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LBN – Special Report – Sunday February 19, 2017

Iraqi Government Launches New Mosul Operation:

The Iraqi government on Sunday announced the launch of a new operation aimed at re-taking western Mosul from ISIS. Thegovernment air-dropped leaflets in the city to inform the remaining fighters that a new offensive was about to begin. “This is your last opportunity to quit your work with ISIS and to leave those foreigners who are in your homeland. Stay at home, raising the white flags as the forces approach,” the leaflet reads. The less populous eastern part of the city was taken back from ISIS in January. Troops will likely enter the western half of the city on foot due to narrow streets, making them susceptible to suicide attacks. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi called on soldiers “to move bravely forward to liberate what is left of the city.” As many as 350,000 children are believed to be trapped in western Mosul.

Leaked DHS Immigration Memos Foreshadow Crackdown on Illegal Immigration:

Leaked memos from Homeland Security Secretary John Kellyreveal the department’s new efforts to implement PresidentDonald Trump’s immigration policies. The memos, obtained by CNN, show that the federal government will have broad authority to detain undocumented immigrants, as well as deport some individuals “more quickly with limited court proceedings,” according to CNN. A DHS spokeswoman declined to comment on the memos, which are subject to changes.

Merkel Falls Behind in New Poll:

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative party fell behind her center-left rival in a new poll. For the first time since 2006, the Social Democrats (SPD) leads Merkel’s ChristianDemocrats (CDU/CSU). The margin is only one percentage point—33 percent to 32 percent—but the SPD’s boost in recent months has baffled Germany’s conservatives. The survey was conducted by the Emnid institute and announced by the Bild am Sonntag publication. It showed that in the last four weeks, the SPD has gained an unprecedented 12 points in the polls, coinciding with the party’s announcement that former European Parliament President Martin Schulz would be its standard-bearer. Germans will head to the polls to pick their new leader on Sept. 24.

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France Rips Russia for Election Cyberattacks:

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said on Sunday that efforts to wage cyberattacks in the country’s presidential election are “acceptable.” Emmanuel Macron, a pro-Europe candidate for the French presidency who is enjoying recent polling success, said through a spokesman that Moscow targeted the campaign’s website and email servers. “It’s enough to see which candidates, Marine Le Pen orFrancois Fillon, Russia expresses preference for in the French electoral campaign,” Ayrault said in an interview with a newspaper, adding: “This form of interference in French democratic life is unacceptable and I denounce it.” Similar allegations have been levied against Russia for its efforts to sway the U.S. presidential election toward Donald Trump.

Bono Lobbies Pence on AIDS Funding:

U2 frontman and human-rights activist Bono met with Vice President Mike Pence in Munich on Saturday to thank him for his past work in securing funding for HIV/AIDS assistance efforts in developing nations, telling the vice president that “we really appreciate” past efforts in support of the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief, or PEPFAR. “You’re the second-busiest man on earth,” Bono said of Pence, before noting that “twice on the House floor you defended [PEPFAR] – that’s how we know you.” Pence, for his part, remembered Bono’s appearance in support of the initiative, which has provided anti-retroviral treatment for tens of millions of people in sub-Saharan Africa since it was created under PresidentGeorge W. Bush. “You played a leading role in carrying it forward,” Pence recalled. Despite the apparent friendliness of the chat, Bono has been critical in the past of Pence’s boss, calling President Donald Trump “potentially the worst idea that has ever happened to America.”

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LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Norma McCorvey, the anonymous plaintiff in Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion in the United States, reshaping the nation’s social and political landscapes and inflaming one of the most divisive controversies of the past half-century, died on Saturday in Katy, Tex. She was 69. Her death, at an assisted-living home, was confirmed by Joshua Prager, a New York journalist who is writing a book about the Roe v. Wade decision and had interviewed her extensively. He said the cause was heart failure.   ***Omar Abdel Rahman, the blind Islamic cleric whose fulminating sermons inspired violent fundamentalist movements in Egypt and, an American court found, a 1993 plot for a bombing rampage in New York, died on Saturday at a federal prison near Raleigh, N.C., where he was serving a life sentence. He was 78. Greg Norton, a spokesman for the prison, the Butner Federal Correctional Complex, confirmed the death, saying the cause was complications of diabetes and coronary artery disease.

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LBN-NOTICED:   ***Prominent Malibu realtor  DanielleDutcher having lunch on Friday on a rainy day at Tramonto Bistro on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu.  ***Janelle Monáeat Kola House in NYC for Jidenna’s “The Chief” album release party.   ***Stevie Wonder and The Weeknd at Catch LA.   ***Danny Amendola and Olivia Culpo celebrating at Marquee  in NYC.   ***“Lion” star Sunny Pawar, 8, at the Grammys saying he wanted to “meet Beyoncé”.   ***Miss Universe Iris Mittena ere of France saying at New York Fashion Week, “Since being in America I am trying to eat healthy, but I love the hot dogs and hamburgers. They are so good here.”

LBN-COMMENTARY by Joel Kotkin: Increasingly American politics are driven by generational change. The election of Donald Trump was not just a triumph of whiter, heartland America. It also confirmed the still considerable voting power of the older generation. Yet over time, as those of us who have lived long enough well know, generations decline, and die off, and new ones ascend. In this past election, those over 45 strongly favored Trump, while those younger than that cast their ballots for Clinton. Trump’s improbable victory, and the more significant GOP sweep across the country, demonstrated that the much-ballyhooed millennials simply are not yet sufficiently numerous or united enough to overcome the votes of the older generations. Yet over time, the millennials—arguably the most progressive generation since the ’30s—could drive our politics not only leftward, but towards an increasingly socialist reality, overturning many of the very things that long have defined American life. This could presage a war of generations over everything from social mores to economics and could well define our politics for the next decade.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Barbara Garro (Author) :PRESIDENT TRUMP’S HARD-WORKING ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN JUST 27 DAYS IN OFFICE: Rolling Back Administrative Regulations on Financial Institutions.  Refused to Fund Abortion Organizations Worldwide. Nominating Niel Gorsuch for Supreme Court Limiting Obama Care Mandates. Significant Strides to Rebuild & Re-Equip Our Military. Reduced the Scope & Size of the Administration. Reduced the Cost of USA Government: $1 Salary, Paying Living Expenses & Cancelling Presidential Jet. Success in Keeping/Bringing New Jobs Within America’s Borders.  Taking Steps to Rebuild & Restructure Our Intelligence Communities. Re-establishing America’s Preeminent Role as a Great World Power.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Maureen Dowd: Donald Trump is stuck in his own skull. He’s unreachable. “He lives inside his head, where he runs the same continuous loop of conflict with people he turns into enemies for the purposes of his psychodrama,” says Trump biographer Michael D’Antonio. Because Trump holds Thor’s hammer, with its notably short handle, we must keep trying to figure out his strange, perverse, aggrieved style of reasoning. So we’re stuck in Trump’s head with him. It’s a very cluttered place to be, a fine-tuned machine spewing a torrent of chaos, cruelty, confusion, farce and transfixing craziness. Of course, this is merely the observation of someone who is “the enemy of the American people,” according to our president. President Trump likes maps. Once it was John King’s analysis of the CNN electoral map that Trump obsessed over. Now he wants policy papers heavy on maps and graphics and not dense with boring words.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Gloria Allred (Feminist attorney):Norma McCorvey was a very complicated  person. When I met her she was very committed to a woman’s right to choose legal, safe ,available  and affordable abortions and she was very proud that   she was  “Jane Roe ”in Roe v. Wade , the landmark  1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision, which decided that a woman has a constitutional right to choose abortion at certain stages of her pregnancy. She was very disappointed and angry, however, that she was not being recognized as” Jane Roe” by the pro choice movement  and was not being invited to be a leading voice for those who supported Roe v. Wade. Norma asked me to represent her and assist her. I agreed, because I felt  that she should have a voice in support of choice.  Years later , Norma decided to switch to the anti choice, anti Roe v. Wade side. There she found the continuing financial support that she was seeking and needed. She also developed a religious belief that helped her to justify  her new position and which gave her comfort.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Frank Bruni: Almost any five minutes of Donald Trump’s mesmerizing, terrifying news conference on Thursday would have been enough to do another politician in.Almost every day of his administration so far contains sufficient grandiosity and delusion to be the end of a normal president’s productive relationship with Congress and support from all but the most stubbornly blind voters. And if you rewind to his campaign, you see the same pattern, with each rally, interview and debate packing in more petulance and vulgarity than an adult in a civilized society is supposed to get away with. But that’s actually his secret. That’s his means of survival: the warp speed and whirl of it all. He forces you to process and react to so many different outrages at such a dizzying velocity that no one of them has the staying power that it ought to or gets the scrutiny it deserves.

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LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Zoe Saldana, 38, revealed on her Instagram page Saturday that she and husband Marco Perego, 37, have welcomed their third child, a baby boy named Zen. “Marco and I are elated to share the news of the birth of our son Zen,” the Star Trek and Guardians of the Galaxy actress wrote. “We couldn’t feel more blessed with the new addition to our family. #threeboys… oh boy!”

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LBN – Special Report – Saturday February 18, 2017

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ISIS Command Center in Mosul ‘Destroyed’:

The U.S.-led military coalition fighting against the Islamic State in Iraq said Saturday it had destroyed what it believed was a command center belonging to the terrorist group in western Mosul. “The coalition was able to determine through intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance efforts that ISIS did not use the building for any medical purposes and that civilians were no longer accessing the site,” the coalition said in a statement. While the eastern part of the city has been liberated from the group, the militants are reportedly trying to blend in among civilians in western Mosul, where they are thought to be keeping weapons in schools, hospitals and mosques. There are an estimated 650,000 civilians in the western part of the city. The militant group, perhaps taking advantage of the media blackout in the city, countered the U.S. coalition’s assertion, claiming Friday’s strike did not wipe out a command center but killed more than a dozen civilians.

Pence: U.S. Will ‘Hold Russia Accountable’:

Vice President Mike Pence on Saturday reassured U.S. allies in Europe that the White House would “hold Russia accountable” for its aggression in eastern Ukraine. Pence’s comments at the Munich Security Conference in Germany come amid concerns over President Donald Trump’s seemingly soft stance on Russia, and just days after the national security adviser stepped down over his questionable ties to the Kremlin. Pence also sought to assuage concerns over Trump’s stance on NATO, saying the U.S. would “be unwavering in our commitment to this trans-Atlantic alliance” and that Trump “will stand with Europe.” Defense Secretary Jim Mattis offered similar reassurances to European allies earlier this week, prompting a telling reply from Germany’s defense minister, Ursula von der Leyen, who singled out the “secretary of defense’s strong commitment to NATO” rather than the president’s. Trump lambasted the alliance as “obsolete” shortly before taking office, and repeatedly suggested the U.S. could withdraw support of fellow members didn’t spend more.

ISIS is going broke: 

The Islamic State group is hemorrhaging money with every piece of territory it loses, according to a new analysis that found that the group’s “business model” is on the path to failure. The analysis released Saturday by the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence and the accounting firm EY found that the self-proclaimed caliphate’s financial resources have been drained substantially since the days beginning in mid-2014 when it captured banks, oil wells and entire warehouses of weapons as it amassed land. The report found that Islamic State revenue has declined from up to $1.9 billion in 2014 to at most $870 million in 2016.

8 People Escape Border Patrol, Scramble Across into Canada:

Eight asylum-seekers fled U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents at the border with Canada on Friday, running straight to Canadian authorities on the other side who helped them scramble across. At least one of the asylum-seekers was carrying a Sudanese passport, according to Reuters. The incident reportedly occurred after U.S. customs agents began to question a man in the front seat of a taxi on the border in Champlain, New York. The U.S. authorities had already seized the passports of the taxi’s passengers when seven of the refugees made a run for it, climbing over mounds of snow as Canadian authorities helped them across. One man who stayedbehind with the U.S. border control agents then told journalists at the scene that he and the others were from Sudan and had been working in the U.S. for two years, adding that “nobody cares about us.” He threw several large pieces of luggage into the snow along the border before running away from U.S. authorities and making his way onto Canadian territory, leaving one U.S. officer shouting at him from behind. The officer reportedly told the Canadian side that the man would have been detained for being in the U.S. illegally. The dramatic spectacle played out as President Donald Trump pushes authorities to crack down on illegal immigrants, with raids reported in various cities across the country in recent days. Reuters had earlier reported that nine asylum-seekers ran over the border.

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Pakistan Reels After ISIS Bombing Kills 88:

An attack on a Sufi shrine in Pakistan that killed 88 people Thursday has created fear and turmoil within the country, as dozens of suspects were arrested and nearly 40 killed in sweeping raids Friday. The attack, claimed by the Islamic State terror group, was reported to be the deadliest in the country in years. Islamabad reportedly lashed out at Kabul, blaming the bombing on militant sanctuaries across the Afghan border. Pakistan fired a round of artillery shells into Afghan territory, and shut down the Torkham border crossing. But Afghan President Ashraf Ghani condemned the shrine attack immediately. “Sufis always preach peace and brotherhood among people,” he said in a statement, adding that “terrorists once again proved that they have no respect for Islamic values.” Pakistani officials said at least 39 suspects were killed in raids on militant hideouts following the attack. An additional 47 suspects were arrested.

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*LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:   ***Brad Grey is in talks with top leadership at Viacom to step away from his role as Paramount Pictures Chairman and CEO, two individuals familiar with the matter said. Grey and his parent company are in ongoing discussions about a new position that would keep him in the fold, one of the insiders said. The talks come nearly two weeks after Viacom CEO Bob Bakish made a public mandate for improved financial performance at the studio.

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LBN-NOTICED:   ***Kanye West having brunch at ABC Kitchen in NYC.   ***Stephen Sondheim at a preview of theJake Gyllenhaal musical “Sunday in the Park With George” in NYC.   ***Vogue Paris Editor-in-Chief Emmanuelle Alt at dinner at Omar’s in NYC with photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.   ***Kendall Jenner and A$AP Rocky at Beautique in NYC.   ***Melissa McCarthy and  Lorne Michaels at the Wayfarer in NYC.   ***Rob Gronkowskipartying at Miami nightclubs LIV and Rockwell.

LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Robert H. Michel, who became the longest-serving Republican leader in the history of the House of Representatives while earning a reputation as a genial conciliator who worked with Democrats to get major legislation passed, died on Friday in Arlington, Va. He was 93. His death, at a hospital there, was confirmed by his son-in-law David Norcross, who said Mr. Michel had had pneumonia and the flu.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Alev Aktar: When Hollywood’s most glamorous actresses hit the red carpet at Sunday’sOscars, their bods will be made hotter with an arsenal of enhancers, from“chicken cutlet” bra inserts to Spanx. And in some cases, the ladies will be packing another concealed weapon: butt pads.The caboose boosters are the latest awards-season essential, creating curves back there without the pain, expense and risks of surgery or endless reps in the gym. “Butt pads are a tool for a specific look — they work best to emphasize your body with a very slinky body-hugging gown or pants,” says fashion expert and television personality George Kotsiopoulos. In January, Kristen Bell became the first celeb to come out of the tush-cushion closet when she Instagrammed a hilarious pre-Golden Globes close-up of her bolstered granny panties. When the actress posed for awards-show photos in her black-sequined Jenny Packham gown, her own globes appeared well-rounded.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Joshua David Stein: Revolutions can start anywhere—harbors. fruit markets, smoky cafes. So why not from the bed, too? That, I suppose, is the premise of Arianna Huffington’s obsession with sleep, embodied in last year’s book The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time and by much of the content on her new wellness site, Thrive Global. Huffington’s response to most everything that ails us mimics the title of Adam Mansbach’s book Go the Fuck to Sleep. Feeling burned out and stressed about your life? Go the fuck to sleep. Need a simple life hack to make you ten times more productive? Go to sleep. How to fix Donald Trump’s nightmare administration? As Huffington told CNBC at Davos, it would all be OK if he just got a little more shut-eye: “[Trump] is the poster child of sleep deprivation.”

LBN-COMMENTARY By Charles Krauthammer: It’s a Watergate-era cliche that the cover-up is always worse than the crime. In the Mike Flynn affair, we have the first recorded instance of a cover-up in the absence of a crime.  Being covered up were the Dec. 29 phone calls between Flynn and the Russian ambassador to Washington. The presumed violation was Flynn negotiating with a foreign adversary while the Obama administration was still in office and, even worse, discussing with Sergey Kislyak the sanctions then being imposed on Russia (for meddling in the 2016 elections). What’s wrong with that? It is risible to invoke the Logan Act, passed during the John Adams administration, under which not a single American has been prosecuted in the intervening 218 years. It prohibits private citizens from negotiating with foreign powers. Flynn was hardly a private citizen. As Donald Trump’s publicly designated incoming national security adviser, it was perfectly reasonable for him to be talking to foreign actors in preparation for assuming office within a month.

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LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Derek Jeter’s pregnant wife, Hannah Davis, had to be rescued by firefighters after she got stuck in an elevator for nearly 30 minutes at a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition event. Davis, who posed in Mexico for a spread in the magazine just before learning she is expecting a girl with the former Yankees captain, appeared at Thursday’s Manhattan event in a shimmering asymmetrical gown that revealed her small bump. Sources at the SI party at 415 Fifth Avenue in NYC said Davis stayed until the end of the party and left around 10 p.m., taking an elevator down one floor with fellow swimsuit model Hannah Ferguson.

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LBN – Special Report – Friday February 17, 2017

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In 77 Chaotic Minutes, Trump Defends ‘Fine-Tuned Machine’: 

President Trump, smarting from a series of crises, moved his surrogates aside on Thursday and assigned the rescue of his month-old presidency to the only spokesman he’s ever really trusted — himself. For days, a frustrated and simmeringpresident fumed inside the West Wing residence about what aides said he saw as his staff’s inadequate defense and the ineffectiveness of his own tweets. Over the objections of some top advisers who wanted to steer him away from confrontation, Mr. Trump demanded to face the media, determined to reject the narrative that his administration is sinking into chaos, scandal and incompetence. In a rowdy, free-for-all news conference hastily staged in the East Room, Mr. Trump attempted to deflect attention from news coverage about Russian intelligence, the resignation of his national security adviser, the defeat of his labor secretary nominee, and deepening questions about his ability to govern.

Trump’s Pick to Replace Flynn Turns Down the Job: 

Robert S. Harward, the retired vice admiral and former Navy SEAL who was President Trump’s top choice to replace his ousted national security adviser, on Thursday turned down the post in the latest setback for a White House already in turmoil. “This job requires 24 hours a day, seven days a week focus and commitment to do it right,” Mr. Harward said in a statement. “I currently could not make that commitment.” He added that since retiring from a 40-year military career, he now had “the opportunity to address financial and family issues that would have been challenging in this position.

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Pakistan Reels After ISIS Bombing Kills 88:

An attack on a Sufi shrine in Pakistan that killed 88 people Thursday has created fear and turmoil within the country, as dozens of suspects were arrested and nearly 40 killed in sweeping raids Friday. The attack, claimed by the Islamic State terror group, was reported to be the deadliest in the country in years. Islamabad reportedly lashed out at Kabul, blaming the bombing on militant sanctuaries across the Afghan border. Pakistan fired a round of artillery shells into Afghan territory, and shut down the Torkham border crossing. But Afghan President Ashraf Ghani condemned the shrine attack immediately. “Sufis always preach peace and brotherhood among people,” he said in a statement, adding that “terrorists once again proved that they have no respect for Islamic values.” Pakistani officials said at least 39 suspects were killed in raids on militant hideouts following the attack. An additional 47 suspects were arrested.

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Tony Blair Says ‘Rise Up’ Against Brexit:

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has urged the British people to “rise up” against the proposed exit from the European Union despite the result of a referendum held last year. The Brexit vote is not technically binding and Blair insists there could still be an opportunity to preserve Britain’s status in the political and economic union if people change their minds when they discover the true impact of negotiations to leave. “I don’t know if we can succeed. But I do know we will suffer a rancorous verdict from future generations if we do not try. This is not the time for retreat, indifference, or despair, but the time to rise up in defense of what we believe,” he said. Boris Johnson, Britain’s foreign secretary, responded by saying: “I urge the British people to rise up and turn off the TV the next time Blair comes on.”

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Christie: Trump Made Me Eat Meatloaf:

Chris Christie said on Thursday that during his meal at the White House this week with President Trump, he was made to order the meatloaf on the menu. According to Christie’s account on a New York sports talk radio show, Trump allegedly pointed out the menu and said to the other guests that they could get whatever they want. Then he reportedly said he and Christie would have the meatloaf. “This is what it’s like to be with Trump,” Christie said. “He says, ‘There’s the menu, you guys order whatever you want.’ And then he says, ‘Chris, you and I are going to have the meatloaf.’”

Bill Maher Defends Milo Yiannopoulos Booking:

Bill Maher is defending his decision to book controversial Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos on his HBO show Real Time this week after another guest, The Intercept reporterJeremy Scahill, decided to drop out. In a Twitter message Wednesday, Scahill said that while Maher’s comments on Islam sometimes “veer into vitriol,” he respects the host and welcomes their debates. But he considered the addition of Yiannopoulos to the show “many bridges too far.” In response, Maher said: “My comments on Islam have never veered into vitriol. Liberals will continue to lose elections as long as they follow the example of people like Mr. Scahill, whose views veer into fantasy and away from bedrock liberal principles like equality of women, respect for minorities, separation of religion and state, and free speech. If Mr. Yiannopoulos is indeed the monster Scahill claims—and he might be—nothing could serve the liberal cause better than having him exposed on Friday night.” The Daily Beast confirmed, through a spokesperson, that Larry Wilmore will still appear on Real Time as scheduled Friday night.

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LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, on Thursday stepped into the raging debate about globalization. In a 5,800-word letter he posted publicly, Mr. Zuckerberg expressed alarm that what was once considered normal — seeking global connection — was now seen by people and governments around the world assomething undesirable. He pledged that he would push Facebook, which has more than 1.8 billion users worldwide, in a direction that would help convince individuals and governments that “progress now requires humanity coming together not just as cities or nations, but also as a global community.”   ***Almost two years after it was created in a megamerger, the Kraft Heinz Company is going shopping again. And it is aiming high. On Friday, the company said that it had offered to buy Unilever in a $143 billion deal that would potentially combine some of the world’s best known consumer brands. If it were to happen, Unilever consumer staples like Dove soap, Hellmann’s mayonnaise and Lipton tea would join forces with Kraft Heinz’s Oscar Mayer meats Heinz Ketchup and Kraft Macaroni & Cheese.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:   ***Nick Cannon has left ICMPartners for CAA. The move comes a few days after the comedian quit America’s Got Talent, which he had hosted for the past eight seasons. In a lengthy Facebook post announcing his departure, Cannon explained that NBC had threatened to fire him over racially charged references to the network on his recent Showtime stand-up special.   ***CNN political analystVan Jones has left CAA for WME. Jones, a longtime civil rights and environmental activist, has become a prominent voice on the cable news network. Since the most recent election, he has hosted The Messy Truth, a series of specials on CNN that feature him reaching out to Donald Trump supporters in an attempt to find common ground, or at least understanding.

LBN-R.I.P.:   ***George “The Animal” Steele, the charismatic wrestler known for his body hair, green tongue and a taste for eating the stuffing out of turnbuckles, has died while in hospice care at the age of 79. His death was confirmed by the WWE over Twitter.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: I still have trouble seeing how the Trump administration survives a full term. Judging by his Thursday press conference, President Trump’s mental state is like a train that long ago left freewheeling and iconoclastic, has raced through indulgent, chaotic and unnerving, and is now careening past unhinged, unmoored and unglued. Trump’s White House staff is at war with itself. His poll ratings are falling at unprecedented speed. His policy agenda is stalled. F.B.I. investigations are just beginning. This does not feel like a sustainable operation. On the other hand, I have trouble seeing exactly how this administration ends. Many of the institutions that would normally ease out or remove a failing president no longer exist. There are no longer moral arbiters in Congress like Howard Baker and Sam Ervin to lead a resignation or impeachment process. There is no longer a single media establishment that shapes how the country sees the president. This is no longer a country in which everybody experiences the same reality.

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LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***George Clooney‘s mom is extremely excited to become a grandma again. Nina Clooney is so excited that she revealed the sexes of her son and wife Amal Clooney‘s twins. “It will be one of each! Yes, a boy and a girl. That’s what I’ve been told,” George’s mother told Vogue magazine last weekend, in comments posted Thursday.   ***Jennifer Garner is on the brink of filing for divorce from Ben Affleck, nearly two years after the Hollywood power couple announced their split. News of Bennifer’s impending divorce was reported Friday by Us Weekly. “No matter what happens, Ben and Jen are committed to raising their family as one unit and will continue to do so as it has worked for them,” a source told Us about the soon-to-be divorce. “They are both committed to their family.”

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LBN – Special Report – Thursday February 16, 2017

Mattis: No Military Collaboration with Russia:

Defense Secretary James Mattis said Thursday that the U.S. is not ready to collaborate militarily with Russia. Mattis’s remarks come after Russian President Vladimir Putin asked for assistance in Syria and elsewhere. “We are not in a position right now to collaborate on a military level,” Mattis said at a NATO meeting in Brussels. “But our political leaders will engage and try to find common ground or a way forward where Russia, living up to its commitments, will return to a partnership of sorts, here with NATO.” Mattis added that America’s commitment to NATO is “rock solid.”

Report: Reince Trying to Get WH Back on Its Feet:

White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus is reportedly wrestling to restore order to the West Wing after a string of crises. According to Politico, Priebus talks on the phone for “hours” with Congressional Republicans, “who have been leftconfused and flat-footed by the administration’s stormy opening days.” He also helped secure the firing of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who was accused of lying to the vice president about his communications with the Russian ambassador, and spearheaded the search for Flynn’s replacement. Priebus’ attempts to re-assert his power within the White House come as some in Trump’s orbit, notably the right-wing website Breitbart, are cheering for his ouster. Stephen K. Bannon, the former Breitbart chief who is now the White House chief strategist, has reportedly been attempting in recent days to downplay rumors that Priebus is on the way out and that there is animosity between the two of them.

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Trump, Meeting With Netanyahu, Backs Away From Palestinian State: 

President Trump jettisoned two decades of diplomatic orthodoxy on Wednesday by declaring that the United States would no longer insist on the creation of a Palestinian state as part of a peace accord between Israel and the Palestinians. Hosting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel for the first time since becoming president, Mr. Trump promised aconcerted effort to bring the two sides together, suggesting a regional effort involving an array of Arab nations. But he said that he was flexible about how an agreement would look and that he would not be bound by past assumptions. “I’m looking at two-state and one-state” formulations, Mr. Trump said during a White House news conference with Mr. Netanyahu. “I like the one that both parties like. I’m very happy with the one that both parties like. I can live with either one.” At the same time, Mr. Trump urged Mr. Netanyahu to temporarily stop new housing construction in the West Bank while he pursues a deal, echoing a position past presidents have taken. “I’d like to see you hold back on settlements for a little bit,” he told Mr. Netanyahu.

Report: Spies Keeping Info From Trump:

U.S. intelligence officials have withheld some sensitiveintelligence from President Trump because of concerns about the information being leaked or compromised, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. This purported move underscores distrust between the intelligence community and the new administration as a result of reports that Trump’s campaign team had contacts with the Russian government. Additionally, Trump’s contentious words about the intelligence community have reportedly given them pause as well. Responding to the story, a White House official said: “There is nothing that leads us to believe that this is an accurate account of what is actually happening.”

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Two More Held in Death of Kim Jong Nam:

Two more people have been arrested in the alleged poisoning of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The elder Kim was attacked Monday by two female assassins while at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, police said. The female suspects—one of whom was arrested Wednesday—were both identified from surveillancefootage at the airport. The newly arrested female suspect was identified by her passport as an Indonesian national named Siti Aishah. A Malaysian man was also detained Thursday, and police identified him as the boyfriend of one of the other suspects. The woman arrested Wednesday was carrying a Vietnamese passport with the name Doan Thi Huong. Authorities have voiced skepticism about the authenticity of the women’s passports and are still working to verify their identities. South Korean intel officials said Wednesday that the Hermit Kingdom’s dictator had ordered his sibling killed shortly after he took power from their father in 2011.

Season 7 ‘American Horror Story’ Theme Will Be 2016 Election:

The creator of American Horror Story has revealed that the theme for Season 7 will be the 2016 presidential election. “I don’t have a title, but the season that we begin shooting in June is going to be about the election that we just went through,”Ryan Murphy said on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live. “I think that will be interesting for a lot of people.” Murphy demured when asked if President Trump will be a character. “Maybe,” he said. Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters have already signed on.

Acclaimed Mediator, Mark Baer, Signs with Psychology Today as an Online Blogger:

Family law attorney and mediator, MarkBaer http://www.markbaeresq.com/, has signed with Psychology Today as an online blogger. His blog column is titled “Empathy and Relationships: Fostering genuine open-mindedness.” In his capacity as a mediator, collaborative law practitioner, and conflict resolution consultant, Baer shares his insight pertaining to the cross fields of psychology and law. In his most recent article titled, “Judges Should Strive to Provide Equal Justice Under Law” Baer states that since judicial bias significantly interferes with judges’ abilities to perform the duties expected of them, they should do anything and everything possible to reduce their biases by developing their empathy toward “others.”

Susan Sarandon had a ‘very loving affair’ with a gay man: 

Susan Sarandon doesn’t have a long dating history, but shesure has a colorful one. “My sexual orientation is up for grabs, I guess you could say,” the “Feud” star told Pride Source in an interview published Tuesday. Sarandon, 70, also revealed one big reason she isn’t into labels for one’s sexuality. “I did at one point have a very successful and very loving and wonderful affair with a man who then wasn’t with another woman after me, and that worked out fine,” she said. “I don’t think you had to declare yourself as rigidly as you do now in terms of having to declare yourself almost politically about your sexual preference.” The lucky guy was Philip Sayer, he co-star in 1980’s “The Hunger.”

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: The parent company of Snapchat is preparing to hit the road to pitch potential investors. Snap Inc., as the messaging start-up is formally known, disclosed on Thursday that it was seeking to raise more than $2 billion in its initial public offering.In a newly revised prospectus filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the company said it expected to price its offering at a range of $14 to $16 a share. At the midpoint of that range, the company would be valued at nearly $20.9 billion. At the high point of the range, Snap would be valued at $22.24 billion.

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LBN-HEALTH WATCH:   ***Some emergency room doctors are far more likely than others even within their own department to prescribe opioids to treat pain in older people, and their patients are at greater risk of using the powerful drugs chronically than those who saw doctors who prescribe them less frequently, according to a large new study. The research was published Wednesday in The New England Journal of Medicine. As the opioid epidemic continues to devastate communities around the country, the study was the latest attempt to identify a starting point on the path to excessive use.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:   ***After nearly three years at CAA, Dakota Fanning is returning to WME. Fanning had first signed with WME, along with her younger sister Elle Fanning, in 2012 after the two left their youth-focused agency Osbrink Talent. The elder Fanning broke out as a child star with a steady string of movies, including I Am Sam and War of the Worlds.

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***Adele raked in over $625,000 every night on her mammoth world tour last year — making her one of the highest-paid performers ever. New accounts for her firm Remedy Touring, of which she is the only director, show a profit of $14.38 million between October 2015 and April 2016. That works out as $653,448 per tour date during that period. Adele performed 107 dates across Europe and America between February and December last year.

LBN SPOTLIGHT: Newly released and available on Amazon in both e-book and paperback formats is a non-fiction study of the Nixon era, Tiananmen West: Why Nixon Ordered the Kent State Massacre. Author, Jenny Deason Copeland, emphasizes Nixon’s own confession in his autobiography RN. The book took over three decades of research using FOIA procedures. The work ends with a call to action in hopes that Nixon would be the final marginally sane president the U.S. would suffer. The book uncovers the possible motive behind the massacre. The FOIA results are available free at www.crazyredheadpublishing.com

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LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Sofía Vergara has filed papers to prevent her ex-fiancé Nick Loeb from bringing the former couple’s two frozen embryos to term.   ***There’s no bad blood between Nicole Kidman and former fiancé Lenny Kravitz. Speaking with Net-A-Porter’s The Edit, Kidman, 49, who dated the 52-year-old rocker between 2003 and 2005, revealed for the first time they were engaged to be married. “I love Lenny. He’s a great guy,” Kidman said.

 

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