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LBN – Now A Word From Our Sponsors, May 31st, 2017

A Revealing Interview with an American Hero (who just happens to be Muslim)

“Without Notes” with M. Zuhdi Jasser M.D. – Episode 2: The American Dream

Here is Episode #2 of the revealing T.V. interview with M. Zuhdi Jasser M.D., one of America’s most respected political commentators.
Born of Syrian refuge parents, Jasser discusses what it truly means to be an American. A fascinating discussion with a unique, brilliant, and courageous voice.
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LBN – Special Report – Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

*Trump Expected to Pull U.S. From Paris Climate Accord
President Trump is expected to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement, three officials with knowledge of the decision said, making good on a campaign pledge but severely weakening the landmark 2015 climate change accord that committed nearly every nation to take action to curb the warming of the planet. A senior White House official cautioned that the specific language of the president’s expected announcement was still in flux Wednesday morning. The official said the withdrawal might be accompanied by legal caveats that will shape the impact of Mr. Trump’s decision. And Mr. Trump has proved himself willing to shift direction up until the moment of a public announcement. He is set to meet Wednesday afternoon with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who has advocated that the United States remain a part of the Paris accords and could continue to lobby the president to change his mind. Even as reports surfaced about his decision, Mr. Trump posted on Twitter that he would make his intentions known soon.
*ON & ON & ON & ON….80+ Killed, 350 Injured as Explosion Rocks Kabul’s Diplomatic Zone:

As many as 80 people were killed and hundreds more wounded Wednesday when a massive car bomb went off in the diplomatic zone of Kabul during rush hour, shattering windows in houses hundreds of meters away. It was not immediately clear what the target of the suicide car bombing was, but the area is full of foreign embassies, and the presidential palace is not far away. Early reports indicate a tanker truck loaded with explosives entered the heavily guarded area. The blast was believed to be the most powerful in years, reportedly tearing doors off hinges in buildings half a mile away. Emergency officials on the ground put the number of people injured at more than 350; Interior Ministry Najib Danish said authorities were still trying to determine the exact number of casualties. “We don’t know at this moment what was the target of the attack, but most of the casualties are civilians,” Danish was cited as saying by the Associated Press. The Afghan Taliban have denied responsibly for the attack. The BBC reported one of its drivers was killed, and four journalists wounded in the attack.

*Russia Probe Distracts, Scares Off Potential Appointees
President Trump, who still needs to fill hundreds of vacancies in the federal government, is having trouble getting appointees to commit over the growing Russia scandal, Politico reports. “It’s an additional factor that makes what was an already complicated process of staffing the government even harder,” said Max Stier, who advised the Trump transition team on hiring. The White House has announced nominees for only 117 out of 559 Senate-confirmed posts. George W. Bush andBarack Obama had both nominated about twice as many people by the same period in their first terms. “There’s no doubt in my mind that people are being very cautious, to put it mildly,” said one lawyer, who represents prospective political appointees. “You’re going to have a situation where they’re going to have trouble getting A-list or even B-list people to sign up,” the lawyer added.
*Manchester Attacker Bought Most Bomb Parts ‘Himself’

Salman Abedi, who detonated a suicide bomb in Manchester at an Ariana Grande concert last Monday, bought most of the component bomb parts himself, according to police. BBC reports that most of the planning was “carried out alone” in fewer than four days leading up to the attack, according to the head of the North West counter terrorism unit, Russ Jackson. Police have not ruled out the theory that Abedi was part of a wider network of terrorists when he planned the attack, which killed 22 people and injured dozens of others. So far, 16 people have been arrested in connection with the attack. Five have been released without charge.

*Trump: Kathy Griffin Should Be ‘Ashamed’

President Trump on Wednesday morning responded to an image of comedian Kathy Griffin holding a severed and bloody head that resembles Trump. “Kathy Griffin should be ashamed of herself,” he tweeted. “My children, especially my 11-year-old son, Barron, are having a hard time with this. Sick!” Griffin apologized late Tuesday for the image. “I sincerely apologize,” Griffin said, in a video. “I’m a comic. I cross the line. I move the line and then I cross it. I went way too far. The image is too disturbing. I understand how it offends people. It wasn’t funny, I get it.”
*Scott Pelley Out at ‘CBS Evening News’
Scott Pelley is being pushed out as anchor of CBS Evening News. Pelley, who is currently on assignment, will assume a permanent position with the network’s flagship news program, 60 Minutes. Pelley’s office was reportedly being cleared Tuesday. The network has not yet officially commented.


*LBN-INVESTIGATES: The Chicago Police Department has recorded suicide rates 60 percent higher than the national average.
*MS-13 Vixen Gets 40 Years for Luring Victim into Fatal Ambush

A woman who promised sex with a man to lure him to a park in Maryland where he was fatally stabbed 153 times by MS-13 gang members has been sentenced to 40 years in prison.Vanesa Alvarado, 20, received the maximum sentence based on an earlier plea agreement in the brutal June 2016 murder ofCristian Antonio Villagran-Morales in Malcolm King Park in Gaithersburg. “This was a terrible, terrible case,” Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Anne Albright said, according to the Washington Post. Alvarado — who pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder — told the 18-year-old victim she wanted to have sex, but prosecutors said she instead led him to waiting MS-13 gang members who thought Villagran-Morales was part of a rival gang. After setting up the ambush, according to court records and prosecutors, Alvarado began laughing and encouraging the attack. “Even after the murder, Ms. Alvarado showed so little regard for the life of her victim that she came back to the crime scene to show her friends the gang’s handiwork,” Assistant State’s Attorney Robert Hill wrote in court records. It’s unclear how Alvarado got involved with the MS-13 gang, which is known for recruiting members from immigrants who cross the border illegally
*LBN-HEALTH WATCH: Caffeine improves athletic performance. This is a truth almost universally acknowledged in exercise science. But scientists, coaches and athletes also have thought that to gain any performance boost from taking caffeine before an event, an athlete had to abstain from the stuff for days or weeks before a big event. A new study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology intimates, however, that these ideas about caffeine and performance are out of date and that someone can swill coffee every day and still get a caffeine performance buzz when needed. Caffeine is, of course, one of the world’s most popular mind-altering substances, used by millions of us to jump-start our sluggish morning brain function and goose alertness throughout the day.

*LBN-SPORT INSIDER:   ***The trickling-out of layoffs at ESPN is not over, and it claimed another fan favorite. NFL reporter John Clayton — of the famed ponytail debate — was let go by the network as part of their recent layoffs, Sporting News reported on Wednesday.   ***Nike said it doesn’t plan on dumping Tiger Woods over his DUI arrest earlier this week, according to reports. “There is no change in our relationship with Tiger,” a spokesman for the athletic giant told CBS News Wednesday. Nike, which has sponsored Woods since 1996, also stood by the golf legend as his slew of sexploits came to light in 2009, while other sponsors including AT&T and Gatorade dropped him.

*LBN-SEE IT: “I Think the President could be better served than he’s been served,” Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey, said, of the officials in Donald Trump’s Administration.

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*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Raymond J. Pfeifer, who spent eight months digging through the toxic debris of the collapsed World Trade Center for the remains of fellow firefighters and other victims and years lobbying, successfully, for health benefits for those who survived, died on Sunday in a hospice in Port Washington, N.Y. He was 59. The cause was complications of cancers he contracted while searching the Lower Manhattan site after the 2001 terrorist attack, his wife, Caryn, said.

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: Customer service is the provision of service to customers before, during and after a purchase. The perception of success of such interactions is dependent on employees “who can adjust themselves to the personality of the guest”. Customer service concerns the priority an organization assigns to customer service relative to components such as product innovation and pricing. In this sense, an organization that values good customer service may spend more money in training employees than the average organization or may proactively interview customers for feedback. From the point of view of an overall sales process engineering effort, customer service plays an important role in an organization’s ability to generate income and revenue. From that perspective, customer service should be included as part of an overall approach to systematic improvement. One good customer service experience can change the entire perception a customer holds towards the organization. ——

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Lloyd Grove: Soon-to-be former CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley, who’s being forced off the network’s signature newscast after six years at the helm, is said to be sorry that his acrimonious contract negotiations three years ago created bad blood with news division president David Rhodes. “Scott regrets it,” a Pelley confidant told The Daily Beast, referring to the anchor’s decision to hire Hollywood super-agent Ari Emanuel in 2014 to obtain a more opulent deal than the estimated $5 million a year he was getting at the time. Pelley was traveling in the Middle East and Europe for 60 Minutes—his once and future home when his anchor duties end—and unavailable; a CBS News spokesperson didn’t respond to messages requesting comment. Pelley is expected to resume his anchor duties next week until a temporary replacement is named. Emanuel, the co-CEO of the powerhouse talent agency William Morris Endeavor, is a famously aggressive negotiator and a thorn in the side of showbiz and media executives everywhere.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: PresidentTrump’s trip to Europe was truly historic. He left our most important allies there so uncertain about America’s commitment to their security from Russia and to shared values on trade and climate change that German leader Angela Merkel was prompted to tell her countrymen that Europe’s days of relying on America are “over to a certain extent,” and therefore Germany and its European allies “really must take our fate into our own hands.” No U.S. president before had ever put a crack in the Atlantic alliance on his inaugural tour. Historic. Merkel is just the first major leader to say out loud what every American ally is now realizing: America is under new management. “Who is America today?” is the first question I’ve been asked on each stop through New Zealand, Australia and South Korea. My answer: We’re not the U.S.A. anymore. We’re the new U.A.E.: the United American Emirate.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Frank Bruni: Over recent years, without much media fanfare, something fascinating occurred, a reminder that for all the ways in which we seem to be sliding backward, we’re lurching forward, too. The developing world turned a corner — thanks to medical advances, rising wealth and more — and communicable diseases like malaria and AIDS now kill fewer of its people than noncommunicable ones like heart disease, strokes, respiratory ailments and diabetes do. But awareness of this progress lags far behind it. According to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, noncommunicable diseases were responsible for 67 percent of deaths in low- and middle-income countries in 2015, but only about 1 percent of the foreign aid and donations dedicated to health care was aimed at preventing and treating them.

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: Next on “Without Notes” – The riveting conclusion of Zuhdi Jasser’s interview. —-


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LBN – Special Report – Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

*‘Shocked’ S. Korea Leader to Probe U.S. Missile Expansion

Moon Jae-in, the new South Korean president, has ordered a new probe into the U.S. THAAD anti-missile system after more launchers were brought into the country without warning, his spokesman said. The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system battery had just two of its maximum six launchers when it was deployed in March. Four more launchers were recently added. The system was brought in to the southeastern region of Seongju to handle the growing North Korean missile threat. Moon said it was “shocking” to hear the four new launchers were installed without being reported to the new government, his spokesman, Yoon Young-chan, reportedly said at a media briefing. Moon campaigned for president on a more moderate political approach to dealing with Pyongyang.

*Former Panama Strongman Manuel Noriega Dead at 83

Authorities in Panama have announced the death of former military ruler Manuel Noriega. He died in Panama City on Tuesday at the age of 83, after recently undergoing a brain tumor operation. President Juan Carlos Varela announced the news on Twitter. “The death of Manuel Noriega closes a chapter in our history; his daughters and their families deserve a burial in peace,” he said. Prior to his reign from 1983 to 1989, Noriega worked with the CIA as an intelligence source, despite being a known cocaine trafficker. American forces ousted him from power in 1989 and he was later convicted on drug-trafficking charges in the U.S. before being extradited back home in December 2011. At the time of his death, he was serving out a 20-year sentence for murdering opponents during his rule. During his time as military ruler, Noriega was accused of numerous human-rights abuses, including jailing and beating protesters, murdering political opponents, turning the country into a hub for drug trafficking, and cracking down on free speech.

*Trump Communications Director Resigns From The White House

President Trump’s communications director, Mike Dubke, is resigning from his post at the White House at the beginning of a reported wave of changes to the scandal-plagued administration. Dubke only served for about three months before resigning May 18, but had offered to stay on through the president’s first overseas trip. A senior administration official told Axios that the two are “parting on good terms.” His last day on the job has not yet been set. As has been widely reported, Trump is considering many broad changes among his staff. On Monday, two of his former top campaign officials, Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie, met with Trump and allegedly discussed joining the White House’s new crisis communications “war room.”
*Tiger Woods Blames Medication for DUI Arrest

Golfer Tiger Woods has blamed prescription medication for his DUI arrest early Monday in Florida. Once the world’s top golfer, Woods said in a statement late Monday that he was not intoxicated when police arrested him on suspicion of driving under the influence but had experienced a reaction to his medication. “I want the public to know that alcohol was not involved,” he said. “What happened was an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications. I didn’t realize the mix of medications had affected me so strongly,” he said, adding that he would take full responsibility. Woods, who underwent surgery last week for a lingering back injury, was held by Palm Beach County Police for several hours Monday morning before being released on his own recognizance. He thanked police for their professionalism in his statement explaining the incident, promising he would “ensure this never happens again.” After rising to fame in the golfing world, Woods suffered a public fall from grace in 2009 after a sex scandal cost him his marriage and put a major dent in his golfing career.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Redheaded women report bruising more easily than other women of different hair colors.


*LBN-SEE IT:Ari Graynor, left, and Melissa Leo in “I’m Dying Up Here,” which makes its debut on June 4 on Showtime.

*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***Bruce Springsteen surprised concert-goers in New Jersey with a performance during the encore of a Steven Van Zandt show. Count Basie Theatre executive Jon Vena said Monday the crowd “erupted” when Van Zandt introduced Springsteen during the Saturday show as “a friend who’s out of work.” Springsteen emerged on stage during the encore and played four songs, including “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out” and a cover of Marvin Gaye’s “Can I Get a Witness.”

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***John Mayer and Andy Cohen sitting together at the Sunset Tower Hotel in West Hollywood.   ***Film producer Mike Flint having dinner last night at Izzy’s Deli on Wilshire Blvd. in Santa Monica.   ***DJ Stretch Armstrong andKareem “Biggs” Burke at a Parajumpers cocktail party at Urban Cowboy in NYC.   ***Alessandra Ambrosio andCandice Swanepoel at Corey Lane and Roberto Buchelli’ssunset sessions party at the Penthouse on Rivington in NYC.   ***Emma Watson at the Walker Hotel Greenwich Village in NYC.   ***Ne-Yo at Beautique in NYC.    ***Andre 3000 eating chicken noodle soup at Esther & Carol in NYC.   ***Jessica Lange seeing “War Paint” on Broadway in NYC. Gliada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay dining together at Gato in NYC.   ***Noted hypnotist Kimberly Friedmutter hanging withMartha Stewart at a party for Stewart’s wine brand.   ***Ian Mellencamp and his girlfriend Princess Jasmine Grace Grimaldi of Monaco, locking lips at the Montauk Beach House during a poolside party celebrating Ian’s birthday weekend on Saturday.   ***John Lennon’s psychic Frank Andrews at “paranormal artist” Ivy Supersonic’s East Village studio in NYC.   ***Days before the 50th anniversary of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” The Beatles’ remaining members were spotted celebrating with some fellow legends in Hollywood. Spies said that on Friday night, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr were sitting at a corner table at LA Italian eatery the Ponte with Eagles rocker Joe Walsh, country star Vince Gill and Jack Nicholson. McCartney and Starr were next to each other in the group. The Ponte is the new hot spot opened by NYC chef Scott Conant.

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*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. – Ralph Waldo Emerson —–

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Frank Deford, who mined the sports world for human stories and told them with literary grace over six decades in Sports Illustrated, a shelf of books and many years of radio and television commentary, died on Sunday at his home in Key West, Fla. He was 78. His wife, Carol, confirmed his death on Monday but said she did not yet know the cause.

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: The Original —-

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Kevin Fallon: Like you, like me, like most of us, Sarah Silverman is obsessed with The Handmaid’s Tale. “First of all, it’s like the best thing I’ve ever seen,” she raves. “But it’s such a horror movie.” The dystopian series chronicles what happens when a regressive patriarchy comes into power and strips away women’s reproductive rights. “It’s just terrifying that the flashbacks in the show is what we’re going through right now.”  Even crazier, I suggest, is that theMargaret Atwood book the series is based on was written in 1985.  “Listen,” Silverman says, reaching for a backpack she’s kept tucked under her seat. She points to a button pinned on it which reads “Keep Your Laws Off My Body.”

*LBN-COMMENTATY by David Brooks: Jared Kushnerdeserves a bit of sympathy. All his life he’s been serving his father or father-in-law. All his career he’s been thrust into roles he’s not ready for. His background has ill prepared him for national government. Now he is in a realm where his instincts seem to lead him astray and where there’s a chance he will end up in disgrace and possibly under indictment. The Kushner family drama begins in the Holocaust. In 1941, Rae Kushnerwas living in Belarus and was among the teenage girls selected to clean blood from the cobblestones after one of the Nazi mass executions. Rae and other family members tunneled out from the ghetto and joined an armed resistance camp. After the war they eventually made it to New Jersey, where her husband set up a successful construction business that flourished under their son. So far this is an inspiring story of family struggle and immigrant hustle. But as riches rained down on the family, so did betrayal. The feud between Jared’s father and uncle was over grabbing family money, and from the various accounts it’s hard to tell who betrayed the family most. We do know that Jared’s father, Charles, hired a prostitute to have sex with his brother-in-law so he could send a tape of the act to his sister, and ended up pleading guilty to 18 felony counts.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Tom Sykes: Keeping up with your ex is tricky, even if they are not a Kardashian. So, no surprises that the chances of Caitlyn Jenner being invited ’round for a let-bygones-be-bygones dinner with the K-folk seems to be hovering somewhere around absolute zero.  Some of the family have already spoken publicly about the rift between Jenner and the rest of the family, but now Kim Kardashian has confirmed that relations between her mother, Kris Jenner, and her ex-husband Caitlyn (formerly Bruce) Jenner are going nowhere fast. Kris, 61, is known to be irate about Caitlyn’s decision to reveal intimate details of their life together in her newly published memoir, The Secrets of My Life, in which she detailed her long battle with gender identity and spilled the beans on her life with Kris.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Michael Levine (Media expert and author – Tiger Woods lost more than $20 million in endorsement revenue following the revelations of his affairs and marriage breakdown where he lost giant sponsorships with Gatorade, AT&T and Accenture.Many companies felt ‘burned’ by Tiger back in 2009/2010, and they showed their emotions by dumping Woods as a brand representative”. Expect the same within days of today’s DUI arrest. Part of this is because Woods is more expendable these days as a brand ambassador because his playing career is in serious jeopardy of ever again coming remotely close to the greatness we all witnessed for the better part of two decades. Part of this is because he is now, with this arrest, going to be perceived by corporate America as a two-time offender of the public’s trust.


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***An “extremely sleepy” Tiger Woodswas passed out behind the wheel and failed a sobriety test when cops busted him for DUI in Florida, according to a new report. Woods was asleep in his Mercedes with the engine running and right blinker flashing, and had “extremely slow and slurred speech” when he was arrested around 3 a.m. Monday in Jupiter, TMZ reported Tuesday, citing a police report. The golf pro told police he was “coming from L.A. California from golfing” – but then changed his story, saying he didn’t know where he was. Woods flunked the field sobriety test after he couldn’t stand on one leg or touch his nose. When cops asked him to do the alphabet test, he bizarrely mumbled, “Yes, recite entire national anthem backwards.”   ***Speaking to a class of Brown University graduates Sunday, Robert De Nirolamented that “in movie terms,” the U.S. was once “an inspiring uplifting drama” but has now turned into “a tragic dumbass comedy,” according to sources. De Niro, who received an honorary doctorate of fine arts from the Ivy League school, urged the graduates to “work to stop the insanity” and to strive to make the world a better place.

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