside his wife at the DNC earlier this week in which he railed against Trump for his anti-Muslim rhetoric and asked the Republican candidate if he’d ever even read the U.S. Constitution. Khan’s speech was hailed as the most powerful speech at the Democratic convention, though Trump’s reaction to it was simply: “I’d like to hear his wife say something.”

*FBI, DOJ Investigating DNC Hack:
The FBI and the Justice Department are now involved in an investigation into a hacking that has penetrated the Democratic National Committee, the campaign of Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Experts suggest that the Russian government was the culprit and that they could have more unreleased information. Clinton’s campaign said that there was no evidence that their “internal systems have been compromised.”

*WHO READS LBN? Legendary legal journalist Linda Deutsch:

*Donald Trump Responds to Muslim Father Khizr Khan: ‘I’ve Made a Lot of Sacrifices’:
One of the most powerful lines in one of the DNC’s most emotional speeches came when Khizr Khan, the Muslim father of a U.S. Army captain killed in Iraq, told Donald Trump, “You have sacrificed nothing!” Now, in his first response to Khan’s address, during an interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos set to air Sunday morning, Trump responded to that line by saying,“I think I’ve made a lot of sacrifices. I work very, very hard.” Trump also questioned whether Khan’s wife, who stood silently at her husband’s side at the podium, was “allowed” to speak. Ghazala Khan did speak out during an interview on MSNBC on Friday night, thanking all Americans who “listened from their heart” to her husband’s speech.

*WHO READS LBN? Former L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa:

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Herbalife’s recruitment strategy was to tell prospects they could become wealthy – lavishly so – by pushing the company’s products. The FTC found that just .03 percent of Herbalife distributors (205 individuals) made more than $600,000 in 2014 and that the “over-whelming majority of Herbalife Distributors who pursue the business opportunity earn little or lose money.” The agency banned any Herbalife marketing efforts tied to achieving a lavish lifestyle.

*MY REVIEW: “I have been proudly reading LBN for the last three years because it keeps things really, really real!”—– Megan K., an LBN reader from Toronto, Canada.

*DARING – Man Skydives Without Parachute:
Luke Aikins fell 25,000 feet without a parachute on Saturday becoming the first in the world to skydive without one. He was going 120 mph when he landed in a net above California’s Simi Valley. “I’m here to show you that if we approach it the right way and we test it and we prove that it’s good to go, we can do things that we don’t think are possible,” Aikins said.
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*LBN-INVESTIGATES: This year has seen an accelerating pattern of attacks linked to ISIS in Europe and beyond — from Turkey to Bangladesh, the United States to Indonesia. According to the group IntelCenter, which tracks acts of terrorism, there has been a significant attack directed or inspired by ISIS every 84 hours sinceJune 8 in cities outside the war zones in Iraq, Syria, Sinai in Egypt and Libya.

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Susan Sarandon hanging out at Lower East Side in NYC bar Leave Rochelle Out Of It.   ***Livingston, NJ, is buzzing with the PGA Championship under way at nearby Baltusrol. Two-time PGA Champ Vijay Singh ate breakfast at Strip House at the Westminster Hotel, and Zach Johnson, who has 12 victories on the PGA tour, was seen at the restaurant feasting on a rib-eye steak dinner.   ***Jonah Hill hanging out at Condé Nast’s and Cadillac’s Daring 25 party.   ***Mike Piazza celebrating his Baseball Hall of Fame induction at Lavo in NYC.   ***Electronic music publicist Alistair Duncan having dinner with his former boss, media expert and author Michael Levine at Bareburger on Main Street in Santa Monica.

*LBN-BOOK NEWS:   ***Channing Tatum is so desperate to get his hands on an advance copy of James Andrew Miller’sbook “Powerhouse” that he is willing to bust out his “Magic Mike” moves for Miller’s agents at ICM. “He offered to give them all lap dances in order to get an advance copy,” an insider said. The book, out Aug. 9, is the inside story of powerful Hollywood agency CAA and exposes some of Tinseltown’s heavy hitters, including Tom Cruise’s and Barbra Streisand’sformer agent, Michael Ovitz.

*LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:   ***The reported front-runners for thehighly coveted “Live with Kelly” co-hosting gig are front-runners no more, we’re told. Insiders say that the producers and Kelly Ripa are “amused and fed up” with some of the most hotly tipped successors to Michael Strahan ­using the highly publicized race as a self-promotional opportunity. We’re told Rob LoweJeff Gordon and Mario Lopez have raised the hackles of ABC execs by talking themselves up in the press, and some people close to them have even — gasp! — allegedly leaked items about them being courted to take the seat next to Kelly full time.

*LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Maureen Dowd: The president made his vote-for-Hillary-or-face-doom convention speech only 22 days after his F.B.I. director painted Hillary as reckless and untruthful. He argued that there is no choice but to support Hillary against a “self-declared savior” like Donald Trump,perhaps forgetting that Obama was once hailed as such a messiah that Oprah introduced him in 2007 as “the one,” and it became his moniker. In the end, Obama didn’t overthrow the Clinton machine. He enabled it. It turns out, who we choose is not really about our souls. It’s just politics, man.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas Sowell: I have never understood why it is “greed” to want to keep the money you earned, but not greed to take somebody else’s money. If you have been voting for politicians who promise to give you goodies at someone else’s expense, then you have no right to complain when they take your money and give it to someone else, including themselves.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Fred Specktor (Agent) : Linda Deutsch is right. The nonsense you (LBN) wrote about Hillary’s tax was wrong to do and not accurate.  Your editor is clearly a Trump fan. One has to be out of their mind or racist to think he would  be good for anything except filing lawsuits or being sued. In my lifetime there has never been a worse person running for president in our country.  He is up there with the worst!

*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***John Kerr, an editor, literary muse and confidant for a generation of Freudian scholars and the author of “A Most Dangerous Method,” the book that became the basis for a play and a movie about the famous feud between Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung, died on July 18 in Portland, Me. He was 66. His brother Gil said the cause was complications of lung cancer.

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LBN- Special Report- Saturday

*LBN-DID YOU KNOW?:
Did you know that in addition to being read daily in all 50 of the United States, LBN is read daily in 26 foreign countries including: China, India, Brazil, Russia, England, Japan, Korea, Israel, France, Germany, Canada, Mexico, Greece, Spain, Iraq, Cuba, Sweden, Australia, among others.
*Poll: Clinton Has 6 Point Lead Over Trump:
A poll released Friday put Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in the lead by 6 percentage points in the race against Republican Donald Trump. The poll, by Reuters/Ipsos, found that Clinton had the support of 41 percent of likely voters, compared to 35 percent for Trump. The findings, from a poll conducted from July 25-29, come after Clinton gave a landmark speech on Thursday night after accepting the Democratic presidential nomination — the first nomination of a woman by a major party in the U.S.

*2 Arrested for ‘Plotting Attack’ in Belgium:
Late-night raids in Belgium on Friday led to the arrest of two men who were allegedly planning a terrorist attack, Belgian police say. The suspects, identified only as Noureddine H. and Hamza H., were taken into custody after searches in the French-speakingneighborhoods of Mons and Liege in Brussels. No details on the men’s plans have been released, and it is not clear how many attacks were planned and were. But police said no weapons or explosives were uncovered in the raids. Belgium has been on heightened alert after an attack on the Brussels airport and metro in March left 32 people dead. Belgium is considered an epicenter of jihadist recruits, with the country’s interior ministry saying at least 457 have either tried to join or joined jihadists fighting in the Middle East.

*North Korea Sends Delegation to Rio:
North Korean media on Saturday said a high-ranking delegation has set off for Rio de Janeiro for the upcoming Olympic Games.The delegation is led by a top aide to Kim Jong Un, Choe Ryong Hae, the vice chairman of the State Affairs Commission. The Korean Central News Agency reported only that the delegation had left Pyongyang, but did not say how long they would be in Rio. Choe Ryong Hae’s participation has raised eyebrows about possible diplomatic talks with other countries at the games, as the aide once considered the second in command has been known to take part in high-level talks with other nations. North Korea has reportedly sent 30 of its athletes to the games as well.

*WHO READS LBN? Actress Julia Stiles:

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Mistress-dispelling services, increasingly common in China’s larger cities, specialize in ending affairs between married men and their extramarital lovers. Typically hired by a scorned wife, they coach women on how to save their marriages, while inducing the mistress to disappear. For a fee that can start in the tens of thousands of dollars, they will subtly infiltrate the mistress’s life, winning her friendship and trust in an attempt to break up the affair. The services have emerged as China’s economy has opened up in recent decades, and as extramarital affairs grew more common. With greater opportunities and incentives to be unfaithful — not a few businessmen and officials signal status by maintaining fetching young women — new businesses to combat the cheating have apparently flourished.

*DID YOU KNOW? Did you know that 31 Professors from Harvard University read LBN daily?
 
*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Sperm whales can dive as deep as two miles into the water, and their bodies have unique physiological adaptations to allow them to survive the intense cold and crushing pressure of these dives. They can limit circulation to the brain and other organs, slow the heart to 10 beats per minute to conserve oxygen, and collapse the lungs and rib cage to withstand pressure.

*LBN-CATCHING A FAST WORLD IN MOTION:

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***After filming an episode of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” Vice President Joe Biden and wife Jill went shopping at Saks on Friday. Fifth Avenue ground to a halt as the block between 49th and 50th was cleared of traffic and eight blacked-out cars screeched up. A crowd of Secret Service agents swarmed outside Saks, whereupon the veep and his wife emerged from a car, waved to confused tourists and went inside.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Haiti

  1. Native Haitians were pre-Columbian Amerindians called Taíno, “the good people.” The Taíno named their land “Ayiti,” meaning “Land of Mountains”—a term that evolved into “Haiti.”
  2. More than 10% of Haitian children die before age five.
  3. Eighty percent of Haitians live under the poverty line and 54% live in abject poverty. The average per capita income in Haiti is $480 a year, compared to $33,550 in the United States.
  4. Because of both violence and AIDS, Haiti has the highest percentage of orphans of any country in the Western Hemisphere. Before the 2010 earthquake, the United Nations estimated there were 430,000 orphans.
  5. Nearly 1.5 million people left Haiti in the early 1990s.
  6. A typical worker in Haiti makes only $2.75 a day. Because jobs are so scarce (approximately 70% do not have regular jobs), those who do have jobs are afraid to speak out against unfair labor practices.
  7. Only 53% of Haitians can read and write.
  8. Haiti’s national sport is soccer. Haiti first competed in the World Cup in 1974.
  9. Eighty percent of Haitians are Roman Catholic, 16% are Protestant, and 4% are other. Voodoo is often practiced alongside Christianity.
Haitian currency is named after the gourd
  1. Gourds were so important to the Haitian people that in 1807, President Henri Christophe (1761-1820) made them the base of national currency and declared all gourds the property of the state. Today, the Haitian currency is called “gourdes.”

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Robert Carswell, a Treasury Department official who was instrumental in choreographing the delicate financial negotiations that coaxed Iran into releasing 52 American hostages in 1981, died on July 22 at his home in Great Barrington, Mass. He was 87. His death was confirmed by Shearman & Sterling, the Manhattan law firm that he joined as an associate in 1952 and retired from in 2014.

*MY REVIEW: “Even though it frustrated me some times, I have to admit LBN is independent.”—–Mary Jo K., an LBN reader from Topeka, Kansas.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Linda Deutsch (Former A.P. Legal writer): I usually enjoy your LBN posts, but I must lodge a complaint about your coverage of one of the most historic days of my lifetime.  Your editor gave short shrift to Hillary’s  speech and the historic moment when a woman was finally nominated to the highest office in the land. It had taken over 200 years to get here and there was no mention in your story that this was a FIRST. Your editor gave more space to the Trump campaign’s idiotic response.  And then before the day was out, we had an urgent E-lert replacing the entire Hillary story with a Hillary bashing story about her alleged plans to raise taxes.  Shame  on your editor.  Maybe she is too young to realize the importance of this day. Or maybe she is, god help us, a Trump fan. We should have been allowed at least one day to bask in the glow of this brave and brilliant woman who had the nerve to take on the last glass ceiling and break through with power and determination to make this a better country…. Arguments about taxes certainly could have waited for another day.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Donald J. Trump: Michael Bloombergis a guy who didn’t have the guts to run for president. Little Michael. He doesn’t know anything about me. But he never had the guts to run. He probably wished he did but he didn’t. He spent millions of dollars on polling but he was missing one thing: guts. Little Michael.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Paul Krugman: Think about it: What does it mean to love America? Surely it means loving the country we actually have. I don’t know about you, but whenever I return from a trip abroad, my heart swells to see the sheer variety of my fellow citizens, so different in their appearance, their cultural heritage, their personal lives, yet all of them — all of us — Americans.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Bill O’Reilly: There was one especially revealing moment this week at the Democratic National Convention.  It came as Leon Panetta was in the middle of his speech Wednesday evening.  That’s Leon Panetta, former Secretary of Defense, former Director of the CIA, former Congressman, a man widely respected by members of both parties. It was not surprising that this distinguished American, who knows a thing or two about foreign policy, brought up the fight against global terrorism.  But the moment he did that, many in the crowd erupted in boos and chants of ‘No More War.’  Leon Panetta could only stand at the podium and smile wanly. ‘No More War’ sounds great, but those protesters may want to bone up on the Kellogg-Briand Pact of 1928.  The nations of the world got together and essentially outlawed war as a means of settling disputes.  Noble in sentiment, foolish and feckless in reality. So Leon Panetta learned a painful lesson Wednesday, namely that terror is the issue that dare not speak its name in liberal circles.

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: The City Sleeps…..You Dream…..We Are Your Partners – www.MichaelLevineMedia.com

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*LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:

*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Harry Brant, the flamboyant 20-year-old son of billionaire art collector Peter Brant and model Stephanie Seymour, was arrested in Greenwich, Connecticut, last week after fleeing a taxi without paying and carrying a baggie full of “a white substance that later tested positive for narcotics.” Wealthy scion Harry, who is a regular on the party and fashion circuit and has a new line with makeup brand MAC, allegedly bailed on a measly $27.85 taxi fare and ran off. When cops caught him, he was “sweating profusely and pale,” according to the police report. He then lied about taking the taxi before finally fessing up that he didn’t have the money to pay.   ***The man whose girlfriend jilted him to marry “Cocaine’’ singer Eric Clapton was busted for running a marijuana-selling operation out of his East Hampton home, public records show. Christopher Loniske, 42, was arraigned Friday on charges of criminal possession of a controlled substance and growing pot without a license after cops said they discovered “grow rooms” in his basement. Loniske worked as a clerk in a retail store in Los Angeles in 2011 when Clapton wooed Christopher’s then-23-year-old girlfriend, Melia McEnery, away from him.

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LBN- Late Breaking News

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: 

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Hillary Clinton says intends to raise taxes on the American people if elected. She has proposed an income tax increase, a business tax increase, a death tax increase, a capital gains tax increase, a tax on stock trading, an “Exit Tax” and more (see below). Her planned net tax increase on the American people is at least $1 trillion over ten years, based on her campaign’s own figures.

Hillary has endorsed several tax increases on middle income Americans, despite her pledge not to raise taxes on any American making less than $250,000. She has said she would be fine with a payroll tax hike on all Americans, she has endorsed a steep soda tax, endorsed a 25% national gun tax, and most recently, her campaign manager John Podestasaid she would be open to a carbon tax.

Hillary’s formally proposed $1 trillion net tax increase consists of the following:

Income Tax Increase – $350 Billion: Clinton has proposed  a $350 billion income tax hike in the form of a 28 percent cap on itemized deductions.

Business Tax Increase — $275 Billion: Clinton has called for a tax hike of at least $275 billion through undefined business tax reform, as described in a Clinton campaign document.

“Fairness” Tax Increase — $400 Billion: According to her published plan, Clinton has called for a tax increase of “between $400 and $500 billion” by “restoring basic fairness to our tax code.” These proposals include a “fair share surcharge,” the taxing of carried interest capital gains as ordinary income, and a hike in the Death Tax.

But there are even more Clinton tax hike proposals not included in the tally above. Her campaign has failed to release specific details for many of her proposals. The true Clinton net tax hike figure is likely much higher than $1 trillion.

For instance:

Capital Gains Tax Increase — Clinton has proposed an increase in the capital gains tax to counter the “tyranny of today’s earnings report.” Her plan calls for a byzantine capital gains tax regime with six rates. Her campaign has not put a dollar amount on this tax increase.

Tax on Stock Trading — Clinton has proposed a new tax on stock trading. Costs associated with this new tax will be borne by millions of American families that hold 401(k)s, IRAs and other savings accounts. The tax increase would only further burden markets by discouraging trading and investment. Again, no dollar figure for this tax hike has been released by the Clinton campaign.

“Exit Tax” – Rather than reduce the extremely high, uncompetitive corporate tax rate, Clinton has proposed a series of measures aimed at inversions including an “exit tax” on income earned overseas. The term “exit tax” is used by the campaign itself. Her campaign document describing this proposal says it will raise $80 billion in tax revenue, but claims some of the $80 billion will be plowed into tax relief. How much? The campaign doesn’t say.

This proposal completely fails to address the underlying causes behind inversions: The U.S. 39% corporate tax rate (35% federal rate plus an average state rate of 4%) and our “worldwide” system of taxation, which imposes tax on all American earnings worldwide. The average corporate rate in the developed world is 25%. Thirty-one of thirty-four developed countries have cut their corporate tax rate since 2000. The U.S. has not.

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