DIRECTOR: CIA WON’T WATERBOARD AGAIN
The CIA would refuse to use harsh “enhanced interrogation” tactics like waterboarding, even if ordered to do so by a future president, Director John Brennan said. “I will not agree to carry out some of these tactics and techniques I’ve heard bandied about because this institution needs to endure,” he told NBC News. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has said if elected, he would reintroduce waterboarding, which was banned in 2009 and is considered torture under international law. Trump has said he would use waterboarding and other methods he described as “a hell of a lot worse” to interrogate suspected terrorists. GOP rival Sen. Ted Cruz has said he doesn’t consider waterboarding to be torture, but wouldn’t authorize “widespread use” of the method.
*OUTRAGEOUS! – Border Patrol Ordered to Release Illegals ‘Still Soaking Wet’ From Rio Grande, Union Says
Border Patrol agents have been ordered to release dripping-wet illegal immigrants at the Rio Grande unless they actually see them climbing out of the river, creating what amounts to “an open border with Mexico,” the chief of the agents’ labor union told Congress in new testimony last week. Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, told the House Judiciary Committee that agents were given the orders verbally soon after President Obama laid out plans for limiting immigration enforcement in 2014. “We have apprehended illegal aliens just north of the border who are still soaking wet from crossing the river. If they claim, as increasingly they are doing, that they have been here since January 1, 2014, we will process and then release them,” Mr. Judd said in written testimony following up on questions from a hearing earlier this year.
*Over 50% of Great Barrier Reef Damaged
An extensive aerial survey of damage to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef—the world’s largest coral reef ecosystem—has revealed that mass coral bleaching is severely affecting more than 50 percent of its length and leaving patches of damages elsewhere. Scientists say climate change and a strong El Niño year have caused higher temperatures to stress coral, which puts it in danger of death. Terry Hughes, head of Australia’s coral bleaching task force, said this is the worst bleaching event to have hit the Great Barrier Reef by far. Hughes noted that this year’s damage is three to four times worse than previous episodes—in 1998 or 2002—adding that the “outstanding universal value” of the reef is “severely compromised.”
*Warriors Tie All-Time NBA Wins Record
The Golden State Warriors tied the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls’ record with the most wins in a season in their 72nd victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday night. The Warriors’ 92-86 win also ended the Spur’s 39-game winning streak at home, making Golden State the first team to win in San Antonio all season. Stephen Curry led the team with another all-star performance, ending the game with 35 points. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 24 points for the Spurs while Kawhi Leonard added 20 and 13 boards.
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*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: ***After two years of heavy legal and financial consequences, General Motors has finally turned the tide and started winning lawsuits related to the gravest safety crisis in its history. So far this year, G.M., the nation’s largest automaker, has prevailed in three injury lawsuits, including a case dismissed on Friday, in ongoing litigation to resolve hundreds of remaining claims linked to its recall of 2.6 million small cars with faulty ignition switches.
*WHO READS LBN? Director Oliver Stone
*LBN-HEALTH WATCH: ***More than eight million older Americans have a condition that can cause leg pain when they walk even short distances. Yet half of those who have the condition don’t know it and consequently don’t get treated for it, putting themselves at risk for a heart attack, stroke or worse. The condition, called peripheral artery disease, or P.A.D., is marked by diseased or blocked arteries in the legs. More than half of those with such circulatory problems in the extremities also have coronary or cerebral artery disease, noted Dr. Iftikhar J. Kullo, a cardiovascular specialist at the Mayo Clinic, in The New England Journal of Medicine in March. Failure to diagnose and treat blocked arteries elsewhere in the body can result in more serious, or even fatal, problems if they affect the heart or brain.
*LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***The sex scandal that cost then-CIA director Gen. David Petraeus his job and reputation could be heading for Hollywood. Socialite Jill Kelley says she’s taking movie offers after publishing her memoir, “Collateral Damage: Petraeus, Power, Politics and the Abuse of Privacy (The Untold Story).” Kelley told Page Six, “I have had several movie offers. After I did a number of interviews, people from Hollywood started calling me about a movie deal. The book is written like a movie, it reads like a thriller.”
*LBN-NOTICED: ***Faye Dunaway showed up at the sixth season premiere of the hit pay-cable series “Game of Thrones” — and stole the spotlight without even having a role in the show. The vain superstar didn’t let that keep her from hitting the red carpet at TCL Chinese Theatre in a see-through outfit. ***Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was spotted consoling failed presidential candidate Marco Rubio at this weekend’s Longines Global Champions Tour in Miami. Michael was there to watch daughter Georgina compete in the equestrian event, where she owns the team Miami Glory, and placed fourth in the Grand Prix Saturday, winning about $50K. ***Media expert and author Michael Levine attending as special guest a lecture by former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta last night at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. ***Sally Field having lunch at Lago restaurant in Santa Monica.
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*LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***New Esquire editor Jay Fieldenhas landed a slate of heavyweight writers for the magazine, Page Six has learned. Insiders said that New Yorker theater critic John Lahr and New York Times literary critic Dwight Garner will both be filing for the monthly. Jay McInerney will also be returning to the magazine. We’re told staffers have noted that Fielden — who replaced David Granger in March after an 19-year tenure as editor — is “involved in everything from commas to clothes,” an insider said.
Acclaimed Jazz Vocalist, Sarah Partridge,
has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund her latest album that will salute the prolific singer/songwriter, Janis Ian.
Partridge, a lifelong fan of Ian, will cover some of the Grammy winner’s hits, lesser known, and previously unreleased material. The project is unique in that the two artists have planned to write a song together specifically for this recording. Partridge says, “This is a first. No one has ever released a tribute album to Janis Ian. The time is ripe for saluting this artist who is a survivor in a business that chews up the best of them. Much of her music has strong roots in jazz and I am very much looking forward to interpreting a handful of her compositions, as well as writing with her. I am hoping that fans and the public will want to support this with enthusiasm.” The campaign runs through April 29th. —-
*LBN-COMMENTARY by Barbara Garro (Artist / Author): In metaphysics, other thinking systems, there is a saying: “What you resist, persists.” That works for me as I see all the Liberal Lunatics practicing their Liberal Lunacy against only Donald Trump as a candidate for President of the USA, giving all other candidates free passes and free rides. Assumption, presumptions, lies against Trump get ink, sound bites. A good example is the Boston Globe’s latest front-page Donald Trump hoax. No mention of Trump being right after Paris, Brussels, other immigration violence. Sowing seeds demonizing successful Donald Trump has become sport. Watch Americans will put him in WH 1/20/17.
*LBN-COMMENTARY by Paul D’Angelo (Comedian, Author): I read that plastic surgeons and dermatologists are using a new process of recycling fat by “harvesting: excess body fat from people’s dimpled buttocks and re-injecting it into their aging, wrinkled faces to restore youthful fullness. This is progress? Essentially, what this means, is that it is now physically possible to actually sit on your own face. The only upside is I can see to this procedure is that, when you visit your family on holidays and they give you a smack on the cheek, you can smile to yourself knowing that, for once, they are kissing your ass.
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