Monthly Archives: April 2018

LBN – Monday, April 30th, 2018

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*Trump Should Win Nobel Peace Prize, Says South Korean President

Donald Trump should win the Nobel Peace Prize for helping to broker peace between North and South Korea, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Monday. Relations between North and South have taken remarkable steps over the past two months, culminating in a historic summit between the country’s two leaders at the border last week. “President Trump should win the Nobel Peace Prize. What we need is only peace,” Moon told a cabinet meeting, according to an official who briefed media. Moon previously said Trump “deserves big credit for bringing about the inter-Korean talks. It could be a resulting work of the U.S.-led sanctions and pressure.” The two Koreas have agreed to bring an official end to six decades of hostility since the end of the Korean War, and Kim Jong Un pledged to work toward the “complete denuclearization” of the Korean Peninsula. Trump will hold his own summit with Kim in late May or early June.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Today, 2,500 Americans will try cocaine for the first time.

*China Prepares a Hard-Line Stance on Trump’s Trade Demands: 

China will refuse to discuss President Trump’s two toughest trade demands when American negotiators arrive in Beijing this week, people involved in Chinese policymaking say, potentially forcing Washington to escalate the dispute or back down. The Chinese government is publicly calling for flexibility on both sides. But senior Beijing officials do not plan to discuss the Trump administration’s two biggest demands: a mandatory $100 billion cut in America’s $375 billion annual trade deficit with China and curbs on Beijing’s $300 billion plan to bankroll the country’s industrial upgrade into advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence, semiconductors, electric cars and commercial aircraft. The reason: Beijing feels its economy has become big enough and resilient enough to stand up to the United States.

*Trump Hints at Holding Kim Jong Un Summit on Korean Border

Donald Trump has dropped a major hint that he wants to hold his upcoming summit with Kim Jong Un on the border between North and South Korea. The demilitarized zone between the countries was where Kim Jong Un and his South Korean counterpart, President Moon Jae-in, held their historic meeting last Friday and now Trump has suggested he holds his summit there, too. It was previously believed the summit would be held in a third country, such as Singapore or Mongolia. Trump tweeted Monday morning: “Numerous countries are being considered for the MEETING, but would Peace House/Freedom House, on the Border of North & South Korea, be a more Representative, Important and Lasting site than a third party country? Just asking!” Earlier Monday, President Moon said Trump deserved the Nobel Peace Prize for his part in repairing relations between the Koreas.

*Netanyahu to Announce ‘Dramatic News’ About Iran’s Nuclear Program

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will address the nation in Israel on Monday, reportedly to tell of “dramatic news” about Iran’s nuclear program. “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will make a statement on a significant development regarding the nuclear agreement with Iran,” a statement issued his office read; the speech is set to begin at 1 p.m. ET. Israeli National Security Council chief Meir Ben Shabbat will reportedly call the U.K. and France “to update them about developments with the Iranian nuclear program.” According to The Jerusalem Post, Prime Minister will not address the apparent airstrikes the country conducted in Syria over the weekend. Newly minted U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Netanyahu on Sunday.

*LBN READ ALL OVER THE WORLD: Did you know that LBN is read daily in 26 foreign countries? Pari is a LBN reader from Delhi, India.


*Report: FDA Finds Weedkiller Glyphosate in Common Foods

Internal emails from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration obtained by The Guardian show the agency had found traces of a chemical herbicide in common food items. The FDA was testing food samples for glyphosate, the active ingredient in weedkillers, for “two years, but has not yet released any official results,” the newspaper reports. “I have brought wheat crackers, granola cereal, and corn meal from home and there’s a fair amount in all of them,” an FDA scientist wrote to colleagues in January 2017—noting that broccoli was the only food he tested that was glyphosate-free. Another FDA scientist found “over-the-tolerance” levels of the chemical in corn, and found glyphosate in honey and oatmeal. Documents show the agency “suspended testing after those findings” because they were “not part of its official glyphosate residue assignment.” While weedkillers with glyphosate, like Roundup, have been used on produce for more than 40 years, the FDA only started testing its affect in food recently. An agency spokesperson told The Guardian that it has not “found any illegal levels in corn, soy, milk, or eggs,” which it considers part of its “special assignment” for the chemical.

*Bill Gates Says Trump Asked Him to Be Science Adviser

Donald Trump asked Bill Gates if he would think about joining his administration as a science adviser—the Microsoft founder let him down gently by saying he didn’t think it was the “a good use of [his] time.” Trump has failed to fill the vacant position since the last director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, John Holdren, resigned at the end of the Obama administration. Gates brought up his concern about the vacancy during a meeting with Trump, recalling to Stat News: “I mentioned: ‘Hey, maybe we should have a science adviser.’ He said: Did I want to be the science adviser?” He recalled telling the president: “That’s not a good use of my time.” Gates also claimed he got Trump “super interested” about the pursuit of a universal flu vaccine.

*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***Sprint and T-Mobile announced on Sunday that they had reached a deal to merge, moving to create a new telecommunications giant — and betting that regulators will finally allow the American wireless market to shrink to just three national players. A combined company, they said, would have more than 100 million subscribers — and the resources to build out a next-generation wireless network and challenge the longtime market leaders,Verizon and AT&T. Sprint and T-Mobile also said the merged company — which would keep the T-Mobile name and be run by T-Mobile’s chief executive, John Legere — would create thousands of jobs by building out that next-generation network and opening hundreds of new stores in rural areas.

*LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:   ***Bernardo Bertolucci criticized fellow filmmaker Ridley Scott’s decision last year to replace Kevin Spacey in All the Money in the World with Christopher Plummer after Spacey was accused of sexual assault by more than a dozen men. During the world premiere of his restored film Last Tango in Paris on Saturday night at the Bari International Film Festival, Bertolucci had harsh words for Scott. Bertolucci said that when he learned Scott had agreed to erase all of Spacey’s scenes in the film, his first reaction was to message Scott’s frequent editor Pietro Scalia, “to tell Scott that he should be ashamed,” said Bertolucci, who thought Scott was succumbing to pressure.

*LBN-SPORTS INSIDER:   ***Some fans take the NFL draft a bit too seriously — just ask the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ front office. Team security officials are investigating a threatening tweet directed at general manager Jason Licht after the Bucs drafted North Carolina cornerback M.J. Stewart on Friday with the 53rd-overall pick, in the second round, prompting a fan in Texas to chime in on Twitter with a GIF of a gruesome murder scene from the 1990 film “King of New York,” the Tampa Bay Times reports. “When I see Jason Licht the next time I roll through Tampa,” Mike Rogers, 38, of Houston, posted after the Bucs’ pick, complete with a bloody depiction of a drug lord killing a New York City police detective.

*LBN- SITE OF THE DAY:    

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*LBN-VIDEO LINK: Do You Have Any Republican Friends?—https://youtu.be/VKYfarmt-N4

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Actress Pamela Gidley — best known for her role as Teresa Banks, the murder victim from the “Twin Peaks” prequel, “Fire Walk With Me” — passed away earlier this month. The 52-year-old died “peacefully” at her home in New Hampshire on April 16, according to family members. Her death was announced Sunday in an obituary. The cause was not immediately clear.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Jay MichaelsonLarry Harvey, the co-founder of Burning Man who died Saturday at age 70, changed my life.When I first went to Burning Man, in 2001, I was a scared, largely closeted man who felt he was wasting his life. It is not an exaggeration to say that the community-event-city-alternate reality (anything but festival, please) enabled me to leave a career I hated, quit lying about who I was and who I loved, and pursue my passions both professionally and avocationally. Within a year of that first Burn, I had started a garage rock band and an online magazine; gone on my first extended meditation retreat; and met my first boyfriend. Perhaps most importantly, I stopped being as fearful, insular, and obnoxious as I had been. I grew up as a human being. This may all sound surprising if you’ve heard that Burning Man is some massive party in the desert, where privileged tech-bros go to get high, get laid, and maybe get some new contacts for their LinkedIn account. It’s funny how that reputation has stuck throughout all these years (and evolved—there were no tech-bros or LinkedIn in 2001, let alone 1986 when Burning Man began). I first wrote about it in 2009. It’s almost like Burning Man has a smoke screen of stupidity around it, a set of misconceptions and clichés that keep the masses away.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: The Best of “Without Notes” – TV’s revealing interview show —– Without Notes – World’s acclaimed brain expert and author –  Dr. Gary Small (Pt. 3) – https://youtu.be/0CZvidDEULE

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Peter Suderman (Mr. Suderman has written about movies for Vox.com, National Review and other publications): Modern Hollywood is ruled by franchises, and these days, there’s no bigger franchise than the Marvel cinematic universe. The release last week of “Avengers: Infinity War” marks the 19th film in the superhero series. “Infinity War” is the culmination of 10 years (going back to “Iron Man”) of story lines and character arcs, a sprawling finale that is at times exhilarating and exhausting, overlong and underdeveloped, predictable yet also, in its final moments, genuinely shocking. It has been mocked for aspiring to be the most ambitious crossover event in movie history, and although no studio executive appears to have ever said those precise words, the label captures the grandiose spirit of Marvel’s project. It’s a $300 million superhero opera on a cosmic scale. That an overstuffed picture like this holds together at all is impressive enough. Yet messy as it is, “Infinity War” actually works reasonably well. Which makes it a fitting quasi-conclusion to a franchise that has been defined not by excellence but by being consistently and reliably pretty good. Marvel’s commitment to pretty good filmmaking has made it enormously successful and helped reshape the business of studio filmmaking. But it has also come at a cost — not only for superhero movies, but for ambitious studio filmmaking writ large.

*LBN-HISTORICAL COMMENTARY by Hubert H. Humphrey:You cannot go around and keep score. If you keep score on the good things and the bad things, you’ll find out that you’re a very miserable person. God gave man the ability to forget, which is one of the greatest attributes you have. Because if you remember everything that’s happened to you, you generally remember that which is the most unfortunate.

*LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:…


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Peta Murgatroyd’s patience and willpower were tested Saturday night after she was forced to bow out of a show. “I need to apologize to the people who attended our Grand Prairie, Texas show,” the “Dancing with the Stars” pro, who co-stars in the Maks.Val.Peta Confidential tour, said in a message to fans on Instagram. “I have never missed a show due to illness in my entire dancing career.” As the 31-year-old recalled, she woke up feeling nauseous. She thought it was food poisoning and opted to sleep it off, but by the evening, her condition had worsened.

LBN E-Lert Edited By Dan Gaylord

LBN – Sunday, April 29th, 2018

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*SEE FOR YOURSELF – North Korea to Invite U.S. Experts for Nuclear Site Shutdown Next Month

North Korea’s Kim Jong Un intends to invite U.S. and South Korean experts to observe the shutdown of the country’s nuclear test site next month, according to officials in Seoul. During his meeting with South Korea’s Moon Jae-in on Friday, Kim reportedly vowed to “open to the international community” the nuclear site’s dismantling. “The United States, though inherently hostile to North Korea, will get to know once our talk begins that I am not the kind of person who will use nuclear weapons against the South or the United States across the Pacific,” Kim was quoted as saying by Moon’s press secretary,Yoon Young-chan. “There is no reason for us to possess nuclear weapons” if “an end to the war” and “non aggression are promised” and “mutual trust” is built with the U.S., he said. Kim said two of the larger tunnels at the Punggye-ri test site are still “in a very good condition,” despite experts saying much of the site had collapsed and been rendered unstable.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Dead people can get goose bumps.

*TALKING TOUGH – Trump: I May Shut Down Government to Get Funding for Border Security

President Trump on Saturday suggested he’d be willing to shut down the government in September if Congress fails to approve his funding demands for border security. “We have to have borders, and we have to have them fast,” he told a crowd of supporters in Washington, Michigan. “We got 1.6 billion [for the wall]. We come up again on September 28th, and if we don’t get border security, we’ll have no choice. We’ll close down the country because we need border security,” he said, referring to the government appropriations deadline at the end of the fiscal year. His threats to shutter the government to secure funding were a far cry from his earlier pledges at campaign rallies, when he repeatedly vowed that “Mexico will pay for the wall.”

*ILLEGALS STRONGLY WARNED

U.S. immigration lawyers are telling Central Americans in a caravan of asylum-seekers that traveled through Mexico to the border with San Diego that they face possible separation from their children and detention for many months. They say they want to prepare them for the worst possible outcome. “We are the bearers of horrible news,” Los Angeles lawyer Nora Phillips said during a break from legal workshops for the migrants at three Tijuana locations where about 20 lawyers gave free information and advice. “That’s what good attorneys are for.” The Central Americans, many traveling as families, on Sunday will test the Trump administration’s tough rhetoric criticizing the caravan when the migrants begin seeking asylum by turning themselves in to border inspectors at San Diego’s San Ysidro border crossing, the nation’s busiest.

*SHAKEDOWN – Report: Qatar Paid Hundreds of Millions to Free Hostages, Including to Terrorist Groups

The Qatari government paid out hundreds of millions of dollars in ransom money in less than two years, including to groups regarded as sponsors of terrorism, The Washington Post reports, citing intercepted messages. The payments included at least $150 million in cash to intermediaries, including Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and the Iraqi paramilitary group Kata’ib Hezbollah, both of which are regarded by the U.S. as sponsors of international terrorism. In total, nine members of the Qatari royal family and 16 Qatari nationals were freed for a total price tag of $275 million, according to the Post. In one intercepted text message, Qatar’s ambassador to Iraq, Zayed bin Saeed al-Khayareen, described the kidnappings as part of a coordinated shakedown by foreign governments. “The Syrians, Hezbollah-Lebanon, Kata’ib Hezbollah, Iraq—all want money, and this is their chance. All of them are thieves,” he was quoted as saying. During a crisis in the region last year amid allegations of funding terrorist groups, Qatar repeatedly denied that it paid terrorist organizations in an effort to free hostages.

*Ex-Wynn Resorts CEO files defamation lawsuit against former employee:

Steve Wynn, who resigned in February as chief executive of Wynn Resorts Ltd (WYNN.O) following allegations of sexual misconduct, has filed a defamation lawsuit against a former employee of the casino company, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday. The lawsuit, filed last week in Nevada state court, charges that Jorgen Nielsen, a former artistic director at the Wynn Las Vegas salon, made “false and defamatory” statements to the Wall Street Journal and ABC News, according to the report.

*DID YOU KNOW? Did you know that LBN is read daily in Vietnam? Binh, an LBN reader from Saigon, Vietnam.


*Texas’ Voter ID Law Does Not Discriminate and Can Stand, Appeals Panel Rules:

A federal appeals court upheld Texas’ voter identification law on Friday, saying that it does not discriminate against black and Hispanic voters. The decision by a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, in New Orleans, overturned a lower-court ruling that had struck down the law. It was the latest milestone in a yearslong legal battle over the state’s efforts to require voters to show government-issued identification in order to cast a ballot. The panel’s decision, by a vote of 2 to 1, was the first time a federal court had upheld the law, a revamped version of one of the toughest voter ID restrictions in the country.The original law, which was known as Senate Bill 14 and was passed by the Republican-dominated Texas Legislature in 2011, required voters to show a driver’s license, passport or other government-issued photo ID before casting a ballot. The law took effect in 2013, and it was found by the same federal appellate court to have a discriminatory effect on black and Hispanic voters, many of whom lack government-issued photo ID.

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***A power Hollywood crowd remembered Sandy Gallin at a memorial dinner a year after his death. Spies said that at the Nobu Malibu meal to remember music- mogul-turned-interior-design-whiz Gallin were close friends and clients including Calvin Klein, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Anjelica Huston, Joan Collins, Donna Karan, Bianca Jagger, Ron Meyer and Elaine Wynn. The dinner party was hosted by celebrity architect Scott Mitchell and Kelan Berwick. Gallin died last year at 76. He shaped the careers of Cher, Michael Jackson and Barbra Streisand before he began designing high-end homes.   ***Mandy Patinkin seeing Rufus Wainwright perform at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn.   ***Pop artistPeter Max at Nello in NYC for an early dinner.

*LBN-R.I.P.Larry Harvey, the guru-like driving force behind Burning Man, the globally celebrated anti-establishment, anti-consumerist festival that he and a friend began 32 years ago on a San Francisco beach, died on Saturday at a hospital in San Francisco. He was 70. His death was announced on the Burning Man website. Mr. Harvey had a stroke on April 4.

*Michael ‘’BigMike’’ Straumietis, CEO of Advanced Nutrients LTD, and Chris Collins, Best-Selling Author and Founder of Syndicate X, release “The Business Outlaws” Podcast.

Best friends, Michael ‘’BigMike’’ Straumietis, CEO of Advanced Nutrients LTD, and best-selling author Chris Collins, founder of Syndicate X, have released the “The Business Outlaws” podcast with fellow host Jayme Foxx. According to BigMike, “The Business Outlaws” is “a podcast aimed to teach millennials the unfiltered truth about the mindset and tools needed to become a millionaire.” Collins, who just recently signed with Abrams Artists Agency (AAA), continues to explain, “Our podcast will motivate, encourage, and guide out-of-the-box entrepreneurs in alternative ways of thinking and conducting business. Our podcast will be an opportunity for listeners to hear conversations that usually happen behind doors between high-level business owners.” Jayme Foxx, who is best known for hosting CMT’s Tattoo Titans, is estatic to be hosting the show alongside BigMike and Collins, and preps listeners for great and engaging episodes to come. She states, “Guests will include media and entertainment moguls, creative artists, highly successful business owners in unconventional industries, athletes, and high-capacity leaders, all who have a record of success and a story to tell about how they got there.” BigMike adds, “On the podcast, we’ll go deep into the experiences that helped shape our unconventional business thinking. On many episodes, we’ll talk with guests about the successes and failures that catapulted them to the top of their peer-groups. It’s shocking information, and it’s definitely not what you might think.” Subscribe now to be notified of new episodes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-business-outlaws/id1374373038?mt=2

*LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:    

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*LBN-COMMENTARY by Matt Wilstein:  Michelle Wolf was admittedly relieved when she found out President Donald Trump would once again be skipping the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner this year.   “The first thing I thought when I heard that he wasn’t going was, ‘Oh, thank god I don’t have to hear Trump eat,’” the comedian and host of this year’s event told Jimmy Kimmel earlier this month. More recently, she called Trump “cowardly” for holding a rally in Washington, Michigan, instead, adding, “The only other person that didn’t go was Reagan when he was shot. And he called in.” Instead, Wolf was stuck on the dais with White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. As she recently joked to The Daily Beast, “I’m just excited Sarah finally gets to go to prom.” A rising star of the stand-up comedy scene, the former Daily Show contributor is about to launch her own weekly talk show called The Break on Netflix beginning May 27. And her speech to the room of D.C. journalists and their celebrity guests Saturday night proved that she is not afraid to offend the most powerful people in the country.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Maureen Dowd: You can hear those heads exploding from here to Oslo. Republican lawmakers are pushing Donald Trump, the most combative man in the universe, for a Nobel Peace Prize. How unimaginable is this? Just picture a wildly hirsute cartoon figure with a hair-trigger temper festooned with a medal of Alfred Nobel reading “Pro pace et fraternitate gentium” (“For the peace and brotherhood of men”).

*LBN-VIDEO LINKObama on Vladimir Putin —https://youtu.be/koy-KasFhFM

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Stereo Williams:  Janelle Monáe’s new album Dirty Computer features the acclaimed singer-songwriter at her most revealing and freewheeling. The 32-year-old star is one of the most respected in music, and she’s won raves and challenged listeners with an ambitious blend of funk, pop, rock, soul, and hip-hop that has often made her hard to define. But being pinned down has never been Monáe’s style—and on Dirty Computer she lets her freak flag fly. Monáe has admitted that her early “android” persona and conceptual The Metropolis and ArchAndroid projects were sometimes driven by the need to protect herself from judgment. As Monáe has evolved as an artist, she’s come into her own creatively and as a woman—and now seems fully in command of her art and emboldened by living in her truth. Like virtually every full-length release in her genre-bending discography, Monáe’s Dirty Computer is a conceptual affair: In the accompanying short film, she’s “Jane 57821,” a nonconformist in the near future who “needs to be cleaned” by the powers-that-be. She’s a rebel in love with her community and in love with Zen (Tessa Thompson)—and she’s fighting to be herself.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: The Best of “Without Notes” – TV’s revealing interview show — “Without Notes” with Isabella Sinclaire – Episode 1: Sweet Home Alabama — https://youtu.be/xiphi9VQpNk

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Kevin Canfield: Smartphones and social media are turning us into dreadful narcissists. Would anyone care to dispute this? Yes, actually. His name is Will Storr, and he’s a British journalist who’s just published Selfie: How We Became So Self-Obsessed and What It’s Doing to Us. Though the title of his book suggests otherwise, Storr says we’re missing the point when we complain about technologically induced egotism: “We all think that these things”—Twitter, Facebook, the iPhone— “have caused the self-obsession, but of course that’s not true.” The root problem, he contends, isn’t our devices or our social media sites. It’s us. Or rather, it’s the civilization we’ve built, a culture that for many decades has encouraged ever greater degrees of self-regard. Platforms like Twitter surely amplify our egocentric impulses, but Storr says it’s wrong to blame technology for creating them. “It’s the general public that chooses which ideas work—and not only chooses which ideas work, but chooses how those ideas are then used,” says Storr, speaking from his home in Kent, England. “Silicon Valley are constantly throwing ideas at us; 99.9 percent of them we reject. A big chunk of those we do accept we start using in ways that the technologists weren’t expecting. That’s true of Twitter. Twitter launched as a service for free text messaging, but that’s not what we used it for. The selfie camera—they called it the front-facing camera—was a thing that we could talk to our nans on our birthday. But that’s not what we used it for, largely.”

*LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW: 


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Vanessa Trump “went gangster” on Aubrey O’Day when she found out about the ­reality star’s affair with her husband, Donald Trump Jr., we’re told. Don Jr. infamously had a lengthy affair with O’Day in 2011 after she appeared as a contestant on NBC’s “The Apprentice,” on which he served as an “adviser” to his father, Donald Trump. Don Jr. even considered leaving Vanessa for O’Day, until his dad told him to “knock it off.” But when Vanessa — who at the time had recently given birth to their third child — discovered the infidelity, she called singer O’Day to blast her with both barrels. 

LBN E-Lert Edited By Dan Gaylord

LBN – Saturday, April 28, 2018

*Dozens of female NBC staffers sign letter in support of Tom Brokaw

Rachel MaddowAndrea MitchellMaria Shriver and Kelly O’Donnell and more than 60 other women have voiced their support for Tom Brokaw in the wake of sexual harassment allegations leveled against the NBC News veteran. The letter signed by current and former NBC News staffers praises Brokaw “as a man of tremendous decency and integrity” and as one who “treated each of us with fairness and respect.” It comes on the heels of reports in the Washington Post and Variety that Brokaw made unwanted sexual advances to former NBC News anchor Linda Vester in the mid-1990s. “Brokaw,” the letter reads, “has given each of us opportunities for advancement and championed our successes throughout our careers. As we have advanced across industries — news, publishing, law, business and government — Tom has been a valued source of counsel and support. We know him to be a man of tremendous decency and integrity.” Elizabeth Bowyer, co-head of brand and content strategy at Goldman Sachs, wrote the letter Friday morning and sent it to a number of NBC News staffers and alumni. Bowyer previously worked for Brokaw and NBC News producing the “Tom Brokaw Reports” documentary series. She also worked with Brokaw on his best-selling books “The Greatest Generation” and “Boom: Voices of the Sixties.”

*PUNCHING BACK – Brokaw Calls Sexual-Harassment Allegations a ‘Drive By Shooting’

NBC News’ Tom Brokaw sent a long, defiant letter to his colleagues at the network on Friday, disputing Linda Vester’s allegations that he made sexual advances toward her in the mid-1990s. In the letter obtained by The Los Angeles Times, Brokaw described Vester’s accusations as a “drive by shooting” and said he was “ambushed and then perp walked…taken to the guillotine and stripped of any honor and achievement I had earned in more than a half century of journalism and citizenship.” He also called her a “character assassin,” and claimed she had a grudge against the network. “My NBC colleagues are bewildered that Vester, who had limited success at NBC News, a modest career at Fox and a reputation as a colleague who had trouble with the truth, was suddenly the keeper of the flame of journalistic integrity,” he wrote. Brokaw remembered giving Vester a “perfunctory goodnight kiss” when they met in London, but said his “memory is that it happened at the door—on the cheek. No clenching her neck.” Brokaw also said he called then-Fox News Chief Executive Roger Ailes to hire Vester as an anchor after her contract was not renewed at the network in 1999. Vester has accused Brokaw of making unwanted sexual advances—and pressuring her to have a sexual relationship with him—while they worked together at NBC, according to The Washington Post and Variety.

*Terminally Ill British Toddler Alfie Evans Dies

Alfie Evans, the 23-month-old boy at the center of a legal battle over his care, passed away Saturday, just five days after being taken off life support. “My gladiator lay down his shield and gained his wings at 02:30,” his father, Tom Evans, announced on Facebook early Saturday. Alfie’s death came just days after his parents lost a court battle to take him to the Vatican’s children’s hospital to be kept on life support, an initiative that won support from Pope Francis himself. The toddler suffered from a rare degenerative brain condition that doctors saw no chance of curing. His parents fought for months to win the right to take him overseas for treatment, but the courts ruled that would only prolong his suffering.

*Kanye West Debuts New Song Explaining His Support for Trump

Kanye West has debuted a new track explaining his public displays of affection for President Trump as a way to “show people that we’re equal.” The rapper’s “Ye vs. the People,” which dropped Friday night on radio station Power 106, features Kanye explaining to rapper T.I. why he felt the need to start backing Trump. The song came out just days after Kanye left fans concerned for his mental health with a series of tweets expressing his shared “dragon energy” with and “love” for the president. “I know Obama was heaven-sent, but ever since Trump won, it proved that I could be President,” Kanye raps in the new song. He goes on to tell an incredulous T.I. that he can still fight “for the people” while backing Trump, saying “ wearing the [MAGA] hat is to show people that we’re equal.” “‘Make America Great Again’ had a negative perception, I took it; Wore it; Rocked it; Gave it a new direction; Added empathy, care, and love and affection—and y’all sympathy questioning my methods?” raps Kanye.

*THINK FREELY – READ LBN: Don’t you think it is time for you to make up your own (damn) mind?


*CYBER HIT TO TERROR 

Police around Europe and North America have seized servers and data from Islamic State propaganda outlets in a multi-country operation aimed at tracking down radicals and crimping the group’s ability to spread its violent message. The two-day operation was the culmination of efforts started in late 2015, after coordinated IS attacks that killed 130 people in Paris, according to a statement from European police agency Europol. Police notably targeted the IS-branded Aamaq news agency, as well as al-Bayan radio, and Halumu and Nasher news  sites. Aamaq spreads information online in at least nine languages and has been used to claim IS was behind attacks in multiple countries, from the 2016 nightclub attack in Florida to a deadly supermarket hostage-taking in southern France last month.

*Latest bloodbath in Cancun involves 5 bodies stuffed into car

Mexican prosecutors say they are investigating the identity of five men whose bodies were stuffed into a car in the resort city of Cancun. The prosecutors’ office in the state of Quintana Roo said the bodies were found early Wednesday but have not yet been identified. The latest case comes amid a rise in violence and drug-gang killings in the once tranquil city. On Tuesday, prosecutors announced the arrest of three Cancun police officers in relation to the kidnapping of four Colombian citizens. An increasing number of Colombians have been involved in loan sharking and other activities in Mexico that make them vulnerable to extortion or kidnapping.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Stephen Woodman: On Sunday night, the rapper QBA was due to headline a rap festival in Tijuana, northern Mexico. Instead he is behind bars in the western city of Guadalajara, accused of dissolving the dead bodies of three film students in sulfuric acid. The shocking crime has offered a powerful reminder that young people bear the brunt of the violence plaguing the country and have become so disillusioned with their own government that they feel unable to take its word. Film students Javier Salomon Aceves, 25,Daniel Diaz, and Marco Avalos, both 20, were abducted onMarch 19. According to authorities, armed men dressed as police officers seized the trio as they were returning by car from filming for a project in a house located in a suburb of Guadalajara, the capital of Jalisco. Authorities said the Jalisco New Generation Cartel —Mexico’s deadliest criminal organization—was behind the killings.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Marlow Stern: Bill Maher has been an outspoken critic of the #MeToo movement. The Real Timehost has repeatedly argued that there’s been a cultural overcorrection—one that has ensnared people like Aziz Ansari and Al Franken (those he views as innocent). So when Maher welcomed New Yorker reporter Ronan Farrow on his HBO program Friday, the man who won a Pulitzer for helping to break the Harvey Weinstein story, the two tussled over exactly how far the movement has gone. “Do you think there’s an excess in the movement that’s causing a backlash, that’s hurting it?” Maher asked Farrow, before citing the cases of Al Franken, Aziz Ansari, and Garrison Keillor. “Maybe we’ve gone too far here.”

*A SIMPLE AND DIRECT QUESTION – DO YOU HAVE THE GUTS TO SHARE LBN? DO YOU? DO YOU? — Now you can share LBN with your friends, family, and associates (if they’ve got the guts) by telling them to go to www.LBNElert.com


*LBN-COMMENTARY by Olivia Messer: After he raped Beverly*, the Golden State Killer lay his head onto the pillow next to her and began sobbing. “I hate you. I hate you. I hate you, Bonnie,” he cried in 1978. The name confounded investigators for the next 40 years as they frantically searched for the man who raped 45 women and killed 12 people between 1976 and 1986. On Wednesday, authorities said they caught the attacker, Joseph James DeAngelo, who reportedly was once engaged to a woman named Bonnie Jean Colwell. She may have been the key all along, retired Contra Costa County investigator Paul Holes said Thursday. Holes told The Mercury News he’s now convinced that DeAngelo’s breakup with Bonnie and his reportedly “toxic” marriage to another woman fueled his alleged desire to rape and kill.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Because sharks very rarely get cancer, scientists study their cartilage in the hopes of finding a cure for the disease.

*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***Sprint and T-Mobile are hoping to get it right this time. The two wireless carriers are nearing a deal to merge, according to two people briefed on the matter, and an announcement could come as soon as this weekend. The companies were at the bargaining table twice before, most recently last year. If a deal goes through now, it will create a wireless giant with more than 127 million customers — large enough to challenge Verizon and AT&T, which have long dominated the market. As a result, three companies would control almost the entirety of the American wireless industry.   ***In late 2015, an unexpected name popped up in the liquor industry press: Bob Dylan. A trademark application for the term “bootleg whiskey” had been filed under Mr. Dylan’s name. Among those who noticed the news was Marc Bushala, 52, a lifelong fan and a liquor entrepreneur whose bourbon brand, Angel’s Envy, had just been sold for $150 million. Mr. Bushala said he immediately spent weeks “obsessing over this concept of what a Dylan whiskey could be.” So he reached out, and after being vetted by Mr. Dylan’s representatives, Mr. Bushala — who speaks branding jargon like “flavor profile” and “name exploration” in an earnest Midwestern accent — talked to Mr. Dylan by phone, and proposed working together on a portfolio of small-batch whiskeys. As he saw it, there was just one problem: The name “bootleg,” while an apt Dylanological pun, wasn’t quite right for a top-shelf liquor. Might Mr. Dylan, Nobel laureate, be open to some name exploration?

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: The Best of “Without Notes” – TV’s revealing interview show —- Without Notes – Linda Deutsch — Part 3 —  Prize-winning legal journalist Linda Deutsch discusses with Michael her experiences covering the murder trial of O.J. Simpson and the molestation trial of Michael Jacksonhttps://youtu.be/nraZ8DuduAU

*LBN-CONFIRM OR DENY: Karen Lucchesi, author.

1. I loved the movie Flash Dance – CONFIRM

2. I prefer to drive myself everywhere I go – DENY

3. I look at a parking ticket as the price of a good parking spot -DENY

4. I am afraid of snakes – CONFIRM

5. I binge watch QVC – DENY

6. The next generation of children will only communicate through emoji – CONFIRM

7. I would prefer Oprah in 2020 over ANY other democrats -DENY

8. I have visited 3/4 of countries in the world – DENY

9. Donald Trump and I have the same favorite film, Citizen Kane – DENY

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Polixeni Papapetrou, a photographer known for whimsical, eerie, somewhat disturbing pictures that often featured her children and their friends in odd costumes, died on April 11 in Fitzroy, Australia, near Melbourne. She was 57. The cause was breast cancer, said her husband, Robert Nelson, an art critic and professor at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.   ***Charles Neville, the saxophonist in New Orleans’s most celebrated band, the Neville Brothers, died on Friday at his home in Huntington, Mass. He was 79. His family announced his death, of pancreatic cancer, in an online statement. On Facebook, his brother and bandmate Aaron Neville, wrote, “You’ll always be in my heart and soul, like a tattoo.”

*LBN-VIDEO LINK:  Meet Your Second Wife – SNL
https://youtu.be/MJEAGd1bQuc

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Bret Stehens: Kim Jong-un has a peace bridge he’d like to sell you. His grandfather, Kim Il-sung, sold that bridge to Bill Clinton in 1994, promising to shut down a reactor designed to produce plutonium for bombs in exchange for oil supplies, a pair of “proliferation-resistant” reactors, and an easing of trade restrictions. The deal, known as the Agreed Framework, “will make the United States, the Korean Peninsula, and the world safer,” Clinton promised. “It does not rely on trust. Compliance will be certified by theInternational Atomic Energy Agency.” In 2002, North Korean negotiators admitted to pursuing a secret uranium-enrichment program. The Framework collapsed. Six years after that, Kim’s father, Kim Jong-il, sold the same bridge to George W. Bush. In exchange for relief from U.S. sanctions, North Korea promised to declare its nuclear activities, disable its reactor, and allow international inspections. “The policy of the United States is a Korean Peninsula free of all nuclear weapons,” Bush said in a statement. “This morning we moved a step closer to that goal when North Korean officials submitted a declaration of their nuclear programs.”

*LBN-HISTORICAL COMMENTARY by Kahlil Gibran: The deeper sorrow carves into your being the more joy you can contain.

*LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:…..


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Dennis Quaid and wife Kimberly’s marriage is officially over. The couple settled their divorce on Friday, as reported by TMZ. They agreed to joint custody of their 10-year-old twins, Thomas Boone and Zoe Grace, with Dennis paying $13,750 per month in child support. The amount will increase if he makes over $1.3 million a year.

LBN E-Lert Edited By Renee Preston