Monthly Archives: November 2016

LBN- Late Breaking News – Wednesday November 30

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A record one third of all babies born in the England last year had at least one foreign-born parent – as sky-high immigration fuels a population boom.

Staggering figures revealed that in some parts of London nearly 9 in 10 newborns had a Mom or Dad from overseas.

In the borough of Newham, 5,378 or 86 per cent of kids had at least one foreign born parent in 2015.

The total of 33 per cent for England and Wales compares with just 21 per cent in 2000.

Alp Mehmet, vice chair of Migration Watch, said: “These figures make clear yet again, that rapid population growth continues to be driven by immigration.

“Over the next few years immigration will move increasingly towards being the sole reason for the capital’s burgeoning population, which has serious implications for public services such as maternity and GP practices, as well as primary school places in due course.

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BINGO! Federal Debt Tops $19,900,000,000,000—On Black Friday:

The federal debt moved above 19,900,000,000,000 for the first time as of the close of business, Nov. 22, the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, according to data released by the Treasury. On that day, it rose from $19,899,004,081,493.50 to $19,907,540,739,514.52. However, on Nov. 23, the day before Thanksgiving, the debt dropped back to $19,897,994,347,700,50, according to the Treasury. No Treasury business was conducted on Thanksgiving. But by the close of business on Nov. 25—“Black  Friday”–the debt had climbed back above $19,900,000,000,000, hitting 19,928,118,193,162.55.

Trump: I Will Quit Business ‘in Total’ for Presidency:

In yet another early-morning tweetstorm, President-elect Donald Trump has announced he will leave his businesses “in total” in order to “fully focus” on running the country. He announced the news in four separate tweets. Trump and his family will discuss the move on Dec. 15 in New York City at a “major news conference.” Trump says he is “not mandated to” but wants to quit the businesses to avoid the appearance of conflicting interests. “I feel it is visually important, as president, to in no way have a conflict of interest with my various businesses,” he wrote. Much has been made in recent weeks of the overlap between his meetings with world leaders and his ability to obtain permits and contracts for his buildings in those countries.

U.N. Stiffens Sanctions on North Korea, Trying to Slow Its Nuclear March:

In an effort to tighten sanctions that largely failed to throttle North Korea’s nuclear program, the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday imposed a cap on coal exports, the country’s chief source of hard currency. The new penalties, adopted unanimously by the council, came as North Korea advances toward its goal of building a functional nuclear warhead. That presents a stark national security challenge to the incoming administration of President-elect Donald J. Trump, who called North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, “a maniac” during the campaign, but has said nothing about how to contain Mr. Kim’s nuclear ambitions. As with the original set of sanctions, which the Security Council adopted in March, the key to enforcing these new penalties remains in the hands of China, North Korea’s principal patron and coal customer.

Philip Morris Looks to ‘Phase Out’ Cigarettes:

In a bid to eventually “phase out” conventional cigarettes, tobacco manufacturer Philip Morris rolled out a brand new product that heats tobacco instead of burning it. The new product, dubbed “Iqos,” will give users 90 percent less of the toxins contained in normal cigarettes, according to Philip Morris. Trials have shown that the Iqos could actually help people quit smoking. The company’s CEO, Andre Calantzopoulos, told the BBC that he acknowledges the harmful effects of cigarettes and want to “find and commercialize” those which are less damaging to users’ health.

Romney Praises Trump After Their Dinner:

Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney praised President-elect Donald Trump after the two men went to dinner as Trump continues to deliberate about his choice for secretary of State. “I had a wonderful evening with President-elect Trump,” Romney said after leaving the dinner. “We had another discussion about affairs throughout the world and these discussions I’ve had with him have been enlightening, and interesting, and engaging. I’ve enjoyed them very, very much. I was also very impressed by the remarks he made on his victory night. By the way, it’s not easy winning. I know that myself. He did something I tried to do and was unsuccessful in. He won the general election and he continues with a message of inclusion and bringing people together and his vision is something which obviously connected with the American people in a very powerful way. The last few weeks he’s been carrying or a transition effort and I can tell you I’ve been impressed by what I’ve seen in the transition effort.”  Romney, who devoted an entire speech during the campaign eviscerating Trump as a con man and a fraud also praised the administration appointments of Nikki Haley, Jeff Sessions, and Betsy DeVos. “I think you’re going to see America continue to lead the world in this century. And what I’ve seen through these discussions I’ve had with President-elect Trump, as well as what we’ve seen in his speech the night of his victory, as well as the people he’s selected as part of his transition, all of those things combined give me increasing hope that President-elect Trump is the very man who can lead us to that better future,” Romney concluded his brief remarks.

Al Gore: Electoral College Should Be ‘Eliminated’:

Speaking at an event in Washington, D.C., this week, former Vice President Al Gore says he has changed his mind about the importance of the Electoral College. As one of two Democratic nominees this century to win the popular vote but lose the presidency due to the Electoral College system, Gore said, “I do think that it should be eliminated.” Gore added, “I think moving to a popular vote system is not without peril, is not without problems, it’s not a simple one choice is all good, the other is all bad. It’s a balancing act. But I think the balance has shifted, in my mind at least, and I think that we should go to a popular vote.”

ISIS Calls Ohio State University Attacker a ‘Soldier’:

The Islamic State claimed responsibility on Tuesday for the attack at Ohio State University, calling the student who drove his car into pedestrians and then slashed people with a butcher knife a “soldier” of the terrorist group. A day after the assault injured 11 people, local and federal law enforcement agencies were searching for evidence to determine whether it was an act of terrorism and whether the assailant acted alone, while the large Somali immigrant community here denounced the attack and braced for a possible backlash. The attacker, identified as Abdul Razak Ali Artan, a Somali-born Ohio State student, was shot and killed by a police officer.

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Student-Debt Forgiveness Program Far Exceeds Cost Estimates:

In the first projection of new student-loan relief efforts, the U.S. government will take in tens of billions of dollars less than expected from an Obama administration effort to assist borrowers. According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, more than $108 billion in student debt will be waived in the coming years—the first full-cost projection of a program that ties loan payments to borrowers’ incomes. In a report to be released Wednesday, the Government Accountability Office estimates some $137 billion of $533 billion in outstanding loan debt covered in the program will never be paid, as enrollment surpassed expectations and more than tripled in the past three years. The report, which only covers loans made through the 2016-2017 school year, slams the Department of Education’s accounting methods, which allegedly underestimated the cost of the debt-relief plans. The remaining $29 billion is projected to be forgiven in cases of death or disability. Under terms of the most generous loan agreements, borrowers’ payments are limited to 10 percent of their discretionary income each month, with the remaining balance waived after 10 to 20 years. Though it is controversial, the Obama administration has said the programs should be credited with reducing the number of new graduates who default on their loans.

Netflix Allows Downloads to Watch Shows, Movies Offline:

Netflix announced on Wednesday that it is allowing users to download shows and movies in order to watch them offline. Additionally, users will not have to upgrade their accounts or pay a higher subscription fee in order to access offline playback. The streaming service joins Amazon Instant Video and Vudu in supporting offline playback. Shows that will be available for download and offline playback include NarcosOrange is The New BlackBreaking BadMad Men, and The Crown.

CIA Chief to Trump: Scrapping Iran Deal Would Be ‘Height of Folly’:

CIA Director John Brennan said in a BBC interview that it would be “disastrous” for the incoming Trump administration to scrap the Iran nuclear deal. Brennan said the move would be “the height of folly,” and also noted that Donald Trump should be cautious about interacting with Russia. Brennan blamed Moscow for the deaths and turmoil in Syria, which has suffered through a five-year civil war. Throughout his campaign and into the transition period, Trump has said he may throw out the Iran deal and that he would like to work more closely with Vladimir Putin. Brennan will leave his post at the CIA in January.

Saudi Prince: Ban on Women Drivers Is ‘Unjust’:

Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has called for an end to the kingdom’s ban on women drivers, deeming the prohibition “unjust.” The prince wrote on his Twitter account: “Stop thedebate: Time for women to drive” and released an accompanying statement, which laid out the social and economic reasons for his position. Alwaleed, one of the world’s wealthiest men, is a philanthropist and chairs Kingdom Holding Co. He holds no political posts. The kingdom has the world’s strictest laws for women, including the world’s only ban on females driving. In his statement, he wrote: “Preventing a woman from driving a car is today an issue of rights similar to the one that forbade her from receiving an education or having an independent identity.” He added, “They are all unjust acts by a traditional society, far more restrictive than what is lawfully allowed by the precepts of religion.”

LBN-NOTICED:   ***Emma Stone at the Brooklyn Diner on West 57th Street in NYC with her mom while taking a break from “SNL” rehearsals. The pair ordered a chicken pot pie, grilled cheese and iced tea.   ***New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Megachurch pastor A.R. Bernard at Old Homestead Steakhouse in NYC.   ***Mike Pence was a surprise guest at hedge-funder hot spot Hunt & Fish Club in NYC on Tuesday. Spies said the veep-elect attended a “campaign debt-retirement party” in honor of former presidential hopeful Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. The affair was attended by about 15 VIPs. Pence was there for 35 minutes, then mingled with regulars outside a private room.   ***Anthony Weiner has returned to New York from a more than a month-long stint in a Tennessee rehab, spotted at the apartment he still shares with his estranged wife Huma Abedin and their son, four-year-old Jordan. Earlier on Tuesday, Huma treated herself to a blowout at Elizabeth Arden’s Red Door Salon before getting her nails manicured at Blooming Nails in New York.

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LBN-SPOTLIGHT: The Best of the TV Interview Show —– “Without Notes” —–Michael Levine concludes his conversation with former FBI chief hostage negotiator Chris Voss. —— https://youtu.be/nlTAmPMkUiA

LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:   ***Matt Lauer is staying put at “Today.” The anchor has re-signed his contract with the NBC morning show— which will keep him as co-host for at least two more years at $20 million per year. Multiple sources said that Lauer inked the new contract months ago.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Frank Bruni: A show of hands, please: How many of you would like Donald Trump to step away — far away — from his Twitter account? I’m pretty sure I have a majority, but to be safe: How many can at least agree on no tweets before breakfast? Yowza. I’m above 95 percent. Reince, you don’t have to nod wildly and jump up and down; the raised hand alone will do. And you get one hand, Melania, not two. Two is a real, provable case of voter fraud. Thanks in part to the president-elect’s predilection for outbursts of fewer than 140 characters, he routinely comes across as petty and mercurial. But right now he has an opportunity for the opposite impression. He can choose Mitt Romney as his secretary of state. That he’s actually mulling this — the two had a second meeting about it, over dinner in Manhattan, Tuesday night — is alone extraordinary. Trump knows how to carry a grudge the way Jim Brown knew how to carry a football, and Romney gave him cause for vengefulness, with a major speech during the Republican primaries that labeled him a fraud and exhorted Americans to reject him.

LBN-COMMENTARY by President Barack Obama: I will tell you, New Hampshire, 2008, I had just won Iowa and had this whirlwind tour of New Hampshire, huge rallies, huge crowds, and our internal pollster had us up by 10. And around 7:30, as I’m putting on my clothes to deliver my victory speech, I get a knock on the door by David Plouffe, David Axelrod and Robert Gibbs. And they’ve got sheepish looks on their faces [chuckles]. And they say, “Barack, we have some interesting news for you. We don’t think we’re gonna win this thing.” That’s the thing about democracy. That’s the thing about voting. It doesn’t mean polls are irrelevant, but there is always a human variable involved in this. So I think the odds of Donald Trump winning were always around 20 percent. That [doesn’t] seem like a lot, but one out of five is not that unusual. It’s not a miracle.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Andy Parker: During his 2008 campaign, Barack Obama got into trouble with his famous comment about too many working class Americans clinging to their guns and religion. At the time, he had to backpedal from the remarks, but as we saw in the last election his observation was prescient. Bible thumpers and gun toters have ushered in scary times for many of us labeled “libtards” by the fundamentalist/NRA faction.The other pillar of this unholy trinity is hypocrisy. Nowhere is it on finer display than at Liberty University. If it can be believed, its leader Jerry Falwell Jr., was asked to be Secretary of Education in the new regime. This, after preaching the virtues of arming his students and faculty and directing pointed language at Muslims. Liberty now attracts the likes of John Luke Robertson, a member of the clan from the reality-television series “Duck Dynasty.” His major? Adventure Leadership and Outdoor Ministry. Wonder what that looks like on a diploma.

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David Petraeus, Secretary of State Candidate, Meets With Trump: 

President-elect Donald J. Trump met on Monday with David H. Petraeus, the highly decorated but scandal-scarred former military commander, who has emerged as a new contender for secretary of state after days of bitter internal feuding over who will get the coveted post. Mr. Petraeus, a retired general and former C.I.A. director, spent an hour with Mr. Trump at his offices in Trump Tower in Manhattan and told reporters afterward that the president-elect had given him a tutorial on world affairs. “He basically walked us around the world,” Mr. Petraeus said. “Showed a great grasp of a variety of the challenges that are out there and some of the opportunities as well. Very good conversation, and we’ll see where it goes from here.” In a Twitter post 15 minutes later, Mr. Trump said, “Just met with General Petraeus — was very impressed!”

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Nearly 100,000 Somali refugees have been admitted into the United States since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, including 9,020 during fiscal year 2016 and 1,352 last month alone. More than 99 percent of those refugees areMuslims, reflecting the religious makeup of Somalia’s population, which is almost entirely Muslim, predominantly Sunni. Figures for November are not yet available. The State Department’s Refugee Processing Center database was down on Monday – but between the al-Qaeda terror attacks in September 2001 and October 31 this year, 98,799 Somali refugees had been resettled in the U.S. The largest numbers of Somali refugees arriving in the country since 9/11 have been settled in Minnesota (almost 16,000) and Ohio (more than 7,500), with sizeable communities also in Texas, New York and Arizona. Monday’s attack on the Ohio State University campus in Columbus, Ohio, was carried out by a student who, according to law enforcement officials, was a Somali refugee who came to the U.S. in 2014, after living for several years in Pakistan.

75 Dead in Colombia Plane Crash:

A plane carrying a Brazilian soccer team crashed in Colombia on its way into Medellin’s airport late Monday night, killing at least 75 of those on board. There are six survivors. The British Aerospace-made short-haul plane, operated by charter airline LaMia, left Bolivia with 72 passengers and nine crew, before calling in an emergency midflight and disappearing off radar systems. Reports from survivors indicate possible electrical problems on the plane, though one said the craft ran out of fuel on the approach to Medellin. On the ground, Colombian search and rescue workers fought through the night in heavy rain and low visibility in a mountainous area outside the city, about 22miles from the airport. Medellin’s José María Córdova International Airport confirmed the plane was carrying members of the Chapecoense soccer team from Brazil, who were due to play against Atletico Nacional in the two-game Copa Sudamericana final Wednesday. “What was supposed to be a celebration has turned into a tragedy,” Medellin Mayor Federico Gutierrez said. In a brief statement on its Facebook page, the Chapecoense soccer club said “may God accompany our athletes, officials, journalists and other guests traveling with our delegation.” Among the survivors are a defender who is reported to have spinal injuries, two goalkeepers, a team official, and a Bolivian flight attendant. Twenty-one journalists following the team were also aboard the doomed flight.

Trump Taps Rep. Tom Price to Lead HHS:

Donald Trump has picked Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, The New York Times reports. Price, a vocal critic of the Affordable Care Act, would likely be central to Trump’s plan to repeal or change the health-care reform law. A former orthopedic surgeon, Price has recently criticized the ACA for its rising premiums and cuts to health-care options. He has suggested alternative bills while in Congress, although it is still unclear how Trump plans to act on the Affordable Care Act. “Either Obamacare will be amended, or repealed and replaced,” Trump told The Wall Street Journal after meeting with President Obama this month.

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Newly Identified Pearl Harbor Victims’ Remains Returned to Families:

The remains of more than 20 sailors from the wreckage of battleship in Pearl Harbor—the USS Oklahoma—have been identified this year and buried with full military honors. The newly identified victims of the Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese surprise attack have been turned over to families and to the Arlington National Cemetery. The funeral for one of those men, Edwin Chester Hopkins, took place last month and was the result of successful lobbying by family members and POW advocates. Hopkins was one of several servicemen identified using new forensic methods that have enabled the remains of many of the missing Americans killed that day to be returned home.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: A suspect in the bombing of three Albuquerque, N.M. Starbucks is now in federal custody, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced Monday. While the suspect’s name has not been released, two other Starbucks bombings this year have been linked to the Islamic State (ISIS). The explosive devices were detonated at three Starbucks coffee shops – located at 3400 Central Ave. SE; 4407 Lomas Blvd. NE; and 5401 Gibson Blvd. SE – last Friday, and police found evidence of gun shots at two of the locations.

NEW CABINET PICK: Elaine Chao, who was the secretary of Labor under George W. Bush and the assistant secretary of Transportation in the administration of President George H.W. Bush, will be named Transportation secretary by President-elect Donald Trump, according an official with the transition. An official announcement is expected later Tuesday. Chao is married to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

Texas to Require Burial of Fetal Remains:

Texas will implement new rules requiring fetal remains to be buried or cremated. Beginning Dec. 19, the rules will require abortion clinics and health-care facilities to bury or cremate remains, regardless of how long the fetus had been in gestation. Introduced in July, the rules prompted massive backlash from health professionals and reproductive-rights activists, who argued that the rules created an unnecessary burden on women, or that the rules would punish those who’d had miscarriages. Texas lawmakers later updated the rules to state that miscarriages or abortions that took place outside a medical facility would not require burials.

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Park Geun-hye, Embattled South Korean President, Says She’s Willing to Resign: 

President Park Geun-hye of South Korea said Tuesday that she was willing to resign before her term ends, in an effort to head off a pending impeachment vote over a devastating corruption scandal.“I am giving up everything now,” she said in a dramatic, five-minute televised address, offering her third public apology for the scandal that has paralyzed her government for weeks. It was the first time South Koreans had heard from their cloistered leader since a previous televised public apology on Nov. 4. But opposition lawmakers immediately rejected the offer, calling it a ploy meant to divide her political opponents and allow Ms. Park to survive in office, and they vowed to proceed with impeachment efforts. But their plan to call for an impeachment vote on Friday has been cast into doubt.

LBN-NOTICED:   ***Judd Apatow and wife Leslie Mannbackstage at “Chris Gethard: Career Suicide” at the Lynn Redgrave Theater in NYC.   ***Clive Davis at Myles Chefetz’s Prime 112 in Miami.   ***Rudy Giuliani at Babette’s in East Hampton, a favorite of Bill Clinton’s, where pictures of Hillaryline the walls.   ***Alec Baldwin at Highway Restaurant & Bar in the Hamptons.   ***Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson at Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows in Santa Monica, Calif..   ***Chris Evans at Gowings Bar & Grill in Sydney.   ***Ethan Hawke had a reunion with his “Reality Bites” co-star Winona Ryder over two decades later at a screening of his movie “Born To Be Blue.” Ryder showed up to the after-party at the Django in Tribeca in NYC on Sunday to support Hawke when he snuck up on her. ***Veteran reality TV show producer, Tony Dimondeating ice cream at 3 Twins Ice Cream on Main Street in Santa Monica. ***Prominent entertainment industry asset manager, Brad Herman having dinner at the Galley on Main Street in Santa Monica.

LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Joe Esposito, who was Elvis Presley’s right-hand man, close friend and road manager for nearly two decades, died on Wednesday at his home in Calabasas, Calif. He was 78. The cause was complications of dementia, his daughter Cindy Bahr said.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Yoga
·  The word “yoga” is derived from the Sanskrit root yuj meaning to yoke or join together. It most often refers to the yoking of a conscious subject (jiva-atman) with a Supreme Spirit (parama ta man) in order to reach an ecstatic condition (Samadhi, a “placing or putting together”). It is derived from the Proto-Indo-European base *yeug-, meaning “to join” as in jugular.
·  A 2008 market study in Yoga Journal reports that some 16 million Americans practice yoga and spend $5.7 billion a year on gear.
·  “Doga” is a type of yoga in which people use yoga to achieve harmony with their pets. Dogs can either be used as props for their owners or they can do the stretches themselves. It reportedly started in New York in 2002 when Suzi Teitelman started “Yoga for Dogs.”
·  The swastika is a yoga symbol that comes from the Sanskrit term Svastik, meaning “that which is associated with well-being.”
·  Hatha yoga is the type of yoga most frequently practiced in Western culture. Ha means “sun” and tha means “moon,” representing hatha yoga’s attempt to combine both complementary forces.
The sound of “OM” encompasses all words and all sounds in human language
·  The yoga symbol “Om” is found in Hindu and Tibetan philosophy. It is said to be the primordial sound of the universe and is connected to the Ajna Chakra (the conscience) or “third eye” region.
·  Aaron Star teaches “Hot Nude Yoga” in a Chelsea studio. The classes are men-only, and there are only two rules: “no kissing and no touching penises.”
·  Yoga can improve orgasms. When a person has an orgasm, the pelvic floor muscles that run between the legs rapidly contract. In yoga, the pelvic floor muscles are known as moola bandha. Yoga strengthens them, providing benefits similar to Kegel exercises.
·  Pierre Bernard (1875-1955), also known as the “Omnipotent Oom,” was one of the first prolific American yogis. He founded the Tantrik Order, a secret society which taught its initiates Hatha yoga, philosophy, and Sanskrit and which also sanctioned sacramental sex.
·  An Indian study claims that yoga can help premature ejaculation (PE).

Celebrity Dentist Dr. Jay Grossman States His Concerns for the Drug Triclosan Found in Toothpaste Amid FDA Ban:

Dr. Jay Grossman, http://www.drjaydds.com/ speaks on the topic of using the controversial antibacterial chemical, triclosan, amid the Food and Drug Administration’s ban in using it in hand soaps. While it is not allowed in soaps, the F.D.A. was convinced by the bestselling toothpaste brand, Colgate Total, that the benefit of triclosan outweighs any risk. In a New York Times article, Andrea Fischer, an FDA spokesperson stated that, “triclosan has demonstrated to be an effective component in reducing plaque and gingivitis,” based in large part on a Colgate study done in 1977, and the balance of benefit and risk was favorable to use this ingredient in soaps and toothpastes. It is the opinion of Dr. Jay Grossman, that the efficacy of its possible antimicrobial properties, may be outweighed by its possible role in disrupting hormonal development. Although the Colgate study sites a significant reduction in gingivitis, independent reviews, such as those done by the Cochrane group, state that the benefits may not be clinically significant.

Colin Broderick’s First Feature Film “Emerald City” to Premiere After Success in The London Irish Film Festival 2016

Colin Broderick’s first feature film “Emerald City” tells the tale of a hard living crew of aging Irish construction workers in NYC and of one character in particular who may have found a way out. Pat Mack, played by the comedic theatrical actor, John Keating, lives in the Irish enclave of Woodlawn, Yonkers, with his wife and two kids. His Manhattan based construction business is teetering on the brink, but his personal life might be in worse shape that that. Meanwhile on the job he is trying to rally a crew of Irish misfits who might be well be unemployable were it not for his misguided sense of cultural commitment to each of them. Emerald City is co-produced by Brendan Coyle(Mr Bates on Downton Abbey), Don Cisternino of MagnifiCo Inc. and Sid Levin of TLA Talent and Literary Agency. Brendan Coyle reached out to Broderick after seeing a short movie “Smile” he’d made on You Tube a few years ago. The two bonded further after realizing that they shared the same background: Coyle’s father grew up in Tyrone just a few miles from Broderick’s home place. Don Cisternino met Colin Broderick through their mutual friend John Duddy, who is currently an actor represented by Hollywood Agent Sid Levin of TLA. MagnifiCo and TLA joined forces earlier this year to create a boutique talent and literary agency with a global reach.

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The Warren Commission Is Established (1963)
Chaired by US Chief Justice Earl Warren, the Warren Commission was appointed by US President Lyndon B. Johnson to investigate the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the shooting of his assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald. After months of investigation, it reported that Kennedy was killed by Oswald’s rifle shots from the Texas School Book Depository and that Oswald’s murder by Jack Ruby was not part of a conspiracy to assassinate Kennedy.

LBN-SPOTLIGHT: “Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out.” —– www.TheExcelCommunity.com

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Over the past few decades, party loyalty has been the defining feature of national politics. Especially in the House but even in the Senate, members deferred to their party leaders. Congress as a whole deferred to the presidency. Members of the president’s own party acted as his foot soldiers. Members of the other party acted as his opposition. But Donald Trump’s victory smashes all that. He is hostile to the Republican establishment. His proposals cut across orthodox partisan lines.As Bill Kristol told me, the coming Congress may not look like the recent Congresses, when party-line voting was the rule. A vote on an infrastructure bill may look very different from a vote on health care or education or foreign policy. This may be a Congress with many caucuses — floating coalitions rather than just follow-the-leader obedience. Meanwhile, as Christopher DeMuth wrote recently in The Wall Street Journal, committee chairmen may reassert authority against the executive branch. Trump’s authoritarian style represents an assault on the traditional separation of powers. He may end up energizing all those constitutional forms and practices he stands against.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Leah Remini (Actress): Yes. Scientology is a brainwashing proposition from the very first book that you read in [church doctrine] Dianetics, where L. RonHubbard positions himself as a college-educated person, which he wasn’t; a nuclear physicist, which he wasn’t; and a decorated military man, which he wasn’t. Also important is that he claims that Scientology and Dianetics is a proven science. So when you’re indoctrinated when you’re very young, as I was, and all the information that you receive is from Scientology, and you’re not allowed to look at other things because you’re penalized for doing that, yes, that is the way cults work. They cut you off from information from the outside world and they start to sequester you by saying everybody else is your enemy. That is another way that cults work. It satisfies all the checkmarks for what a cult is and what brainwashing is.

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LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Gerard Butler is single. After a couple of years of dating, he’s ended things with Morgan Brown, a former model and the daughter of late Hamptons real estate developer Coco Brown.

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