LBN – Special Report – Wednesday – April 19, 2017

Trump Says Illegal Aliens Who ‘Murdered People, Raped People’ Are ‘Getting the Hell Out’:

President Donald Trump said Monday that many people are thanking him for getting rid of the “burden” of criminal aliens. In an interview with “Fox & Friends” host Ainsley Earhardt, the president said his administration so far has “gotten tremendous criminals out of this country.” “I’m talking about illegal immigrants that were here that caused tremendous crime, that have murdered people, raped people. Horrible things have happened,” Trump said. “They’re getting the hell out or they’re going to prison, and so many towns and cities are thanking me, because we’ve gotten rid of a burden that you would not believe

Jason Chaffetz: I Won’t Seek Re-Election

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) announced on Wednesday that he will not seek re-election. “After long consultation with my family and prayerful consideration, I have decided I will not be a candidate for any office in 2018,” the 50-year-old Republican lawmaker wrote on his Facebook page. “After more than 1,500 nights away from my home, it is time. I may run again for public office, but not in 2018,” he added. “For those that would speculate otherwise, let me be clear that I have no ulterior motives. I am healthy. I am confident I would continue to be re-elected by large margins. I have the full support of Speaker Ryan to continue as Chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee. That said, I have made a personal decision to return to the private sector.”

Bill O’Reilly Reportedly Let Go by Fox News

New York magazine’s Gabriel Sherman reports Fox News will announce the Bill O’Reilly’s departure from the cable-news channel within the next week. New York, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, and New York Times all reported Tuesday night that O’Reilly’s lawyers and Fox News are negotiating the terms of his departure. Sherman reports one of the sticking points is whether the network’s most popular (and valuable) host will be allowed to say goodbye to his viewers on the air.

Aaron Hernandez Wasn’t on Suicide Watch

Aaron Hernandez, the 27-year-old former NFL star who killed himself in a Massachusetts prison on Wednesday morning, was not on suicide watch. Christopher Fallon, spokesman for the state’s Department of Corrections, said Hernandez never indicated he might harm himself. “If he had made any kind of statement, he would have not been in that unit,’’ said Fallon. Officials said they also haven’t found any evidence of a suicide note left behind by the former New England Patriots tight end when he used a prison bedsheet to hang himself from a window. Massachusetts State Police are investigating his death.

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Tom Brady Isn’t Going to WH Ceremony Due to ‘Family Matters’

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady released a statement Wednesday announcing that he won’t be attending a White House celebration to honor his team’s Super Bowl win. “Our team has accomplished something very special that we are all proud of and will be for years to come,” he wrote. “Thank you to the president for hosting this honorary ceremony and for supporting our team for as long as I can remember. In light of some recent developments, I am unable to attend today’s ceremony, as I am attending to some personal family matters. Hopefully, if we accomplish the goal of winning a championship in the future years, we will back on the South Lawn again soon.” At least six of Brady’s team members have opted out of the ceremony, some for political reasons. Tom Brady’s mother, Galynn, is battling cancer. She attended only one game this season, and it was the Super Bowl.

Fagun Thakrar Becomes First Actor that Leicester Honors with Prestigious Award for Artistic Achievement

Los Angeles, CA -based Actress Fagun Thakrar is the first person to be honored with the prestigious Leicester Arts Achievement Award for her contributions to the arts. Born and raised in Leicester, north of London, UK. Fagun has appeared in numerous theater and film productions, recently turning her hand to directing. Fagun is currently at work on several projects in Los Angeles. “I didn’t even expect to be nominated for this award,” Fagun comments, “and so I feel really honored and grateful. This award means a lot to me, coming from my hometown where I was born and grew-up. It’s really heart-warming to know that people appreciate my work.” Fagun recently shot a movie with Brie Larson and Donald Sutherland coming out internationally later this year. Reflecting on her career thus far, Fagun says, “It’s been such a remarkable journey with lots of bumps on the road. I’ve learned a lot from all the challenges I’ve faced and I know I have so much more to learn. With all the ups and down, recognition like this, from the place where it all started for me, really truly lifts my heart.” Along with her international success, Fagun continually gives back to her hometown—organizing stage performances, staying involved with the local arts community and mentoring other young actors coming out of Leicester. Leicester seems to be gaining notoriety on the world stage with Leicester City Football club winning the premier league last year.

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Study: Psychedelics Induce ‘Heightened State of Consciousness’

 

A new study shows evidence that psychedelic drugs can induce a heightened state of consciousness, The Guardian reports. Brain scans from healthy participants who took ketamine, LSD, or psilocybin—a compound in “magic mushrooms”—had increased random brain activity after taking the drugs. The increased random activity came with sensations like floating, suddenly finding inner peace, a “sense that the self was disintegrating,” and distortions in perception of time. “What we find is that under each of these psychedelic compounds, this specific measure of global conscious level goes up, so it moves in the other direction. The neural activity becomes more unpredictable,” said Anil Seth, a professor of neuroscience at Britain’s University of Sussex. “Until now, we’ve only ever seen decreases compared to the baseline of the normal waking state.”

Caitlyn Wasn’t ‘Entirely Comfortable’ Having Sex with Kris Jenner:

Caitlyn Jenner gets candid about her sex life with ex-wife Kris Jenner in her new memoir, “The Secrets of My Life.” “We fall in love quickly (we marry after seven months),” Caitlyn, 67, writes in an excerpt published by People. “Since — let’s not kid ourselves — everyone wants to know, Kris and I have good and frequent sex at the beginning.” Caitlyn, who underwent gender reassignment surgery in January, describes the sex as “imbued with love” but admits she wasn’t “entirely comfortable” with the act. “I tell Kris about my gender issues before I make love to her. This will always be a subject of dispute between us,” Caitlyn laments. “She insists that she was taken by surprise by my ultimate transition to Caitlyn, which obviously means in her mind that she did not know enough.”

LBN-INVESTIGATES: As President Trump approaches the end of his first 100 days in office, he has received by far the most hostile press treatment of any incoming American president, with the broadcast networks punishing him with coverage that has been 89% negative. For this study, MRC analysts reviewed all of ABC, CBS and NBC’s evening news coverage of Trump and his new administration from January 20 through April 9, including weekends. Coverage during those first 80 days was intense, as the networks churned out 869 stories about the new administration (737 full reports and 132 brief, anchor-read items), plus an additional 140 full reports focused on other topics but which also discussed the new administration. Five big topics accounted for roughly two-fifths (43%) of the whopping 1,900 minutes of total network airtime devoted to the Trump administration. But those five topics accounted for a much larger share (63%) of the negative coverage hurled at the administration, as the networks covered each with an overwhelmingly hostile (more than 90% negative) slant.

Phil Liberatore, CPA, Responds to the IRS’ Hiring of Debt Collectors

In years past, the IRS has never called taxpayers to collect back taxes. Starting this month, however the Internal Revenue Service will use four private collection firms to deal with severely delinquent cases. Although this new strategy is said to be put in place to help alleviate stress and prevent harassment that taxpayers have dealt with in the past, Phil Liberatore http://www.liberatorecpa.com/, believes, “this change may be an attempt to improve the IRS’s budget, but it comes at further costs to the tax payers. The collection companies employ aggressive collection tactics that can be borderline abusive. This policy would further degrade taxpayers perception of the IRS.” As stated by Liberatore, the IRS has tried this strategy of using private collectors before and both times they had to stop the project. Not only were taxpayers being abused, but the project wound up costing money due to high administrative costs and commissions to debt collectors. In 2006 the project lost over $2 million. According to Liberatore, “this looks like another instance in which the IRS needs to count the cost of their policies towards taxpayers, with reductions to their operating budget, the IRS has been cutting back on services to taxpayers. For example on the IRS help line taxpayers are waiting on hold for an extended duration. In fact, over 60% taxpayers could not get through to the IRS at all and 49% of correspondences were not handled timely.” “In our 30+ years of experience in dealing with the IRS, we’ve found that we help our clients to resolve their issues with the IRS in a constructive and dignified manner, without the need to employ debt collection agencies. We look forward to a day in which the IRS can improve the ways in which it reaches out to taxpayers,” says Liberatore.

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LBN-INVESTIGATES: All math possible? New York Gov.Andrew Cuomo’s reported income doubled last year from the previous year, largely based on royalty payments from his 2014 memoir—which, curiously, has sold just 3,200 copies for HarperCollins. In total, Cuomo has made $783,000 in royalties for the book, according to a report in The Buffalo News. That calculates to $245 per book. The tome, titled All Things Possible: Setbacks and Success in Politics and Life, currently sells for $13.05 on Amazon for a hardcover copy. Cuomo, according to the News, reported an adjusted gross income last year of $417,748. The previous year, it was $196,243. His book-royalty income listed on his 2016 tax filings totaled $218,100. The filings for 2016 were made public Monday.

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LBN-R.I.P.:  ****Sylvia Moy, a Motown songwriter and producer who collaborated with Stevie Wonder on “Uptight (Everything’s Alright)” and “My Cherie Amour,” and who was a co-writer of hits for the Marvin Gaye-Kim Weston duet and theIsley Brothers, died on Saturday in Dearborn, Mich. She was 78. Her sister Anita Moy said that the cause was complications of pneumonia.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: Did you catch this gem on CNN.com from April 6? “The Kentucky Coal Mining Museum in Benham, owned by Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College, is switching to solar power to save money. … Communications director Brandon Robinson told CNN affiliate WYMT that the project ‘will help save at least eight to ten thousand dollars, off the energy costs on this building alone.’” Go figure. The coal mining museum is going solar, for solid economic reasons, and President Trumpis reviving coal, with no economic logic at all. This bizarre contrast speaks to a deeper question of leadership and how we judge presidents. Trump took two major national security decisions in the past few weeks. One was to strike Syria for using poison gas. Trump summoned his national security team, asked for options on Syria, chose the cruise-missile strike — which was right — and won praise for acting “presidential.” The other decision you didn’t see. It was Trump dismantling budgets and regulations undergirding U.S. climate and environmental protection policies — in his nutty effort to revive U.S. coal-fired energy — while quietly announcing plans to withhold a promised $32.5 million U.S. contribution for the U.N. Population Fund, which supports family planning and maternal health.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Dennis Prager: Regarding the social damage, as the first black president in American history, he could have been an unprecedented force for racial healing but instead left America more racially divided than any modern president. In his repeated citing of Ferguson, for example, he helped spread the lie that a racist white Missouri police officer had killed an innocent black teenager without reason (other than racial bias). He deceived the American people (the “if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor” assertion and more) in order to pass Obamacare, one of the largest government-expanding programs in American history. He used presidential power in an unprecedentedly authoritarian manner. He showed far more understanding of the Iranian theocracy than of the Israeli democracy. His Internal Revenue Service and Department of Justice were politicized in ways reminiscent of corrupt Third World regimes. And he left America fighting a (thus far nonviolent) second Civil War.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Andy Parker: After my daughterAlison’s shooter posted her murder video on Twitter, I feared there would be a copycat incident. It wasn’t a matter of if, but when.It made me think of the darkly satirical movie, “Network.” When I first saw it, it seemed so dystopian and far-fetched.Howard Beale, the anchorman, gets assassinated on live television because of poor ratings. I couldn’t imagine it would ever happen (except maybe on Fox News), but now thanks to social media — as we’ve learned again through the killing ofRobert Godwin in Cleveland — murder has become a vehicle for notoriety. Sadly, for all the good Facebook can do, we now see its potential to turn mentally unstable killers into instant celebrities. They now have their own vehicle to make them reality TV stars, just like the one in the White House

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LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Congrats to Serena Williams! The 35-year-old greatest active female tennis star and 23-time Grand Slam champion revealed Wednesday she is pregnant with her first child. She posted on her Snapchat a selfie of her showcasing her baby bump in a yellow one-piece swimsuit, with the caption “20 weeks.” Serena had revealed in late December on Reddit that she is engaged to the social network’s co-founder Alexis Ohanian, 33. The two have recently been vacationing in Tulum, Mexico—guess you could call it a babymoon.   ***After being hospitalized for stomach problems on Monday, Richard Simmons has spoken directly to his fans for the first time in three years. “Hello to everyone who has shown concern for me and sent their good wishes,” the fitness guru told People in a statement on Wednesday. “You will never know how much it means to me. Aren’t you sick of hearing and reading about me?! LOL Well by now you know that I’m not ‘missing,’ just a little under the weather. I’m sure I will be feeling good and back home in a couple of days.”   ***Married Alphabet Inc. chairman and former Google CEO Eric Schmidt is squiring yet another new girlfriend around town. Schmidt has been spotted out with socialite Ulla Parker, a divorcée known for her expensive taste. Multiple sources tell Page Six that Schmidt and Parker, the glossy-haired ex-wife of Wall Street veteran Kevin Parker (who now runs Sustainable Insight Capital Management), have been spending time together after being introduced by mutual friends.


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