LBN – Special Report – Friday, June 16th, 2017

*$240,418,000,000: Feds Collect Record Taxes in May; Still Run $88,246,000,000 Deficit
The U.S. Treasury hauled in $240,418,000,000 in total taxes in the month of May, setting a record for inflation-adjusted tax revenues for that month of the year, according to the Monthly Treasury Statement released this week. Despite these record revenues, however, the federal government still ran a deficit of $88,426,000,000 in May—because it spent $328,844,000,000 in the month. In the first eight months of fiscal 2017 (October through May), the federal government hauled in $2,169,160,000,000 in total taxes and spent $2,602,013,000,000—thus, running a deficit of $432,853,000,000. Fiscal 2017 will end on Sept. 30, 2017.
*Trump Confirms He’s Under Investigation, Blames Rosenstein

President Donald Trump on Friday morning blamed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein for firing FBI DirectorJames Comey, which Trump said he is under investigation for doing. Trump, however, told NBC News after the firing that he already decided to fire Comey before Rosenstein wrote a memo criticizing Comey for his handling of the Hillary Clintoninvestigation. Trump is reportedly angry that Rosenstein appointed Robert Mueller as special counsel to take over the investigation, following Attorney General Jeff Sessions’recusal from the issue.

*Trump Flip-Flops, Will Allow DREAMers to Stay in U.S.

In a reversal of his campaign promise and anti-immigrant rhetoric, President Trump will not deport so-called DREAMers, the undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children who were protected by the Obama administration. A statement late Thursday from the Department of Homeland Security indicated that while the Trump administration will not shield their undocumented parents, it will allow those in the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to remain in the country and renew their work permits every two years.

*Wife of Alexandria Shooter: ‘I Can’t Believe He Did This’

Sue Hodgkinson, the wife of the suspected gunman who targeted Republican lawmakers during a baseball practice Wednesday in Virginia, spoke publicly Thursday evening, tearfully explaining to reporters, “I can’t believe he did this.” Hodgkinson, standing outside the couple’s home in Belleville, Illinois, said her husband, James T. Hodgkinson, had told her he was going to Washington, D.C. to “work on taxes.” Instead, the 66-year-old made his way to Alexandria and attacked the congressmen and their security detail, critically injuring GOP Rep. Steve Scalise. “I had no idea this was going to happen and I don’t know what to say about it,” said Hodgkinson. “I can’t wrap my head around it. I’m sorry he did this.
*LBN-WHERE THE ELITE AND UNDERDOGS MEET:

*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***Walmart has agreed to acquire the men’s clothing company Bonobos for $310 million. The purchase is part of a sweeping effort by the world’s largest retailer to revamp its business model as it tries to better compete with Amazon, which on Friday announced that it would buy the upscale grocer Whole Foods for $13.4 billion.

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Neil Diamond and his wife at lunch at Nello’s in NYC having Bellinis, lobster salad and summer truffle pasta.   ***Regis Philbin at Uncle Jack’s Steakhouse in NYC.

*LBN-SITE OF THE DAY:

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*LBN-VIDEO LINK: Lincoln Assassination Eyewitness (Feb 9, 1956) —–  https://youtu.be/I_iq5yzJ-Dk

*LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Abraham Lincoln Delivers His “House Divided” Speech (1858)

In 1858, Lincoln was nominated to challenge incumbent Illinois senator Stephen Douglas for his seat. At the state Republican convention, he accepted the nomination with a now-famous speech explaining his view that the US could not exist with both slave and free states—as “a house divided against itself cannot stand.” He lost the race but won the presidency two years later

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: For 24 Years…..”Guerrilla P.R.” (Harper Collins) has been the best-selling P.R. book of all-time —— www.GuerrillaPRBook.com

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Jon Pareles: Four years between albums, and Lorde makes it sound as if all she did was party. Not that she was having much fun. On “Melodrama,” her second album, Lorde’s nights out are a swirl of drunken flirtations and reckless hookups, where she tries to forget herself but ends up more lonely and self-conscious than ever. Momentary pleasures lead to lasting regrets; trivial interactions can seem cataclysmic. It’s an exceedingly narrow slice of life, but Lorde inhabits it with feverish intensity. The album’s opener and lead single, “Green Light,” leaps right into all her conflicting impulses: She’s furious at an ex but still struggling to let go, though, she also notes, “sometimes I wake up in a different bedroom.” Quick, bouncy piano chords, a foot-stomping beat and eager backup singers can only emphasize that she’s “waiting for that green light” of real independence — not that she’s found it yet. But the song’s joyous major chords already sound as though she’s busted loose.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Millions of poor children and teenagers grow up without their biological father, and often when you ask them about it, you hear a litany of male barbarism. You hear teens describe how their dad used to beat up their mom, how an absent father had five kids with different women and abandoned them all. The children’s tales often reinforce the standard image we have of the deadbeat dad — the selfish cad who spreads his seed and leaves generations of wreckage in his wake. Yet when you ask absent fathers themselves, you get a different picture. You meet guys who desperately did not want to leave their children, who swear they have tried to be with them, who may feel unworthy of fatherhood but who don’t want to be the missing dad their own father was. In truth, when fathers abandon their own children, it’s not a momentary decision; it’s a long, tragic process. A number of researchers have tried to understand how father abandonment happens, most importantly Kathryn Edin andTimothy J. Nelson, who moved to Philadelphia and Camden, N.J., immersed themselves in the neighborhoods there and produced an amazing account, “Doing the Best I Can.”

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Peggy Noonan: What we are living through in America is not only a division but a great estrangement. It is between those who support Donald Trumpand those who despise him, between left and right, between the two parties, and even to some degree between the bases of those parties and their leaders in Washington. It is between the religious and those who laugh at Your Make Believe Friend, between cultural progressives and those who wish not to have progressive ways imposed upon them. It is between the coasts and the center, between those in flyover country and those who decide what flyover will watch on television next season. It is between “I accept the court’s decision” and “Bake my cake.” We look down on each other, fear each other, increasingly hate each other. Oh, to have a unifying figure, program or party.  But we don’t, nor is there any immediate prospect. So, as Ben Franklin said, we’ll have to hang together or we’ll surely hang separately. To hang together—to continue as a country—at the very least we have to lower the political temperature. It’s on all of us more than ever to assume good faith, put our views forward with respect, even charity, and refuse to incite. We’ve been failing.

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: The Comparisons being made between Trump and Nixon are interesting to say the least. Nixon administration expert Jenny Deason Copeland will bring you up to speed on the mind of Richard Nixon in her recently released work Tiananmen West: Why Nixon Ordered the Kent State Massacre. Could the Trump era turn into what we experienced during the Nixon administration? Get your Nixon on. The book is available on Amazon in both e-book and paperback formats. Available on Amazon by following this link: Tiananmen West on Amazon

*LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:….

*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Drew Barrymore, who divorced ex Will Kopelman in 2016, has found a new man. We hear the quirky actress has been dating David Hutchinson, the senior vice president of Maesa, which makes her Flower Beauty products. “They were in Palm Springs for a wedding last weekend,” says a spy, who tells us they were also seen at Cheeky’s restaurant in the tony California town.

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