LBN – Special Report and 15th Anniversary Celebration – Thursday, June 1st, 2017



This month, this year – June 2017 marks an extraordinary achievement –  the 15th anniversary of LBN.

Born in June of 2002, with a mere 500 original readers, LBN has grown to become an internationally recognized pioneer and leader in digital news and information.

Think back. LBN was the original news feed. Before Facebook, before the Huffington Post, before almost all. For the last 15 years, LBN has delivered “fearlessly independent” news and information to almost half a million people a day – in all 50 of the United States and 26 foreign countries in 11 separate time zones – 7 days a week, 365 days a year. All for free. No other word other than “remarkable” properly describes this accomplishment (one that has industry insiders blinking in amazement.

LBN has attracted a passionately loyal audience including some remarkable influential daily readers. LBN is read daily by:   ***12 members of the White House staff   ***3 Nobel Prize winners   ***Over 300 Grammy Award winners   ***6 U.S. Senators   ***Over 100 Academy Award winners  ***37 Professors from Harvard University   ***86 of the producers of the top 100 talk radio shows in America. Extraordinary. The soul of LBN is to present news and information with “fearless independence”. When polled, an astounding 84% of LBN readers felt LBN met the mission.

And so LBN will again lead.
The format will change a bit, but the essence of its “fearless independence” will not.

Instead of delivering daily (7 days a week) short, capsulized versions of news and information (some of which many have already seen on their social media), LBN will turn its focus to fewer stories with a bit more depth. Instead of holding to a daily format, we will share news and information when it’s first available and meaningful.

Humans generally find change hard, but we are convinced that these changes will allow LBN, over-time, to lead, to impact, as it was created to do.

So, as we celebrate an incredible, historic 15 year celebration, we invite you to stay tuned, buckle up.

The LBN Editors…………………..


*Trump Administration Approves Tougher Visa Vetting
The federal government has released a brand new questionnaire for U.S. visa applicants all over the world that asks for social-media information over the past five years and biographical information over 15 years. The questions were approved May 23 by the Office of Management and Budget, despite criticism from officials who believe the new application will create delays in processing—and discourage international students from coming to the United States. The State Department has said the tighter vetting will be used in particular on applicants “who have been determined to warrant additional scrutiny in connection with terrorism or other national security-related visa ineligibilities.”

*Obamas Buy $8.1 Million Home Just Miles From White House

Barack and Michelle Obama have opted to buy the $8.1 million home they’ve been renting in Washington, D.C., just a few miles from the White House. They purchased the 8,200-square-foot Tudor-style mansion in Kalorama, a wealthy enclave also home to Ivanka Trump and Secretary of StateRex W. Tillerson. Kevin Lewis, the former president’s spokesman, said, “Given that President and Mrs. Obama will be in Washington for at least another two and a half years, it made sense for them to buy a home rather than continuing to rent property.” Sasha Obama, their youngest daughter, is still in high school.


*Clinton Suggests Trump Helped ‘Guide’ Russian Propaganda Efforts

Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Wednesday suggested President Donald Trump colluded with Russia to spread disinformation during the presidential campaign. Speaking at a Recode tech conference near Los Angeles, Clinton said propaganda spread on social-media sites like Facebook may have contributed to her losing the election. But the Russians “could not have known how best to weaponized that information unless they had been guided,” she said. When asked who could have guided them on the matter, Clinton said the Russians were “guided by Americans and guided by people who have polling and data.” She then suggested Trump as the culprit after being asked to clarify by a reporter, saying “I think it’s pretty hard not to” suspect him. While Clinton has previously blamed former FBI DirectorJames Comey’s announcement of a new investigation into her email use for her election loss, this appears to be the first time she directly accused Trump of colluding with the Kremlin in propaganda efforts. She also urged social-media companies to “hurry up” in devising a way to prevent the spread of fake news stories.

*Men Say Lesbians Are All About Them

An academic has provoked a firestorm of rage after claiming lesbians evolved because men are turned on by ladies who have sex with each other. Menelaos Apostolou, a brave professor at the University of Nicosia in Cyprus, asked 1,509 heterosexual people whether they like the thought of their partner romping with a member of the same sex. He found 15 percent of heterosexual men in long-term relationships would enjoy it if their partner had sex with a woman, compared to 30 percent of men in short term flings, according to The Advocate. In a paper published in the respected journal Personality and Individual Differences, Apostolou found many men would be happy going out with a partner who enjoys the company of other women. “A lot of men indicate a desire to have a partner who also experiences same-sex attraction,” Apostolou told IBTimes UK.

*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***Between 20% and 25% of the nation’s shopping malls will close in the next five years, according to a new report from Credit Suisse that predicts e-commerce will continue to pull shoppers away from bricks-and-mortar retailers. For many, the Wall Street firm’s finding may come as no surprise. Long-standing retailers are dying off as shoppers’ habits shift online. Credit Suisse expects apparel sales to represent 35% of all e-commerce by 2030, up from 17% today. Traditional mall anchors, such as Macy’s, J.C. Penney and Sears, have announced numerous store closings in recent months. Clothiers including American Apparel, Bebe and BCBG Max Azria have filed for bankruptcy. The report estimates that around 8,640 stores will close by the end of the year.   ***Uber has spent billions to upend the transportation industry. Now, at least for the moment, it is burning slightly less cash in that effort. The company said Wednesday that it lost $708 million over the first three months of the year on revenue of $3.4 billion, not counting expenses like employee stock compensation. That is a narrowing of the previous quarter’s loss of $991 million, on revenue of $2.9 billion. Uber said it was still sitting on $7.2 billion in cash, roughly the same amount it held at the end of 2016.   ***A company that manages prescription drug plans for tens of millions of Americans has sued a tiny drug maker that makes an emergency treatment for heroin and painkiller overdoses, increasing the tension between the companies that make drugs and those that decide whether they should be covered. Express Scripts, the nation’s largest pharmacy benefits manager, is suing Kaléo, the manufacturer of Evzio, the injectable overdose treatment whose price quintupled last year, drawing widespread outrage and inquiries from members of Congress. Express Scripts claims it is owed more than $14.5 million in fees and rebates related to Evzio, and it has dropped the drug from its preferred list.

*LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:   ***Lawrence O’Donnell, the MSNBC primetime host of The Last Word, implied Wednesday evening that he has signed another contract to remain at the NBCUniversal-owned cable-news outlet. O’Donnell was the subject of rumors over whether he might part ways with the network, but that was largely put to rest when he tweeted, “Yes I will be saying hi to Rachel Maddow at 10pm for the foreseeable future.”   ***The New York Observer has laid off its chief film critic Rex Reed after more than 25 years at the paper. Reed was laid off alongside several other entertainment staff members. The latest round of layoffs come as the paper attempts to cut back on expenses. “The shocking truth is that the Observer has been going down the drain financially for quite some time,” Reed said in a statement.   ***Media expert and author Michael Levine will moderate a panel titled “Strategic Marketing – Making Your Voice Head in a Crowded Landscape” next Tuesday, June 6th at the Four Seasons Hotel in L.A. sponsored by Israel Bonds.

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Brad Pitt is helping to bring some joy to Chris Cornell‘s children during a tragic time. In the wake of the Soundgarden singer’s unexpected death, the musician’s famous friend was spotted paying a visit to Universal Studios Hollywood with Cornell’s kids, daughter Toni, 12, and son Christopher, 11.  The three were sighted by fellow theme park visitors, who couldn’t help but notice the Oscar winner walking around.   ***Vanessa Williams at Michael’s in NYC with Star Jones on Wednesday while others in the room included Kathie Lee Gifford, Herb Allen, Robert Zimmerman, Leslie Stahl, top talent agent Boaty Boatwrightand publicist Leslee Dart.   ***Orlando Bloom “practically shaking” meeting Chris Cooper backstage at “A Doll’s House, Part 2” on Broadway in NYC.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: A total of 3,957 refugees were admitted into the United States in May, a 19.3 percent increase over April’s figures and a 91.1 percent jump from March’s low point of 2,070 admissions. In the first eight months of fiscal 2017, the U.S. has admitted a total of 46,371 refugees. While the second consecutive monthly increase, May’s admission numbers are still the third lowest for any month in fiscal years 2016 and 2017, after 3,316 in April and 2,070 in March. May’s 3,957 compares to 6,511 refugees admitted in May 2016.

*MY REVIEW: “LBN makes me think, reading it daily makes me smarter, a better, more engaged, alive person.” —– Randy S., an LBN reader from Toronto, Canada.

*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***Deacon Frey – the son of the Eagles’ singer Glenn Frey, who died in 2016 – and country stalwart Vince Gill will join the Eagles for their upcoming shows at Classic West and Classic East. The two new additions to the band will split vocal duty on the many classic songs that featured lead vocals from Glenn Frey, including “Peaceful Easy Feeling,” “Already Gone” and “Lyin’ Eyes.”


Histography: Timeline of History
“Histography is an interactive timeline that spans across 14 billion years of history, from the Big Bang to 2015.”

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Laura Biagiotti, an Italian designer whose forgiving but elegant fashions made from fluffy goat’s wool defined her as the global queen of cashmere, died on Friday in Rome. She was 73. Her death was announced on her company’s website by her daughter, Lavinia Biagiotti Cigna, who is the creative director of the business and the third generation in a family of prominent clothiers. The cause was complications of a heart attack that Ms. Biagiotti had two days earlier at her hilltop estate outside Rome.

*LBN-HISTORICAL COMMENTARY by Lillian Hellman: Since when do we have to agree with people to defend them from injustice?

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Vickie Casas: Kathy Griffin reached an all-time low while holding a bloody head of PresidentDonald Trump.  Unfortunately she is just another Democratic Liberal Hollywood Elite who seems to continually cross the line when it comes to our President.  These actors, singers and comedians continue to remove their Hollywood masks and show the people of this country who they really are as human beings.  Disgusting human beings that exhibit crude, cruel psychotic behavior. People beware these human beings could be far more detrimental to our society than the ISIS and Taliban soldiers we are all so worried about.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Dennis Prager: I vigorously opposedTrump’s candidacy during the Republican primaries, I vigorously supported him once he won the nomination. I believed then, as I do now, that America was doomed if a Democrat had been elected president. With the Supreme Court and hundreds of additional federal judgeships in the balance; with the Democrats’ relentless push toward European-style socialism — completely undoing the unique American value of limited government; the misuse of the government to suppress conservative speech; the continuing degradation of our universities and high schools; the weakening of the American military; and so much more, America, as envisioned by the Founders, would have been lost, perhaps irreversibly. The “fundamental transformation” that candidate Barack Obamapromised in 2008 would have been completed by Hillary Clinton in 2016.


*LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Sofia Richie confirmed on Twitter Wednesday that dad Lionel Richie tracks her cell phone, after photos surfaced of the 18-year-old model FaceTiming with the legendary singer at Cannes this week. “My dad tracks my phone once a day,” Richie tweeted. “Awkwardly enough I get a notification every time. I think it’s funny so I don’t tell him I know.” Richie was spotted aboard a luxury yacht with Kourtney Kardashian‘s womanizing ex, Scott Disick, 34, over the weekend, but quickly shot down romance rumors on social media.  ***Kirsten Dunst may have a wedding to plan, but she’s already thinking about children. “I’m at a stage in my life where I’m like, I’ve been working since I was 3. It’s time to have babies and chill,” the “Beguiled” actress revealed in the July issue of Marie Claire U.K. Engaged to fellow actor Jesse Plemons, Dunst, 35, explained the birth of her goddaughter ignited her yearning for motherhood.   ***Tori Spellingand Dean McDermott‘s money problems are apparently getting worse. According to court documents obtained by E! News, City National Bank obtained a $220,000 default judgment against the couple after they missed a court appearance last week. The bank is suing them for allegedly failing to pay back a $400,000 loan from 2010.The bank was seeking approximately $205,000 from the couple stemming from the unpaid loan, as well as $17,000, which Spelling allegedly overdrew from the account.

LBN E-Lert Edited By Dan Gaylord

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