*OUT – Opioid Rep Tom Marino Withdraws From Drug Czar Consideration
Rep. Tom Marino, the Pennsylvania Republican tapped by President Trump to be his drug czar, withdrew his name from consideration Tuesday morning. Trump tweeted out the news, which comes two days after a devastating 60 Minutes report pointed to Marino as the architect of a law that benefited drug makers and hamstrung DEA efforts to rein in America’s epidemic of opioid abuse.
*United States Prepares for the Worst with North Korea:
The Trump administration has not ruled out direct talks with North Korea but the United States and its allies must be “prepared for the worst” if diplomacy fails, the deputy secretary of state said on Tuesday. “Eventually, we don’t rule out the possibility of course of direct talks,” John L. Sullivan said during a meeting in Japan, Reuters reported. “Our focus is on diplomacy to solve this problem that is presented by the DPRK. We must, however, with our allies, Japan and South Korea and elsewhere, be prepared for the worst should diplomacy fail,” he said, referring to North Korea by its official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Sullivan’s comments come amid the backdrop of joint military exercises in the waters off the Korean peninsula between US and South Korean troops and a warning by a North Korean envoy that “nuclear war” may be imminent.
*Trump and McConnell Strive for Comity Amid Rising Tensions:
President Trump and Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader, tried to convey a sense of harmony on Monday after months of bitter, private feuding that threatened to undermine their party’s legislative push in the coming weeks to enact a sweeping tax cut. In an impromptu, 45-minute Rose Garden news conference after the men met for lunch at the White House, Mr. Trump and Mr. McConnell both put on a display of awkward camaraderie, as the president went on volubly, fielding question after question as the senator fidgeted and spoke only occasionally. Through it all, they tried to wave aside reports of a disintegrating relationship that had included the president’s repeated use of tweets to publicly disparage Mr. McConnell’s legislative leadership. “We have been friends for a long time,” Mr. Trump said of Mr. McConnell as the veteran lawmaker stood awkwardly to his left. “We are probably now, I think, as least as far as I’m concerned, closer than ever before.” The expressions of friendship came at a time of deepening personal animosity and mistrust that had left Mr. Trump seething about the leader’s legislative failures and Mr. McConnell appalled by the president’s lack of policy understanding. After Mr. McConnell publicly questioned the president’s “excessive expectations,” Mr. Trump berated him during a phone call that devolved into a profane shouting match, according to a person with knowledge of the call.
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*LBN-HEALTH WATCH: ***The health of a nation’s economy and the health of its people are connected, but in some surprising ways. At times like these, when the economy is strong and unemployment is low, research has found that death rates rise. At least, in the short term. In the long term, economic growth is good for health. What’s going on? One study of European countries just before and during the Great Recession found that a one-percentage-point increase in the unemployment rate is associated with a 0.5 percent decline in the overall mortality rate. Other studies of Europe during different periods, as well as those of the United States, found a similar relationship between joblessness and mortality. This is counterintuitive, since economic growth is a major factor in higher living standards. When the economy is more productive, we have more resources to promote health and well-being.
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*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Tom Petty was laid to rest at the Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine in Pacific Palisades, Calif. on Monday. The late musician’s family and friends paid tribute to him at the temple, shrine, and meditation garden, where George Harrison’s funeral was also held in 2001. Petty’s daughter Anna Kim Violette Petty shared photos of the ceremony to her Instagram account. ***Elton John will be pushing back from his piano at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas for the last time next year. John’s last performance of his show “The Million Dollar Piano” will be on May 19, 2018, after more than 200 shows.
*LBN-INVESTIGATES: The first Vegetarian Society was formed in England in 1847. The society’s goal was to teach people that it is possible to be healthy without eating meat.
*LBN-NOTICED: ***New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker seeing “Springsteen on Broadway” in NYC. ***Former “Wonder Woman” star Lynda Carter seeing “Hamilton” in NYC. ***David Geffen with power lawyer Allen Grubman at Le Bilboquet in NYC. ***Media expert and author Michael Levine being interviewed last night for the famed Hunnypot radio show at The Mint night club in Hollywood.
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*LBN-BOOK NEWS: ***Hillary Clinton hobbled away from filming a British TV show interview on crutches Monday after breaking her toe falling down some stairs. The former presidential candidate arrived wearing a surgical boot to the BBC program The Graham Norton Show, as she revealed she took a tumble in high heels while holding a cup of coffee.
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*LBN-COMMENTARY by Rich Lowry: We’re a long way from Johnny Carson, whose “Tonight Show” was a national institution that enjoyed a broad audience — and was conducted like one. Carson steered clear of politics and kept his views to himself because delving into divisive politics would “hurt me as an entertainer, which is what I am.” Kimmel may be an entertainer, but he has no such inhibitions. He is willing to say “not good riddance, but riddance,” as he put it in the “CBS Sunday Morning” interview, to Republicans put off by his headline-generating editorials in recent weeks. Once a down-the-middle comedic voice who co-hosted the unapologetically vulgar “Man Show” on Comedy Central, Kimmel uttered what could be the epigraph for our times, saying of viewers who strongly disagree with his political views, “I probably won’t want to have a conversation with them, anyway.”
*LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: The popular gloom notwithstanding, we’re actually living in an era of astounding progress. We’ve seen the greatest reduction in global poverty in history. As Steven Pinker has documented, we’ve seen a steady decline in wars and armed conflict. The U.S. economy is the best performing major economy in the developed world. In 1980 the U.S. had a slight edge in G.D.P. per capita over Germany, Japan, France and the U.K. But the U.S. has grown much faster than the other major economies over the past 37 years, so that now it produces about $54,000 of output per capita compared with about $39,000 for Japan and France. Progress is real, but of course it doesn’t happen in a straight line. Often it happens in what Ruth DeFries calls the ratchet, hatchet, pivot, ratchet manner. First there’s some innovative breakthrough that benefits society over all. But the innovation disrupts some lives. Down comes the hatchet as people want change. That leads to a pivot as society looks for new innovations to address newly created problems. Thanks to human ingenuity the innovation comes and progress ratchets up another notch.
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*LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Joanna Kerns took control the moment she found out she had breast cancer. The “Growing Pains” star opted for a double mastectomy shortly after hearing her diagnosis, which was stage 0. The type of cancer Kerns had was still trapped in her milk duct and hadn’t yet “invaded” her breast. Instead of going through targeted chemotherapy and radiation, Kerns decided to have surgery. “I had never heard of stage zero …” Kerns, 64, said on “Megyn Kelly Today”Monday, before adding a political nod to her situation. “It was such a blessing for me, and I have to say I caught this early because I’m privileged enough to have access to quality healthcare.” ***Valuable items from the Hamptons home of music manager-turned-home design guru Sandy Gallin are going up for sale at auction on Saturday. Lots include a 1976 bronze Henry Moore sculpture as well as another sculpture by Greek artist Sophia Vari, Lalique vases and rare books such as a 1934 tome on photographer Man Ray. Gallin — who managed the careers of stars including Cher, Michael Jackson, Barbra Streisand and Dolly Parton, and designed homes for Jimmy Iovine, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Irving Azoff — died in April at 76. Capo Auction is holding the sale in New York. Gallin’s 6,500-square-foot East Hampton home was listed after his death for $22.5 million. ***Peter Thiel got married in Vienna this past weekend, Axios has learned. Guests came expecting to celebrate the billionaire venture capitalist’s 50th birthday, but instead were surprised by a wedding to longtime boyfriend Matt Danzeisen. Thiel, who was an early investor in Facebook and a co-founder of PayPal, endorsed Donald Trump during the campaign and has been a rare voice of support for the president in Silicon Valley. Thiel’s spokesman declined to comment for this story.