LBN – Friday, September 15th, 2017

*Trump Humiliated Jeff Sessions After Mueller Appointment:

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Shortly after learning in May that a special counsel had been appointed to investigate links between his campaign associates and Russia, President Trump berated Attorney General Jeff Sessions in an Oval Office meeting and said he should resign, according to current and former administration officials and others briefed on the matter. The president attributed the appointment of the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, to Mr. Sessions’s decision to recuse himself from the Justice Department’s Russia investigation — a move Mr. Trump believes was the moment his administration effectively lost control over the inquiry. Accusing Mr. Sessions of “disloyalty,” Mr. Trump unleashed a string of insults on his attorney general. Ashen and emotional, Mr. Sessions told the president he would quit and sent a resignation letter to the White House, according to four people who were told details of the meeting. Mr. Sessions would later tell associates that the demeaning way the president addressed him was the most humiliating experience in decades of public life. The Oval Office meeting, details of which have not previously been reported, shows the intensity of Mr. Trump’s emotions as the Russia investigation gained steam and how he appeared to immediately see Mr. Mueller’s appointment as a looming problem for his administration. It also illustrates the depth of antipathy Mr. Trump has had for Mr. Sessions — one of his earliest campaign supporters — and how the president interprets “disloyalty” within his circle of advisers.

*Ex-St. Louis Police Officer Found Not Guilty of Murder



A former St. Louis police officer was found not guilty Friday of murdering a black drug suspect after a high-speed car chase and crash, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. Jason Stockley was charged last year with first-degree murder and armed criminal action for the December 2011 shooting death ofAnthony Lamar Smith. The former officer waved his right to a jury trial. St. Louis Circuit Judge Timothy Wilson made the decision. Activists pledged disruptive protests ahead of the verdict’s announcement. Prosecutors said Stockley had planned to kill Smith, shooting him five times at close range and then planting a revolver in his car. The officer’s defense, however, said Stockley acted in self-defense.



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*Manhunt for London ‘Bucket Bomber’ on District Line


Police in London are conducting a major manhunt for a suspect who planted a bucket bomb on the packed District Line Tube during rush-hour Friday morning. No arrests have been made. At least 22 people were taken to local hospitals with wounds. Mayor Sadiq Khan, again summoned to address terror in his city, condemned the attack and “the hideous individuals who attempt to use terror to harm us and destroy our way of life. As London has proven again and again, we will never be intimidated or defeated by terrorism.”


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*Trump Uses ‘Loser’ London Terrorist to Tout His Travel Ban


In a series of tweets early Friday morning, President Trumpslammed the “loser” terrorist in London who set off an explosive during rush-hour on a train, while using the attack to bolster his travel ban against people from six Muslim-majority nations. “Another attack in London by a loser terrorist,” he wrote, just hours after at least 22 people were injured. Officials are still conducting a manhunt for the suspect, who has not yet been identified. “These are sick and demented people who were in the sights of Scotland Yard. Must be proactive!” Trump added. “Loser terrorists must be dealt with in a much tougher manner. The internet is their main recruitment tool, which we must cut off and use better! and “The travel ban into the United States should be far larger, tougher and more specific—but stupidly, that would not be politically correct!”

*North Korea’s Threat Pushes Japan to Reassess Its Might and Rights: 

When North Korea launched a missile that flew over Japan on Friday morning, prompting the authorities to broadcast an alert on cellphones and television, many people wondered: Why didn’t the Japanese military shoot it down? The government quickly judged that the missile was not targeting Japan, and it landed in the Pacific Ocean, about 1,370 miles east of Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost island. But officials in Japan who may have considered intercepting the missile faced two immediate constraints — the country’s missile defenses are limited, and the Constitution limits military action only to instances of self-defense. Those same constraints have weighed heavily on the debate in recent weeks over how Japan should be responding to the North’s rapidly advancing nuclear program, including what role it should play as an American ally and to what extent it should upgrade its armed forces.


*Heather Locklear hospitalized after driving Porsche into a ditch:

Actress Heather Locklear was hospitalized after driving her Porsche into a ditch in California, according to a report. The 55-year-old former “T.J. Hooker” star had the single-car wreck just before 6 p.m. Thursday in Thousand Oaks on Country Valley Road, cops said. “Her vehicle left the road and went down into an embankment,” Sgt. Eric Buschow of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office said. Locklear was taken to an area hospital with minor injuries, according to police. No drugs or alcohol are believed to have been involved in the crash, police said. “She was alert and cooperative with deputies” after the incident, according to Buschow. The actress has struggled with drug and alcohol abuse for years.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: The largest bone in the human body is the femur. It can support 30 times the weight of a person’s body. Ounce for ounce, that’s stronger than steel.

*REVERSAL –  Harvard Kennedy School Rescinds Chelsea Manning’s Visiting Fellow Invite: 

The dean of Harvard Kennedy School has rescinded an invitation to Chelsea Manning to serve as a visiting fellow after realizing the move was a “mistake.” In a statement explaining the move late Thursday, Dean Douglas Elmendorf apologized to Manning and “the many concerned people” he spoke with regarding the school’s failure to recognize “the full implications of our original invitation.” Manning was asked to serve as a visiting fellow and spend a day speaking with students in line with the university’s “emphasis on the value of hearing from a diverse collection of people.” But Elmendorf said he later realized his “assessment” for that decision was “wrong.” His announcement came after CIA Director Mike Pompeo canceled a speaking appearance at the university over the administration’s decision to host what he called an “American traitor.” Michael Morell, the former deputy director and acting director of the CIA, also resigned as a senior fellow over Manning’s invitation. Elmendorf said Manning will still be invited to make a speaking appearance at the Kennedy School.

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*LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:   ***Meghan McCain, the political scion who turned a stint as a blogger and TV show host into a role as a contributor at Fox News Channel, is leaving the network. McCain is the oldest daughter of U.S. Senator John McCain, the Arizona Republican and 2008 presidential candidate, who in July was diagnosed with brain cancer following a procedure to remove a blood clot above his left eye. She was seen on Fox News as one of the co-hosts on “Outnumbered,” an afternoon program that added a different male guest each day to a rotating group of female contributors.   ***As speculation swirls over who will take Graydon Carter’s job as editor-in-chief of Vanity Fair, spies say that Janice Min, former top editor for the Hollywood Reporter, is in New York and has been seen meeting withCondé Nast brass. It was previously reported that Min’s the front-runner in a potential pool of candidates that includesAdam MossJim Nelson and Dylan Jones. Also reported this week that fashion insiders say Vogue’s Sally Singer is also in the mix, since Anna Wintour will hold sway in the sweepstakes.

*LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: There’s a new sheriff in Tinseltown. Sources say that Steve Bannon is getting back into the movie business — and that the gunslinging conservative is particularly interested in making Westerns. Sources say that since leaving the White House in August, the former chief strategist to the president has been taking meetings with movie companies. We’re told the appearance of Bannon — who has already returned to the media after his stint in DC, resuming as executive chairman of Breitbart News — in liberal Hollywood circles has left some feeling queasy.

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*LBN-HEALTH WATCH:   ***Epidemiologists at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism last month reported a jarring trend: Problem drinking is rising fast among older Americans. Their study, published in JAMA Psychiatry, compared data from a national survey taken in 2001 and 2002 and again in 2012 and 2013, each time with about 40,000 adults. Drinking had increased in every age group, the researchers found. Those over 65 remained far less likely to drink than younger people — about 55 percent of older participants told interviewers they’d imbibed in the past year. Still, that was a 22 percent increase over the two periods, the greatest rise in any age group.   ***Poor diet is a factor in one in five deaths around the world, according to the most comprehensive study ever carried out on the subject. Millions of people are eating the wrong sorts of food for good health. Eating a diet that is low in whole grains, fruit, nuts and seeds and fish oils and high in salt raises the risk of an early death, according to the huge and ongoing study Global Burden of Disease.

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Nuremberg Laws Deprive German Jews of Citizenship and Civil Rights (1935)

Enacted in the early years of Adolf Hitler’s rule, the Nuremberg Laws stripped Jews of German citizenship, prohibited them from marrying non-Jews, and forbade them to hire non-Jewish domestic servants. Supplementary decrees laid down the criteria for determining exactly who was legally Jewish. Punishments for violating the laws included fines, hard labor, and even death.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Lloyd GroveHell hath no fury like Ann Coulter scorned. The author of last year’s worshipful paean to our 45th president, In Trump We Trust: E Pluribus Awesome, fielded nine pointed questions from The Daily Beast on Thursday. It was a day on which she expended much of her wrath on denouncing her former hero (and confessing that she didn’t really like him that much to begin with) in a disgusted response to the news that Donald Trump is colluding with his Wednesday night dinner guests, Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, to enact a law allowing 800,000 so-called “Dreamers” to stay in the United States while delaying construction on that supposed wall of his along the Mexican border. “This guy is like a couch — he picks up whatever the person sitting on him is wearing,” Coulter slammed Trump contemptuously during one of her multiple right-wing radio appearances (this one with WBAL’s Derek Hunter) that amounted to a primal scream against the president’s support for DACA (i.e. “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals”).


*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: Does your business have any “Broken Windows”? —–

*LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Middle-class wage stagnation is the biggest economic fact driving American politics. Over the past many years, so the common argument goes, capitalism has developed structural flaws. Economic gains are not being shared fairly with the middle class. Wages have become decoupled from productivity. Even when the economy grows, everything goes to the rich. This account of reality, which I’ve certainly repeated, explains why the Democratic Party has moved from the Bill Clinton neoliberal center to the Bernie Sanders left. It explains why the Republicans have moved from the pro-market Mitt Romneyright to the populist Donald Trump right. On both left and right, movements have arisen to fix capitalism’s supposed structural flaws, either by radically interfering in the marketplace (Bernie) or by clamping down on global competition (Trump). But what if there are no structural flaws? What if the market is working more or less as it’s supposed to?

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: “A little learning is a dangerous thing but a lot of ignorance is just as bad.” ——

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Arthur Brooks: These days, the news is full of sensational stories of violent campus mobs shutting down conservative speakers and freaked-out college administrators treating rioters with kid gloves. Such stories offer excellent fodder for critics who are eager to condemn university culture. But I believe they distract from a deeper, subtler intellectual problem on the modern campus: the profound alienation of professors who don’t hold the mainstream political views and are treated as outsiders as a result. This is the argument of an important book titled “Passing on the Right: Conservative Professors in the Progressive University.” Written by the political scientists Jon A. Shields and Joshua M. Dunn Sr., it gives a glimpse into the lonely lives of ideological strangers on the modern campus. While conservatives represent America’s largest ideological group, at 36 percent of the population, they constitute less than 10 percent of faculty in the social sciences and humanities — and a small fraction of that at elite private schools. Many report feeling like oddballs who never quite fit in.


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***The girlfriend of “Twin Peaks” actorJeremy Lindholm endured four days of beatings before he attacked her with a baseball bat – and warned cops to come ready to take him down with “tasers and tranquilizers,” according to her distraught 911 call. The woman told a dispatcher during the Aug. 16 call that she “barely got out” of her apartment to call cops from a store in Spokane, Wash. — where the actor was later caught on surveillance video inside a lingerie store hitting the woman with the bat more than a dozen times in the head and body, according to court documents. “Yeah, I just barely got out of my apartment,” the woman said, according to audio obtained Thursday by TMZ. “It’s been happening for the past four days; I just barely got out of the house…I was afraid to leave.”   ***Beth Chapman of “Dog the Bounty Hunter” fame has been diagnosed with stage 2 throat cancer. The reality star’s husband, Duane “Dog” Chapman, 64, confirmed the news on Facebook Friday morning and thanked fans for their prayers. “Thank you for your healing prayers and love for Beth during this difficult time,” he wrote.