LBN – Special Report – Friday


A new Associated Press-GfK poll released Thursday finds that around seven out of 10 of Americans don’t like Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. According to the poll, nearly half of GOP voters view him unfavorably, while more than 60 percent of registered voters and 31 percent of Republicans said they definitely wouldn’t vote for him in the general election. In the South, nearly 70 percent have a negative opinion of the candidate and 55 percent of whites without a college education—one of Trump’s biggest voting blocs—also view him unfavorably. The negative opinion was shared by majorities of men and woman; young and old; conservatives, moderates and liberals; and whites, Hispanics and blacks.


*Pope Francis: Divorce Still ‘an Evil’

In highly anticipated documents released by the Vatican on Friday, Pope Francis issued a number of rulings and opinions to be observed by Catholics around the world. Despite his seemingly progressive views, it is clear the pontiff will never condone same-sex marriage as a sacrament blessed by the Catholic Church. And while divorce is “still an evil,” he wrote, Catholics should encourage non-remarried divorcees “to find in the Eucharist the nourish­ment they need to sustain them in their present state of life.” He added, “It is important that the divorced who have entered a new union should be made to feel part of the church.” The apostolic exhortation, a 256-page document called Amoris Laetitia (Latin for “The Joy of Love”), offers no new top-down edicts. And compared to exhortations past, it calls on Catholics to have “tolerance and understanding.”

*WHO READS LBN? Senator Chuck Grassley

*LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:   ***Megyn Kelly was the talk of the media elite following her comment that she might leave Fox News after the election — but some believe she’ll get $15 million in reasons to stay. Guests at The Hollywood Reporter’s Most Powerful People in New York Media event were buzzing Wednesday about Kelly’s comment this week. “I don’t know what’s going to happen,” she said when asked if she was going to extend her time at Fox, where she’s been for 12 years. Her current contract, inked in 2013, expires in summer 2017.

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: How Bette Midler Became A Film Star:

*LBN-DID YOU KNOW? Did you know that the late Merle Haggard was a long time reader of LBN?

*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***Kiss have announced theirFreedom to Rock summer tour that will find the Destroyer crew performing in over 25 cities that they haven’t visited in over a decade, as well as concerts in four cities they’ve never played before.

*UNIQUELY, LBN: Lola D., a medical student and LBN reader from Princeton, New Jersey

*LBN-R.I.P:   ***E. M. Nathanson, whose best-selling 1965 novel “The Dirty Dozen” became the basis of one of the most enduring, if preposterous, World War II movies to come out of Hollywood, died on Tuesday at his home in Laguna Niguel, Calif. He was 88. His death was confirmed by his wife, Elizabeth Henderson.   ***Joel Kurtzman, an economic Cassandra who gloomily calculated the impact of globalization and projected the crash of domestic markets, but who capped his career two years ago by predicting a “Second American Century” of unimaginable prosperity, died on Wednesday at his home in Concord, Mass. He was 68. The cause was cancer, his wife, Karen Warner Kurtzman, said.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: The Republican presidential campaign just changed. Until now this has been a candidate-centric process. All the different candidates were competing to get a majority of delegates to the G.O.P. convention. But now it’s likely no candidate will get that majority on the first ballot. So the campaign has become a delegate-centric process. Suddenly the delegates have all the power and the candidates have to woo them for their support. The crucial question is, how are delegates going to use their power? Well, they could go the solitary path. In this model the delegates give away their support one by one. But they’d get nothing for it in return — except maybe a hug from Ivanka Trump or a Ted Cruz coffee mug. Big whoop. Or they could choose the collective path.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Paul Krugman: From the beginning, many and probably most liberal policy wonks were skeptical about Bernie Sanders. On many major issues — including the signature issues of his campaign, especially financial reform — he seemed to go for easy slogans over hard thinking. And his political theory of change, his waving away of limits, seemed utterly unrealistic. Some Sanders supporters responded angrily when these concerns were raised, immediately accusing anyone expressing doubts about their hero of being corrupt if not actually criminal. But intolerance and cultishness from some of a candidate’s supporters are one thing; what about the candidate himself? Unfortunately, in the past few days the answer has become all too clear: Mr. Sanders is starting to sound like his worst followers. Bernie is becoming a Bernie Bro.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by FRANS de WAAL: Tickling a juvenile chimpanzee is a lot like tickling a child. The ape has the same sensitive spots: under the armpits, on the side, in the belly. He opens his mouth wide, lips relaxed, panting audibly in the same “huh-huh-huh” rhythm of inhalation and exhalation as human laughter. The similarity makes it hard not to giggle yourself. The ape also shows the same ambivalence as a child. He pushes your tickling fingers away and tries to escape, but as soon as you stop he comes back for more, putting his belly right in front of you. At this point, you need only to point to a tickling spot, not even touching it, and he will throw another fit of laughter.


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Anne Hathaway has given birth to her first child. The “Les Misérables” actress and her husband of four years, Adam Shulman, welcomed a son, Jonathan Rosebanks Shulman, on March 24, E! News reported.  A source told E!’s Web site: “[The] baby is extremely healthy and is surrounded by friends and family in LA. Anne and Adam are ecstatic to be parents.”

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