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LBN – Special Report – Saturday, April 29, 2017

Report: North Korea Test-Fires Ballistic Missile:

North Korea’s military test-fired a ballistic missile, according toSouth Korean media reported on Friday. “North Korea fired an unidentified missile from a site in the vicinity of Bukchang in Pyeongannam-do (South Pyeongan Province) early this morning,” South Korea’s joint chiefs of staff said in a statement. Later reports indicated the test had failed. “U.S. Pacific Command detected what we assess was a North Korean missile launch at 10:33 a.m. Hawaii time,” Commander Dave Benham of the U.S. Pacific Command told The Daily Beast. “The missile did not leave North Korean territory. The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) determined the missile launch from North Korea did not pose a threat to North America.”

Trump Revives ‘Pocahontas’ Rant for NRA Speech:

President Trump revived his campaign’s inflammatory rhetoric for his Friday speech at the National Rifle Association’s annualmeeting in Atlanta, calling Sen. Elizabeth Warren“Pocahontas” and vowing to build the border wall as a means to protecting Americans from illegal immigration. Already ramping up conversation about a re-election campaign, Trump speculated on who would attempt to run against him in 2020. “It may be Pocahontas, remember that,” he said to applause and laughter from the crowd. Trump has repeatedly referred to the senator with the racist, derogatory phrase as a reference to her claim to be part Native American. Trump also reminisced about the glory of winning the 2016 election, telling NRA attendees, “What fun that was, November 8th. Wasn’t that a great evening?”

Milo Yiannopoulos Gets $12M to Build Alt-Right Media Company:

Milo Yiannopoulos is reportedly plotting his way back into the spotlight, telling Vanity Fair’s Hive that he has received a $12-million investment to build a Live Nation-like touring companyfor alt-right provocateurs. The company, called Milo Inc., will be dedicated to “making the lives of journalists, professors, politicians, feminists, Black Lives Matter activists, and other professional victims a living hell,” Yiannopoulos said. “The business of Madonna became touring,” he added. “I’m doing the same thing, but instead of signing up with Live Nation, I’m building one. I’m building it for libertarian and conservative comedians, writers, stand-up comics, intellectuals, you name it.” Earlier this year, Yiannopoulos resigned from Breitbart.com, lost his six-figure book deal, and had his CPAC speaking gig canceled after video surfaced of him appearing to condone pedophilia.

Report: Trump Considering Sheriff Clarke for DHS Role:

The White House is reportedly considering Milwaukee CountySheriff David Clarke for a position with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Politico reported on Friday. The controversial sheriff, best known for his inflammatory rhetoric and frequent appearances on Fox News, is reportedly in line for a gig as assistant secretary at the department’s Office of Partnership and Engagement—a position that does not require Senate confirmation. Clarke, who is an avid supporter of President Trump, has come under controversy for his jail’s handling of inmate deaths, including one particular incident in which, prosecutors allege, Terrill Thomas died of dehydration in solitary confinement several days after jail staff shut off his access to water.

‘Roseanne’ Reboot to Reunite Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, and More:

20 years after ending its nine season run on ABC, Roseanne is reportedly coming back to TV. The move follows similar revivals by shows like Gilmore GirlsWill & Grace and The X-Files. All major members of the fictional blue-collar Conner family are expected to reappear on the rebooted eight-episode limited series, including Roseanne Barr, Sara Gilbert, Laurie Metcalfand John Goodman as patriarch Dan Conner, despite the fact it was revealed in the 1997 series finale that his character had died after having a heart attack a year earlier. In 2009, Barr wrote on her website that if she were to bring the show back, she would bring Goodman back by saying that Dan had faked his own death.

Trump Picks Anti-Abortion Leader for HHS Spot:

President Trump on Friday announced that he will appointCharmaine Yoest, former president of the anti-abortion groupAmericans United for Life, to serve as assistant secretary for public affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The conservative activist currently works as a fellow at American Values, a social conservative organization, and had previously worked for the Reagan administration, the ultra-conservative Family Research Council, and Mike Huckabee’s 2008 presidential campaign. Yoest famously told The New York Times that she believes abortions can cause breast cancer; and when presented with evidence to the contrary, she accused scientists of being “under the control of the abortion lobby.”

LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY: 1992 – Riots erupt in Los Angeles
In Los Angeles, California, four Los Angeles police officers that had been caught beating an unarmed African-American motorist in an amateur video are acquitted of any wrongdoing in the arrest. Hours after the verdicts were announced, outrage and protest turned to violence as the L.A. riots began. Protestors in south-central Los Angeles blocked freeway traffic and beat motorists, wrecked and looted numerous downtown stores and buildings, and set more than 100 fires.

LBN-SPOTLIGHT: Coming Soon – Episode #2 of “Without Notes” —- https://youtu.be/grQHLHe8xAY

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LBN – Special Report – Friday, April 28, 2017

Kasich: We Should ‘Eradicate’ North Korean Leadership

If push comes to shove with North Korea, Gov. John Kasichbelieves the Trump administration should move to assassinate the top leadership of the rogue state’s military. “I believe the best way to solve this problem is to eradicate the leadership… those that are closest to making the decisions that North Korea is following now,” Kasich told reporters at the Christian Science Monitor breakfast in Washington, D.C. “The North Korean top leadership has to go, and there are ways in which that can be achieved.” Tensions have been rising with North Korea in recent weeks, and the Trump administration has repeatedly signaled that it would be willing to use military force to confront the Hermit Kingdom’s regime. But Kasich thinks that the view of a large-scale war with North Korea would be far too costly in terms of human life. “Moving big warships in and having a war, I don’t think that’s going to work,” and could lead to a million deaths through a conventional war, Kasich argued. “Too much loss of life.” The alternative would be to have a series of raids and targeted actions against the members of the regime’s top echelons, replacing them with a more “benign leadership.” It’s an option that Kasich, as a 18 year veteran of the House Armed Services Committee, believes is within America’s power to do. “Now you have to have very good intelligence, you have to have the ability to do things very quickly, and I think that is not beyond our capability,” he said.

Trump: I Thought Being President ‘Would Be Easier’

President Trump has admitted that running the country is not quite as easy as he thought it would be. In an interview with Reuters published Thursday, Trump opened up about his impressions from his first 100 days in the White House, saying he feels like he’s in his “own little cocoon” and misses driving. “I loved my previous life. I had so many things going,” he told Reuters. “This is more work than in my previous life. I thought it would be easier.” One of the things he misses most about his former life, he said, is having the freedom to drive. “I like to drive. I can’t drive anymore,” he said, describing a lonely existence in which “you have such massive protection that you really can’t go anywhere.”

U.S. Economy Grew Just 0.7% in First Quarter

America’s gross domestic product expanded at the slowest pace in three years during 2017’s first quarter, the U.S. Department of Commerce reported early Friday. The measure of goods and services produced from January to March registered at 0.7 percent; analysts had expected it to be 1 percent. Sluggish consumer spending, particularly on big-ticket items, was the biggest factor in the pullback: The Wall Street Journal reports household outlays hit the lowest point since late 2009 during the period, with rising inflation and less money spent on home heating during the mild winter cited as driving factors. Economists said the GDP tends to be slow during the early part of the year, and many expect a rebound to a rate of 3 to 4 percent in the coming months.

Suit: Wells Fargo Targeted Undocumented Workers to Hit Sales Goals

Wells Fargo employees at branches across the U.S. routinely rounded up undocumented immigrants to set them up with unauthorized checking and savings accounts in order to meet aggressive sales goals and generate commissions, according to court documents filed in a shareholder lawsuit in California. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Spanish-speaking workers would deliberately target places like construction sites, factories, and convenience stores to find undocumented day laborers, and take them to a branch to set up accounts, with some paid $10 apiece as a reward. One Pennsylvania branch created “Hit the Streets Thursday,” in which managers told Latino staffers to patrol streets and a local Social Security office to get immigrants into branches to open accounts, according to a filing by Julia Miller, a former Wells branch manager. The claims stem from sworn declarations from employees given to plaintiff’s attorney Joseph Cotchett, who filed the suit in San Francisco Superior Court. Wells Fargo has acknowledged that its employees set up as many as two million fraudulent accounts in customers’ names without their consent because they were under pressure to match the bank’s steep sales demands, and has paid nearly $200 million in fines.

WHO READS LBN? Lifestyle publicist Nicole Dunn

LBN-SPOTLIGHT: Coming Soon – Episode #2 of “Without Notes” —- https://youtu.be/grQHLHe8xAY

Why People Are Smuggling Illicit, Delicious Butter Into Wisconsin

Jean Smith is kind of modern day bootlegger, but she doesn’t smuggle liquor—she moves butter. Routinely crammed in her car is a stockpile of butter imported from Ireland. Whenever Smith leaves her home in Waukesha, Wisconsin, to visit relatives out of state, she’ll stop in Nebraska to load up on blocks of Kerrygold butter, which is banned in the state that calls itself, “America’s Dairyland.” It may be specially crafted but the product is what’s called “ungraded butter,” which doesn’t carry the familiar USDA stamp of approval or in this case a Wisconsin grade. The state is the only one in the U.S. to declare it “unlawful to sell, offer or expose for sale, or have in possession with intent to sell, any butter at retail unless it has been graded.” “Ms. Smith brings back as much Kerrygold butter with her when she visits family in Nebraska,” said a civil lawsuit she and three other butter-lovers filed against Wisconsin in a state court last month. “She keeps large amounts of the butter in her home refrigerator in the hopes that she will have enough to last her until her next out-state trip.” Kerrygold says the “winds, rain and warming influence of the Gulf Stream all contribute to the lush grass” where the Ireland-based company’s happy cows graze before they’re milked to create butter that’s “silky and creamy and glow a healthy, golden yellow.

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House Passes Stopgap Bill to Avoid Shutdown

The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday overwhelmingly passed a stopgap measure to avert a government shutdown tonight at midnight. The temporary spending package passed by a 382-30 vote and will head to the Senate where it is expected to easily pass on to the president’s desk. The bill provides spending for one week while lawmakers have vowed to work on a broader, full-year spending package next week to fund the government through September.

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

WHO READS LBN? Prominent LA Banker Steve Shapiro

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FlightAware.com: Flight Tracker
“FlightAware provides live flight data, airport delays, fuel prices, airline operational tools, weather maps, flight planning, flight routes, oceanic tracks, and navigation charts, as well as aviation news and photos to over ten million users a month via the FlightAware.com web site and mobile apps.”

LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY: 1788 – Maryland becomes the seventh state to ratify the Constitution.

LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY: 1991 – The first true email message from space was sent by the crew of the space shuttle STS-43 Atlantis using a Mac Portable and specifically configured AppleLink software.

LBN-SPOTLIGHT: “A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” – John A. Shedd — www.TheExcelCommunity.com

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LBN-OVERHEARD: Aidy Bryant is engaged. The Saturday Night Live star revealed the happy news during her appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers that she’s tying the knot withConner O’Malley, who also happens to be a writer at Late Night. Bryant, 29, who’s been dating O’Malley for nine years, shares that she arrived home from SNL one night to find their dog wearing a rather formal accessory. “I walked in the door and our dog had a bow tie and I was like, ‘My dog doesn’t wear a bow tie. Where is he going tonight?'” she recalled with a laugh. “Basically, the minute I shut the door, a man who I discovered was Connor frantically came around and was just like, ‘Will you marry me?’

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LBN – Special Report – Thursday, April 27, 2017

Two U.S. Special Ops Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan

Two US service members were killed and another was wounded Thursday while conducting a joint US-Afghan raid in the Achin District of Nangarhar Province, Pentagon spokesman US Navy Capt. Jeff Davis told CNN. The operation was targeting ISIS-K, the terror group’s Afghanistan affiliate. A US official told CNN the service members were Special Operations Forces soldiers, adding that the wounded soldier’s injuries are not considered life-threatening. “The fight against ISIS-K is important for the world, but sadly, it is not without sacrifice,” said Gen. John W. Nicholson, commander of US Forces-Afghanistan. “On behalf of all US forces and our coalition partners, I offer our deepest sympathies to the families, friends and fellow service members of our fallen comrades.” Achin District is the primary base of operations for ISIS in Afghanistan and has been the site of multiple joint US-Afghan counterterrorism missions. A US Army Special Forces soldier was killed fighting the terror group there earlier this month. It is also where the US dropped one of its most powerful bombs earlier this month, killing close to 100 ISIS fighters, according to Afghan officials. Nicholson has pledged to eliminate ISIS-K from Afghanistan this year.

Delta Removes Passenger Who Used Restroom Before Takeoff

A Delta Airlines passenger was allegedly removed from a Milwaukee-bound flight from Atlanta for using the restroom while the plane was taxiing to the runway in preparation for takeoff. Kima Hamilton, the passenger who was removed, says he needed to use the restroom urgently while the plane was third in line for takeoff. After he was told that he was not able to do so, he used the restroom in the rear of the plane quickly and returned to his seat. As a result, the plane was forced to turn around, head back to the gate, and eject all of the passengers because Hamilton was deemed a security risk. Hamilton tried to explain his decision to a flight attendant, who asked him to gather his belongings and exit the plane. The conversation was recorded on video by a couple sitting nearby. “It was already understood and decided that I was a problem and I was getting kicked off the plane. When I exited, there were FBI agents waiting for me with Delta personnel,” he said. In a statement, Delta said “it is imperative that passengers comply with crew instructions during all phases of flight, especially at the critical points of takeoff and landing.”

Spacecraft Sends Pics Back From Saturn’s Rings

A spacecraft hovering between Saturn and its signature rings has successfully sent information back to Earth. The Cassini spacecraft was diving in Wednesday when NASA lost its connection. But the signal came back early Thursday, allowing Cassini to send back pictures of the rings. “No spacecraft has ever been this close to Saturn before,” said Earl Maize, the Cassini program director at NASA. “We could only rely on prediction, based on our experience with Saturn’s other things, of what we thought this gap between the rings and Saturn would be like. I am delighted to report that Cassini shot through the gap just as we planned and has come out the other side in excellent shape.”

Syria: ‘Israeli Strike’ Hits Near Damascus Airport

Syrian state media claimed Thursday that an Israeli missile strike caused an explosion and fire at a military site near Damascus’s airport. However, Syrian rebel sources told the BBC that the target was an arms depot controlled by Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement—an ally of the Assad regime that Israel has consistently targeted in its attempt to prevent Iranian weapons smuggling to the anti-Israel organization. The Israeli government, however, did not confirm it was responsible for the strike.

Trump Won’t Pull U.S. Out of NAFTA

President Donald Trump has announced that he will not pull the U.S. out of the North American Free Trade Agreement, despite numerous promises to do so. Trump informed the leaders of Mexico and Canada of his decision Wednesday, and the White House later confirmed that the president had “agreed not to terminate NAFTA at this time.” The surprise move comes after Trump railed against the trade agreement throughout his campaign and into his presidency, repeatedly vowing to pull the U.S. out of the deal, which he called a “disaster” for American workers. Trump was widely expected to sign an executive order withdrawing the U.S. from NAFTA on Wednesday. Instead, he has reportedly agreed with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to renegotiate the trade deal to “the benefit of all three countries.” Trump expressed optimism about the plans, saying he thinks a renegotiated deal will “make all three countries stronger and better,” the Associated Press reported.

United Raises Bumped-Flyer Payment Limit to $10K

United Airlines will raise the limit on its payment to customers who are asked to give up their seats on oversold flights to $10,000, the carrier announced Thursday. The rule change came as part of a company report into to a video of a passenger being violently dragged from his seat on an overbooked flight from Chicago. The airline has also vowed to increase training for its gate agents and flight attendants and to no longer call on police officials to deal with similar situations. Prior to raising its compensation limit, United’s ceiling on compensation for an overbooked flight was $1,350. Additionally, United said it will send displaced passengers or crew members to nearby airports, book them on a different airline, or arrange for any additional car transportation to help get them to their destination.

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LBN-SPOTLIGHT: Coming soon – Episode #2 of “Without Notes” —- https://youtu.be/grQHLHe8xAY

LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:
Social Security Admin: Actuarial Life Table

“A period life table is based on the mortality experience of a population during a relatively short period of time. Here we present the 2011 period life table for the Social Security area population. For this table, the period life expectancy at a given age is the average remaining number of years expected prior to death for a person at that exact age, born on January 1, using the mortality rates for 2011 over the course of his or her remaining life.”

LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Acclaimed director Jonathan Demme died on Wednesday morning in New York after suffering from esophageal cancer. He was 73. In a career that spanned more than four decades, Demme directed The Silence of the Lambs, for which he won an Academy Award in 1992, as well as dramas like Something WildPhiladelphia and Beloved. In later years, he directed Anne Hathaway to an Oscar nomination for 2008’s Rachel Getting Married and just two years ago helmed Ricki and the Flash starring Meryl Streep. Demme was also well-known for his dynamic music documentaries, most famously 1984’s Stop Making Sense starring The Talking Heads, but also Neil Young: Heart of Gold in 2006 and most recently Justin Timberlake + the Tennessee Kids.

LBN-VIDEO LINK:  “I grew up in the Westboro Baptist Church. Here’s why I left | Megan Phelps-Roper” —- https://youtu.be/bVV2Zk88beY

LBN-SPOTLIGHT: “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. —– www.TheExcelCommunity.com

LBN-INVESTIGATES: How Long Does it Take Certain Materials to Decompose?

Cigarette butts and filters take 12 years to biodegrade. An aluminum can takes between 200 to 500 years to biodegrade. Plastic diapers and sanitary pads take between 500-800 years. Styrofoam takes more than 5,000 years. And it would take a glass bottle 1 million years to biodegrade

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY:  1865 – Steamboat “SS Sultana” explodes in the Mississippi River, killing up to 1,800 of the 2,427 passengers in the greatest maritime disaster in United States history. Most were paroled Union POWs on their way home.

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LBN-MUSIC+FILM COLLISION:  Admidst filming a new movie with Daniel Day Lewis this year, acclaimed filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson found time to make a brand new music video. Indeed, the wildly talented band HAIM released the first single from their new album today, “Right Now,” as well as the music video, and it’s directed by none other than Anderson. The video isn’t some crazy theatrical or high-concept idea—instead, it highlights the talent of HAIM by showing them tracking the song in a single take, and it’s fantastic. We knew these girls were tremendous musicians, but seeing them perform the song live in the studio is really, really cool, and Anderson captures it beautifully. —- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1LLWHroWgA

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ENOUGH! – Texas Poised to Pass ‘Sanctuary City’ Ban with Jail Penalty: 

Texas Republicans were poised Wednesday to take a big step toward banning “sanctuary cities” in their state, debating a bill through which police chiefs and sheriffs could even be jailed for not cooperating fully with federal immigration authorities.

Although Democrats don’t have the votes in the Republican-controlled Legislature to stop the bill from going to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, who made such a ban a priority, they vowed to fight it at every step, promising hours of emotionally charged debate on Wednesday before the Texas House votes.

Under the bill, the state could withhold funding from local governments for acting as sanctuary cities, even as the Trump administration’s efforts to do so nationally have hit roadblocks. Other Republican-controlled states have pushed for similar polices in recent years, just as more liberal ones have done the opposite. But Texas would be the first in which police chiefs and sheriffs could be jailed for not helping enforce immigration law. They could also lose their jobs.

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LBN – Special Report – Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Trump Poised to Reveal ‘Biggest Tax Cut’ in History:

President Trump on Wednesday will release the outlines of what Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin called “the biggest tax cut” in US history — a plan expected to include huge cuts for businesses and a modest reduction for the middle class. Trump wants to slash the corporate tax rate from 35 to 15 percent and also allow private and “pass-through businesses” like his own real estate empire to file like corporations. That could reduce his own taxes, as he would only have to pay the 15 percent rate instead of the top 39.6 percent personal rate that now applies. But Mnuchin said the plan won’t allow the wealthy to take advantage of the 15 percent rate for small businesses.

Media Expert: Most Americans Think Russia Tried to Meddle in Election:

According to media expert and author Michael Levine(www.MichaelLevineMedia.com), a majority of Americans say they believe Russia tried to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and about 39 percent even say that Trump’scampaign tried to assist them. Noting the latest polling data, Levine notes that “fifty-six percent of respondents said they were convinced of the Kremlin’s meddling. Those opinions are largely drawn along party lines, with a majority of Democratic participants believing that Trump’s campaign helped the Russians and a majority of Republicans saying they think that former President Obama spied on the GOP candidate before he assumed office.” According to Levine “Overall, only 32 percent of respondents say they think Obama’s administration intentionally spied on Trump or any members of his campaign over the course of the election. Among Hillary Clinton voters, a full 72 percent say Trump’s team helped Russia meddle.”

Defiant Trump Vows to Take Immigration Case to Supreme Court:

President Trump vowed on Wednesday to challenge California jurisdictions all the way to the Supreme Court after a federal judge there stopped him from withholding funds to penalize them for shielding illegal immigrants. Mr. Trump, who twice has been blocked by courts from imposing a temporary travel ban on visitors from select Muslim-majority countries, expressed frustration that once again a judge in a single district could thwart him from taking action. The judge who issued the latest ruling hails from California, the same state as the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which heard the previous cases. “First the Ninth Circuit rules against the ban & now it hits again on sanctuary cities-both ridiculous rulings,” Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter. “See you in the Supreme Court!

Turkey Detains 1,000 ‘Secret Imams’

Turkish officials on Wednesday said they have arrested more than 1,000 people who they claim secretly infiltrated law enforcement throughout the country on behalf of Fethullah Gulen, a U.S.-based cleric who Turkey’s government blames for a failed coup last summer. Gulen is a former ally of President Tayyip Erdogan, but officials have accused him of organizing the attempted coup in July. Interior MinisterSuleyman Soylu told reporters that the crackdown, which happened overnight, targeted Gulen’s alleged network, which “infiltrated our police force.” He added, “One thousand and nine secret imams have been detained so far in 72 provinces, and the operation is ongoing.” Authorities have, since July, arrested more than 40,000 people—including teachers, soldiers, police officers, and public servants—over purported ties to terrorist groups.

Ivanka Trump Starts Fund for Women Entrepreneurs

Ivanka Trump, daughter and adviser to President Trump, is building a fund for female entrepreneurs, Axios reported on Wednesday. “The statistics and results prove that when you invest in women and girls, it benefits both developed and developing economies,” Trump told reporter Mike Allen in Berlin. “Women are an enormous untapped resource, critical to the growth of all countries.” Trump says the fund will provide capital to both small and medium enterprises run by women around the globe and that the financing will come from various countries and corporations. According to Axios, Trump’s father is supportive of the idea. World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim has allegedly consulted with the first daughter about the project.
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LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***More than a year into Twitter’s efforts to turn around the company under the leadership ofJack Dorsey, its business is shrinking. And yet, investors seem to have finally been given a glimmer of hope for the future. But first, the bad news. On Wednesday, Twitter reported its first fall in revenue since its initial public offering in 2013, posting sales of $548 million in the first quarter, down 7 percent from a year earlier. But that beat investors’ low expectations for the company; Wall Street analysts had predicted revenue of $509 million.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Dinosaurs had different self-defense mechanisms. Some, like meat eaters, had sharp teeth. Plant eaters had long horns or sharp spikes. Other dinosaurs were covered in bony plates

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
MY REVIEW: “Every day LBN makes me think. It expands my world and mind.”—– Rory L., an LBN reader from Newark, New Jersey.

LBN-HEALTH WATCH:   ***For those who can stomach it, working out before breakfast may be more beneficial for health than eating first, according to a useful new study of meal timing and physical activity. Its results indicate that when we eat affects how much fat we burn during exercise and also alters molecular activity within fat cells, in ways that could have long-term implications for our physical well-being. Athletes and scientists have long known that meal timing affects performance. Most obviously, if you eat first, you have relatively high levels of blood sugar. Working muscles can readily use this sugar as fuel. If, on the other hand, you have fasted before working out, your muscles must rely primarily on the body’s skimpy supply of stored carbohydrates or its larger reservoirs of fat. Accessing this fat, however, requires extra metabolic steps to become available as energy, which makes it a relatively inefficient fuel source during times of strenuous exercise. As a general rule, the body tends to turn to fat as its primary fuel source when exercise is more moderate.

LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:   ***James Heidenry, who once called Us Weekly “the biggest culprit of hypocrisy” has been named as the editor-in-chief of Us Weekly. Heidenry, who already edits AMI’s OK! and Star, was introduced as the new editor at an all-staff meeting on Monday.   ***Robert Siegel, who is 69, will step down later this year as the senior co-host of NPR’s “All Things Considered” after 30 years in the chair. NPR says it will conduct a national search for a new co-anchor to share duties with Ari Shapiro, Audie Cornish and (here in Culver City) Kelly McEvers.

LBN-NOTICED:   ***Oprah Winfrey dining at TAO Downtown in NYC with Tony Bennett, Spike Lee and Gayle King to celebrate her new HBO movie, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”.    ***John Lydon at Aisling Foley’s Shag party at Soho Grand in NYC.   ***Lena Dunham, Jenni Konner, andEbon Moss-Bachrach having a “Girls” reunion at a Tribeca Film Festival premiere of “Tokyo Project”.   ***Artist Marina Abramovic telling fotogs who asked her to smile on the carpet for “Blurred Lines: Inside the Art World,” “How can I? Trump is president.”

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Nearly 6 out of 10 Angelenos think another riot is likely in the next five years, increasing for the first time after two decades of steady decline. That’s higher than in any year except for 1997, the first year the survey was conducted, and more than a 10-point jump compared with the 2012 survey. Young adults ages 18 to 29, who didn’t directly experience the riots, were more likely than older residents to feel another riot was a possibility, with nearly 7 out of 10 saying one was likely, compared with about half of those 45 or older. Those who were unemployed or worked part-time were also more pessimistic, as were black and Latino residents, compared with whites and Asians, the poll found.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:  ***Miramax has named veteran film executive Bill Block to be its new CEO. Block, the founder/CEO of production company QED, most recently produced the comedy hit Bad Moms, which earned a surprise $184 million worldwide and is spawning a sequel. Block’s move to Miramax signals that Miramax is looking to expand significantly beyond its more recent incarnation as a lucrative library and return to its roots as a busy producer and distributor of high-end indie fare.

LBN-SPOTLIGHT: Coming soon – Episode #2 of “Without Notes” —- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grQHLHe8xAY

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LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Acclaimed director Jonathan Demme died on Wednesday morning in New York after suffering from esophageal cancer. He was 73. In a career that spanned more than four decades, Demme directed The Silence of the Lambs, for which he won an Academy Award in 1992, as well as dramas like Something WildPhiladelphia and Beloved. In later years, he directed Anne Hathaway to an Oscar nomination for 2008’s Rachel Getting Married and just two years ago helmed Ricki and the Flash starring Meryl Streep. Demme was also well-known for his dynamic music documentaries, most famously 1984’s Stop Making Sense starring The Talking Heads, but also Neil Young: Heart of Gold in 2006 and most recently Justin Timberlake + the Tennessee Kids.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: So a Hindu, a Muslim and a Jew are playing golf together in Dubai …Sounds like the first line of a joke, right? Actually, it’s the first line of one of those serendipitous stories that often happen when you play golf abroad. In my case, I was invited to play at the Emirates Club with a U.A.E. education expert and the famed Indian mystic, poet and yogi Jaggi Vasudev, who goes by his reverential name, Sadhguru. When I got to the first tee, I realized this was not going to be a normal round. Sadhguru is the founder of Isha, an Indian-based humanitarian and environmental movement with millions of followers (and some critics, too) — several of whom I could tell were at the course, because caddies and staff members kept coming over for selfies with Sadhguru and offering the traditional Hindu greeting, “I bow to the divine in you.”

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LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Johnny Depp isn’t just in the red—he’s seeing red. Depp sued The Management Group in January for $25 million, alleging fraud and negligence. He also accused the L.A.-based firm, run by brothers Joel Mandel and Rob Mandel, of failing to file his taxes on time and taking out high-interest loans on his behalf. Depp claimed that TMG led him to be more than $40 million in debt. In a countersuit, the actor’s ex-managers cited Depp’s lavish lifestyle as the cause of his financial downfall. “Depp lived an ultra-extravagant lifestyle that often knowingly cost Depp in excess of $2 million per month to maintain, which he simply could not afford,” the Mandel brothers’ attorney, Michael Kump, wrote in the cross-complaint. “Depp, and Depp alone, is fully responsible for any financial turmoil he finds himself in today.”   ***Al Pacino made the most of his 77th birthday celebrations with his stunning girlfriend Lucila Sola. The loved-up couple marked his birthday by soaking up the sun in Mexico. Pacino grinned as he walked into the waves with his 37-year-old partner. “The Godfather” star covered up in a dark colored t-shirt and stone shorts.   ***Gabourey Sidibe worked as a phone-sex operator to help make ends meet. The actress, now 33, opens up about the experience in her upcoming memoir, “This Is Just My Face,” writing, “I was 21, couldn’t afford to go to school, and couldn’t get a job.”

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