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LBN – Late Breaking News February 24, 2017

Starbucks’ ‘Brand Perception’ Takes A Massive Hit After Announcing Plans To Hire 10,000 Refugees:

About a month ago, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz decided to ‘take a stand’ in defiance of Trump‘s immigration executive order and penned a message to the world vowing, among other things, to hire 10,000 refugees over the next 5 years and “build bridges, not walls, with Mexico”.  Here are some excerpts from the politically charged message drafted by Schultz with “deep concern and a heavy heart”:
I write to you today with deep concern, a heavy heart and a resolute promise. Let me begin with the news that is immediately in front of us: we have all been witness to the confusion, surprise and opposition to the Executive Order that President Trump issued on Friday, effectively banning people from several predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States, including refugees fleeing wars. I can assure you that our Partner Resources team has been in direct contact with the partners who are impacted by this immigration ban, and we are doing everything possible to support and help them to navigate through this confusing period.
Well, Schultz quickly found out the hard way that while most adult-aged Americans can agree that they like coffee,roughly 50% disagree with his left-leaning political opinions.  Which, according to Yahoo Finance, has sent the company’s “brand perception” into a downward spiral since January 29th.

The coffee giant’s consumer perception levels have fallen by two-thirds since late January, according to YouGov BrandIndex.

The perception tracker measures if respondents have “heard anything about the brand in the last two weeks, through advertising, news or word of mouth, was it positive or negative.” In Starbucks’ case, perception is still overall positive, but significantly lower than it was prior to CEO Howard Schultz published a public letter outlining the company’s plans to give refugees jobs.

YouGov says that there’s reason to believe backlash will impact the chain’s bottom line. Two days before Starbucks’ announcement, 30% of consumers said they’d consider buying from Starbucks the next time they were craving coffee, the highest proportion in nearly a year. Now, the percentage is down to 24%.

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LBN – Special Report – Friday February 24, 2017

LBN-INVESTIGATES: The following restaurant chains received F grades in antibiotic practices: ***KFC   ***Dunkin’ Donuts   ***Sonic   ***Olive Garden   ***Denny’s   ***Starbucks   ***Jack In The Box   ***Burger King   ***Applebees   ***Domino’s Pizza   ***Chilli’s   ***Little Caesars   ***Buffalo Wild Wings   ***Dairy Queen   ***Arby’s   ***IHOP

CDC: Heroin Causes 25 Percent of U.S. Overdoses:

One in four drug overdoses in the U.S. in 2015 were related to heroin, according to new numbers released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Not only was 2015the first year that the number of overdose deaths in the U.S. exceeded 50,000, but deaths from opiods increased from 57 percent to 73 percent in only five years. “Starting in 2011, overdoses involving heroin has really skyrocketed,” Andrew Kolodny, of Brandeis University’s Opioid Policy Research Center, said, “There’s a really good chance the increase involving heroin has to be involved with fentanyl.” The CDC study also found a significant increase in the number of deaths related to synthetic opiods, such as fetanyl, the drug linked to Prince’s death this past year. Researchers contend that prescription drug use is being replaced by heroin use because of the cost and crackdown on illegal use of prescription opiods.

Iraq Carries Out First Airstrikes on ISIS Targets in Syria:

According to Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, Iraq’s air force on Friday carried out its first airstrikes on Islamic Statetargets inside Syria. The move comes just one day after Iraqi troops seized the Mosul airport from ISIS. Meanwhile in Syria, an alleged Islamic State car bomb was detonated in the village of Sousian, which had already been recaptured from militants. The explosion killed dozens of people—including many civilians—when it was detonated at a security checkpoint controlled by Turkey-backed rebels. A leading Syrian opposition fighter in the area, Mohammed al-Tawil, said a suicide attacker blew a small pickup truck outside of a security office. At least 35 civilians are dead, Reuters reports. The attack, in the village of Sousian, may have killed up to 42 people, according to the Britian-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Pence: ‘Obamacare Nightmare’ Almost Over:

Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday defended the Trump administration’s plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act, telling conservatives in Washington that “America’s Obamacarenightmare is about to end.” “Despite the best efforts of liberal activists around the country, the American people know better. Obamacare has failed, and Obamacare must go,” he told an audience at the Conservative Political Action Conference. Despite protests against the repeal at town halls across the country—and concerns about the lack of a replacement even within the GOP—Pence promised “an orderly transition to a better health-care system that finally puts the American people first.” He did not provide any specifics on what the replacement plan would entail. An estimated 20 million people are currently insured under former President Obama’s health-care law, and many fear a repeal would leave most of them without coverage.

Trump Wants U.S. Nuclear Arsenal at ‘Top of the Pack’:

President Trump on Thursday told Reuters reporters that he wants to make sure the U.S. nuclear arsenal is at the “top of the pack” but that he’s concerned the nation has “fallen behind on nuclear weapon capacity.” He added, “I am the first one that would like to see … nobody have nukes, but we’re never going to fall behind any country even if it’s a friendly country, we’re never going to fall behind on nuclear power.” According to anti-nuclear group the Ploughshares Fund, the U.S. has 6,800 warheads, and Russia has 7,000 warheads. Trump added, “It would be wonderful, a dream would be that no country would have nukes, but if countries are going to have nukes, we’re going to be at the top of the pack.”

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: “Current research on young adults suggests that parents and children are maintaining high levels of involvement,” she said. “Although parents and adult children have always maintained some level of involvement, we do see an increase in what is often termed ‘helicopter parenting’ and ‘landing pad’ children.”

LBN-HEALTH WATCH:   ***It’s so common it’s been given an unofficial name: Post-Election Stress Disorder. Mental health professionals around the country, especially those working in Democratic strongholds, report a stream of patients coming in with anxiety and depression related to — or worsened by — the blast of daily news on the new administration. In the past, therapists say it’s been fairly uncommon for patients to bring up politics on the couch. “It is big money to talk about politics with me—that is not what we do!” said Maria Lymberis, a psychiatrist in Santa Monica, Calif.

LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Harold R. Denton, the unflappable federal bureaucrat who comforted Americans worried that the nation’s worst commercial nuclear power accident, at Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania in 1979, would escalate into a doomsday catastrophe, died on Feb. 13 at his home in Knoxville, Tenn. He was 80.The cause was complications of pulmonary disease and Alzheimer’s disease, his daughter, Elizabeth Baird, said.

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LBN-NOTICED:   ***Beyoncé waiting in her SUV while her bodyguard grabbed her lunch from Lemonade in West Hollywood, Calif.   ***Catherine Deneuve taking selfies with billionaire art collector Jean Pigozzi at his “Pool Party in the Snow” exhibit in St. Moritz, Switzerland.   ***Rashad Jennings,Leighton Meester and LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy at Saks Downtown Men’s opening party with GQ.

LBN – THIS DAY IN HISTORY:
Nazi Party Founded in Germany (1920)
The term National Socialist—or Nazi, for short—was added to the name of the German Workers’ Party the year after it was founded. On the day it was renamed, swiftly-rising new member Adolf Hitler outlined the party’s official platform before 2,000 people, its largest audience yet. During the Great Depression, millions of jobless voters joined the party, and in 1932 it became the largest bloc in the Reichstag.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: A few weeks ago, Tom Cotton and David Perdue, Republican senators from Arkansas and Georgia, introduced an immigration bill that would cut the number of legal immigrants to this country each year in half, from about a million to about 500,000. In a press conference, Cotton offered a rationale for his bill. “There’s no denying this generation-long surge in low-skilled immigration has hurt blue-collar wages,” he said. If we can reduce the number of low-skill immigrants coming into the country, that will reduce the pool of labor, put upward pressure on wages and bring more Americans back into the labor force. It seems like a plausible argument. That is, until you actually get out in the real world. Cotton and Perdue’s position, which is now the mainstream Republican position, is based on the unconscious supposition that American society is like a lake, with a relatively fixed boundary. If you cut the supply of fish coming from outside, there will be more food for the ones born here.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Peggy Noonan: If Democrats have a brain in their head, they’ll let Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch sail through the Senate. He’s too attractive. He has been frank and respectful in his meetings with them. He’s been candid about the man who nominated him, Donald Trump, to the reported irritation of the president. He is a thinker of clear conservative leanings who cannot be painted as radical because he’s radical as warm milk. His decisions tend to be plain, direct yet highly literate; in one he diagramed a sentence. He’s a friendly persuader with a serious intellectual background (Marshall Scholar at Oxford) and personal dignity.  Sharp and uniform opposition to him would look radical.

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LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***The infamous “Access Hollywood” tape — in which President Donald Trump bragged about grabbing women by the hoo-ha — was an inside job, leaked by an NBC News staffer on Billy Bush’s own “Today” show, multiple sources tell Page Six. “The tape was leaked by the NBC News division, by somebody at the ‘Today’ show,” says one source. “NBC News knew for a while about the existence of the tape. Billy himself had told them about it. People in the news division became frustrated that ‘Access Hollywood’ was taking too long to air it and decided it had to come out.”   ***Trouble is brewing over Grace Hightower’s coffee company. We’re told that her husband, Robert De Niro — who is a major investor in the firm — is steamed because the 5-year-old Grace Hightower & Coffees of Rwanda brand is turning into a money pit. We’re told that Hightower has frustrated business associates — as well as the legendary actor — by dithering over simple decisions, and “changing her mind about how to run the business depending on who she spoke to last.” A source tells us that, in a moment of frustration, De Niro boiled over while bickering with Hightower in public at a Manhattan bar, telling her, “I wouldn’t have to keep making s - - tty movies if you didn’t spend all my money!”   ***Amber Rose has gone from stripper to strip club owner. Speaking at All Def Movie Awards on Wednesday night, the model announced that she had bought the famed Los Angeles gentlemen’s club Ace of Diamonds.

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LBN – Special Report – Thursday February 23, 2017

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Iraqi Troops Storm Mosul Airport in Fight Against ISIS:

Iraqi troops—backed by U.S. drones and jets—stormed Mosul’s airport on Thursday, seizing control of the important base in a move to recapture the city from ISIS control. The advance will allow troops to launch operations into a key part of the city’s western suburbs. Several thousand of the Islamic State’s veteran fighters had installed defenses in the area. The runway was secured by noon on Thursday, though militants had laid landmines through much of the abandoned complex. “Our forces started a major operation this morning to storm the Ghazlani airport base and I can confirm that it is only a matter of time before we control the whole area,” said Sabah al-Numan, a spokesman for the Iraqi counter-terrorism forces.

Muslims Raise Over $100K to Help Vandalized Jewish Cemetery:

In a show of support for Jewish Americans, Muslim Americans have raised more than $108,000 to help clean up a Jewish cemetery in St. Louis that was vandalized over the weekend. The attack on the Chesed Shel Emeth Society cemetery – which saw hundreds of gravestones toppled and destroyed – garnered nationwide attention and prompted a visit from Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday. Muslim Americans used online fundraising to show their support for those affected by the vandalism. “Muslim Americans stand in solidarity with the Jewish-American community to condemn this horrific act of desecration,” the fundraisers wrote in their appeal on Launchgood.com. The goal of the fundraising campaign was not only to raise funds to help repair the gravestones, they said, but also to “send a united message from the Jewish and Muslim communities that there is no place for this type of hate, desecration, and violence in America.”

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Collins: I’m Open To Trump Tax Subpoena:

Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine said on Wednesday that she’s open to using a subpoena to investigate the tax returns of President Donald Trump in order to ascertain potential connections to Russia. Collins is on the Senate Intelligence Committee which is looking into Russian interference in the election last year. Collins said on Maine public radio that she would hope for “voluntary cooperation” but would be open to the subpoena if necessary. She also said that she would be calling for former national security adviserMichael Flynn to testify. Trump has refused to disclose his tax returns throughout the election.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***When new employees join Uber, they are asked to subscribe to 14 core company values, including making bold bets, being “obsessed” with the customer, and “always be hustlin’.” The ride-hailing service particularly emphasizes “meritocracy,” the idea that the best and brightest will rise to the top based on their efforts, even if it means stepping on toes to get there. Those values have helped propel Uber to one of Silicon Valley’s biggest success stories. The company is valued at close to $70 billion by private investors and now operates in more than 70 countries. Yet the focus on pushing for the best result has also fueled what current and former Uber employees describe as a Hobbesian environment at the company, in which workers are sometimes pitted against one another and where a blind eye is turned to infractions from top performers.   ***Westwood Village, once the place where big films opened in Los Angeles, is about to be down to just two remaining movie houses. The owner of the Landmark Regent Theatre on Broxton Avenue has filed plans with the city to convert the auditorium space into two restaurants.  The Regent opened in 1966 as a Laemmle theatre, in a 1946 building that originally housed retail stores — including the Oakley Barber Shop, a Westwood Village fixture now located on Gayley Avenue. Laemmle ran it until Mann Theaters took over in the 1970s. Landmark began operating the Regent in 2002.

Social Media Are Driving Americans Insane Reports Media Expert:

 If you pull out your phone to check Twitter while waiting for the light to change, or read e-mails while brushing your teeth, you might be what the American Psychological Association calls a “constant checker.” And chances are, it’s hurting your mental health reports media expert and author Michael Levine(www.MichaelLevineMedia.com). According to Levine, the APA released a study finding that Americans were experiencing the first statistically significant stress increase in the survey’s 10-year history. “In January, 57 percent of respondents of all political stripes said the U.S. political climate was a very or somewhat significant source of stress, up from 52 percent who said the same thing in August” said Levine. According to Levine’s report, social media use has skyrocketed from 7 percent of American adults in 2005 to 65 percent in 2015. For those in the 18-29 age range, the increase is larger, from 12 percent to a remarkable 90 percent.

LBN-HEALTH WATCH:   ***Men who exercise strenuously may have a lower libido than those whose workouts are lighter, according to one of the first studies to scientifically delve into the relationship between men’s workouts and their sex lives. For years, scientists and active people have debated whether and how exercise affects sexual desire and human reproduction. But most past studies have centered on women. Typically, this research has found that when some female athletes, such as marathon runners, train intensely for many hours a week, they can develop menstrual dysfunctions. These problems seem caused by hormonal imbalances occurring because of physical stress and frequently affect a woman’s interest in sex and her ability to conceive.

LBN-NOTICED:   ***Priyanka Chopra at Omar’s in NYD having dinner with her “Quantico” castmates Yasmine Al Massri, Josh Hopkins and Graham Rogers.   ***Dwyane Wade, Gabrielle Union and Chris and Adrienne Boshenjoying a preview of sbe’s soon-to-open restaurant Leynia at Delano in Miami. ***

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LBN-WHERE THE ELITE AND UNDERDOGS MEET:

LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Alan Colmes, a political commentator for Fox News, died Thursday morning after a “brief illness,” the network announced. He was 66. Colmes was a prominent liberal voice on the network, often appearing on-air. He also hosted a radio show on Fox News Radio. “He was a great guy, brilliant, hysterical, and moral,” a family statement reads.   ***Ed Garvey, who led the National Football League players’ union to two strikes during a dozen years as its executive director and later became a progressive political activist and office seeker in his native Wisconsin, died on Wednesday in Verona, Wis. He was 76. The union confirmed his death.

LBN-SPOTLIGHT: Meet the World’s Most Famous Dominatrix – Isabelle Sinclaire on the revealing TV interview show “Without Notes”- Episode # 2 – https://youtu.be/LSga6KS6oCM .

Acclaimed Executive Protection Company, World Protection Group Welcomes Bill Phillips as Security Consultant:

Bill Phillips has joined the World Protection Group, Inc., as a security consultant. http://worldprotectiongroup.com/. WPG is a full service international security firm that specializes in Executive Protection. Their philosophy and techniques are based on the United States Secret Service method of providing proactive and preventative protection. The World Protection Group has worked with some of the most high profile individuals in the world, and in the history of the firm has never experienced an incident that might have caused harm or embarrassment to their client. Their core client base is Political Dignitaries, Corporate CEOs and their staffs, High Net- Worth Individuals and their Families, Entertainment Organizations, Celebrities and Corporate Security. With over 40 years of corporate and consulting experience, Phillips has a unique background and experience providing him with expertise in all aspects of Risk/Threat Management, Continuity of Business/Contingency Planning, Security and Safety Management and Security Convergence. A thought leader and innovator in security and safety, Phillips has made presentations to professional, governmental and industry groups, serves on national standard committees, testified before Congressional committees and government agencies and lectures at universities and colleges.

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LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Sinéad O’Connor is sorry for saying Arsenio Hall was a drug pusher for Prince — or at least she’s saying as much to avoid a lawsuit. In May, Hall, 61, sued O’Connor for $5 million over a Facebook post in which she wrote, “Two words for the DEA investigating where Prince got his drugs . . . Arsenio Hall (a.k.a. Prince’s and Eddie Murphy’s bitch). Anyone imagining Prince was not a longtimehard drug user is living in cloud cuckoo land. Arsenio I’ve reported you.”   ***Pamela Anderson says she has been inspired by her friendship with Julian Assange to campaign for men who have been falsely accused of rape. In an interview on Russia’s RT network, Anderson said that Sweden — where WikiLeaks founder Assange is accused of sex crimes — “has these very progressive laws against sexual crimes, whatever you want to call it. It’s almost too progressive, it’s almost paralyzing,” she added on the “Going Underground” show. “I’m going to actually start campaigning for men who have been victims of being accused of rape when they haven’t actually done anything.”

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LBN – Late Breaking News February 22, 2017

REMEMBER ENGLISH? Over 100 student languages in Iowa school district:

Teachers in Des Moines Public Schools are using special accommodations to help a flood of immigrant and refugee students — who come to school speaking 100 different languages — to learn English.

Many of the students come from violent countries like Honduras and El Salvador, and teachers are taking numerous steps to accommodate their cultures while introducing them to the language.

“When they first come, if we know that their culture is where they’ve only been used to all girls together or all boys together, then we make sure we seat them near the same gender students. Then we ease them into working with others,” Meredith Middle School Intensive English Language teacher Jillea Bueso told the news site.

Bueso said educators also take special steps to ensure they don’t offend their immigrant student.
“Passing things out with your right hand and not just your left” is important, she said, because “in some cultures the left hand is like a dirty hand.”
Other teachers are using music to coax non-English speaking students into participating in school, and to learn new ways educators can craft culturally sensitive lessons.
“Their cultural backgrounds just give me energy,” teacher Meredith Marlou Sayor told WHOTV. “My mission is to get to know those cultures and then to let our regular staff know it too because it’s the not knowing that keeps us from connecting with students.”

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LBN – Special Report – Wednesday February 22, 2017

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Iran Threatens to Give U.S. a ‘Strong Slap in the Face’:

A commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard threatened Wednesday to give the U.S. a “strong slap in the face” if it underestimates Iran’s military. After taking office, PresidentTrump warned Iran that he would be tougher than his predecessor on the Islamic Republic and that the country was “on notice” following a ballistic missile test last month. Gen.Mohammad Pakpour, chief of the Guards’ ground forces, said, “The enemy should not be mistaken in its assessments, and it will receive a strong slap in the face if it does make such a mistake.” He added, “The message of these exercises… for world arrogance is not to do anything stupid… Everyone could see today what power we have on the ground.” Pakpour’s comments came as the Revolutionary Guard concluded three days of military exercises.

Report: Ex-Gitmo Detainee Turns Bomber:

Jamal al-Harith, a 50-year-old from Manchester, England, who was born Ronald Fiddler, was identified by his family as the man ISIS claims carried out a suicide bombing near Mosul in Iraq. Al-Harith was formerly a detainee at the prison at Guantanamo Bay and reportedly paid by the U.K. government after his release. He had been taken to Guantanamo after being found in a prison in Afghanistan in early 2002 after being intercepted by Taliban fighters who believed he was a British spy. According to his Guantanamo file, al-Harith was taken to the U.S. military prison because he was “expected to have knowledge of Taliban treatment of prisoners and interrogation tactics.”

New Trump Deportation Rules Allow Far More Expulsions:

President Trump has directed his administration to enforce the nation’s immigration laws more aggressively, unleashing the full force of the federal government to find, arrest and deport thosein the country illegally, regardless of whether they have committed serious crimes. Documents released on Tuesday by the Department of Homeland Security revealed the broad scope of the president’s ambitions: to publicize crimes by undocumented immigrants; strip such immigrants of privacy protections; enlist local police officers as enforcers; erect new detention facilities; discourage asylum seekers; and, ultimately, speed up deportations. The new enforcement policies put into practice language that Mr. Trump used on the campaign trail, vastly expanding the definition of “criminal aliens” and warning that such unauthorized immigrants “routinely victimize Americans,” disregard the “rule of law and pose a threat” to people in communities across the United States.

U.S. Falling Behind in Life Expectancy:

A new study says South Korean women will have an average life expectancy above 90 years by 2030, while the U.S. is projected to have one of the lowest lifespans among rich nations. The study, conducted by Imperial College London and the World Health Organization, examined life expectancy in 35 developed nations. South Korea leads the ranking, with South Korean women expected to live beyond the age of 90 thanks to the nation’s low obesity rates and overall good health care. The study’s U.S. findings weren’t as optimistic, with the average lifespan of men expected to be 80 and that of women to be 83 by 2030. Majid Ezzati, the study’s lead researcher, said the trend in the U.S. was basically the opposite of that in South Korea. Society in the U.S. is “very unequal to an extent the whole national performance is affected—it is the only country without universal health insurance,” Ezzati told the BBC. “And it is the first country that has stopped growing taller, which shows something about early-life nutrition,” he was cited as saying. The study, published in The Lancet, also showed the gap between men and women narrowing, and life expectancy increasing in most developed countries. Macedonia and Serbia were at the bottom of the list, with women’s life expectancy at 78 in the former and men’s at 73 in the latter. The study calculated the average lifespan for a baby born in 2030.

U.S. Shutting Dakota Access Pipeline Protest Camp:

The Army Corps of Engineers has told those who remain at acamp protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline that they must clear out by 2 p.m. Wednesday. The protest site is on federal land between the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation and the pipeline route, and has been the location of several clashes between law enforcement and, at times, thousands of demonstrators. Morton County Sheriff’s Office spokeswomanMaxine Herr said authorities hope to make Wednesday’s evacuation “diplomatic,” but said there could be large-scale arrests at the site if they don’t receive cooperation. Native American activist Chase Iron Eyes said many “will engage in peaceful, civil resistance… holding hands, standing in prayer.

Bill Maher Takes Credit for Milo Yiannopoulos’s Fall:

After taking flak for inviting incendiary alt-right personality Milo Yiannopoulos onto his show Real Time, Bill Maher is now claiming credit for the pundit’s downfall. “What I think people saw was an emotionally needy Ann Coulter wannabe, trying to make a buck off of the left’s propensity for outrage,” Maher said. “And by the end of the weekend, by dinnertime Monday, he’s dropped as a speaker at CPAC. Then he’s dropped by Breitbart, and his book deal falls through. As I say, sunlight is the best disinfectant. You’re welcome.” Maher still distanced himself from the idea that Yiannopoulos’s ideas could do any real harm. “Can he do damage? I suppose he can. To a degree. Not a great degree, I don’t think,” Maher said. “It just rubs me the wrong way when somebody says, ‘I don’t like what this person is saying—he should go away.’” Most of the criticism faced by Maher in the wake of the program centered on the fact that he didn’t correct Yiannopoulos when he misspoke or said something offensive. He responded, “It’s not my job to hold him accountable to everything he’s ever said or done. I had eight minutes with him, on the show itself.” He added, “You know what he is? He’s the little impish, bratty kid brother. And the liberals are his older teenager sisters who are having a sleepover and he puts a spider in their sleeping bag so he can watch them scream.”

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***McDonald’s Corp., reeling from an industrywide restaurant slump and slowing growth from its all-day breakfast push, is looking to beverages to help perk up the business. The world’s biggest food-service company, which last year focused its advertising on cheeseburgers and chicken sandwiches, plans to offer $1 sodas and $2 McCafe specialty drinks across the U.S. It’s turning to higher-margin beverages at a time when cheap grocery prices are prodding more Americans to eat at home. The drink promotion may also help McDonald’s cope with the eventual rebound in food costs.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: An illegal immigrant gang member from El Salvador was allowed to walk free from Rikers Island under Mayor Bill de Blasio’s “Sanctuary City” law — in defiance of a federal petition to hold him for deportation, officials said Tuesday. “This man is by his own admission a member of a violent street gang and he was released back into the community,” said Thomas Decker, field office director for the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement unit in New York. “Honoring a detainer request is not about politics, it is about keeping New York citizens safe.”

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LBN-NOTICED:   ***Artist Shepard Fairey being honored at Art Wynwood in NYC.   ***Clive Davis dining with friends in the wine room at Myles Chefetz’s Prime 112 in Miami.   ***T.I.performing at Story nightclub in South Beach.   ***Malia Obama has been spotted repeatedly hitting the bars now that she’s out of the White House and working in New York. The former first daughter, who is interning for the Weinstein Company, was seen partying in the VIP section of Up&Down Friday in NYC.   ***Valerie Harper and Ed Asnercame to the Sedona Film Fest this weekend to support Cloris Leachman receiving a lifetime achievement award.   ***Media expert and author Michael Levine attending a Distinguished Speakers speech by author Ayaan Hirshi Ali at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills.

LBN-SEE IT:…Some believe Ronda Rousey‘s acting role on NBC’s “Blindspot” is a signal her UFC career is coming to a close.

LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Kenneth J. Arrow, one of the most brillianteconomic minds of the 20th century and, at 51, the youngest economist ever to win a Nobel, died on Tuesday at his home in Palo Alto, Calif. He was 95. His son David confirmed the death.   ***Kaci Kullmann Five, a former Norwegian political leader who was the chairwoman of the committee that awards the Nobel Peace Prize, died here on Sunday. She was 65. The cause was breast cancer, according to the Norwegian Nobel Institute, which helps the committee select the winners and organizes the annual prize ceremony.   ***Steven Spielberg’s mother, Leah Adler, known for operating The Milky Way restaurant in Los Angeles, died Tuesday at her Los Angeles home surrounded by her children. She was 97.

LBN-SPOTLIGHT: “Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involve responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.” – Sigmund Freud —– www.TheExcelCommunity.com


LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: It should be clear by now that there are five different Trump administrations swirling before our eyes — Trump Entertainment, Trump Cleanup, Trump Crazy, Trump G.O.P. and the Essential Trump — and no one can predict which will define this presidency, let alone make a success of it. Trump Entertainment shows up every day now in the form of an outrageous “alternative fact,” a pugnacious press conference, a tweet denouncing the news media as “the enemy of the American people” — or as a pep rally in Florida, unconnected to any particular legislative agenda and organized entirely for the purpose of giving the president an ego sugar high. The country, though, is getting addicted to Trump Entertainment. It is hard to avert your gaze from a president who will say anything about anything. It’s so unusual, like a flying elephant or a horse that can talk, that you can’t help but stare. But it’s such a waste of energy. I wonder if the Chinese are spending their days this way. I suspect they’ve added another high-speed rail line just since Trump’s election. Trump Cleanup comprises the adults on his team who follow in the wake of Trump Entertainment and “clarify” what the president meant. It’s Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis assuring the South Koreans that — despite what Trump said — we’ll honor our security commitments to them, or assuring the Iraqis that we’re actually not going to steal their oil. It’s the U.N. ambassador, Nikki Haley, clarifying that — despite what Trump said — we’re still committed to two states for Israelis and Palestinians.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Dennis Prager: After the election of Donald Trump as president, a professor at Orange Coast College in California, Olga Perez Stable Cox, went into an extended hate-rant against the president-elect. Among other things, she described the Trump election as an “act of terrorism,” labelled him a “white supremacist” and called Vice-President-Elect Mike Pence “one of the most anti-gay humans in this country.” And this wasn’t even a political science class in which one might expect political talk, no matter how irresponsible. Stable Cox is a professor of human sexuality.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Michael Levine (Media expert and author – www.MichaelLevineMedia.com ) : A little charm and grace can take you many places mere hustle never will.

LBN COMMENTARY by Adam Heller: Living begins when you crawl out of the skinny branches.

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LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***As one of the world’s most famous ex-porn stars, a XXX icon who’s appeared in close to 200 adult films, it is pretty surprising that Jenna Jameson has rebranded herself as an alt-right firebrand. Then again, the 42-year-old formerly known as Jenna Marie Massoli has, in recent years, become a major proponent of far-right thought, tweeting and retweeting provocative messages criticizing Muslims and immigrants to her 693,000 followers (some of whom, we assume, may have thought they were going to receive more than regurgitated Breitbart headlines).  Jameson, a vocal supporter of Trump—who claims to have converted to Judaism in order to wed her fraudster fiancé, and once cameoed on The Celebrity Apprentice—has spent much of the last 48 hours engaged in an anti-Muslim Twitter tirade, which began after she leapt to the defense of President Trump’s spurious implication at a Florida rally that Sweden had suffered some sort of terrorist attack when it had not, prompting the former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt to question on Twitter what Trump had “been smoking.”

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