LBN – Special Report – Friday, June 23rd, 2017

*BOMBSHELL — Obama Weighed Massive Retaliation for Election Interference
In his final months in office, President Obama set in motion a massive—and secret—retaliatory program against Moscow for interfering in the U.S. election, The Washington Post reported Friday morning, in a detailed article about the former administration’s struggle to prevent Kremlin meddling in the run-up to Election Day. Obama reportedly ordered security services to set up digital bomb “implants” in Russian networks, which could be triggered in a retaliatory cyberstrike in response to Moscow aggression, along with additional sanctions that could cripple the Russian economy. Ultimately, though, he left it up to President Trump to decide whether to use such a weapon. Others from Obama’s administration noted that Oval Office efforts on what to do about Russia failed, despite Obama’s personal warnings to President Vladimir Putin. “It is the hardest thing about my entire time in government to defend,” said one former senior Obama administration official. “I feel like we sort of choked.”

*Attorney Says Michael Brown Settlement Amounted to $1.5 Million

A federal judge approved a $1.5 million civil settlement in the wrongful-death lawsuit filed after 18-year-old Michael Brownwas fatally shot by Ferguson, Missouri, police in 2014, a city attorney said Friday. Apollo Carey confirmed the city’s insurance company would pay the settlement amount—disclosed as a result of a St. Louis Post-Dispatch open-records request—to the Brown family “on behalf of multiple defendants.”
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*‘Wonder Woman’ Nears Top-Grossing Live-Action Female-Directed Film Ever
Director Patty Jenkins’ smash hit Wonder Woman is set to make history with record takings for a live-action movie directed by a female during its box-office run. Wonder Woman is expected to eclipse the $609.8 million earned worldwide by Mamma Mia! in 2008 (directed by Phyllida Lloyd). The superheroine action-drama is expected to hit the milestone by the end of this week, and also has a strong chance of beating out Jennifer Yuh Nelson’s animated Kung Fu Panda 2, which raked in even more, $665.7 million. That would make Wonder Woman the top-grossing film of all time from a woman filmmaker with solo directing duties.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: We are more worried about paying for our next vacation than about saving enough for retirement. That’s the finding of a study released this week by COUNTRY Financial, in which Americans report being more concerned about affording vacations (36%) than having adequate retirement savings (32%). That may explain, in part, why more than half of Americans will be broke when we retire, according to a survey from GoBankingRates.com.

*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***Once universally dreaded by banks, the Federal Reserve’s annual stress tests are becoming less stressful. The nation’s largest banks breezed through the first phase of their annual tests on Thursday, demonstrating that they have enough capital to withstand the type of financial shock that nearly ruined the industry and the world economy in 2008. The banking system, according to the test results, has an even larger capital cushion than it did going into last year’s exam. That is likely to increase calls from the financial industry and its allies in the Trump administration and Congress to start watering down the regulations. Even the Fed governor overseeing the tests this year has said he wants to pull back some rules.

*LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:   ***Michael Musto — the former veteran Village Voice gossip columnist, current Out Magazine scribe and self-described “cultural anthropologist” — is recovering from an accident. Musto said that on Monday, “a crazed bicyclist ran into me and I went flying.” He will be OK, but had to have “leg/foot surgery” at Lenox Hill Hospital.

*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-SPOTLIGHT: 40 Year-Old Vegan: Home —- www.40yov.com  Vegan Recipes & Lifestyle Information for People Ages 40 and Over.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: “Without Notes”, TV’s most revealing interview show — Episode# 3—-“Without Notes” with M. Zuhdi Jasser M.D. – Episode 3: Getting Political —-  https://youtu.be/1U_fOo9muOE .

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Natalie Portman at the Joyce Theater in Chelsea in NYC to cheer husband Benjamin Millepied’s LA Dance Project. Portman’s “Black Swan” director Darren Aronofsky was also in the audience.   ***Tom Brokaw seeingDiana Krall in concert at the Beacon Theatre in NYC.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: Producer Robert Evans interviewed byWes Anderson (2002)  —-  https://youtu.be/FL_Y1-knz8s

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Gabe Pressman, the senior correspondent for WNBC-TV and the indefatigable dean of New York’s television reporters, who chased breaking news, interviewed countless celebrities and covered the hoopla of politics, protests and parades for more than six decades, died early Friday morning in New York. He was 93 and lived in Manhattan. His death was confirmed by his station, WNBC-TV.

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: “Control your own destiny or someone else will.” —- www.TheExcelCommunity.com

*LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: A few months ago I had lunch with a former student named Lucy Fleming, one of the best writers I’ve taught. I asked her what she had learned in her first year out of college. She said she had been forced to think differently. While in school, her thinking was station to station: take that test, apply to that college, aim for a degree. But in young adulthood, there are no more stations. Everything is open seas. Your main problems are not about the assignment right in front of you; they are about the horizon far away. What should you be steering toward? It requires an entirely different set of navigational skills. This gets at one of the oddest phenomena of modern life. Childhood is more structured than it has ever been. But then the great engine of the meritocracy spits people out into a young adulthood that is less structured than it has ever been. There used to be certain milestones that young adults were directed toward by age 27: leaving home, becoming financially independent, getting married, buying a house, having a child. But the information economy has scrambled those timetables. Current 20-somethings are much less likely to do any of those things by 30. They are less likely to be anchored in a political party, church or some other creedal community.

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*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Kelly Rohrbach — the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue model and ex-girlfriend of Leonardo DiCaprio — has been trying to launch an acting career, but she hit some major bumps in her big feature-film debut. A studio source tells us that Rohrbach’s diva attitude on the recent film “Baywatch” — which co-starred Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Zac Efron and Priyanka Chopra — was to blame. “She thought she was better than everyone,” says the insider. “There was no love lost between her and the rest of the cast.” While promoting the film last month, “No one wanted to share a junket room with her. She was flipped around to many different pairings.”   ***Johnny Depp sparked outrage after his bizarre remarks at Thursday’s Glastonbury Arts Festival, during which he pondered the assassination of President Trump. “Can you bring Trump here?” the actor asked the crowd, drawing boos, while introducing a screening of his 2004 film The Libertine. “You misunderstand completely,” he continued, The New York Times reports. “When was the last time an actor assassinated a president? I want to clarify: I’m not an actor. I lie for a living. However, it’s been awhile and maybe it’s time.”   ***Richard Dreyfuss prefers to keep his Oscar cold. The 69-year-old star admitted he stores his coveted prize, which he won for “The Goodbye Girl” in 1978, in his refrigerator because he wants everyone to know he has one without having to say anything. “I don’t like to brag, but I like everyone to know about it,” Dreyfuss told The Hollywood Reporter. “Sooner or later, I know they are all going to go to the refrigerator.”