Monthly Archives: March 2017

LBN – Special Report – Thursday March 30, 2017

DRIVING WHILE TEXTING! — Auto-Pedestrian Deaths Soar Across the U.S.

America’s pedestrian deaths climbed by 25 percent between 2010 and 2015, with 28,642 people killed nationally after being struck by vehicles. According to a report by the Governors Highway Safety Association, pedestrians now make up 15 percent of all people killed in traffic accidents. “Unfortunately, this latest data shows that the U.S. is not meeting the mark on keeping pedestrians safe on our roadways,” said Jonathan Adkins, executive director of the association. The use of smartphones by both pedestrians and drivers was listed as a contributing factor in the increase, as well as improved economic conditions and low gas prices putting more drivers on the road.

Malaysia Agrees to Return Kim Jong Nam’s Body to North Korea

Malaysia has agreed to return the body of Kim Jong Nam to North Korea, officials said Thursday. Kim, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, was killed at the Kuala Lumpur airport last month when he was poisoned with a banned nerve agent. In exchange for Kim’s body, Pyongyang will return nine Malaysians who were being held there. North Korea has been blamed for the killing, but has steadfastly denied involvement. Earlier Thursday, Reuters reported that Malaysian authorities initially misidentified Kim after his death as a South Korean citizen. Officials reportedly confused the south and the north after reading Kim’s passport.

Report: Obama Admin Stopped Comey Revealing Russian Meddling

FBI Director James Comey tried to make public information about Russia’s interference in the U.S. presidential election in the summer of 2016, but was blocked by the Obama administration, according to a Newsweek report. “He had a draft of it or an outline. He held up a piece of paper in a meeting and said, ‘I want to go forward. What do people think of this?’” a source told Newsweek. That June or July meeting allegedly included National Security Adviser Susan Rice, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Attorney General Loretta Lynch. The information would have been disseminated via an op-ed, likely in The New York Times, and it would have included much of the same information released by the FBI in January. It wasn’t until October that the Department of Homeland Security and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence officially and publicly accused the Russian government of meddling in the U.S. election. According to the report, the officials batted down Comey’s idea because they believed the announcement would fall flat and should instead come in the form of a coordinated message instead, signed off on by multiple agencies.
LBN-INVESTIGATES: Perhaps the grass is equally green on both sides. A new study finds that people in open relationships are actually just as happy as individuals who prefer monogamy. Researchers at the University of Michigan surveyed 2,124 people at least 25 years old about the quality of their relationship and/or partner. About 90% of those who took part were recruited from Craigslist. The sample group was found to consist of 1,507 individuals in monogamous relationships and 617 people in consensual non-monogamous (CNM) relationships. Fifty-one percent of CNM participants were in polyamorous relationships, 25% identified as swingers, and 25% were in open relationships.

737 American Airlines Co-Pilot Dies During Flight

An American Airlines co-pilot died after suffering a health problem aboard a Boeing 737-800 as the crew was two miles out from landing in Albuquerque on Wednesday. Flight 1353 was en route from Dallas-Fort Worth when William “Mike” Grubbs became incapacitated for an unspecified reason, and the captain declared an emergency, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said. The plane landed safely at the airport, where paramedics boarded. CNN reports that emergency personnel performed CPR for nearly 45 minutes before pronouncing Grubbs dead. “We are taking care of First Officer Grubbs’s family and colleagues, and our thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time,” American Airlines said in a statement.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Over 51 billion pieces of litter are thrown onto the roads in the United States annually. Litter cleanup costs an estimated $11.5 billion in the U.S. each year

F.D.A. Nominee, Paid Millions by Industry, Says He’ll Recuse Himself if Needed

President Trump has repeatedly slammed pharmaceutical companies for “getting away with murder” on soaring drug prices, but he and his nominee to head the Food and Drug Administration have pledged to ease industry regulations and speed approvals for medicines and other consumer products. The nominee, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, has spent the bulk of his career working in the drug and health care industry, which experts say raises the potential for myriad conflicts of interest. If confirmed to head the F.D.A., he would wield considerable power over companies and investment firms that have paid him millions of dollars over the years. From 2013 to 2015, for example, Dr. Gottlieb received more than $150,000 to advise Vertex Pharmaceuticals, a company whose two approved drugs are seen as breakthrough treatments for cystic fibrosis but carry list prices of more than $250,000 a year. He’s the acting chief executive of Cell Biotherapy, an early-stage cancer biotech firm that he helped found. He has served for years as a consultant to pharmaceutical giants like GlaxoSmithKline and Bristol-Myers Squibb and is paid by other companies for his expertise.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***As of a few weeks ago, advertisements for JPMorgan Chase were appearing on about 400,000 websites a month. It is the sort of eye-popping number that has become the norm these days for big companies that use automated tools to reach consumers online. Now, as more and more brands find their ads popping up next to toxic content like fake news sites or offensive YouTube videos, JPMorgan has limited its display ads to about 5,000 websites it has preapproved, said Kristin Lemkau, the bank’s chief marketing officer. Surprisingly, the company is seeing little change in the cost of impressions or the visibility of its ads on the internet, she said. An impression is generally counted each time an ad is shown. The change illustrates the new skepticism with which major marketers are approaching online ad platforms and the automated technology placing their brands on millions of websites. In recent years, advertisers have increasingly shunned buying ads on individual sites in favor of cheaply targeting groups of people across the web based on their browsing habits, a process known as programmatic advertising — enabling, say, a Gerber ad to show up on a local mother’s blog, or a purse in an online shopping cart to follow a person around the internet for weeks.   **Dogged by combustible smartphones and recalls of other devices, Samsung Electronics is hoping to find a path to product redemption. The South Korean company on Wednesday introduced the Galaxy S8, its first major smartphone release since the scandal over its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, which were discontinued last year after some of the devices spontaneously caught fire. “It’s been a challenging year for Samsung,” said D.J. Koh, the company’s head of mobile devices, adding that Samsung was ready to start anew.   ***Several months before filing a lawsuit against Uber, Google demanded arbitration against the head of Uber’s self-driving car unit, claiming that he used confidential salary information while trying to poach former colleagues to a new venture that he eventually sold to Uber. Google’s previously undisclosed legal action against Anthony Levandowski, who is accused by Waymo of stealing corporate secrets when he worked there and taking them to Uber, came out in a motion filed by Uber’s lawyers on Wednesday. Waymo, an autonomous car business, spun out into its own subsidiary of Google’s parent company, Alphabet, in December.

WHO READS LBN? Actor Jack Roth:

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***Part of music icon Bob Dylan’s once-secret 6,000-piece archive, including thousands of hours of studio sessions, film reels and caches of unpublished lyrics, has opened in Oklahoma, curators announced this week. More than 1,000 pieces spanning Dylan’s six-decade career are available to scholars at the Gilcrease Museum’s Helmerich Center for American Research in Tulsa.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:   ***CBS Entertainment president Glenn Geller is taking a leave of absence after suffering a “mild heart attack,”. In a memo to staff on Wednesday, Geller announced that he’d be “resting at home for a couple of weeks,” and that he is “on track for a full recovery.” He won’t return to the network until the end of May, which puts him out of commission for the network’s Upfront presentation on May 17.

LBN-BOOK NEWS:  ***Kirstie Alley auditioned for Glenn Close’s iconic “I’m not going to be ignored” stalker role in “Fatal Attraction” — but while Alley didn’t land the role, she contributed a key part to the film. In the new book, “Leading Lady: Sherry Lansing and the Making of a Hollywood Groundbreaker,” ex-Paramount CEO Lansing recalls Alley read for the role but, “Her [then] husband [Parker Stevenson] had been stalked by a woman who camped outside their house and made their lives hell. Kirstie had saved a tape of the woman’s calls and gave it to [director] Adrian [Lyne]. You could hear the woman crying as she begged to be part of this man’s life. Adrian ended up using it verbatim.

LBN-TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Eric Patrick Clapton (1945)

Considered to be one of the greatest guitar players of all time, Clapton took up the instrument as a teen and went on to play in a succession of critically acclaimed blues and rock bands, such as the Yardbirds, the Bluesbreakers, and Cream. He is the recipient of 17 Grammy awards and is a three-time inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In the early 70s, he spent several years in seclusion battling a heroin addiction

LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas B. Edsall: How prepared is our president for the next great foreign, economic or terrorist crisis? After a little more than two months in office, President Trump has raised doubts about his ability to deal with what the former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld famously described as the “known unknowns” and the “unknown unknowns.” “President Trump seems to have no awareness whatsoever of what he does and does not know,” Steven Nadler, a professor of philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, wrote me. “He is ignorant of his own ignorance.” During his first 63 days in office, Trump made 317 “false or misleading claims,” according to The Washington Post.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Catherin LaBaigue: Strange that the House Intelligence Committee investigation isn’t covered in LBN. Nunes odd behavior in the press isn’t covered. Nunes obtaining leaked docs not covered. Calls to recuse Nunes as Chair of House Intelligence Committee and Ryan’s defense, not covered.  Gorsuch isn’t covered. Trump’s Russian story isn’t covered. NATO not covered. Tillerson’s visit to Turkey not covered. Passage of removal of Internet privacy protections in the House, not covered. Why?


LBN-OVERHEARD:   ****Michael J. Fox is speaking out on efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and cut Medicare. The actor who suffers from Parkinson’s disease tells AARP The Magazine that Parkinson’s patients spend thousands of dollars out of pocket in health care expenses. He said a potential cut in benefits isn’t politics, but rather, “that’s our lives.” Fox spoke to lawmakers on Capitol Hill last month.   ***To help shed her early reputation, Angelina Jolie agreed to be drug tested during production of 2001’s “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider,” according to a new book. The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday released an excerpt from an upcoming biography of the former studio head Sherry Lansing, “Leading Lady.” Lansing stepped down as Paramount Pictures chairman and chief executive in 2005. When casting the then 24-year-old Jolie for “Lara Croft,” Lansing had concerns about Jolie’s stability. This was shortly before the actress wed Billy Bob Thornton.

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LBN – Special Report – Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Did you know that:    ***In June of this year (2017), LBN will turn 15 years old.   ***84% of LBN daily readers (in all 50 of the United States and 26 foreign countries) feel it is “independent” it its coverage of news and information?   ***Is read daily by 3 Nobel Prize winners?   ***Is read daily in 11 separate time-zones throughout the world?

Britain Formally Triggers Brexit

A letter signed by Prime Minister Theresa May has been delivered to European Council President Donald Tusk, formally triggering Britain’s exit from the European Union. The letter was handed over by Tim Barrow, Britain’s permanent representative to the EU. By invoking Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, Britain now has two years to negotiate an exit deal. Government officials reportedly asked Conservative Members of Parliament to refrain from “Brexit Day” celebrations as a long period of economic and political instability is expected to follow Britain’s withdrawal from the EU.

Shots Fired After Driver Tries Running Over Cops Near White House:

A driver rammed a police car near the US Capitol Wednesday and tried to strike several cops before Capitol Police opened fire, according to multiple reports. The female motorist hit the squad car and then targeted several officers near Washington Avenue and Independence Avenue, several blocks away from the White House, around 9:30 a.m., ABC News reported. Capitol Police fired shots during the mayhem, but no one was hit. The suspect was taken into custody at 3rd Street and Independence Avenue about 15 minutes later, according to the Washington Post. No one was hit by the suspect’s car.

BACKFIRED – Anti-Abortion Activists Who Secretly Filmed Planned Parenthood Hit With Felony Charges

Two anti-abortion activists who shot undercover videos of themselves trying to buy fetal tissue from Planned Parenthood in 2013-2015 face 15 felony charges, California prosecutors said Tuesday. California Attorney General Xavier Becerraannounced the charges Tuesday against David Daleidan andSandra Merritt, who run the Center for Medical Progress. Becerra said the pair used a bogus bioresearch company to set up Planned Parenthood workers and secretly record them. The pair used the videos to claim Planned Parenthood was selling fetal tissue from abortions for profit, though a subsequent investigation into those claims found no wrongdoing. Daleidan and Merritt are accused of filming 14 people without their consent between October 2013 and July 2015. They face one felony count for each person they covertly filmed, as well as a charge of criminal conspiracy. “The right to privacy is a cornerstone of California’s Constitution, and a right that is foundational in a free democratic society,” Becerra said in a statement after the charges were announced. “We will not tolerate the criminal recording of confidential conversations,” he said.

Report: BuzzFeed Is Going Public in 2018

BuzzFeed, which once began as a “great cat site,” is preparing to go public in 2018, according to a report by Axios. The site, which now has grown so large as to have a BuzzFeed Motion Pictures Studio in Los Angeles and an award-winning news vertical, has turned down past offers from media companies over long-term plans for an initial public offering. The site also plans to open a Texas bureau in Austin, it announced Tuesday.


LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***Score one for the machines. The largest fund company in the world, BlackRock, has faced a thorny challenge since it acquired the exchange-traded-fund business from Barclays in 2009. These low cost, computer-driven funds have exploded in growth, leaving in the dust the stock pickers who had spurred an earlier expansion for the firm. The rise of passive investing — exchange-traded funds, index funds and the like — has revolutionized the investment world, providing Main Street investors with greater opportunities at lower fees while putting pressure on even Wall Street’s biggest money managers. Now, after years of deliberations, Laurence D. Fink, a founder and chief executive of BlackRock, has cast his lot with the machines. On Tuesday, BlackRock laid out an ambitious plan to consolidate a large number of actively managed mutual funds with peers that rely more on algorithms and models to pick stocks.   ***Westinghouse Electric Company, which helped drive the development of nuclear energy and the electric grid itself, filed for bankruptcy protection on Wednesday, casting a shadow over the global nuclear industry. The filing comes as the company’s corporate parent, Toshiba of Japan, scrambles to stanch huge losses stemming from Westinghouse’s troubled nuclear construction projects in the American South. Now, the future of those projects, which once seemed to be on the leading edge of a renaissance for nuclear energy, is in doubt. This is a fairly big and consequential deal,” said Richard Nephew, a senior research scholar at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University. “You’ve had some power companies and big utilities run into financial trouble, but this kind of thing hasn’t happened.”

LBN-HEALTH WATCH:   ***Could learning to dance the minuet or fandango help to protect our brains from aging? A new study that compared the neurological effects of country dancing with those of walking and other activities suggests that there may be something unique about learning a social dance. The demands it places on the mind and body could make it unusually potent at slowing some of the changes inside our skulls that seem otherwise inevitable with aging. Neuroscientists and those in middle age or beyond know that brains alter and slow as we grow older. Processing speed, which is a measure of how rapidly our brains can absorb, assess and respond to new information, seems to be particularly hard hit. Most people who are older than about 40 perform worse on tests of processing speed than those who are younger, with the effects accelerating as the decades pass.   ***The Food and Drug Administration approved on Tuesday the first drug to treat a severe form of multiple sclerosis, offering hope to patients who previously had no other options to combat a relentless disease that leads to paralysis and cognitive decline. The federal agency also cleared the drug to treat people with the more common, relapsing form of the disease. “I think that this is a very big deal,” said Dr. Stephen Hauser, the chairman of the neurology department at the University of California, San Francisco, and leader of the steering committee that oversaw the late-stage clinical trials of the drug, ocrelizumab. “The magnitude of the benefits that we’ve seen with ocrelizumab in all forms of M.S. are really quite stunning.”

LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:   ***Michael Strahan’s role at “Good Morning America” is still ruffling feathers at the morning show. Sources claim fellow anchors on the show are sick of ABC bosses giving him preferential treatment. “They roll out the carpet for [Strahan] while seasoned talent is treated like dirt. He’s been given a lot of opportunity, flexibility, when the others who have been working there longer don’t get that kind of treatment,” a source said. Strahan signed a special deal that allows him to continue to analyze football at “Fox NFL Sunday” and host ABC’s “$100,000 Pyramid.” But he was forced to drop most of his lucrative endorsement deals when he joined the morning show.


LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:  ***Los Angeles-based music management company Deckstar has merged with London entertainment firm James Grant Group. While each company will take point on talent that originates from their respective countries, JGG’s L.A.-based employees will move into Deckstar’s offices on Wilshire Boulevard, while Deckstar founders Lawrence Vavra and Matt Colon will join JGG’s boards.   ***Lorde has signed with publicity firm PMK*BNC’s music department. Earlier this month the Grammy winner released “Green Light,” the lead single for her much-anticipated sophomore album, which is due this summer.

LBN-SPOTLIGHT: The Duchess Yacht offers any type of Charter imaginable, from Harbor/Sunset Cruises, Day Cruises, Whale Watching Cruises, Overnight Cruises and Fishing – “Winner – Best of Los Angeles Award” —–

LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Bill Minor, whose courageous reporting helped open Americans’ eyes to everyday racial discrimination in the South in the 1960s and won him recognition as the “conscience of Mississippi,” died on Tuesday in Ridgeland, Miss., outside Jackson. He was 94. His death, at a hospice, was confirmed by his son Paul.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: The big story everyone is chasing is whether President Trump is a Russian stooge. Wrong. That’s all a smoke screen. Trump is actually a Chinese agent. He is clearly out to make China great again. Just look at the facts. Trump took office promising to fix our trade imbalance with China, and what’s the first thing he did? He threw away a U.S.-designed free-trade deal with 11 other Pacific nations — a pact whose members make up 40 percent of global G.D.P. The Trans-Pacific Partnership was based largely on U.S. economic interests, benefiting our fastest-growing technologies and agribusinesses, and had more labor, environmental and human rights standards than any trade agreement ever. And it excluded China. It was our baby, shaping the future of trade in Asia. Imagine if Trump were negotiating with China now as not only the U.S. president but also as head of a 12-nation trading bloc based on our values and interests. That’s called l-e-v-e-r-a-g-e, and Trump just threw it away … because he promised to in the campaign — without, I’d bet, ever reading TPP. What a chump! I can still hear the clinking of champagne glasses in Beijing.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Tony Medley: Contrary to LBN’s allegation, Warren Beatty did not announce that “La La Land” was the winner at the Academy Awards. He was clearly perplexed and refused to announce the winner, when Faye Dunaway grabbed the announcement out of his hands and blurted out that “La La Land” was the  winner, even though the card from which she was reading only said that Emma Stonewas Best Actress. Beatty should actually get some credit for not reading out the wrong winner instead of being impaled with such an erroneous stigma.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Dennis Prager: In the last few weeks, there has been a spate of columns by writers on the left condemning the left-wing college students who riot, take over university buildings and shout down speakers with whom they differ. These condemnations, coming about 50 years too late, should not be taken seriously. Take New York Times columnistFrank Bruni. His latest column is filled with dismay over the way Middlebury College students attacked Charles Murrayand a liberal woman professor who interviewed him (she was injured by the rioters). I have no doubt that Bruni is sincere. However, sincerity is completely unrelated to wisdom or insight. Here’s the problem: It is the left that transformed universities into the moral and intellectual wastelands most are now.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Mark Brian Baer (Attorney, award-winning mediator): I know I’m a bit odd, but I associate advice with the advisor and their knowledge and expertise in the subject matter pertaining to their advice. As such, unless I was born physically beautiful and wanted to learn how to become a super model, marry an extremely wealthy and disgusting human being, and procreated with that person, I really don’t think that Melania Trump has much credibility as an advisor. By the same token, unless I want to learn how to become a disgusting human being, I don’t give much credibility to Donald Trump as an advisor. He can’t really advise how to become wealthy and powerful because he earned that the old fashioned way – he inherited it, as have his children, while he’s alive, as he did.


LBN-SPOTLIGHT: Expansive shop specializing in both formal & casual clothing for shorter men. —–

LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***The Who‘s front man Roger Daltreycontinues to be outspoken about his support for Brexit, or more like his support for England getting out of the EU. “We are getting out, and when the dust settles I think that it’ll be seen that it’s the right thing for this country to have done, that’s for sure,” he told NME.

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LBN – Special Report – Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Madoff Investor Leaps to Death in NYC:

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

London Attacker’s Wife ‘Shocked’ by Violence:

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


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

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

LBN-VIDEO LINK: The Airlines Recommit To F*cking Your Sh*t Up This Holiday Season

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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