Monthly Archives: April 2017

LBN – Special Report – Thursday – April 20, 2017

MILLENNIAL  MADNESS! More Americans 18-to-34 Now Live With Parents Than With Spouse:

Four decades ago, in the mid-1970s, young American adults–in the 18-to-34 age bracket–were far more likely to be married and living with a spouse than living in their parents’ home. But that is no longer the case, according to a new study by the U.S. Census Bureau. “There are now more young people living with their parents than in any other arrangement,” says the Census Bureau study. What is more,” says the study, “almost 9 in 10 young people who were living in their parents’ home a year ago are still living there today, making it the most stable living arrangement.” The Number 1 living arrangement today for Americans in the 18-to-34 age bracket, according to the Census Bureau, is to reside without a spouse in their parents’ home

N. Korea Warns of ‘Super-Mighty’ Strike on U.S.

State media in North Korea on Thursday warned the U.S. of a “super-mighty pre-emptive strike” following remarks from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, in which he said the U.S. was looking for ways to increase pressure on Pyongyang over its nuclear program. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has repeatedly threatened the U.S.—and hit back at admonitions from China and the UN Security Council over its missile tests. “In the case of our super-mighty preemptive strike being launched, it will completely and immediately wipe out not only U.S. imperialists’ invasion forces in South Korea and its surrounding areas but the U.S. mainland and reduce them to ashes,” said the Rodong Sinmun, a newspaper run by the North Korean Workers’ Party. Tillerson said Wednesday, “We’re reviewing all the status of North Korea, both in terms of state sponsorship of terrorism as well as the other ways in which we can bring pressure on the regime in Pyongyang to re-engage with us, but re-engage with us on a different footing than past talks have been held.”

Study: Trump has Eliminated $86B in Regs:

President Trump has saved taxpayers more than $86 billion in regulatory costs during his first three months in the White House, according to a new study by conservative group the American Action Forum (AAF) that points to several Obama-era regulations that Trump has either rolled back on his own or with the help of Republican lawmakers using the Congressional Review Act (CRA). This includes the Education Department’s school accountability standards, the Environmental Protection Agency’s waters of the United States rule and the so-called “blacklisting” rule for government contractors.

Report: Fox Payout to O’Reilly Will Be ‘Tens of Millions’

Bill O’Reilly’s payout as he leaves Fox News will be in the tens of millions of dollars, CNN’s Brian Stelter reports. O’Reilly was let go Wednesday amid mounting pressure on the cable news channel over sexual-harassment allegations against the talk-show host. While 21st Century Fox and O’Reilly are unable to comment on a payout, two sources told CNN that O’Reilly recently signed a new contract—reportedly worth $25 million per year—and will therefore receive a payout. O’Reilly reportedly will not be paid the full amount of his contract, which is said to extend through the 2020 presidential election.
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Tillerson Slams Iran for ‘Alarming Provocations’

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday lashed out at Iran for what he described as “alarming ongoing provocations” aimed at destabilizing the Middle East. Tillerson said a review of U.S. policy on Iran announced Tuesday will examine not only its compliance with the 2015 nuclear agreement—which the White House has said it is adhering to—but also its behavior with other countries in the Middle East. “A comprehensive Iran policy requires we address all of the threats posed by Iran and it is clear there are many,” Tillerson said. According to the secretary of State, the nuclear agreement focuses too narrowly and fails to take other aspects of ties with Tehran into account. “That is why we have to look at Iran in a very comprehensive way in terms of the threat it poses in all areas of the region and the world,” he said. He went on to criticize the nuclear agreement, negotiated by former President Barack Obama, saying it “represents the same failed approach of the past that brought us to the current imminent threat we face from North Korea.” Tillerson’s comments echo those of President Trump, who repeatedly railed against the nuclear agreement during his campaign and hinted that he’d do away with it. In May, Trump is expected to decide whether or not to extend sanctions waivers for Tehran that were introduced underObama.
LBN-INVESTIGATES: Americans are more stressed than ever — and for most of them, their bank accounts are to blame. The majority of Americans (65%) are losing sleep over money issues, according to a new study from CreditCards.com — up from 56% in 2007. The most common stressor is health care or insurance bills at 38%, followed by saving for retirement at 37%. “What people worry about most changed quite a bit in the past year,” Matt Schulz, senior industry analyst at CreditCards.com said. “Health care has been such a hot button issue for so long, and whether it’s around the election or just about the cost of maintaining your own health care, we’ve seen a big jump in worrying about that.” (Health care was a factor for just 29% of respondents in 2016.)
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Watchdog: ‘Incontrovertible’ Proof Sarin Used in Syria

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons says it has found “incontrovertible” evidence that the chemical attack in Syria this month included sarin nerve gas. Eighty-nine people, mostly civilians and many of them children, were killed in the April 4 attack on the town of Khan Sheikhoun; PresidentTrump responded by firing missiles at the airfield from which the attack was launched. The OPCW, the international arbiter of the 1997 Chemical Weapons Convention, took biomedical samples from 10 victims and says it determined that they were exposed to sarin “or a sarin-like substance.”  “While further details of the laboratory analyses will follow, the analytical results already obtained are incontrovertible,” said  Ahmet Uzumcu, the organization’s director general, said in a statement. He added that samples were taken during autopsies and from other victims while they underwent medical treatment. Scientists in the U.K. have said they also found evidence of sarin gas from samples taken at the site.

Support for Pot Legalization at All-Time High

Americans’ support for the legalization of marijuana has reached an all-time high, according to a CBS News poll released Thursday. Of those surveyed, 61 percent said they now believe the use of the drug should be allowed, which is up 5 percentage points from a year ago and is now the highest approval for weed ever recorded in the four decades CBS News has been asking the question. A full 88 percent of Americans told the pollsters they approve of the use of medical marijuana, and 71 percent oppose any effort from the federal government to halt its sales. According to the survey results, about 65 percent of those who responded believe the use of marijuana is less dangerous than other drugs. Only 23 percent of respondents said they believe legalizing marijuana would lead to an increase in violent crimes. Elsewhere Thursday, the day known as the marijuana “holiday” 4/20, a pro-cannabis activist group plans to set up near Capitol Hill and pass out at least 1,000 free joints to members of Congress, the press, and congressional staffers who are at least 21 years old, according to the New York Daily News.
LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:   ***Tucker Carlson, a conservative provocateur who joined Fox News’s prime-time ranks only three months ago, has been tapped to replace Mr. O’Reilly at 8 p.m. Eastern, beginning on Monday, the network said. Mr. Carlson has become, seemingly overnight, one of the network’s most vital players, a remarkable turnaround for a pundit whose bow-tied heyday had seemed behind him.
LBN-INVESTIGATES: In 2010, Texas tied with Mississippi for the highest percentage of U.S. workers in minimum-wage jobs. This year (2011), it has the 4th highest poverty rate of any state and it ranks 1st for adults without diplomas. It also leads the U.S. in children without health insurance, and 26% of all Texans have no health insurance.

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Berkeley Cancels Ann Coulter Speech Over Safety Fears:

The University of California, Berkeley, on Wednesday canceled a scheduled speech by the conservative author Ann Coulter, in the latest blow to the institution’s legacy and reputation as a promoter and bastion of free speech. University administrators said in a statement that they could not let Ms. Coulter speak because of active security threats. In a letter to the Berkeley College Republicans, which was sponsoring the speech, two vice chancellors said the university had been “unable to find a safe and suitable venue for your planned April 27 event featuring Ann Coulter.”
LBN-NOTICED:   ***Jamie Lee Curtis visiting her “A Fish Called Wanda” co-star Kevin Kline backstage after “Present Laughter” in NYC.   ***Drew Barrymore talking to restaurateurSammy Musovic at the Gansevoort Hotel in NYC about her wine line.   **Fox News’ Kimberly Guilfoyle, Sean Hannity, Cheryl Casone and Bill Hemmer at Four Cuts Steakhouse in NYC for a party celebrating Ainsley Earhardt’s 25A Magazine cover.   ***Jordan Fisher, a star of “Hamilton,” visiting Hamilton Grange National Memorial for National Park Week.
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LBN-BOOK NEWS:   ***If you thought Kris Jenner would happily add Caitlyn’s memoir to her library, think again. None of it makes sense,” Kris, 61, fumed to daughters Khloé and Kim Kardashian in a preview for Sunday’s “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.” “I read it and basically the only nice thing she had to say was that I was great socially at a party one time …. Everything she says is all made up. Why does everything have to be that Kris is such a bitch and an a–hole?”

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Kate Briquelet: Somewhere in YouTube land, Kathryn VanEaton is getting baked and holding a purple bong with a Hello Kitty bowl, and it’s packed with Colorado snow. “What’s up, everyone,” chirps the 34-year-old mother of four, after the show’s sleek titles dissolve in what feels more like a makeup tutorial. But this is a different kind of how-to video, and VanEaton is a new strain of mommy blogger. “I am the Stoner Mom, and this is the Stoner Mom show,” VanEaton greets her viewers. “For today’s show, we are just going to do a solo stoner session together. Me and you. Because that’s all I have planned.” The stay-at-home mom notes that not all things Mary Jane are PG. “If for any reason you have a Hello Kitty bowl laying around and you have daughters, there will be a ‘What’s that?’” she advises.

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LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Charlotte Rae is best known for playing beloved housemother Edna Garrett on the 1980s hit sitcom “The Facts of Life,” but things were no laughing matter off-screen before her years on set. The 90-year-old actress recently unveiled a memoir, “The Facts of My Life,” and she got candid about her battle with alcoholism. “Alcohol became my drug of choice so I could get sleep at night,” Rae told Fox News. “It was difficult. I was doing ‘Sesame Street’ [1971-1972] as Molly the Mail Lady and I had to get to sleep so I could get up for the kids and do the TV show Monday-Friday.”

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LBN – Special Report – Wednesday – April 19, 2017

Trump Says Illegal Aliens Who ‘Murdered People, Raped People’ Are ‘Getting the Hell Out’:

President Donald Trump said Monday that many people are thanking him for getting rid of the “burden” of criminal aliens. In an interview with “Fox & Friends” host Ainsley Earhardt, the president said his administration so far has “gotten tremendous criminals out of this country.” “I’m talking about illegal immigrants that were here that caused tremendous crime, that have murdered people, raped people. Horrible things have happened,” Trump said. “They’re getting the hell out or they’re going to prison, and so many towns and cities are thanking me, because we’ve gotten rid of a burden that you would not believe

Jason Chaffetz: I Won’t Seek Re-Election

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) announced on Wednesday that he will not seek re-election. “After long consultation with my family and prayerful consideration, I have decided I will not be a candidate for any office in 2018,” the 50-year-old Republican lawmaker wrote on his Facebook page. “After more than 1,500 nights away from my home, it is time. I may run again for public office, but not in 2018,” he added. “For those that would speculate otherwise, let me be clear that I have no ulterior motives. I am healthy. I am confident I would continue to be re-elected by large margins. I have the full support of Speaker Ryan to continue as Chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee. That said, I have made a personal decision to return to the private sector.”

Bill O’Reilly Reportedly Let Go by Fox News

New York magazine’s Gabriel Sherman reports Fox News will announce the Bill O’Reilly’s departure from the cable-news channel within the next week. New York, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, and New York Times all reported Tuesday night that O’Reilly’s lawyers and Fox News are negotiating the terms of his departure. Sherman reports one of the sticking points is whether the network’s most popular (and valuable) host will be allowed to say goodbye to his viewers on the air.

Aaron Hernandez Wasn’t on Suicide Watch

Aaron Hernandez, the 27-year-old former NFL star who killed himself in a Massachusetts prison on Wednesday morning, was not on suicide watch. Christopher Fallon, spokesman for the state’s Department of Corrections, said Hernandez never indicated he might harm himself. “If he had made any kind of statement, he would have not been in that unit,’’ said Fallon. Officials said they also haven’t found any evidence of a suicide note left behind by the former New England Patriots tight end when he used a prison bedsheet to hang himself from a window. Massachusetts State Police are investigating his death.

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Tom Brady Isn’t Going to WH Ceremony Due to ‘Family Matters’

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady released a statement Wednesday announcing that he won’t be attending a White House celebration to honor his team’s Super Bowl win. “Our team has accomplished something very special that we are all proud of and will be for years to come,” he wrote. “Thank you to the president for hosting this honorary ceremony and for supporting our team for as long as I can remember. In light of some recent developments, I am unable to attend today’s ceremony, as I am attending to some personal family matters. Hopefully, if we accomplish the goal of winning a championship in the future years, we will back on the South Lawn again soon.” At least six of Brady’s team members have opted out of the ceremony, some for political reasons. Tom Brady’s mother, Galynn, is battling cancer. She attended only one game this season, and it was the Super Bowl.

Fagun Thakrar Becomes First Actor that Leicester Honors with Prestigious Award for Artistic Achievement

Los Angeles, CA -based Actress Fagun Thakrar is the first person to be honored with the prestigious Leicester Arts Achievement Award for her contributions to the arts. Born and raised in Leicester, north of London, UK. Fagun has appeared in numerous theater and film productions, recently turning her hand to directing. Fagun is currently at work on several projects in Los Angeles. “I didn’t even expect to be nominated for this award,” Fagun comments, “and so I feel really honored and grateful. This award means a lot to me, coming from my hometown where I was born and grew-up. It’s really heart-warming to know that people appreciate my work.” Fagun recently shot a movie with Brie Larson and Donald Sutherland coming out internationally later this year. Reflecting on her career thus far, Fagun says, “It’s been such a remarkable journey with lots of bumps on the road. I’ve learned a lot from all the challenges I’ve faced and I know I have so much more to learn. With all the ups and down, recognition like this, from the place where it all started for me, really truly lifts my heart.” Along with her international success, Fagun continually gives back to her hometown—organizing stage performances, staying involved with the local arts community and mentoring other young actors coming out of Leicester. Leicester seems to be gaining notoriety on the world stage with Leicester City Football club winning the premier league last year.

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Study: Psychedelics Induce ‘Heightened State of Consciousness’

 

A new study shows evidence that psychedelic drugs can induce a heightened state of consciousness, The Guardian reports. Brain scans from healthy participants who took ketamine, LSD, or psilocybin—a compound in “magic mushrooms”—had increased random brain activity after taking the drugs. The increased random activity came with sensations like floating, suddenly finding inner peace, a “sense that the self was disintegrating,” and distortions in perception of time. “What we find is that under each of these psychedelic compounds, this specific measure of global conscious level goes up, so it moves in the other direction. The neural activity becomes more unpredictable,” said Anil Seth, a professor of neuroscience at Britain’s University of Sussex. “Until now, we’ve only ever seen decreases compared to the baseline of the normal waking state.”

Caitlyn Wasn’t ‘Entirely Comfortable’ Having Sex with Kris Jenner:

Caitlyn Jenner gets candid about her sex life with ex-wife Kris Jenner in her new memoir, “The Secrets of My Life.” “We fall in love quickly (we marry after seven months),” Caitlyn, 67, writes in an excerpt published by People. “Since — let’s not kid ourselves — everyone wants to know, Kris and I have good and frequent sex at the beginning.” Caitlyn, who underwent gender reassignment surgery in January, describes the sex as “imbued with love” but admits she wasn’t “entirely comfortable” with the act. “I tell Kris about my gender issues before I make love to her. This will always be a subject of dispute between us,” Caitlyn laments. “She insists that she was taken by surprise by my ultimate transition to Caitlyn, which obviously means in her mind that she did not know enough.”

LBN-INVESTIGATES: As President Trump approaches the end of his first 100 days in office, he has received by far the most hostile press treatment of any incoming American president, with the broadcast networks punishing him with coverage that has been 89% negative. For this study, MRC analysts reviewed all of ABC, CBS and NBC’s evening news coverage of Trump and his new administration from January 20 through April 9, including weekends. Coverage during those first 80 days was intense, as the networks churned out 869 stories about the new administration (737 full reports and 132 brief, anchor-read items), plus an additional 140 full reports focused on other topics but which also discussed the new administration. Five big topics accounted for roughly two-fifths (43%) of the whopping 1,900 minutes of total network airtime devoted to the Trump administration. But those five topics accounted for a much larger share (63%) of the negative coverage hurled at the administration, as the networks covered each with an overwhelmingly hostile (more than 90% negative) slant.

Phil Liberatore, CPA, Responds to the IRS’ Hiring of Debt Collectors

In years past, the IRS has never called taxpayers to collect back taxes. Starting this month, however the Internal Revenue Service will use four private collection firms to deal with severely delinquent cases. Although this new strategy is said to be put in place to help alleviate stress and prevent harassment that taxpayers have dealt with in the past, Phil Liberatore http://www.liberatorecpa.com/, believes, “this change may be an attempt to improve the IRS’s budget, but it comes at further costs to the tax payers. The collection companies employ aggressive collection tactics that can be borderline abusive. This policy would further degrade taxpayers perception of the IRS.” As stated by Liberatore, the IRS has tried this strategy of using private collectors before and both times they had to stop the project. Not only were taxpayers being abused, but the project wound up costing money due to high administrative costs and commissions to debt collectors. In 2006 the project lost over $2 million. According to Liberatore, “this looks like another instance in which the IRS needs to count the cost of their policies towards taxpayers, with reductions to their operating budget, the IRS has been cutting back on services to taxpayers. For example on the IRS help line taxpayers are waiting on hold for an extended duration. In fact, over 60% taxpayers could not get through to the IRS at all and 49% of correspondences were not handled timely.” “In our 30+ years of experience in dealing with the IRS, we’ve found that we help our clients to resolve their issues with the IRS in a constructive and dignified manner, without the need to employ debt collection agencies. We look forward to a day in which the IRS can improve the ways in which it reaches out to taxpayers,” says Liberatore.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: All math possible? New York Gov.Andrew Cuomo’s reported income doubled last year from the previous year, largely based on royalty payments from his 2014 memoir—which, curiously, has sold just 3,200 copies for HarperCollins. In total, Cuomo has made $783,000 in royalties for the book, according to a report in The Buffalo News. That calculates to $245 per book. The tome, titled All Things Possible: Setbacks and Success in Politics and Life, currently sells for $13.05 on Amazon for a hardcover copy. Cuomo, according to the News, reported an adjusted gross income last year of $417,748. The previous year, it was $196,243. His book-royalty income listed on his 2016 tax filings totaled $218,100. The filings for 2016 were made public Monday.

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LBN-R.I.P.:  ****Sylvia Moy, a Motown songwriter and producer who collaborated with Stevie Wonder on “Uptight (Everything’s Alright)” and “My Cherie Amour,” and who was a co-writer of hits for the Marvin Gaye-Kim Weston duet and theIsley Brothers, died on Saturday in Dearborn, Mich. She was 78. Her sister Anita Moy said that the cause was complications of pneumonia.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: Did you catch this gem on CNN.com from April 6? “The Kentucky Coal Mining Museum in Benham, owned by Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College, is switching to solar power to save money. … Communications director Brandon Robinson told CNN affiliate WYMT that the project ‘will help save at least eight to ten thousand dollars, off the energy costs on this building alone.’” Go figure. The coal mining museum is going solar, for solid economic reasons, and President Trumpis reviving coal, with no economic logic at all. This bizarre contrast speaks to a deeper question of leadership and how we judge presidents. Trump took two major national security decisions in the past few weeks. One was to strike Syria for using poison gas. Trump summoned his national security team, asked for options on Syria, chose the cruise-missile strike — which was right — and won praise for acting “presidential.” The other decision you didn’t see. It was Trump dismantling budgets and regulations undergirding U.S. climate and environmental protection policies — in his nutty effort to revive U.S. coal-fired energy — while quietly announcing plans to withhold a promised $32.5 million U.S. contribution for the U.N. Population Fund, which supports family planning and maternal health.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Dennis Prager: Regarding the social damage, as the first black president in American history, he could have been an unprecedented force for racial healing but instead left America more racially divided than any modern president. In his repeated citing of Ferguson, for example, he helped spread the lie that a racist white Missouri police officer had killed an innocent black teenager without reason (other than racial bias). He deceived the American people (the “if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor” assertion and more) in order to pass Obamacare, one of the largest government-expanding programs in American history. He used presidential power in an unprecedentedly authoritarian manner. He showed far more understanding of the Iranian theocracy than of the Israeli democracy. His Internal Revenue Service and Department of Justice were politicized in ways reminiscent of corrupt Third World regimes. And he left America fighting a (thus far nonviolent) second Civil War.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Andy Parker: After my daughterAlison’s shooter posted her murder video on Twitter, I feared there would be a copycat incident. It wasn’t a matter of if, but when.It made me think of the darkly satirical movie, “Network.” When I first saw it, it seemed so dystopian and far-fetched.Howard Beale, the anchorman, gets assassinated on live television because of poor ratings. I couldn’t imagine it would ever happen (except maybe on Fox News), but now thanks to social media — as we’ve learned again through the killing ofRobert Godwin in Cleveland — murder has become a vehicle for notoriety. Sadly, for all the good Facebook can do, we now see its potential to turn mentally unstable killers into instant celebrities. They now have their own vehicle to make them reality TV stars, just like the one in the White House

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LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Congrats to Serena Williams! The 35-year-old greatest active female tennis star and 23-time Grand Slam champion revealed Wednesday she is pregnant with her first child. She posted on her Snapchat a selfie of her showcasing her baby bump in a yellow one-piece swimsuit, with the caption “20 weeks.” Serena had revealed in late December on Reddit that she is engaged to the social network’s co-founder Alexis Ohanian, 33. The two have recently been vacationing in Tulum, Mexico—guess you could call it a babymoon.   ***After being hospitalized for stomach problems on Monday, Richard Simmons has spoken directly to his fans for the first time in three years. “Hello to everyone who has shown concern for me and sent their good wishes,” the fitness guru told People in a statement on Wednesday. “You will never know how much it means to me. Aren’t you sick of hearing and reading about me?! LOL Well by now you know that I’m not ‘missing,’ just a little under the weather. I’m sure I will be feeling good and back home in a couple of days.”   ***Married Alphabet Inc. chairman and former Google CEO Eric Schmidt is squiring yet another new girlfriend around town. Schmidt has been spotted out with socialite Ulla Parker, a divorcée known for her expensive taste. Multiple sources tell Page Six that Schmidt and Parker, the glossy-haired ex-wife of Wall Street veteran Kevin Parker (who now runs Sustainable Insight Capital Management), have been spending time together after being introduced by mutual friends.


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WTF? Despite Record Collections, 52,062,499 Filers Paid No Income Taxes in 2014:

In tax year 2014, according to a report published by the Internal Revenue Service, the federal government hauled in a then-record $1,377,797,136,000 in individual income taxes.

Nonetheless, of the 148,606,578 individual income tax return filers that year, 52,062,499 (or 35 percent) filed what the IRS calls “nontaxable returns,” which means they paid no net individual income taxes.

Among these 52,062,499 filers who did not pay income taxes in 2014, according to Table 3.3 in the report, were 31,129,405 filers who also received $90,276,007,000 in payments from the federal government for “refundable” tax credits.

“In total, taxpayers claimed $105.6 billion in refundable tax credits,” said the IRS report. “Of this, $5.5 billion was applied against income taxes and $9.8 billion against all other taxes. The remaining $90.3 billion in refundable tax credits was refunded to taxpayers.”

“Tax credits are used to offset taxes,” the report explains. “Certain tax credits are also refundable in that if the credit exceeds the total tax owed, the excess can be refunded to the taxpayer.”

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LBN – Special Report – Tuesday April 18, 2017

British PM Calls General Election in Face of Brexit Fight

British Prime Minister Theresa May stunned political observers Tuesday when she called a snap general election to take place June 8th. In a dramatic statement outside Downing Street, May said she was calling the election to stop the “political game playing” of politicians seeking to oppose or water down the terms of Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union. May had previously ruled out an early election, but, explaining her change of mind, said: “I have concluded the only way to guarantee certainty and security for years ahead is to hold this election.” Stating that “the country is coming together, but Westminster is not,” May fired the starting gun on an election campaign by attacking anti-Brexit politicians, saying: “In recent weeks, Labor have threatened to vote against the final agreement we reach with the European Union. The Liberal Democrats said they want to grind the business of government to a standstill. The Scottish National Party say they will vote against the legislation that formally repeals Britain’s membership of the European Union. And un-elected members of the House of Lords have vowed to fight us every step of the way. If we do not hold a general election now, their political game playing will continue.”

U.S. Considers Shooting Down North Korean Missile Tests

Secretary of Defense James Mattis has reportedly briefed Congress on the option to begin shooting down North Korean missile tests as a show of strength to Pyongyang. The Guardian reports the Pentagon is considering the approach in its attempt to find ways to pressure North Korea out of nuclear development without engaging in all-out war. Tensions have been rising in anticipation of Pyongyang’s sixth scheduled nuclear test. “I would see such an action as escalatory, but I couldn’t guess how Kim Jong Un would interpret it,” saidAbraham Denmark, who served in former President Obama’s administration as a senior Pentagon policy official for Asia. “But I would be concerned he would feel the need to react strongly, as he would not want to appear weak.

Trump Looks to Toss H-1B Lottery System

President Donald Trump will sign an executive order Tuesday calling for the end of America’s lottery system for H-1B work visas in favor of a merit-based system, Axios reports. The “Buy American, Hire American” order will look to scrap the existing visa application system, which enters applicants into a lottery for limited number of visas. The executive order will not be able to change the number of visas awarded annually, however. The executive order will also reportedly call on the U.S. trade representative and the Commerce Department to cut back on exceptions to “Buy American” laws.
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SMC Pharmacy Wins Best of Los Angeles Award for “Best Pharmacy” 2017

SMC Pharmacy has won the 2017 Best of Los Angeles Award for “Best Pharmacy” according to Aurora DeRose, award coordinator for the Best of Los Angeles Award community (https://www.facebook.com/BestofLosAngelesAwards/).
SMC Pharmacy is a full-service, family run independent pharmacy that fills all prescriptions (brand and generic) as well as specializing in compounding, medication synchronization and medication therapy management. Since opening in 2011, SMC Pharmacy has grown by hiring trained professionals who focus on customer service. Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians receive special training in compounding techniques from the Professional Compounding Centers of America, allowing them to modify prescribed medications to a specific strength, dosage form or allergen-free formula when a doctor recommends doing so. SMC Pharmacy is committed to being your everyday health resource.

SCOTUS Blocks Arkansas Request for Executions

The U.S. Supreme Court early Tuesday rejected a request by the state of Arkansas to execute one of its condemned men scheduled to die before the end of April. The state is racing against the clock to carry out the death sentences before its lethal-injection drug supply expires April 28. The high court’s decision followed a chaotic Monday of legal arguments, according to local reports. There was no explanation for the ruling other than the court decided it would not lift an order already handed down by the state’s Supreme Court on Monday. That ruling blocked the executions of two inmates who were scheduled to be put to death that evening. The death warrant for 56-year-old Don Davis was set to expire just 10 minutes after the Supreme Court decision came down. Davis was sentenced to death in 1990 after he was convicted of killing a 62-year-old woman named Jane Daniel.

LBN-INVESTIGATE: More Americans than ever before are stressed, depressed and anxiety-ridden, and many are unable to get the help they need, a new study suggests. An estimated 8.3 million American adults — about 3.4 percent of the U.S. population — suffer from serious psychological distress, an evaluation of federal health data concluded. Previous estimates put the number of Americans suffering from serious psychological distress at 3 percent or less, the researchers said.

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LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***Following a week of record-bad PR, sources say that United and its passengers are facing a new kind of horror: the stopping of United’s signature ice cream sundaes. The classic dessert has been taken off United flights following an incident that saw a passenger served a sundae containing glass. First-class passengers are now facing the horror of eating pre-packaged ice cream containers on flights while United works on the situation. No first-class passengers could be reached for comment on how they’re handling the taste of a cardboard container. However, it appears that United’s re-accommodation of this situation has not yet caused any facial fractures.

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LBN – SPOTLIGHT: Tiananmen West: Why Nixon Ordered the Kent State Massacre is now available on Amazon in both e-book and paperback formats. It is a non-fiction study of the Nixon era. Author, Jenny Deason Copeland, pitched the screenplay for 20 years only to hear Hollywood execs suggest it be a book first. The heroine and villain parts were written withSarandon and Nicholson in mind. Nixon confesses to ordering the massacre in his autobiography RN. After three decades of research using FOIA procedures, the book uncovers the possible motive behind the massacre. The FOIA results are available free at www.crazyredheadpublishing.com

LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:   ***The New York Times continued to shake up its newsroom leadership on Tuesday by naming Ellen Pollock, formerly the editor in chief of Bloomberg Businessweek, the next top editor of its business section. The move comes just weeks after the company announced thatDean Murphy, who had led the section, known as Business Day, for the last four years, was being promoted to associate editor.

LBN-VIDEO LINK: What Does It Mean To Be American? “Without Notes” with M. Zuhdi Jasser M.D. – Episode 1: The Early Years —–https://youtu.be/V1bxMYxTJtE

Steve Ballmer Serves Up a Fascinating Data Trove:

Today, Steve Ballmer plans to make public a database and a report that he and a small army of economists, professors and other professionals have been assembling as part of a stealth start-up over the last three years called USAFacts. The database is perhaps the first nonpartisan effort to create a fully integrated look at revenue and spending across federal, state and local governments. Want to know how many police officers are employed in various parts of the country and compare that against crime rates? Want to know how much revenue is brought in from parking tickets and the cost to collect? Want to know what percentage of Americans suffer from diagnosed depression and how much the government spends on it? That’s in there. You can slice the numbers in all sorts of ways. Mr. Ballmer calls it “the equivalent of a 10-K for government,” referring to the kind of annual filing that companies make.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Hershey’s produces over 80 million chocolate Kisses – every day.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:   ***CAA has partnered with CMC Capital Partners to form media and entertainment platform CAA China. As part of the pact, CMC — a major Chinese investment firm with stakes in Oriental DreamWorks and Warner Bros.’ Chinese studio Flagship Entertainment, among other Hollywood companies — has made a minority investment in CAA, and CMC chairman Li Ruigang will join the agency’s board of directors.

LBN-NOTICED:   ***Close friends media experts Elliot Mintzand Michael Levine continued their annual tradition of birthday dinners. Last night Levine’s birthday dinner was celebrated in the private room at Il Segreto Ristorante Belair at the Beverly Glen Center with Mintz offering a soulful toast to Levine.     ***Chelsea Clinton seeing new musical “Bandstand” in NYC A spy said that after the show, “she wanted to stay and meet the stars, but had to get home to the baby sitter”.   ***Sen.Chuck Schumer seeing “Indecent” at the Cort Theatre in NYC.   ***Jessica Chastain in the audience at the Pulitzer-winning play “Sweat” in NYC. ***Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner whispering to each other and making their way to the bar next to the Batiste Dry Shampoo Styling Studio at a NYLON party.  ***NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill and former commish Bill Bratton at Davio’s in Boston having Easter lunch with Kathryn White, wife of former Boston mayor Kevin White, as well as Bratton’s wife, Rikki Klieman, and PR man George Regan.

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Legacy.com: Where Life Stories Live On
“Legacy.com is a global network of online obituaries that provides timely news of death and allows users to pay respect and celebrate life.”

LBN-SPOTLIGHT: Short Men’s Clothing – Jimmy Au’s For Men 5’8″ & Under – Jimmy Au’s Clothing for Men 5’8″ and Under; a place where you’ll find a flattering and height-enhancing collection of tailored and casual menswear. www.jimmyaus.com.

LBN-VIDEO LINK: Best one liner ever  —- https://youtu.be/oHK-ioV8UE8

LBN-COMMENTARY by Clive Davis: There were artists likeMelissa Manchester. She was on her way to a platinum-plus career, and she said, “I want to be Joni Mitchell and I want to write my own material.” So, of course, you allow that to happen. You have to have respect for the artist and the kind of career they want. But that’s only in the entertainment pop world, where either you have a hit or you don’t. It’s not “the answer is blowin’ in the wind.” When you’re a Patti Smith, when you’re a Bruce Springsteen, when you’re a rock artist, I would never think of submitting material.

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LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Richard Simmons was hospitalized this week with stomach problems, but is on his way to a full recovery, according to a report Tuesday. “Simmons was hospitalized on Monday at an undisclosed location in California,” his rep, Michael Catalano, told ABC News. “After a few days of battling severe indigestion and discomfort while eating, we agreed it was best for him to seek treatment,” he said. “He’s already feeling better and is expected to make a full recovery.”   ***Kid Rock put a rock on it. The singer and his longtime girlfriend, Audrey Berry, quietly got engaged earlier this year, a source confirmed.   ***This American wife is no more. “This American Life” radio host Ira Glass filed for divorce Monday from his writer spouse of 16 years, Anaheed Alani. The pair actually “separated a few years ago,’’ Glass revealed in an emotional aside during a broadcast last month.

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Prince Warrants Found Hidden Pill Stashes

Search warrants for the late musical artist Prince turned up stashes of pills around his home in Minnesota, according to newly released documents. The pills were stored in envelopes and Ziploc bags, TMZ reported on Monday. The documents also reportedly confirm that Prince’s bodyguard went to a pharmacy to fill the prescriptions the day before Prince died due to an overdose of fentanyl. Among the prescriptions filled was the powerful painkiller Percocet. A doctor treating Prince acknowledged that he prescribed oxycodone for Prince the same day he overdosed on an airplane less than a week before his death.

Pence: ‘All Options on the Table’ With North Korea

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence warned that the “era of strategic patience” with North Korea is over as he kicked off his 10-day Asia tour. Speaking from a joint U.S.-South Korean base near the Demilitarized Zone separating North and South Korea on Monday, Pence said the White House is counting on China to help ease tensions with an increasingly belligerent North Korea. The vice president’s comments came hours after North Korea’s latest missile test failed, exploding only a few seconds after launch on Sunday. Calling the North’s latest test a “provocation,” Pence said it serves as a “reminder” of the dangers facing the region. The U.S. plans to resolve the conflict with North Korea by “peaceable means or ultimately by whatever means are necessary,” he told reporters. Pence also praised the “ironclad” alliance the U.S. has with South Korea, saying “all options are on the table” to get North Korea to halt its missile program.

ICE immigration arrests of noncriminals double under Trump:

Immigration arrests rose 32.6 percent in the first weeks of theTrump administration, with newly empowered federal agents intensifying their pursuit of not just undocumented immigrants with criminal records, but also thousands of illegal immigrants who have been otherwise law-abiding. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested 21,362 immigrants, mostly convicted criminals, from January through mid-March, compared to 16,104 during the same period last year, according to statistics requested by The Washington Post. Arrests of immigrants with no criminal records more than doubled to 5,441, the clearest sign yet thatPresident Trump has ditched his predecessor’s protective stance toward most of the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States.

Facebook Killer’s Cellphone Pings Detected in Pennsylvania

Pings from a cellphone owned by Cleveland Facebook murder suspect Steve Stephens have been detected more than 100 miles east of the city in Erie, Pennsylvania, police officials told CNN Monday morning. Authorities widened their warnings to residents of five states—Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Indiana, and New York—as they hunt for the 37-year-old, who shot and killed a random man in Cleveland on Easter Sunday at about 2 p.m. “He is considered armed and dangerous, so we want people to be careful out there,” Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said. A video uploaded to Facebook shows the death of 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr. (Facebook later disabled the footage.) Police have released a photo of Stephens’s white Ford Fusion sedan and a temporary license plate. Stephens said in his video that he has killed multiple people. Police, so far, have not found any evidence to support that claim but are searching vacant homes in Cleveland, looking for any additional victims. As of 9 p.m. on Sunday, police had found none. “Right now we’re looking for one suspect in one shooting,” said a law-enforcement source. Stephens’s girlfriend is now in protective custody and is “fully cooperative” in assisting authorities in catching the alleged killer.

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China, Russia Send Ships to Shadow Trump ‘Armada’ in N. Korean Waters

Chinese and Russian spy vessels have been sent to shadow the group of U.S. aircraft carriers that are heading toward North Korean waters, Japanese media outlets reported Monday. The move comes amid escalating tensions surrounding Pyongyang’s nuclear efforts. President Trump has described the vessels as an “armada” and said additional and more powerful submarines are also en route. Japan’s largest daily newspaper reports the ships are “strengthening warning and surveillance activities in the waters and airspace around the area.” Tour companies in China have also halted all work arranging groups to visit North Korea, which was until now a popular travel destination for Chinese tourists.

WHO READS LBN? “60 Minutes” contributor Lesley Stahl

Park Geun-hye, Ousted President of South Korea, Is Formally Indicted:

South Korea’s recently impeached and ousted president, Park Geun-hye, was formally indicted on Monday on charges of collecting or demanding $52 million in bribes, becoming the first leader put on criminal trial since the mid-1990s, when two former military-backed presidents were imprisoned for corruption and mutiny. Prosecutors arrested Ms. Park on 13 criminal charges in March. They have questioned her five times in her jail cell outside Seoul. In the indictment on Monday, the number of criminal charges against Ms. Park increased to 18, including bribery, coercion, abuse of office and illegal leaking of government secrets.

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LBN-HEALTH WATCH:   ***There is an out-of-control epidemic in the United States that costs more and affects more people than any disease Americans currently worry about. It’s called nonadherence to prescribed medications, and it is — potentially, at least — 100 percent preventable by the very individuals it afflicts.The numbers are staggering. “Studies have consistently shown that 20 percent to 30 percent of medication prescriptions are never filled, and that approximately 50 percent of medications for chronic disease are not taken as prescribed,” according to a review of research in Annals of Internal Medicine. People who do take prescription medications — whether it’s for a simple infection or a life-threatening condition like heart disease — typically take only about half the prescribed doses. This lack of adherence, the Annals authors wrote, is estimated to cause approximately 125,000 deaths and at least 10 percent of hospitalizations, and to cost the American health care system between $100 billion and $289 billion a year.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***China’s economic data is usually very predictable. But occasionally there are surprises, though so small that by other countries’ standards they would barely be noticed. The country’s economy, the world’s second-largest behind that of the United States, grew 6.9 percent in the first quarter, led by strong expansion at factories, Chinese officials said Monday. The pace was a slight acceleration in the economic tempo here after five consecutive quarters in which China reported growth of either 6.7 percent or 6.8 percent, a remarkable period of stability in the official data.

LBN-NOTICED:   **Just three days after their divorce filing went public, Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck put on a united front for Easter. The actors, both 44, attended services together at the Community United Methodist Church of Pacific Palisades on Sunday. The estranged couple beamed at one another and were flanked by their three children, daughters Violet, 11, and Seraphina, 8, and son Samuel, 5.  ***Adam Sandler shared a table with Ted Sarandos and Scott Stuber at Craigs in L.A.   ***Larry David and Jane Fonda were at Portia Via in Beverly Hills separately.   ***Kanye West lunched at Cheebo in L.A.   ***Brittney Spears popped by The Six in L.A.   ***Bryan Lourd was at Mr. Chow in Beverly Hills.   ***Milo Ventimiglia dined at Catch LA. Luke Haas sat nearby. David Spade was also there. On a different night, Jeremy Piven was in.   ***UTA’s Tracey Jacobs and lawyer Bryan Freedman were at The Grill in Beverly Hills. Lawyer Peter Nichols with Erwin Stoff sat nearby.   ***Rachel McAdams and her sister Kayleen McAdams dined at Odys + Penelope in L.A.

LBN-VIDEO LINK: Trey from the Californians —https://youtu.be/c7lsIIcXF0Q

LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Bruce Langhorne, an intuitive guitarist who played a crucial role in the transition from folk music to folk-rock, notably through his work with Bob Dylan, died on Friday at his home in Venice, Calif. He was 78. A close friend, Cynthia Riddle, said the cause was kidney failure. From his pealing lead guitar on “Maggie’s Farm” to his liquid electric guitar lines on “Love Minus Zero/No Limit” and “She Belongs to Me,” Mr. Langhorne was best known for his playing on Mr. Dylan’s landmark 1965 album, “Bringing It All Back Home.” He also contributed hypnotic countermelodies to tracks like “Mr. Tambourine Man” and “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue.”

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US Census Bureau: American FactFinder
“American FactFinder is your source for population, housing, economic and geographic information. Find popular facts (population, income, etc.) and frequently requested data about your community.”

LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Dr. Mark Wainberg, a microbiologist who identified a drug that later became critical to treating people infected with H.I.V., and who later became a leading advocate for giving millions of people with H.I.V. and AIDS in Africa greater access to antiretroviral drugs, died on Tuesday after struggling in the waters off Bal Harbour, Fla. He was 71. His son, Zev, said that he and Dr. Wainberg had been swimming in rough surf when Dr. Wainberg appeared to be drowning. His son pulled him to shore and performed CPR before paramedics arrived. He was taken to Aventura Hospital in nearby Aventura, Fla., where he was declared dead, according to the Bal Harbour police.

LBN-SPOTLIGHT: “We are taxed twice as much by our idleness, three times as much by our pride, and four times as much by our folly.” —— www.TheExcelCommunity.com

LBN-COMMENTARY by Pamela Paul: Here’s a reading challenge: Pick up a book you’re pretty sure you won’t like — the style is wrong, the taste not your own, the author bio unappealing. You might even take it one step further. Pick up a book you think you will hate, of a genre you’ve dismissed since high school, written by an author you’re inclined to avoid. Now read it to the last bitter page. Sound like hell? You’re off to a good start. This is not about reading a book you know is bad, a pleasure in its own right, like an exceptionally dashing villain. It’s about finding a book that affronts you, and staring it down to the last word. At a time when people are siloed into narrow sources of information according to their particular tinted worldview — those they follow on Twitter, the evening shoutfest they choose, AM talk radio or NPR — it’s no surprise most of us also read books we’re inclined to favor. Reading is a pleasure and a time-consuming one. Why bother reading something you dislike?

LBN-COMMENTARY by Tom Shales: I had the opportunity, several light years ago, to ask Johnny Carson what he thought ofDavid Letterman, who at that point, early in his career, was widely expected to succeed Carson as host of The Tonight Show on NBC. Johnny looked irked for an instant, then made the gesture for “loony”—one finger doing circles near his head—and said, worriedly yet admiringly, “Lots of ‘stuff’ going on up there,” sounding as if he were Dave’s anxious parent. That’s an oversimplification but a fairly accurate distillation of what author Jason Zinomantakes more than 300 pages to say in Letterman: The Last Giant of Late Night, just published by HarperCollins. Impressively, the book seems not one word too long and is probably the finest profile ever written of a TV comic, which is praise not meant to be faint. If you even just liked Dave, and especially if you loved him, you’ll get plenty of bang for your book bucks. You’ll be entertained, enlightened (albeit on a subject now culturally remote) and even alarmed at the extent of Letterman’s chronic self-loathing, if that’s really what it was.

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LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***As opening night nears for Broadway sensation “Hello, Dolly!,” Bette Midler has had a wild week in previews. On Friday night, she had a coughing fit that stopped the show cold. But she ad-libbed her way out of it, as a co-star even brought her a cup of water and a lozenge onstage. She regained her composure and ended the scene by quipping, “Live theater, who can beat it?” before falling to the floor, bringing the house down and getting a standing ovation for her efforts.   ***Tuesday night — the night before the documentary “Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives” opens the Tribeca Film Festival at Radio City Music Hall with performances by Aretha Franklin, Jennifer Hudson and Earth, Wind & Fire — Davis will host an exclusive dinner at Brooklyn’s River Café. Expected attendees include LA Reid, Lee Daniels, Rob Thomas, Pat Houston, Gayle King, Tamron Hall, Don Lemon, Regis Philbin, Jane Rosenthal and Kathie Lee Gifford.

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