Monthly Archives: March 2018

LBN – Friday, March 30th, 2018

*Pulse Gunman’s Wife, Noor Salman, Not Guilty in Orlando Shooting Trial:

Noor Salman, the wife of Pulse nightclub shooter Omar Mateen, was found not guilty of all charges Friday. She was accused of aiding and abetting Mateen and of obstructing justice in the case, and jury deliberations lasted almost three days. Mateen killed 49 people and injured dozens more at the nightclub in Orlando in June 2016. Earlier this week, officials revealed that Mateen’s father was an FBI source for years before the deadly rampage.

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*Report: 7 Dead, 500+ Injured in Gaza-Israel Border Protest:

At least seven Palestinians were killed and hundreds injuredFriday as Israeli forces reportedly retaliated and opened fire on protesters at a large demonstration along the Israel-Gaza border, Gaza medical officials told Reuters. The Palestinian Health Ministry estimated that more than 500 were injured and most of the casualties were a result of “gunfire against the protesters.” Israeli military officials said they were engaged in “riot dispersal” that meant “firing toward main instigators,” who were reportedly “rolling burning tires and hurling stones” at the border. Estimates put the gathered crowd at 17,000 people. Israeli forces also reportedly used tear gas, rubber bullets, and live fire. The protest was in commemoration of “Land Day,” which remembers six Arabs who were killed by Israeli security forces during protests in 1976. This week, Israel restricted border crossings for the upcoming Easter holiday, only allowing Gaza Christians 55 and older to go to Jerusalem.

*California Coffee Shops Must Put Cancer Warnings on Cups:

Could coffee cause cancer? California’s caffeine-seekers will now be warned of that possibility, after a Los Angeles judge ruled that Starbucks and other companies had failed to show there was no significant risk from acrylamide, a chemical produced in the coffee-roasting process. The ruling comes after a suit filed by a little-known nonprofit, the Council for Education and Research on Toxins. The ruling could cost Starbucks big bucks: The suit calls for fines as large as $2,500 per person for every exposure to the chemical since 2002. Starbucks and other defendants have until April 10 to file objections to the decision.

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*Illegal immigrant cop killer smirks at death sentence– and victims’ families grin back:

Illegal immigrant Luis Bracamontes smiled again Tuesday as a California jury handed him a death sentence following his conviction in the 2014 killing of two sheriff’s deputies, but this time, the deputies’ families gave the cold-blooded killer a taste of his own medicine. “I was smiling back at him purposely,” Jeri Oliver, Sacramento County Sheriff’s Deputy Danny Oliver’s mother, told The Sacramento Bee after court. Debbie McMahon, the mother of fallen Placer County Sheriff DetectiveMichael Davis Jr., agreed “to smile at him for a change.” The convicted cop killer made headlines during his trial in January when he smiled and went into a profanity-laced rant in court, saying, “I wish I had killed more of the mother——-s,” and promised to “kill more, kill whoever gets in front of me … There’s no need for a f—ing trial.”

*Prominent Taxpayer Advocate and Conservative Phil Liberatore Launches Campaign for California’s 39th Congressional District:

Certified Public Accountant, longtime conservative donor, and owner of IRS Problem Solvers – Phil Liberatore – formally launched his campaign Monday for California’s open 39th Congressional District, where incumbent Ed Royce, Republican is retiring. “Too many politicians today promise to change the system only to join it — and it’s time for genuine, proven leadership to seize this moment in history. We have an opportunity to secure our future and to unite Americans through our constitutional commitment to community, faith, values, and freedom,” said Phil Liberatore. “I’ve fought for families and businesses who were unfairly targeted by the IRS for years, but now it’s time for me to fight for you, the citizens of California. As a husband and father, I obviously didn’t make this decision lightly. But we urgently need more true conservatives to stand up and return power to We, The People.” Phil Liberatore has the pro-taxpayer, anti-big government, conservative experience that Republican primary voters are looking for,” said Liberatore Campaign Director Kim Doster. “President Trump’s campaign demonstrated that voters are tired of nominating the ‘same-old’ politicians. That gives Phil Liberatore the decided edge in this multi-candidate contest.”

*AARP accused of hard-sell marketing practices like those it warns seniors about:

In its newsletters and magazines, in congressional testimony and on its website, AARP warns seniors about deceptive direct mail and other dubious marketing come-ons as part of its mission to protect members from financial abuses. But the huge lobbying group’s own aggressive efforts to coax seniors to join or renew their memberships also have drawn a burst of criticism this year. Angry members say AARP’s barrage of solicitation letters and social media posts can mislead or confuse aging consumers, some of whom struggle with memory and managing their financial affairs. Hundreds have complained about getting false warnings that their memberships would soon expire, and at least some people have unwittingly paid for duplicate memberships. The critics include Kathy Portie, senior editor of the Big Bear Grizzly weekly newspaper in Southern California. In January, she received a sponsored post from AARP in her Facebook feed that read: “Your membership is about to expire. … ACT FAST – Time is running out.” Her terse reply, mirroring the grievances of dozens of others who received the same post, was, “No it’s not. It is valid through 2020. So stop it.”

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*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***Volkswagen has taken parking lots to a whole new level in the United States and will not be emptying them soon. Volkswagen AG has paid more than $7.4 billion to buy back about 350,000 US diesel vehicles through mid-February, a recent court filing shows. The German automaker has been storing hundreds of thousands of vehicles around the United States for months. Volkswagen has 37 secure storage facilities around the United States housing nearly 300,000 vehicles, the filing from the program’s independent administrator said. The lots include a shuttered suburban Detroit football stadium, a former Minnesota paper mill and a sun-bleached desert graveyard near Victorville, California.

*LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: **Scarlett Johansson has parted ways with Rick Yorn, the manager of more than 20 years who signed her at age 12. The “Avengers” star’s ties with Yorn have been strong over the years: She recorded an album with his singer-songwriter brother Pete Yorn in 2009 called “Break Up.” But an individual familiar with the situation said she is no longer working with Yorn or his company LBI Entertainment.

*LBN-R.I.P.: ***Deborah Carrington, an actress and stuntwoman who appeared in “Men in Black” and “Total Recall,” died on March 23 at her parents’ home in Pleasanton, Calif. She was 58. The cause of death has not yet been determined.

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The Occupational Outlook Handbook is the government’s premier source of career guidance featuring hundreds of occupations – such as carpenters, teachers, and veterinarians. Revised every 2 years, the latest version contains employment projections for the 2010-20 decade.

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*LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: If you had pulled somebody aside in the mid 1970s and asked him to predict how racially integrated America would be in 2018, he would probably have said: pretty integrated. American schools were integrating very quickly back then. The subject of racial integration was on everybody’s tongue. Young people seemed to be growing up in a very different racial environment, and the rising tide of immigration was making America a more diverse place. Unfortunately, the mid-70s were, by some measures, a kind of a high-water mark. School integration peaked then, and American schools have been resegregating since. Measured by Google Ngram, the phrase “racial integration” was used most frequently then; people have been using the phrase less and less ever since. By the late 1990s, passion for the cause had been lost. As Tamar Jacoby wrote in her 1998 book “Someone Else’s House”: “If integration is still most Americans’ idea of the goal, few of us talk about it any more. The word has a quaint ring today — like ‘gramophone’ or ‘nylons.’  Now we seem to have entered a phase of trepidation, or even passive segregation. Race is on everybody’s mind, but are there enough efforts to create intimate bonds across racial lines? Jacoby emphasizes that there are two kinds of integration, objective and subjective. The former is about putting people of different races in the same classroom, office and neighborhood. The latter is about emotional bonds of connection, combining a positive sense of pride in group with an overall sense that we are a “we.”

*LBN-HISTORICAL COMMENTARY by John Patrick: Pain makes man think. Thought makes man wise. Wisdom makes life endurable.

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*LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Actress Kristin Kreuk broke her silence Thursday about her participation in “Nxivm,” the creepy self-help group, pronounced “Nexium,” whose leader has been charged with running a sex-slave cult in upstate New York. Kreuk and fellow CW series “Smallville” star Allison Mack started with the program back in late 2005 and early 2006, and their celebrity status was used by cult leader Keith Raniere to attract members. But while Mack stayed with the program as it got weirder and more abusive — and was reportedly with Raniere when he was arrested at his Mexican hideaway this week — Kreuk denies she ever recruited anyone, and says she got out before she saw anything “illegal or nefarious,” she tweeted Thursday night. “I left about five years ago,” she tweeted, “and had minimal contact with those who were still involved.”

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LBN – Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

*Promises, Promises – China Says Kim Jong Un Pledged to Denuclearize During Visit 

Kim Jong Un has promised to denuclearize North Korea, according to Chinese officials who he met during his first foreign trip as leader on Tuesday. The North Korean leader’s secret trip to Beijing to meet President Xi Jinping has been seen as a precursor to his much-anticipated summit with Donald Trump in the coming months. Although North Korea’s official statement about the trip made no mention of denuclearization, China’s foreign ministry released a lengthy statement containing what it claims are direct quotes from Kim Jong Un pledging to get rid of his nuclear weapons. “It is our consistent stand to be committed to denuclearization on the peninsula, in accordance with the will of late President Kim Il Sung and late General Secretary Kim Jong Il,” Kim Jong Un is quoted as saying. “The issue of denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula can be resolved, if South Korea and the United States respond to our efforts with goodwill, create an atmosphere of peace and stability while taking progressive and synchronous measures for the realization of peace.” Trump welcomed the reports on Twitter early Wednesday morning.

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*Stormy Daniels’ Lawyer Seeks to Depose Donald Trump:

The lawyer for adult-film star Stormy Daniels has asked a federal judge for permission to depose President Trump and force him to face questioning under oath about what he knew about the agreement to pay Daniels “hush money” to keep quiet about their alleged affair. In a motion filed in federal court late Tuesday in Los Angeles, Daniels lawyer Michael J. Avenatti requested a deposition “of no greater than two hours” for Trump, and the same for the president’s lawyer and confidant Michael Cohen. If successful, Avenatti’s motion would set up an extraordinary scenario that would force the president to explain, under oath, exactly what he was told about a secrecy agreement involving a $130,000 payment to Daniels. The testimony could help determine whether campaign-finance laws were broken by the president, Cohen, or the Trump campaign. Responding to the request, Cohen spokesman David Schwartz described it as “a reckless use of the legal system in order to continue to inflate Michael Avenatti’s deflated ego and keep himself relevant.”

*Documents Reveal Arizona Governor and Uber Kept Self-Driving Cars ‘Secret’

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey encouraged Uber to test its self-driving cars in the state without informing the public and with “limited oversight from experts,” according to emails obtained by The Guardian. According to the newspaper, Uber began to “quietly” test autonomous vehicles in Phoenix in August 2016 with the company requesting from the governor’s office the contact information of someone “discreet” at a police station. Emails show that Uber and Ducey’s relationship started back in 2007. In 2015, Ducey issued an executive order allowing for the operation of self-driving cars on university campuses the same day that Uber donated $25,000 to a local university. Uber has admitted that it had “suggest[ed]” certain parts of the executive order. On Tuesday, Ducey suspended the startup’s right to operate self-driving vehicles in the state, 10 days after a woman was struck and killed by one of its autonomous cars. Two weeks before the crash, Ducey signed another executive order “explicitly allowing fully driverless vehicles on Arizona’s roads,” and around half of Uber’s 200 self-driving vehicles were in the state at the time of the accident.

*Report: Saudi Crown Prince to Meet With Oprah, Mike Pompeo on U.S. Tour

Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will meet with figures in American “politics, business, oil, entertainment and tech” during his U.S. tour, according to a leaked itinerary obtained by The Independent. Prince Mohammed is believed to have met with Henry Kissinger, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg on Tuesday in New York, the newspaper said. He’ll also meet with media leaders, current government figures like CIA Director Mike Pompeo and Jared Kushner, tech giants Bill Gates and Peter Thiel, and Oprah. Prince Mohammed arrived in Washington, D.C., on March 19 to meet with President Donald Trump and has since stopped by Boston and New York. He will soon travel to Houston, Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles on his three-week trip. This comes after the Crown Prince sat down with CBS’s Norah O’Donnell in a 60 Minutes interview.

*Facebook Revamps Privacy Settings Amid Cambridge Analytica Storm

Facebook has announced a tweak of its privacy settings amid a company crisis over its handling of personal data. In a Facebook post, two senior officials said it’s “time to make our privacy tools easier to find” and introduced measures such as a new privacy shortcuts menu and tools to find, download, and delete your personal data. “Last week showed how much more work we need to do to enforce our policies and help people understand how Facebook works and the choices they have over their data,” said Erin Egan, chief privacy officer, and Ashlie Beringer, deputy general counsel. “We’ve heard loud and clear that privacy settings and other important tools are too hard to find and that we must do more to keep people informed.” The tinkering comes following the damning revelations that political data firm Cambridge Analytica had obtained information on about 50 million U.S. users via Facebook before the 2016 election.

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*SCARY! – A Cyberattack Hobbles Atlanta, and Security Experts Shudder:  

The City of Atlanta’s 8,000 employees got the word on Tuesday that they had been waiting for: It was O.K. to turn their computers on. But as the city government’s desktops, hard drives and printers flickered back to life for the first time in five days, residents still could not pay their traffic tickets or water bills online, or report potholes or graffiti on a city website. Travelers at the world’s busiest airport still could not use the free Wi-Fi. Atlanta’s municipal government has been brought to its knees since Thursday morning by a ransomware attack — one of the most sustained and consequential cyberattacks ever mounted against a major American city. The digital extortion aimed at Atlanta, which security experts have linked to a shadowy hacking crew known for its careful selection of targets, laid bare once again the vulnerabilities of governments as they rely on computer networks for day-to-day operations. In a ransomware attack, malicious software cripples a victim’s computer or network and blocks access to important data until a ransom is paid to unlock it.

*David Hogg having trouble getting into college after high school:

Some state colleges in California are apparently not impressed by the Parkland high school shooting survivor who helped become a voice for a global gun control movement. David Hogg, 17, has so far been rejected by four University of California campuses — UCLA, UCSD, UCSB and UC Irvine, he told TMZ. According to the UC site, a minimum 3.4 GPA is required for non-California residents to get in. The Florida teen has a 4.2 GPA and an SAT score of 1270. He’s been accepted to Cal State San Marcos and Cal Poly, and in his home state, Florida Atlantic University — but he’s not yet sure what he’ll do after graduating, he said. “At this point, we’re already changing the world,” Hogg, a senior at Stoneman Douglas High School, told the outlet. “If colleges want to support us in that, great, if they don’t, it doesn’t matter, we’re still going to change the world.” “There’s a lot of amazing people that don’t get into college,” he added.

*CLEARED – Motion Picture Academy Finds No Merit to Accusations Against Its President:

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences concluded on Tuesday that an allegation of sexual harassment against its president had no merit, in the first test of new guidelines that the powerful Hollywood industry group enacted after a wave of accusations of inappropriate behavior rocked the entertainment industry. In a statement released after its regularly scheduled board meeting, the academy said that an internal investigation into allegations levied against John Bailey, who was elected as president of the group in August, had determined that “no further action was merited.” Mr. Bailey, a cinematographer with credits ranging from “Ordinary People” in 1980 to “How to Be a Latin Lover” last year, had no immediate comment. He had previously disputed the allegations. The investigation focused on a claim submitted on March 13 by a woman who said Mr. Bailey, 75, attempted to touch her inappropriately while riding in a van on a movie set roughly a decade ago. The academy has not released the woman’s name.

*LBN-HEALTH WATCH:   ***Medicare officials thought they had finally figured out how to do their part to fix the troubling problem of opioids being over-prescribed to the old and disabled: In 2016, a staggering one in three of 43.6 million beneficiaries of the federal health insurance program had been prescribed the painkillers. Medicare, they decided, would now refuse to pay for long-term, high-dose prescriptions; a rule to that effect is expected to be approved on April 2. Some medical experts have praised the regulation as a check on addiction. But the proposal has also drawn a broad and clamorous blowback from many people who would be directly affected by it, including patients with chronic pain, primary care doctors and experts in pain management and addiction medicine.

*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***Amazon saw its stock take a more nearly 6 percent tumble on Wednesday after a report that President Donald Trump wants to “go after” the tech behemoth via antitrust laws or tax policies. According to an Axios report that cited unnamed sources, Trump is “obsessed” with Amazon and has broached the idea of changing the company’s tax status out of concern that the e-retail giant is putting the squeeze on brick-and-mortar retailers.

*Poll: Majority of Americans say they are not seeing change in paychecks due to tax cuts: 

A majority of Americans say they are not yet seeing President Trump’s tax cuts reflected in their paychecks, according to a new poll. A CNBC All-America Economic Survey finds 52 percent of respondents say they haven’t seen a change. Just 32 percent of respondents report taking home more money due to the tax cuts, which Trump signed into law late last year. Of those saying they are taking home more money, 38 percent say the extra pay they receive helps them a “great deal” or a “fair amount.”

*LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:   ***The revival of “Roseanne” made a massive impact in its return on Tuesday night in the Nielsen overnight ratings. ABC aired back-to-back episodes of the show from 8-9 p.m., with the show generating a staggering 5.1 rating in adults 18-49 and 18.2 million viewers for the hour. For comparison, NBC’s revival of “Will & Grace” at the beginning of this season drew a 3.0 and 10.2 million viewers in its premiere, while the launch of “Big Bang Theory” prequel “Young Sheldon” drew a 3.8 and 17.2 million. The Conner family’s return after 20 years no doubt drew plenty of nostalgia viewers, while others were surely motivated to watch to see how series creator Roseanne Barr’s support of President Trump would play out onscreen.

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*LBN-R.I.P.:   ****Philip Kerr, a Scottish-born writer whose popular novels feature a Nazi-era detective named Bernie Gunther, whose hard-boiled style made him literary kin to Philip Marlowe, Raymond Chandler’s classic private eye, died on Friday in London. He was 62. The cause was bladder cancer, according to his publisher, G. P. Putnam’s Sons.

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*LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: There is so much news these days that it’s hard to distinguish one big story from another. But for me the most consequential story of late was that a self-driving car operated by Uber — with an emergency backup driver behind the wheel — struck and tragically killed a woman on a street in Tempe, Ariz. I could only look at that deeply unsettling story and say: Welcome to the second inning — the second inning of one of the world’s great technological leaps, the implications of which we’re just beginning to understand. But first, let’s acknowledge one thing: The first inning was amazing. It was an inning full of promise, discovery and marvel. In the early 2000s, a set of technologies came together into platforms, social networks and software that made connectivity and solving complex problems fast, virtually free, easy for you, ubiquitous and invisible. Suddenly, more individuals could compete, connect, collaborate and create with more other people, in more ways, from more places, for less money and with greater ease than ever before. And we sure did!

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*LBN-COMMENTARY by Isabelle Robinson: My first interaction with Nikolas Cruz happened when I was in seventh grade. I was eating lunch with my friends, most likely discussing One Direction or Ed Sheeran, when I felt a sudden pain in my lower back. The force of the blow knocked the wind out of my 90-pound body; tears stung my eyes. I turned around and saw him, smirking. I had never seen this boy before, but I would never forget his face. His eyes were lit up with a sick, twisted joy as he watched me cry. The apple that he had thrown at my back rolled slowly along the tiled floor. A cafeteria aide rushed over to ask me if I was O.K. I don’t remember if Mr. Cruz was confronted over his actions, but in my 12-year-old naïveté, I trusted that the adults around me would take care of the situation. Five years later, hiding in a dark closet inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, I would discover just how wrong I was. I am not writing this piece to malign Nikolas Cruz any more than he already has been. I have faith that history will condemn him for his crimes. I am writing this because of the disturbing number of comments I’ve read that go something like this: Maybe if Mr. Cruz’s classmates and peers had been a little nicer to him, the shooting at Stoneman Douglas would never have occurred.

*LBN-HISTORICAL COMMENTARY by Oscar Wilde (The Picture of Dorian Gray): The curves of your lips rewrite history.

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*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***“Suits” returns Wednesday night at 9 p.m. — with all eyes on co-stars Meghan Markle and Patrick J. Adams, both leaving the USA series after seven seasons. Markle, of course, will marry Prince Harry  on May 19 at Windsor Castle. She plays “Suits” lawyer Rachel Zane, who’s engaged to Mike Ross (Adams), the brilliant legal mind and onetime faux attorney who’s now legit, splitting his time between the firm and pro bono work. “Having them both leave at the same time has allowed us to give them a happy ending,” says series creator Aaron Korsh. “Had one [actor] left before the other, we might not have been able to do that.”   ***Topshop heiress Chloe Green and Jeremy Meeks, aka the “Hot Felon,” have a baby on the way, Us Weekly reports. Meeks, who gained fame when his 2014 mug shot went viral, has one son with his ex-wife, Melissa, whom he left for Green, the daughter of British retail billionaire Philip Green. Melissa filed for separation in June 2017 after photos emerged of him kissing the socialite on a yacht. They divorced in October 2017.   ***“Today” show anchor Savannah Guthrie is apologizingWednesday after she was caught saying “s–t” on a microphone she apparently didn’t realize was picking her up.

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LBN – Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

*Despite Concerns, Census Will Ask Respondents if They Are U.S. Citizens:

The 2020 census will ask respondents whether they are United States citizens, the Commerce Department announced Mondaynight, agreeing to a Trump administration request with highly charged political and social implications that many officials feared would result in a substantial undercount. In a statement released Monday, the Commerce Department, which oversees the Census Bureau, said Commerce Secretary Wilbur Rosshad “determined that reinstatement of a citizenship question on the 2020 decennial census questionnaire is necessary to provide complete and accurate census block level data,” allowing the department to accurately measure the portion of the population eligible to vote. But his decision immediately invited a legal challenge: Xavier Becerra, California’s attorney general, plans to sue the Trump administration over the decision, a spokeswoman for Mr. Becerra said late Monday.

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*John Paul Stevens: It’s Time to Repeal the Second Amendment

Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens called for the repeal of the Second Amendment in a New York Times op-ed published Tuesday. Stevens, who served on the Supreme Court from 1975 to 2010, called the Second Amendment “a relic of the 18th century” that saw a lifting in its previously limited reach in 2008’s District of Columbia v. Heller decision. He said that case’s ruling “provided the [National Rifle Association] with a propaganda weapon of immense power,” and that overturning the Second Amendment “would be simple and would do more to weaken the NRA’s ability to stymie legislative debate and block constructive gun-control legislation than any other available option.” Stevens, now 97, also called for the March for Our Lives leaders to demand the amendment’s repeal, and claimed it “would move Saturday’s marchers closer to their objective than any other possible reform.” In an 2014 op-ed in The Washington Post, Stevens called for the courts to clarify the Second Amendment’s right to bear arms existed “in the Militia.”

*Get Out – NATO Expels Seven Russian Diplomats, Cuts Size of Mission

The Russian diplomat is fast becoming an endangered species after NATO joined over 25 Western governments by kicking out Russian representatives as punishment for the Kremlin’s suspected involvement in the nerve-agent attack against a former spy in Britain. More than 140 Russian diplomats have been ordered to return to Moscow by governments across the Western world over the past week, and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday that NATO would kick out seven diplomats and limit the size of Russia’s mission to 20, down from 30. “This sends a clear message to Russia that there are costs and consequences for its unacceptable and dangerous pattern of behavior,” said Stoltenberg. “It follows Russia’s lack of constructive response to what happened in Salisbury. Our actions reflect the serious security concerns expressed by all allies, and are part of the coordinated international effort to respond to Russia’s behavior. They are proportionate, and in line with our legal obligations.”

*Anti-‘sanctuary state’ movement picks up steam in Orange County:

Just more than a week after tiny Los Alamitos voted to defy California’s law protecting immigrants in the country illegally, Orange County is poised to become a counterpoint against the state’s resistance to the Trump administration’s policies. On Tuesday, Orange County supervisors may consider whether to take up a resolution to condemn and possibly take legal action against the state’s “sanctuary” laws. “These state laws are preempted by federal law,” Orange County Supervisor Shawn Nelson said. “Our officers actually face penalties under state law if they so much as talk to federal agents for the wrong thing. That’s just unacceptable and it’s contrary to federal law.”

*Baton Rouge police officers cleared in 2016 killing of Alton Sterling:  

Louisiana’s attorney general has ruled out criminal charges against two white Baton Rouge police officers in the fatal shooting of a black man whose death fueled widespread protests. Attorney General Jeff Landry’s announcement Tuesday comes nearly 11 months after the Justice Department ruled out federal criminal charges in Alton Sterling’s July 2016 death. Officer Blane Salamoni shot and killed Sterling during a struggle outside a convenience store where the 37-year-old black man was selling homemade CDs. Officer Howie Lake II helped wrestle Sterling to the ground, but Lake didn’t fire his gun. Two cellphone videos of the shooting quickly spread on social media, leading to nightly protests during which nearly 200 people were arrested. The officers’ body cameras and a store surveillance camera also recorded the encounter.

*AT HIS OWN HAND – Maryland School Shooter Killed Himself When Confronted by Resource Officer

The teenager shooter who attacked a school in Maryland last week—killing one student and wounding another—killed himself and was not shot by a school resource officer as was previously reported, authorities said. The shooting at Great Mills High School last Tuesday saw Austin Wyatt Rollins fire one shot that hit his ex-girlfriend, Jaelynn Willey, in the head; another student, Desmond Barnes, was struck in the leg by the same bullet. Willey later died of her injuries after being taken off life support and Rollins died at the scene. It had been unclear whether Rollins killed himself or was shot down by an armed school officer, but investigations have concluded that he shot himself in the head while a simultaneous shot from an officer hit and ricocheted off Rollins’ handgun. The findings come amid a debate on whether to arm teachers and increase the number of armed officers placed in schools.

*Hide and Seek – New Zealand Wants to Expel Russian Spies But Can’t Find Any

New Zealand was notably absent Monday from the list of countries that expelled alleged Russian spies in punishment for the nerve-agent attack in Britain—but the country’s prime minister has explained, saying they simply can’t find any there. New Zealand is part of the Five Eyes intelligence alliance with the U.K., the U.S., Australia, and Canada, so it would be fair to expect the country to join solidarity shown against Russia in the wake of the attempted murders on British soil. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told journalists that the country has looked for Russian intelligence officers to expel but came up with nothing. “While other countries have announced they are expelling undeclared Russian intelligence agents, officials have advised there are no individuals here in New Zealand who fit this profile. If there were, we would have already taken action,” said Ardern. More than 100 Russian diplomats alleged to be undeclared spies have been ordered to leave Western countries and return to Moscow.

*Two men charged with fatally stabbing Holocaust survivor:

Two men have been charged with fatally stabbing an 85-year-old French Jewish woman who survived the Holocaust – and Paris prosecutors say the death is being probed as an “anti-Semitic murder.” Mireille Knoll, 85, who escaped a notorious roundup of Parisian Jews shipped off to Auschwitz, was found dead Friday with 11 stab wounds in her torched apartment in Paris’ eastern 11th district. The public prosecutor’s department in Paris opened its probe into “a murder based on the assumption that the vulnerable victim belonged to a specific religion.” “All the necessary means will be mobilized so that we will figure out the motivations of the authors of this barbaric act, which reminds us of the darkest hours of our history,” Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said, CNN reported. “To attack a Jew, it is to attack France and the values that establish the foundation of the nation.”

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*Facial recognition technology can now text jaywalkers a fine: 

Jaywalkers in China are to be named, shamed and slapped with an instant SMS fine. And it’s all thanks to cutting-edge artificial intelligence. In the southeastern city of Shenzhen, police have set up AI-powered boards by crossings. If you jaywalk, a CCTV camera will scan your face and flash it up on the huge screens for all to see, according to the South China Morning Post (SCMP). If that wasn’t embarrassing enough, there are now plans to ping offenders’ phones with quick-fire fines as soon as they violate the grim rule. The AI company behind the billboards, Intellifusion, is in talks with mobile phone networks and local social media platforms to enforce the new system.

*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***A toxicology report from Prince‘s autopsy, obtained Monday by The Associated Press, shows he had what multiple experts called an “exceedingly high” concentration of fentanyl in his body when he died. Prince was 57 when he was found alone and unresponsive in an elevator at his Paisley Park estate on April 21, 2016. Public data released six weeks after his death showed he died of an accidental overdose of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid 50 times more powerful than heroin. A confidential toxicology report obtained by the AP provides some insight into just how much fentanyl was in his system. Experts who are not connected to the Prince investigation said the numbers leave no doubt that fentanyl killed him.

*LBN-BOOK NEWS:   ***Veteran US Senator John McCain is to deliver a “no-holds-barred” verdict on his fellow RepublicanDonald Trump’s presidency in a new book of memoirs, his publishers announced Monday. Despite being in the same party as the president, McCain has been one of Trump’s most forceful critics over the last two years, both in the run-up to the 2016 election and its aftermath. Although he has been undergoing treatment for brain cancer since last summer, McCain has continued to voice his concerns about Trump’s leadership and recently questioned the nomination of a CIA official once involved in torture to lead the spy agency. “Candid, pragmatic and always fascinating, John McCain holds nothing back in his latest memoir” which is entitled “The Restless Wave” and will be released on May 22, according to the publishers Simon & Schuster.

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*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Linda Brown, whose father objected when she was not allowed to attend an all-white school in her neighborhood and who thus came to symbolize one of the most transformative court proceedings in American history, the school desegregation case Brown v. Board of Education, died on Sunday in Topeka, Kan. She was 75. Her death was confirmed on Monday by a spokesman for the Peaceful Rest Funeral Chapel in Topeka, which is handling her funeral arrangements. He did not specify the cause.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: Dana Loesch reacts to students’ march for gun control — https://youtu.be/aiAh4F29bHI

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*LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: I have to say, I loved the gun-control march I observed last Saturday in Washington. The crowd was good-hearted, gracious, diverse and welcoming. At a time when trust in democracy is waning, everybody kept underlining their faith in our democratic system, that voting is the way to make change. There was no culture war nastiness, no hint of resentment. Hunters and farmers and vets were celebrated. There was no ill will toward anybody but the N.R.A. Of course some of the student speakers were grandiose and pretentious. Most of us were like that when we were 18. But for all their talk of “revolution,” at its heart, this march was about a series of sensible, practical and moderate reforms: restricting assault weapons, expanding background checks and similar measures. Recently, it has seemed like the country is gyrating out of control, that extremism on one side is generating extremism on the other. But the march I saw was not extreme. It was a responsible moral answer to right a very specific wrong, gun violence. It struck me as a very characteristic burst of American moral passion. The march passed what I have come to think of as The Privilege Test. One of the great privileges of life is to be born an American citizen. We are the lucky inheritors of the American Creed, built around freedom, equality, opportunity and democracy. There’s no such thing as the French Creed or the Italian Creed but there is an American creed. As Richard Hofstadter famously put it, “It has been our fate as a nation not to have ideologies, but to be one.”

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: Paul Simon – The Boxer: Live From Paris —   https://youtu.be/sstgcbGsew0

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Steven Hill: Most customers who love Uber don’t realize that the company subsidizes the cost of many rides. This is likely a major factor in Uber’s annual losses surging from 2.8 billion in 2016 to $4.5 billion in 2017. This seemingly nonsensical approach is actually Uber’s effort to use its deep pockets to mount a predatory price war and shut out the competition. That competition is not only taxis and other ride-sharing companies, but public transportation. Studies have found that half to 61 percent of Uber passengers in the United States say that they would have used public transportation, ridden a bicycle or walked, or not have made the trip at all, if Uber had not been available.

*LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:…Ashley Judd, 1998


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***A sleepy Sean Penn mumbled his way through an interview on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” thanks to an airplane and some Ambien. “I’m doing well,” Penn, 57, told his host on Monday’s episode. “You’ve inherited a little of the Ambien I had to take to get to sleep after a red-eye last night.” When Colbert, 53, asked if Penn was still under the influence of the doze-inducing drug, Penn shrugged, “A little bit.” The Oscar winner proceeded to chain-smoke on the air while plugging his debut novel, “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff.” He began by explaining that the increased divisiveness in the country, as well as his own hot temper on movie sets, drove him to prefer writing to acting in recent years.   ***Mark Burnett’s son, Cameron Burnett, is back home after being hospitalized. On MondayRoma Downey, who is married to Mark, took to Instagram to thank everyone for their prayers and support during their family’s trying time. “Thanking God for answered prayers for our family and to everyone out there who prayed with us this week THANK YOU. We are so grateful! We are joyful saying prayers of thanksgiving,” the former “Touched by an Angel” star wrote on Monday. Cameron, who Mark shares with ex-wife Dianne J. Burnett, had brain surgery to remove a tumor four years ago at age 16.

LBN E-Lert Edited By Dan Gaylord