LBN – Saturday, September 2nd, 2017

*White House: Trump Will Announce DACA Decision Tuesday:

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanderssaid on Friday that President Donald Trump will announce his decision on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) on Tuesday. “[Trump] loves people and he wants to make sure that this decision is done correctly,” Sanders said during a press briefing. She added that “It’s not a decision the president takes lightly.” President Trump himself seemed to waffle again on the issue that affects the lives of nearly 800,000 people. He told reporters on Friday that “We love Dreamers; we love everybody…the Dreamers are terrific.”

*DOWN PAYMENT – Trump Sends $7.9B Harvey Aid Request to Congress

President Trump has sent an initial request of $7.9 billion to Congress to fund recovery efforts in flood-stricken Texas. The request, which will allocate $7.4 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, is just the first installment, with the money to go towards housing assistance, clean-up efforts and home repairs financed by FEMA. About 436,000 residents have already registered for FEMA aid in the wake of Tropical Storm Harvey, the White House said. The White House has also asked for an additional $6.7 billion to replenish FEMA funds as part of a stopgap spending measure that Congress must pass by the end of September.



*PECULIAR — U.S.: 19 Personnel Affected By Health Attack In Cuba


U.S. officials said on Friday that mysterious health attacks on the American diplomatic community in Cuba went on as recently as August. The estimated tally of those affected now stands at 19 personnel members. The American Foreign Service Association disclosed a number of symptoms as a result of the attacks including brain swelling, severe headaches, loss of balance and “cognitive disruption.” Previously, U.S. officials had contended that the attacks, believed to be caused by a potential covert sonic device, had began in the fall of 2016 and stopped in the spring of this year.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Drug overdoses killed roughly 64,000 people in the United States last year, according to the first governmental account of nationwide drug deaths to cover all of 2016. It’s a staggering rise of more than 22 percent over the 52,404 drug deaths recorded the previous year — and even higher than The New York Times’s estimate in June, which was based on earlier preliminary data. Drug overdoses are expected to remain the leading cause of death for Americans under 50, as synthetic opioids — primarily fentanyl and its analogues — continue to push the death count higher. Drug deaths involving fentanyl more than doubled from 2015 to 2016, accompanied by an upturn in deaths involving cocaine and methamphetamines. Together they add up to an epidemic of drug overdoses that is killing people at a faster rate than the H.I.V. epidemic at its peak.

*Forceful Chief of Staff Grates on Trump, and the Feeling Is Mutual:

President Trump was in an especially ornery mood after staff members gently suggested he refrain from injecting politics into day-to-day issues of governing after last month’s raucous rally in Arizona, and he responded by lashing out at the most senior aide in his presence. It happened to be his new chief of staff,John F. Kelly. Mr. Kelly, the former Marine general brought in five weeks ago as the successor to Reince Priebus, reacted calmly, but he later told other White House staff members that he had never been spoken to like that during 35 years of serving his country. In the future, he said, he would not abide such treatment, according to three people familiar with the exchange. While Mr. Kelly has quickly brought some order to a disorganized and demoralized staff, he is fully aware of the president’s volcanic resentment about being managed, according to a dozen people close to Mr. Trump, and has treaded gingerly through the minefield of Mr. Trump’s psyche. But the president has still bridled at what he perceives as being told what to do.


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*HARROWING – Massive Fire Breaks Out Again At Texas Chemical Plant

A massive fire has broken out again at a chemical plant owned by Arkema Inc. in Crosby, Texas. It was reportedly flooded by Hurricane Harvey earlier this week. The plant lost power and the ability to refrigerate leading to organic peroxides becoming unstable and breaking down in their containers after being exposed to outdoor heat. “We continue to work closely with public officials to manage the implications of this situation, and have communicated with the public the potential for product to explode and cause an intense fire,” Arkema said. “Organic peroxides are extremely flammable and, as agreed with public officials, the best course of action is to let the fire burn itself out.” On Thursday, a fire already ignited at the facility leading to the launch of an investigation by the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board.


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*LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:   ***ABC brass are fuming at Michael Strahan, sources say, after the Houston native and “Good Morning America” anchor did not cut his vacation short to return and cover the Hurricane Harvey disaster. A source said:  “ABC News asked Strahan to come home from his vacation. He’s from Houston. But he refused and is still floating around on a yacht in Greece somewhere. ABC is really upset with him.” Another source said that ABC staffers “just cannot believe he didn’t come back.”

*LBN-BOOK NEWS:   ***Hillary Clinton is finally opening up about the “dark days” of her marriage to Bill, nearly 20 years after the Monica Lewinsky scandal. According to Radar Online, Hill writes, “We’ve certainly had dark days in our marriage,” in her memoir “What Happened,” out Sept. 12. “There were times I was deeply unsure about whether our marriage could or should survive.” She doesn’t mention Lewinsky by name, but she adds of the “dark days”: “You know all about them.” Hillary also writes that she decided to stay with the philandering former president because she still loved him. They have now been married for more than 40 years.

*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***Singer Tom Jones has postponed his planned U.S. tour because of health issues. He said on Twitter Saturday that his fall tour will be delayed “following medical advice,” without providing further details about why the decision was made. The 77-year-old singer had been expected to begin a lengthy U.S. tour in Pennsylvania on Sept. 6. Instead, the tour will take place in May and June next year.

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Lady Gaga took a break from her world tour for a bowling night in Times Square in NYC. We’re told the “Ayo” singer was with a group of about 20 people, including boyfriend Christian Carino, to celebrate her mother Cynthia’s birthday at Bowlmor Lanes on Wednesday night. Gaga, 31, walked into the bowling alley hand in hand with Carino, whom she was first spotted with in February. Perhaps he was helping her balance in her sky-high platform heels. (No word on whether she changed into proper bowling footwear.)

*LBN-SPORTS INSIDER:   ***Game, set, mom. Tennis legend Serena Williams welcomed her first child, a baby girl, with fiancé and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian in Florida on Friday, according to multiple reports. Sources confirmed the baby’s arrival to E! News and Us Weekly, shortly after local West Palm Beach TV journalist Chris Shepard tweeted, “Tennis star Serena Williams gives birth to a baby girl weighing 6 pounds, 13 ounces. Mom and baby doing well.”


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*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Louise Hay, who from a 1984 best seller built a self-help publishing empire that has attracted millions of devotees with its messages about the power of thought and attitude, died on Wednesday at her home in San Diego. She was 90. Her death was announced on the website of her company, Hay House.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Lachlan Maray and Asawin Susbsaeng:  Newly minted White House chief of staff John Kelly has sought to put a dent in the influence of one of President Donald Trump’s most famous advisers: Omarosa Manigault. The former Apprentice* co-star—who currently serves as the communications director for the Office of Public Liaison—has seen her direct access to the president limited since Kelly took the top White House job in late July, sources tell The Daily Beast. In particular, Kelly has taken steps to prevent her and other senior staffers from getting unvetted news articles on the president’s Resolute desk—a key method for influencing the president’s thinking, and one that Manigualt used to rile up Trump about internal White House drama. Multiple sources in and outside the Trump White House told The Daily Beast that, until recently, it was common practice for aides to slide into the Oval Office and distract and infuriate the president with pieces of negative news coverage. Manigault, they say, was one of the worst offenders. “When Gen. Kelly is talking about clamping down on access to the Oval, she’s patient zero,” a source close to the Trump administration said.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Peggy Noonan: Give Texas what it needs. It has endured a disaster without precedent. Washington must move quickly, generously. There should be no “The relief bill must be offset by cuts in federal spending.” There should be no larding it up or loading it down with extraneous measures. This is an emergency.  This is no time to threaten government shutdowns. It’s no time to be dilating on debt ceilings. This is the time to know as never before that everything that holds us together as a nation must be strengthened wherever possible, and whatever sinks us in rancor avoided and shunned.  Give Texas everything it needs, and do it right quick. Most Americans, including Texans, don’t have more than a few hundred dollars in available savings. Most live close to the edge, paycheck to paycheck. Most homeowners in Houston don’t have flood insurance. When they’re lucky enough to get out of the shelter, they’ll return to houses that are half-ruined—wet, moldy, dank, with no usable furniture—and with kids coming down with colds and stomach ailments from stress or from standing water that holds bacteria and viruses. It will be misery for months. When the trauma is over, there’ll be plenty of time for debate. Do we need to hold more in reserve for national disasters? Do local zoning laws need rethinking? All worthy questions—for later.


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*LBN- HISTORICAL COMMENTARY by Evan Esar:  Anger is the feeling that makes your mouth work faster than your mind.


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Sadie Robertson is known for being an open book with her fans but there was one struggle the reality star hid from everyone in her life. “At least five times a day, I would wrap my hands around my thighs, making sure they hadn’t grown beyond what I could reach. I knew each little calorie that was in every bite of food I took. I talked about food all of the time. I hid behind the talk, and I actually hid behind encouraging others,” Robertson wrote of her eating disorder on her blog “Live Original.” “It was dark. It was ugly. It was insanely difficult. It was done in secret. It was hidden,” Robertson wrote. “I did not even tell my own mother until recently. I thought I had everything under control.”