LBN – Special Report – Friday, July 21st, 2017


Many illegals in the United States come here lawfully, then overstay their visas. In that light, here’s a chilling statistic: According to a recent inspector general’s report, less than 1 percent of those who overstay their visas ever get arrested. America’s borders, in other words, are virtually an open door for anyone who pretends to abide by U.S. immigration law initially before flouting it entirely.The report estimated that in 2015, 527,000 individuals overstayed their  expired visas. So how many of those lawbreakers were actually apprehended? Just 3,402 of them, according to the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General. That’s a rather shocking statistic considering America’s tragic experience with expired visas. Two of the 9/11 hijackers entered the country legally, but failed to leave the country after their visas had expired. Investigators place a lot of the blame for the lax enforcement on antiquated and inefficient technology. Immigration officials have to consult up to 27 different computer systems before they can verify and individual’s visa status with any certainty. That’s led to a huge backlog of Immigration and Customers Enforcement cases to be investigated – over 12 million of them, in fact.
*ISIS’ Core Helps Fund Militants in Philippines, Report Says: 
The central command of the Islamic State in Syria has funneled tens of thousands of dollars to militants in the Philippines over the last year, most likely aiding their spectacular seizure of the southern Philippine city of Marawi, a report released Friday said. The report from the Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict, a research institute based in Jakarta, describes how Mahmud Ahmad, a high-level Islamic State figure from Malaysia, who is based near Marawi, worked through the group’s chain of command to Syria to get money and international recruits to help local militants seize territory in the Philippines for the caliphate.
*Food Stamp Use Falls to Lowest Level in Seven Years
Participation in the food stamp program took a dive to the lowest level it has been in seven years, according to new data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). USDA statistics on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participation showed that 42,609,852 people in the U.S. took part in the food stamp program in fiscal year (FY) 2017, the lowest level it has been since 2010 when 40,302,000 people enrolled in the program. Food stamp usage has been on a steady decline after 2013, when enrollment in the government program swelled to 47.6 million, the highest amount it has ever been since the program’s inception.
*‘Heroic’ Retired NYPD Cop Dies from 9/11-Linked Cancer

A retired New York police officer died this week from cancer he contracted while working in the wreckage of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. Robert Summers passed away on Tuesday at a hospice at the age of 52, nearly 16 years after terrorists hit the Twin Towers. “He was there from day one,” Rev. Brian Jordan told the New York Daily News. “A lot of people loved him. He was a great cop, would give you the skin right off his back.”

*Justin Bieber Banned from Performing in China for ‘Bad Behavior’

Justin Bieber has been banned from performing in China during his Purpose World Tour, according to Beijing’s culture bureau. “Justin Bieber is a gifted singer, but he is also a controversial young foreign singer,” a statement said. “As far as we are concerned, he has engaged in a series of bad behaviors, both in his social life and during a previous performance in China, which caused discontent among the public.” The Canadian pop singer has had myriad legal—and PR—issues over the past several years, facing DUI, assault, and vandalism charges. Bieber performed in China in 2013 as part of his Believe tour, and a viral photo from that trip showed him being carried up the Great Wall of China by his bodyguards.
*LBN-INVESTIGATES: According to the U.S. Inspector General, between 2011 and 2016, some 9,176 IRS employees were investigated for not fully paying their taxes. Yes, the IRS employs people who apparently cheat on their taxes. According to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group, over 99 percent of the employees investigated for not properly paying taxes continue to work there, and only 74 of the agency’s workers were terminated. The agency has a problem of inadvertently overpaying its workers. The Inspector General’s office estimates that between 2006 and 2015, the IRS overpaid more than 600 employees a combined total of $2.7 million. The Inspector General blamed the mistakes on IRS rules regarding pay levels that are “confusing” even to IRS officials.
*Sean Hannity Loses William F. Buckley Award After Controversy

Fox News anchor Sean Hannity will no longer receive the conservative Media Research Center’s William F. BuckleyAward for Media Excellence at its fall gala, CNN reported. During his lifetime, Buckley founded the National Review and was hailed as “arguably the most important public intellectual in the United States.” His son Christopher Buckleyreportedly “expressed great dismay” when he heard the award would go to Hannity, who has insulted conservative intellectuals on Twitter and spread conspiracy theories on his show. The MRC decided not to award the Fox News anchor after the younger Buckley called to express his disappointment.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: The highest rank in Boy Scouts, Eagle Scout, has been reached by more than 2.4 million boys since the award was first presented in 1912.
*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***Two federal investigations — one examining opioid sales, another about a multiple sclerosis drug whose price had soared to $34,000 a vial — were only part of the troubles Mallinckrodt faced as the year began. The stock of the drug maker, whose United States headquarters are in St. Louis, was tanking. Wall Street worried that Medicare might reduce the half-billion dollars it was spending yearly on a Mallinckrodt drug with limited evidence of effectiveness. This year, the company left the industry trade group Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, or PhRMA, after the group threatened to kick out companies that did not spend enough on research. Mallinckrodt, however, has been increasing its spending in another area: It has been writing checks to politicians.
*LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:   ***Innovative Artists has promoted Tamra Goins to head the agency’s comedy division. She’ll manage the department alongside agent Steven Mullerand the agency’s EVP Nevin Dolcefino.

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Acclaimed security expert Kent Moyerhaving lunch yesterday at the popular Baltaire restaurant in Brentwood.   ***David Schwimmer at the bar with friends at Ian Schrager’s Public hotel in Manhattan on Wednesday. The previous night he was spotted o the rooftop with Cuba Gooding Jr.   ***Rudy Giuliani at Benjamin Steakhouse Prime in NYC.   ***Fox News and CNN called a temporary truce on Tuesday night. Talent and execs from the arch-rival networks laid down arms to celebrate the release of CNN’s Alisyn Camerota’s book, “Amanda Wakes Up.” The Atlantic Grill in NYC was full of current and former CNNers including Poppy Harlow, Christine Romans, Dave Briggs, John Avlon, Kate Bolduan, Javi Morgado, Izzy Povich, Andrew Morse, Michael Bass and Joy Behar. But there were so many of Camerota’s former Fox colleagues in attendance, includingBrian Kilmeade, Janice Dean and Rick Leventhal, that CNN honcho Jeff Zucker joked, “Thank you everybody for coming to this Fox News party tonight.”


*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Chester Bennington, the ferocious lead singer for the platinum-selling hard rock band Linkin Park, was found dead in his home near Los Angeles on Thursday. He was 41. Brian Elias, the chief of operations for the Los Angeles County coroner’s office, confirmed the death, in Palos Verdes Estates, and said it was being investigated as a possible suicide after law enforcement authorities responded to a call shortly after 9 a.m.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: The Best of Ronald Reagan:

*LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: There are many different flavors of freedom. For example, there is freedom as capacity and freedom as detachment. Freedom as capacity means supporting people so they have the ability to take advantage of life’s opportunities. You encourage your friend to stick with piano practice so he will have the freedom to really play. You support your child during high school so she will have the liberty to pick her favorite college. Freedom as detachment is giving people space to do their own thing. It’s based on the belief that people flourish best when they are unimpeded as much as possible. Freedom as detachment is marked by absence — the absence of coercion, interference and obstacles. Back when the Republican Party functioned as a governing party it embraced both styles of freedom, but gave legislative priority to freedom of capacity. Look at the Republicans’ major legislative accomplishments of the past 30 years. They used government to give people more capacities.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Michael Levine (Media expert and author – A fascinating finding about the 2016 is that voters who never left, or remain close to, their hometowns tended to vote for Trump, while those who moved away were inclined to support Hillary Clinton. Among voters for Clinton, 27 percent lived in their hometown and 43 percent lived 2 hours or more away from their hometown; among Trump supporters, 36 percent lived in their hometown and 37 percent lived 2 or more hours away.