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LBN – Special Report – Wednesday, March 22, 2017

New Alzheimer’s Test Can Predict Age of Disease’s Onset:

A new genetic test can predict at what age a person with risk factors is likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease. The Polygenic Hazard Score test, developed by an international team led by University of California researchers, issues patients a score based on 31 genetic markers. A study published Tuesday in PLoS Medicine, found that a high score on the PHS scale can mean a diagnosis years before those who have a low-risk genetic profile. The latest studyindicates that thousands of background genetic variations have small influences on Alzheimer’s risk when considered separately, but those same variants have a substantial cumulative influence. The test was created by using the genetic data of more than 70,000 people, including healthy elderly individuals and actual patients who were already diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Rahul Desikan, of the University of California, says the test can now be used to calculate any person’s risk of developing the disease that year. “That is, if you don’t already have dementia, what is your yearly risk for AD onset, based on your age and genetic information?” he added.

 Shots, Explosions Reported Outside of U.K. Parliament:

Local reporters at the House of Parliament in London reported shootings and explosions outside Westminster Hall and near the Westminster bridge. Christopher Hope, assistant editor and chief political correspondent at The Daily Telegraph, tweeted that journalists were told to stay in their offices in the Press Gallery. A Reuters photographer reported seeing a vehicle hitting pedestrians on the Westminster bridge.

Report: Manafort Secretly Worked for Russian Billionaire:

Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, secretly worked for a Russian billionaire to “greatly benefit the Putin government,” according to documents obtained by the Associated Press. The new report directly contradicts the Trump administration and Manafort, who have both alleged that the former campaign operative never worked on behalf of Russian interests. In his work for a close confidant of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Russian aluminum magnate Oleg Deripaska, he strategized in June 2005 that he would influence politics and business dealings in Europe and the U.S. to positively benefit Putin’s government. Manafort eventually signed a $10 million annual contract with Deripaska, and the two maintained a business relationship up until at least 2009. Manafort confirmed to the AP that he worked for Deripaska but said his work was being unfairly criticized as “inappropriate or nefarious” by a “smear campaign.” Manafort resigned from his position as Trump’s campaign chairman last August after press reports surfaced showing that he had, until 2014, organized a secret Washington lobbying operation on behalf of Ukraine’s pro-Russia political party.

Trump to Attend NATO Summit:

President Trump is set to attend a NATO summit in Brussels in May to “reaffirm” U.S. commitment to the alliance. White House press secretary Sean Spicer confirmed the news late Tuesday, saying Trump “looks forward to meeting with his NATO counterparts to reaffirm our strong commitment to NATO, and to discuss issues critical to the alliance, especially allied responsibility-sharing and NATO’s role in the fight against terrorism.” The announcement follows mounting concerns over U.S. commitment to the alliance, after Trump repeatedly criticized other member states and once described NATO as “obsolete.” On Saturday, he lamented on Twitter that it was “very unfair” to the U.S. that NATO member states were not contributing more to defense, claiming Germany owes “vast sums” of money. Concerns also intensified Monday when Reuters reported that U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillersonplanned to skip a NATO meeting in early April—his first meeting with NATO foreign ministers. Just as the White House announced Trump’s attendance of the NATO summit on Tuesday, however, the State Department said Tillerson still hoped to meet with NATO foreign ministers and had already proposed new dates for his meeting. “We are certainly appreciative of the effort to accommodate Secretary Tillerson,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner said, referring to the alliance’s attempt to reschedule the meeting at a more convenient time. “We have offered alternative dates that the secretary could attend,” Toner said, according to Reuters. Toner also reassured that “the United States remains 100 percent committed” to the alliance.

U.S. Makes Its First World Baseball Championship Final:

The U.S. has earned its first trip to a World Baseball Classic championship game after beating Japan 2-1 on Tuesday night. Team USA will face Puerto Rico on Wednesday at Dodger Stadium in a winner-take-all final. The U.S., in three previous tournaments, had once advanced to the semifinals but never made it further. On Tuesday, however, Japan’s team made a few defensive mistakes and Team USA pounced. Andrew McCutchen, who drove in an early run for the U.S. on Tuesday, said the win “means a heckuva lot.” He added, “We have a great group of guys on this team who have dedicated this time to be able to try and win some ballgames. A sacrifice had to be made. There are no egos when that door opens, and that is what is good about this team.”

#DeleteUber Led to 500K Deletions:

According to a report in The New York Times, the grassroots #DeleteUber campaign resulted in about half a million requests to delete the app in the week following the beginning of thecampaign in January. Three people familiar with the internal metrics provided the Times these figures. The #DeleteUber campaign began after the company appeared to try to capitalize on a New York City taxi work stoppage that was in solidarity with activists at airports protesting the Trump administration’s first executive order banning travelers from Muslim-majority nations. In a conference call Uber had with reporters Tuesday, the ride-hailing company said it was seeking a chief operating officer to help Chief Executive Travis Kalanick. “The board is confident in Travis, and we are proceeding ahead with the search for the COO,” board memberArianna Huffington said during the call. “Put very simply, change starts at the top.”

LBN GETS STORY OUT BEFORE CNN, NEW YORK TIMES, ASSOCIATED PRESS: Chicago Police: Dozens Watched Teen’s Sexual Assault on Facebook Live. Late yesterday, LBN released this incredibly horrible story to all its readers in all 50 of the United States an 26 foreign countries beating major news outlets like CNN, The New York Times and Associates Press.

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Chuck Barris, of ‘Gong Show,’ Dies at 87:

Chuck Barris, the multi-talented impresario and creator of The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game, died Tuesday in Palisades, New York, at the age of 87. Barris died of natural causes, according to his publicist. He was a show creator and songwriter, and he wrote hits like “Palisades Park,” which made it to No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Barris’s autobiography, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, also became a film, which starred Sam Rockwell as Barris and was directed by George Clooney. His book was criticized for some inaccuracies, including a claim that he worked for the CIA. “He also fabricated his life because it might have been the best way of getting at the truth,” said Joel Stein in Time magazine. “The truth was that back when he was the Jerry Springer of his day, he couldn’t stomach being attacked for doing something he considered harmless.” In 1976, he became the host of TV’sThe Gong Show, a famously out-there talent show that was so popular it inspired a feature film.

LBN-HEALTH WATCH:   ***Taking 10,000 steps per day is often suggested as a desirable exercise goal for people who wish to improve their health. But a new study of postal workers in Scotland suggests that that number could be too conservative and that, to best protect our hearts, many of us might want to start moving quite a bit more. It has been almost 70 years since the publication of the London Transit Workers Study, a famous work in which researchers tracked the heart health of London bus drivers and conductors. They found that the conductors, who walked up and down bus aisles throughout the workday, were substantially less likely to develop or die from heart disease than the drivers, who sat almost constantly while at work.

LBN-NOTICED:   ***Finding a pair of well-fitting pants remains a challenge for Ben Affleck. On Tuesday, the bearded “Justice League” star picked up daughters Violet, 11, and Seraphina, 8, from their Santa Monica, Calif., school in a pair of saggy slacks. Pairing baggy jeans with a dark jacket and gray sneakers, Affleck, 44, led the way in the rain as he and his girls headed to the car nearby.

LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Jerry Krause, the general manager who orchestrated the Chicago Bulls’ dynasty of the 1990s, assembling the teams that Michael Jordan led to six N.B.A. championships, has died. He was 77. The Bulls announced his death on Tuesday, giving no other details. The Chicago Tribune reported that he had been treated for osteomyelitis, a bone infection, among other health problems.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: Memo To: Secretary of Defense James Mattis, National Security Adviser H. R. McMaster, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly, C.I.A. Director Mike Pompeo and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Dear Sirs, I am writing you today as the five adults with the most integrity in the Trump administration. Mattis, McMaster and Kelly, you all served our nation as generals in battle. Pompeo, you graduated first in your class at West Point and served as a cavalry officer. Tillerson, you ran one of America’s largest companies. I am writing you directly because I believe you are the last “few good men” who can stand up and reverse the moral rot that has infected the Trump administration from the top. The last time our country faced such a cancer on the presidency, the Republican Party’s leadership stood up and put country before party to get to the truth. But today’s G.O.P. is a pale imitation of that party. With a few exceptions, it has declared moral bankruptcy and abdicated its responsibility to draw any red lines for President Trump.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Frank Bruni: Donald Trump faces a stark choice. He can tweet, or he can govern. He can indulge his persecution complex, firing off missives that compare Barack Obama to Joseph McCarthy and American intelligence officers to Nazis, or he can recognize it as a gateway to disgrace and irrelevance. He can make his presidency about his own viscera, or he can make it about the country’s welfare. He can do what feels cathartic in the moment, or he can do what’s constructive in the long run. He can dabble in bright colors and shiny objects, or he can deal in durable truths. I’m focusing on Twitter because it teases out his worst traits. It’s the theater for vainglorious, vindictive, impulsive Trump, and it was the realm in which he made the wild accusations that Obama had wiretapped Trump Tower. On Monday, James Comey debunked those charges, certifying them as the gaseous fulminations we more or less knew they were.

LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Lindsay Lohan is once again ready for her close up. After a lengthy period away television and movies, the 30-year-old is plotting her return with a social-media themed show titled “The Anti-Social Network.” “I’m back, bitches!” Lohan announces in a video teaser. According to a press release, Lohan is currently shopping the show to networks.   ***Elizabeth Olsen‘s spring fling is heating up. On Monday, the “Avengers” beauty strolled through New York on the arm of new beau, singer-songwriter Robbie Arnett.


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LBN – Late Breaking News, March 21, 2017

SICK! SICK! SICK! Chicago teen apparently gang-raped on Facebook Live:

A 15-year-old Chicago girl was apparently sexually assaulted by five or six men or boys on Facebook Live, and none of the roughly 40 people who watched the live video reported the attack to police, authorities said Tuesday.

The video marks the second time in recent months that the Chicago Police Department has investigated an apparent attack that was streamed live on Facebook. In January, four people were arrested after a cellphone footage showed them allegedly taunting and beating a mentally disabled man.

Police only learned of the latest attack when the girl’s mother approached the head of the police department, Superintendent Eddie Johnson, late Monday afternoon as he was leaving a department station in the Lawndale neighborhood on the city’s West Side, department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said. She told him her daughter had been missing since Sunday and showed him screen grab photos of the alleged assault.
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LBN – Special Report – Tuesday March 21, 2017

GOP Rolls Out Changes to Unpopular Health-Care Bill:

House Republicans unveiled changes to their health-care bill, just days before a planned vote on Capitol Hill. The changes are meant to get reluctant GOP lawmakers—many of whom have called the bill “Obamacare Lite” and a flawed replacement for the Affordable Care Act—on board with the plan, dubbed the American Health Care Act. The changes are said to make iteasier for older Americans to purchase insurance and allow for tax credits to offset higher premiums. President Donald Trumpaddressed the House Republican Conference on Tuesday morning in a bid to rally support for the bill, which will come to a full floor vote Thursday. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney have also been trying to woo wary conservatives. Price has said the legislation is just the first step in repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, widely considered to be President Barack Obama’s signature legislative achievement.

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Gorsuch: Roe v. Wade ‘Worthy of Treatment as Precedent’:

Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, said Tuesday that Roe v. Wade, the landmark abortion case, should be treated as a precedent of the court and has been repeatedly reaffirmed. “All of the other factors that go into analyzing precedent have to be considered. It is a precedent of the United States Supreme Court,” Gorsuch said during his confirmation hearing. “So a good judge will consider it as precedent of the United States Supreme Court worthy as treatment of precedent like any other.” The 1973 case has been a point of contention for social conservatives, who have long wanted it overturned. Trump said on the campaign trail that he would appoint someone to the high court who would overturn Roe v. Wade. When asked about this, Gorsuch said a settled case “adds to the determinacy of the law. What was once a hotly contested issue is no longer a hotly contested issue. We move forward.”

F.B.I. Is Investigating Trump’s Russia Ties, Comey Confirms:

The F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, took the extraordinary step on Monday of announcing that the agency is investigating whether members of President Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 election. Mr. Comey’s testimony before the House Intelligence Committee created a treacherous political moment for Mr. Trump, who has insisted that “Russia is fake news” that was cooked up by his political opponents to undermine his presidency. Mr. Comey placed a criminal investigation at the doorstep of the White House and said officers would pursue it “no matter how long that takes.” Joined by Adm. Michael S. Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency, Mr. Comey also dismissed Mr. Trump’s claim that he was wiretapped by his predecessor during the campaign, a sensational accusation that has served as a distraction in the public debate over Russian election interference. Taken together, the two provided the most definitive statement yet that Mr. Trump’s accusation was false.

U.S. Limits Devices on Planes From 8 Muslim-Majority Nations:

Starting Tuesday morning, electronic devices larger than a smartphone are forbidden from passenger cabins on foreign airlines’ nonstop flights to the U.S. from 10 airports in eight Muslim-majority countries across the Middle East and Africa. The new Trump administration policy, which took effect at 3 a.m. ET, means passengers traveling from those areas must check electronics such as laptops, iPads, Kindles, and cameras in their luggage. The affected airports are Amman, Jordan; Kuwait City; Cairo; Istanbul; Jeddah and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Casablanca, Morocco; Doha, Qatar; and Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said in a statement that he “fully supports” the new regulations because they are “both necessary and proportional to the threat.” Officials told The New York Times the ban did not stem from a specific threat of an attack and is meant to address security measures at the named airports and ongoing intelligence about terror groups in the region. Royal Jordanian, the kingdom’s state-run airline, was first to tweet the news, but deleted the post later Monday. The AP reports Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly phoned U.S. lawmakers over the weekend to brief them on the intelligence behind the new measures, according to a congressional aide close to those talks who spoke on the condition of anonymity.


U.S. Infant Mortality Rates Down 15%:

Infant mortality rates across the U.S. have dropped 15 percent over the past decade, according to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention figures. Between 2005 and 2014, the study shows that the infant mortality rate dropped to 5.82 infant deaths per 1,000 live births from 6.86. Incidences of sudden infant death syndrome alone dropped by 29 percent. “There was a public-health push in the past decade to figure out ways to lower this rate, and it has made an impact,” said report author T.J. Matthews. “We know that there have been a lot of efforts across the country in cities and states where they’re trying to figure out ways where they can lower the infant mortality rate.” However, despite the overall drop, babies born to non-Hispanic black women still have a mortality rate more than twice that of non-Hispanic white women, according to the CDC figures. “It’s good news, but on the other hand, we have so much more to do,” said Paul Jarris, chief medical officer for the March of Dimes. “The inequities between non-Hispanic blacks and American Indians and the Caucasian population have persisted.”

Trump: I’m the Reason Kaepernick Has No Job:

President Trump patted himself on the back Monday night for allegedly helping to keep former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick unemployed. Trump was speaking at a rally in Louisville, Kentucky, when he brought up the athlete, who opted out of his contract a few weeks ago after he made season-long headlines for kneeling during the nationalanthem to protest U.S. police brutality and systemic racism. Kaepernick’s demonstration drew criticism from many football fans, but other athletes all over the country joined the silent protest before their own games. “It was reported that NFL owners don’t want to pick him up because they don’t want to get a nasty tweet from Donald Trump,” Trump said. “Do you believe that? I just saw that. I just saw that.” He continued, “I said if I remember that one I’m going to report it to the people of Kentucky. They like it when people actually stand for the American flag.” Days ago, the Bleacher Report wrote that Kaepernick was in “NFL limbo” because some teams do fear political backlash over his past protests. Kaepernick has said he will stand during the national anthem in the next football season.

LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:   ***Conservative talk-show hostTomi Lahren has been temporarily banned from Glenn Beck’s The Blaze network after airing pro-choice abortion views last week. The 24-year-old Lahren — known for tirades against “so-called feminism” and calling refugees “rape-u-gees” — told ABC’s “The View” on Friday she thinks pro-life politics are an example of governmental overreach. “I’m someone that is for limited government, so I can’t sit here and be a hypocrite and say I’m for limited government, but I think that the government should decide what women do with their bodies,” Lahren said on the show.   ***Andrew Napolitano, the senior legal analyst for Fox News, has been temporarily sidelined following his unproved assertion last week that former President Barack Obama had asked for British assistance in spying on Donald J. Trump, a person briefed on the decision said on Monday. Mr. Napolitano did not appear on Fox on Monday, even though there were two news events that normally would have called for his services: hearings involving the F.B.I. director James B. Comey, and the Supreme Court nominee Neil M. Gorsuch.

LBN-NOTICED:   ***Basil Charles — owner of the famed celeb haunt Basil’s Bar in Mustique — at Omar’s in the West Village in NYC.   ***Eric Clapton at Le Bilboquet in NYC.   ***Susan Sarandon at Vegan Divas bakery on the Upper East Side in NYC.   ***Jessica Lange, Bobby Flay and Cynthia Erivo seeing the musical “Dear Evan Hansen” over the weekend in NYC.   ***“Creed” star Michael B. Jordan at Sons of Essex in New York.

LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Martin McGuinness, a former Irish Republican Army commander and Sinn Fein political leader who helped negotiate peace in Northern Ireland after decades of sectarian violence, and became a senior official in its power-sharing government, died on Tuesday in Derry. He was 66. Sinn Fein said on its website that Mr. McGuinness died after a short illness. When he resigned from the Belfast government in January, The Irish Times reported that he had amyloidosis, a rare condition caused by the abnormal buildup of protein deposits in tissues and organs.   ***Robert B. Silvers, a founder of The New York Review of Books, which under his editorship became one of the premier intellectual journals in the United States, a showcase for extended, thoughtful essays on literature and politics by eminent writers, died on Monday at his home in Manhattan. He was 87. Rea S. Hederman, the publisher of The Review, confirmed the death.

LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: One of the things we’ve lost in this country is our story. It is the narrative that unites us around a common multigenerational project, that gives an overarching sense of meaning and purpose to our history. For most of the past 400 years, Americans did have an overarching story. It was the Exodus story. The Puritans came to this continent and felt they were escaping the bondage of their Egypt and building a new Jerusalem. The Exodus story has six acts: first, a life of slavery and oppression, then the revolt against tyranny, then the difficult flight through the howling wilderness, then the infighting and misbehavior amid the stresses of that ordeal, then the handing down of a new covenant, a new law, and then finally the arrival into a new promised land and the project of building a new Jerusalem. The Puritans could survive hardship because they knew what kind of cosmic drama they were involved in. Being a chosen people with a sacred mission didn’t make them arrogant, it gave their task dignity and consequence. It made them self-critical. When John Winthrop used the phrase “shining city on a hill” he didn’t mean it as self-congratulation. He meant that the whole world was watching and by their selfishness and failings the colonists were screwing it up.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Mimi Swartz: If you haven’t seen therecent paintings by the artist formerly known as President George W. Bush, you can find them collected in a new book called “Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors.” It’s just become a New York Times best seller. The proceeds from sales will go to a nonprofit organization that helps veterans and their families recover and rebuild from America’s post-Sept. 11 wars — otherwise known as Mr. Bush’s disastrous venture in the Middle East. If the notion of Mr. Bush as a portrait painter is one your brain has trouble accommodating, you are not alone. Even his wife, Laura, admitted to some difficulty in her foreword to the book. In the early days of her marriage, she relates, she would have found his election to the presidency less improbable than his artistic achievements. “If someone said, ‘One day you will be writing a foreword for a book that includes George’s paintings,’ I would have said, ‘No way.’ ” But the bigger surprise is that Mr. Bush paints well. His early works, images of which circulated on the internet in 2013, weren’t bad: one showed Mr. Bush’s toes and knees peeking from his bath water, another featured his naked back in the shower, with his all-too-familiar visage peering out from a shaving mirror. There were also some paintings of family pets: dogs and cats with enviably cushy lives.


LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***WWE star Maria has become the latest wrestler to apparently have X-rated photos leaked online. The pictures circulating online appear to show Maria — real name Maria Louise Kanellis-Bennett — posing naked. Several explicit photos have been posted, showing a woman taking selfies in a bathroom and on a bed. Maria is married to fellow wrestler Mike Bennett.   ***It’s a good thing laughter is the best medicine, because Ellen DeGeneres has some healing to do. “So, you know how in gymnastics when you do a one-handed cartwheel and you have to spread the weight evenly between all your fingers? Well, I had two glasses of wine and fell into a door,” the funny lady said on Tuesday’s episode of her daytime talk show, showing off a finger splint. “The dogs were so excited to see us and I caught the lip of the top step. I was a foot away from the door and I fell into the door and it did something to my finger, I knew something was wrong.” “Portia [De Rossi] drove me to the hospital — to the emergency room,” DeGeneres, 59, said.   ***Michael Lohan is eating his words but still insists that his daughter Lindsay Lohan is not Muslim. He apologized Sunday for celebrating his actress offspring’s Christian value of love — “the light in the darkness” — on Facebook and saying, “PS I guess she’s not Muslim.”   ***Court records show singer and television personality Mel B has filed for divorce from her husband of nearly 10 years. The former Spice Girl, whose real name is Melanie Brown, cited irreconcilable differences for her breakup from producer Stephen Belafonte. Her petition was filed Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court. They have a 5-year-old daughter together and Brown is seeking joint custody.

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LBN – Special Report – Monday, March 20, 2017

FBI Director Comey: Justice Dept. has no information that supports Trump’s tweets alleging he was wiretapped by Obama:

FBI Director James B. Comey on Monday said there is “no information” that supports President Trump’s claims that his predecessor ordered surveillance of Trump Tower during the election campaign.  “I have no information that supports those tweets,’’ said Comey, testifying before the House Intelligence Committee’s first public hearing on Russian interference in the 2016 campaign. “We have looked carefully inside the FBI,’’ and agents found nothing to support those claims, he said.

Poll: Young Americans See Trump as ‘Illegitimate’:

A majority of Americans ages 18 to 30 see Donald Trump’s presidency as illegitimate, according to a new poll. The survey of 1,833 adults was conducted from Feb. 16 through March 6, and it was done by GenForward, in cooperation with the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and the Black Youth Project at the University of Chicago. Fifty-seven percent of those polled said they do not view Trump’s presidency as legitimate, including about three-quarters of young black respondents and large majorities of participants who are Latino and Asian. According to the survey, 53 percent of young white Americans view the 45th president as legitimate, though 55 percent of that same group disapprove of the job he’s doing. A slim 22 percent of young adults said they approve of the job Trump is doing in office, while 62 percent disapprove.

NFL: Tom Brady’s Super Bowl Jersey Found:

The National Football League confirmed Monday that the jersey worn by New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady at thisyear’s Super Bowl has been recovered. Brian McCarthy, a public-relations representative for the league, said the 2017 jersey as well as the one Brady wore during Super Bowl XLIX in 2015 were “found in the possession of a credentialed member of the international media.” The FBI and other law-enforcement agencies were involved in the search and subsequent investigation after the jersey went missing from the locker room following last month’s game in which the Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons, 34-28.


Neil Gorsuch to Face ‘Rigorous’ Confirmation Hearing:

Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s nominee to succeedJustice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court, faces the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday for his confirmation hearings. The 49-year-old is a judge on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, a position he assumed in 2006 after he was nominated by President George W. Bush. Carl Tobis, a legal expert and law professor, said Gorsuch’s hearings will likely be “rigorous” but “respectful.” Democrats are expected to question Gorsuch on his involvement with national-security policies during his term as a lawyer in George W. Bush’s administration and his rulings against the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive-coverage requirements, among other areas.

U.K. to Make Brexit Official on March 29:

Theresa May will formally trigger Britain’s exit from the European Union on March 29. By invoking Article 50, a two-year negotiating period will begin for Britain to resolve all of the trade, migration and payment disputes that come with exiting the union. If no deal is reached by March 2019, Britain will be dumped out of the union with no trade deals between the country and its most significant economic partners. Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, was informed on Monday morning.


Norway Is the Happiest Country on Earth:

The latest World Happiness Report shows that Norway has jumped from No. 4 to No. 1, becoming the happiest country on Earth. Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, and Finland make up the rest of top five. Despite a rise in income in the U.S. over the past 10 years, happiness has declined, leaving Americans in 14th place. “It’s the human things that matter. If the riches make it harder to have frequent and trustworthy relationship betweenpeople, is it worth it?” asked John Helliwell, the lead author of the report. “The material can stand in the way of the human.” The National Academy of Sciences recommended in 2013 that federal surveys and studies in the U.S. be broadened to include more questions about emotional well-being for the sake of implementing policies that help U.S. citizens. Meik Wiking, chief executive officer of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, “What works in the Nordic countries is a sense of community and understanding in the common good.” The very bottom of the happiness list is made up of the Central African Republic, Burundi, Tanzania, Syria, and Rwanda.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: The number of executive departures from Uber is growing. Jeff Jones, Uber’s president of ride sharing, has left the company after just six months, Uber said on Sunday. In addition, Brian McClendon, vice president of maps and business platform at Uber, also plans to leave at the end of the month. The two men are exiting Uber under very different circumstances. Mr. Jones, who was poached from Target to be Uber’s No. 2 executive, resigned after the ride-sharing company’s chief, Travis Kalanick, said he needed leadership help and began a search for a chief operating officer. Mr. McClendon is departing amicably from Uber and will be an adviser to the company. In a statement, he said he was moving back to Kansas, where he is from, to explore politics. His exit has been in the works for some time, and his last day at Uber is March 28.

‘Beauty and the Beast’ Makes Record Debut:

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast made a whopping $170 million debut in North American theaters this weekend, breaking multiple records set in 2016. It beat last year’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice for the biggest March opening, and Finding Dory for the most successful PG film. The new film, a live-action remake of the animated classic, is this year’s top opening so far. Analysts expect it to rake in $1 billion worldwide by the end of its run. The film received both praise and criticism for its first openly gay character, LeFou, the sidekick of villain Gaston. Authorities in Malaysia demanded that the scene be edited out, and lawmakers in Russia requested an investigation into the film’s compliance with the country’s “gay propaganda” law. But that didn’t seem to put a dent in the film’s ticket sales, with $180 million in overseas sales in its debut weekend.

Goalie who had ex fed to dogs: Get over my ‘one mistake’: 

The Brazilian goalkeeper who ordered the murder of his girlfriend before feeding her to his Rottweilers has incredibly claimed he’s “not a bad guy.” Bruno Fernandes de Souza was let out of jail in February on a legal technicality after spending just six years behind bars for his horrendous crime. The goalie had former model girlfriend Eliza Samudio tortured and beaten before being strangled, chopped into pieces and fed to a pack of ­Rottweilers … following a dispute over child support.But in his first interview since leaving jail and controversially signing with Boa Esporte, Bruno is quoted as saying: “Dude, what happened, happened. “I made a mistake, a serious one, but mistakes happens in life – I’m not a bad guy.”

LBN-NOTICED:   ***Demi Moore eating a burger at Oceana in NYC during lunch with HarperCollins’ Jennifer Barth.   ***Robin Wright having a solo lunch at Madison & Vine in NYC.   ***Pierce Brosnan having lunch at Nello in NYC alone with his iPhone.   ***Designers Tony Ingrao and Randy Kemper at the Kips Bay benefit at Cipriani in NYC.   ***David Blaine having lunch and drinking Blanton’s bourbon with friends at local Tribeca sports bar Warren 77 in NYC. Blaine did some impromptu magic tricks for the crowd and watched college basketball.

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LBN-BOOK NEWS:   ***Tommy Mottola is considering offers to turn his book about his career, “Hitmaker: The Man and His Music,” into a TV show. A source tells us that “several studios are vying to turn the book into a TV series, which would also contain all the original music and hits from his career.” The music executive’s book includes details on his romance and breakup with Mariah Carey and working with stars such as Michael Jackson.

LBN-R.I.P.:   ***David Rockefeller, the banker and philanthropist with the fabled family name who controlled Chase Manhattan bank for more than a decade and wielded vast influence around the world even longer as he spread the gospel of American capitalism, died on Monday morning at his home in Pocantico Hills, N.Y. He was 101. A family spokesman,Fraser P. Seitel, confirmed the death.

LBN-COMMENTARY by John Avlon:  The great ones don’t age. You can pick up almost any Jimmy Breslin column from his prime and it reads clean. The punches land with precision. He’s fearless. Funny as hell. And he can break your heart. You can pick up almost any Jimmy Breslin column from his prime and it reads clean. The punches land with precision. He’s fearless. Funny as hell. And he can break your heart. Line up your Pulitzer Prize winners for commentary, the Oscars of the columnist world, and not all of the other honorees fare as well. Some are stuck in the amber of self-importance or talk in jargon about political fights that fade with time and distance. But Breslin managed cinematic scope whether writing about forgotten men or fallen presidents.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Joel Whitebook:  Sometimes, whenpsychoanalysts begin treatment with a new patient, they quickly find themselves feeling that they can’t make sense of what is going on. The patient’s statements and behavior simply don’t add up, and the flurry of dissociated statements and actions can quickly begin to produce something like a disorienting fog. Most seasoned clinicians will have learned that they shouldn’t attribute this confusion, which is typically accompanied by a distinct form of anxiety, to their lack of skill. Instead, adept clinicians take the experience itself and the accompanying anxiety as significant data, indicating that they are dealing with, if not psychosis in the strict diagnostic sense, at the very least something in the vicinity of psychotic-like phenomena. Freud distinguished between neurosis and psychosis by arguing that while the former is psychically localized, the latter is relatively global. In neurosis, individuals break with a portion of reality that they find intolerable. As a result, their overall relation to reality remains more or less intact, but becomes impaired in one aspect of their personality. In contrast, because psychotic individuals tend to find reality as a whole too painful to bear, they break with it globally, and construct an alternative, delusional, “magical” reality of their own. This alternate relation to reality, manifesting itself in the initial meetings with the patient, is at the root of the clinician’s confusion.


LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Wrestling fans have delivered a touching response after explicit photos and videos of WWE starPaige (real name Saraya-Jade Bevis) were leaked over the weekend. Naked photos and videos of her engaging in sex acts were put online, and Paige confirmed she was the victim of phone hacking.   ***A former wife of actor Charlie Sheen hastaken a plea deal on charges she wouldn’t stop her car for police. Citing court records, the Deseret News reports that Brooke Mueller pleaded guilty Wednesday to a misdemeanor charge of attempted failure to stop at police command, which was downgraded from a felony.   ***Glen Campbell‘s wife says Alzheimer’s disease has robbed the 80-year-old singer’s ability to play guitar. But Kim Campbell tells The Tennessean that her husband occasionally breaks into a solo air guitar routine, which she says is “kind of fun.” Glen Campbell was diagnosed with the brain-ravaging disease in 2011 and went on a world tour afterward. The singer known for such hits as “Rhinestone Cowboy,” ”Wichita Lineman” and “Southern Nights” was moved to a long-term care facility in 2014.

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LBN – Special Report – Sunday, March 19, 2017

Legendary Rocker Chuck Berry Dies:

Music legend Chuck Berry, considered one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll icons of his generation, passed away on Saturday at Berry Park, his home in St. Charles County, Missouri. He was 90 years old. Berry, whose distinctive guitar riffing brought him to the top of the charts in the 1950s, was most famous for “story songs” like “Sweet Little Sixteen” and “Beautiful Delilah,” as well as for infusing rock music with high-energy dancing like his signature “duck walk.” Berry also served as an inspiration to fellow rockers like Keith Richards, John Lennon, and Eric Clapton. The rocker was humble about his influence on rock music, telling NBC in the late ’70s that “It’s not for me to say, but I’m surely a cog in the wheel.”

Trump Advisor Roger Stone Told to Save Evidence of Contact With Russia:

Roger Stone, a longtime advisor and confidant of PresidentDonald Trump, was asked by the Senate IntelligenceCommittee to preserve any records—electronic or otherwise—pertinent to the committee’s investigation into attempts by the Russian government to interfere with the 2016 presidential election, according to the New York Times. A letter from the committee to Stone, a lobbyist and conspiracy theorist, ordered Stone to “preserve and retain all hard copies and electronically stored information as specified below in furtherance of the committee’s ongoing investigation into Russian actions targeting the 2016 U.S. elections and democratic processes globally.” Stone admitted last week to engaging in private conversations with Guccifer 2.0, the persona behind the hacking of the Democratic National Committee, but insisted to The Washington Times that the chats were “innocuous.”

Russia Wants to Investigate U.S. Media:

Russia’s State Duma has approved a proposal to investigate several U.S. news outlets working in the country in retaliation for U.S. scrutiny against Kremlin mouthpiece RT. The investigation, which got approval from Russian lawmakers late Friday, will be conducted by a special committee of the Duma and determine whether CNN, the Voice of America and Radio Liberty are complying with Russian law. Konstantin Zatulin, a lawmaker with the ruling United Russia party, suggested the investigation in response to what he called a “repressive” move by U.S. authorities against Russia’s RT. Zatulin was referring to an initiative by U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen, who has introduced a bill that would allow the Justice Department to probe RT for violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act in connection with alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Both the Kremlin and RT have denied that the state broadcaster played any role in a Russian campaign to influence the outcome of the U.S. The country’s foreign minister has railed against Shaheen’s initiative, and RT’s editor-in-chief compared Shaheen’s move to McCarthyism earlier this week.

Syrian Rebels Begin Evacuating Homs Enclave:

Syrian rebels and their families have begun evacuating al-Wair, their last remaining enclave of Homs, as part of a long-delayedevacuation agreement. Homs Governor Talal Barazi said about 1,500 people will leave the area and head to Aleppo on Saturday, and the opposition Homs Media Center estimates that up to 15,000 people will leave in the next few weeks as part of the Russian-backed evacuation deal. The deal was reached in December 2015, but its implementation had been halted repeatedly. The Syrian regime has described the deal as a crucial step to “reconciliation,” though rebel forces say they were forced to agree to the terms to avoid bombardment. Al-Wair, home to about 75,000 people, was the last rebel-held district on the outskirts of Homs after a government siege of the city in 2014 sent rebel forces fleeing to surrounding areas.

China to U.S.: Stay Cool About North Korea:

After ominous warnings from U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson about potential military action against North Korea on Friday, China called for a “coolheaded” approach to dealing with Pyongyang. In a joint news conference on Saturday with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Tillerson emphasized the need for unity with Beijing in dealing with North Korea. “We share a common view and a sense that tensions on the peninsula are quite high right now and that things have reached a rather dangerous level, and we’ve committed ourselves to doing everything we can to prevent any type of conflict from breaking out,” Tillerson said. China’s foreign minister agreed, but stressed the need to “stay committed to diplomatic means” in seeking a resolution. “We hope all parties, including our friends from the United States, could size up the situation in a coolheaded and comprehensive fashion, and arrive at a wise decision,” he said. His comments came as President Trumpappeared to fan the flames on Twitter, lambasting China for doing “little to help” deal with North Korea “behaving very badly.” China has consistently called for dialogue in recent weeks, as North Korea tests the new U.S. administration, having recently conducted a new ballistic test-launch it said was a practice run for striking U.S. bases in Japan.

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LBN COMMENTARY by Sherri Murphy( What charity/causedo you most identify with and why? There are so many nonprofits and organizations out there, it can be mind boggling to figure out who you want to donate to. I always wondered how much of my money would really make it to the group that I was trying to help. So I started my own nonprofit to help needy LA children and this way I knew that every penny donated would go directly to the children in need. I didn’t have the best childhood but I have a wonderful life now and so that’s the reason I have the heart for doing this event. We give the homeless teens of LA the absolute best day they’ve ever had in their lives. This year will be our 18th year hosting the children’s event. My daughter Tammi and I host a black tie holiday fundraiser and all the money made goes to do the children’s event a couple weeks later. Join us this year… don’t miss the fun.

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