LBN – Special Report – Monday

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: A vast majority of guns used in 16 recent mass shootings, including two guns believed to be used in the Orlando attack, were bought legally and with a federal background check. At least eight gunmen had criminal histories or documented mental health problems that did not prevent them from obtaining their weapons.

*Report: Mateen Went to Saudi Arabia in 2011, 2012

Federal officials said Monday that Omar Mateen, the shooter who killed 49 people early Sunday morning in Orlando, visted Saudi Arabia in both 2011 and 2012. A spokesman for Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of the Interior reportedly said Mateen made the trip in order to perform a pilgrimage to Mecca. U.S. officials confirmed to The Daily Beast that Mateen made the visits, including a ten-day trip in 2011. The FBI had flagged and interviewed Mateen in 2013 after his coworkers reported him for making “inflammatory” comments about radical Islamic propaganda. 

*Microsoft Buys LinkedIn for $26.2 Billion

Microsoft is acquiring LinkedIn, the company announced Monday. The move is a cash deal valued at $26.2 billion. Both companies’ boards of directors approved the acquisition unanimously. Under the new deal, LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weinerwill report to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. After the announcement, the LinkedIn share price jumped 48 percent.
*Obama Won’t Use Exec Order to Shut Gitmo

President Obama will not use an executive order to shut the Guantanamo Bay prison facility—once a major goal of his presidency. Officials in the White House reportedly concluded the action would not be a viable strategy, and that route has been quashed. To close the facility without executive action, Obama would have to persuade Congress to bring the remaining inmates to maximum-security prisons inside the U.S., which has been banned. The military prison was set up following the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

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*MISTAKE – Armed Man Never Said He’d Attack Parade:

Authorities said Santa Monica Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks mistakenly announced that a 20-year-old man taken into custody with an arsenal of weapons had wanted to harm a gay pride event. In reality, the man was en route to the festival but never stated his intentions, Lt. Saul Rodriguezsaid. “It was a misstatement,” he said. “Unfortunately, she was given incorrect information initially, which indicated that that statement was made; however, that statement never was made. He did indicate that he was planning on going to the Pride festival, but beyond anything as far as motives or his intentions that statement was never made nor did any officer receive that statement.” James Wesley Howell, of Indiana, was arrested Sunday in the hours before the annual Gay Pride parade in West Hollywood.
*ISIS Video: Man Executes Own Brother:

A new video released by Islamic State militants purports to show a brother executing his own brother on charges of spying for the Iraqi state military. The executioner, identified only asAbu Abdallah, shot his sibling and then warned others to not get involved in exchanging intelligence with anti-ISIS forces. He also warned other family members not to quarrel with him over the execution of his brother.

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*Omar Mateen’s Dad: ‘Only God Can Punish Homosexuality’

Seddique Mir Mateen, the father of the terrorist who killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, said “only God can punish homosexuality” in a video he posted online after the massacre. “This is not an issue humans should punish,” he continued. Omar Mateen’s father on Sunday said his son was disgusted by seeing two men kiss recently, and coworkers described him as homophobic. (A drag queen former coworker told The Daily Beast, however, Mateen was kind to him.) Mateen’s ex-wife said he beat her regularly during their brief marriage.

*LBN-BOOK NEWS:   ***Gary J. Byrne, the former Secret Service officer who wrote a bombshell book on Hillary Clinton, has filmed an online video explaining his decision to tell all in the tome, which will be released by Hachette on June 28. In the video, Byrne says the agency’s biggest fear was that the former first lady would violently attack the president. The book, “Crisis of Character: A White House Secret Service Officer Discloses his Firsthand Experience with Hillary, Bill and How They Operate,” claims Hillary was “erratic, uncontrollable and occasionally violent . . . [with] a ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ personality” that left White House staffers frightened.

*LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:   ***Hollywood agency UTA — which reps stars like Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp — has signed Chinese contemporary artist and activist Ai Weiwei. The deal was struck by UTA’s Fine Arts division, which launched last year and is headed by lawyer Josh Roth. UTA will now help set up distribution for the artist’s upcoming doc, “The Human Flow,” out next year.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: The term “smoking” wasn’t established until the late seventeenth century. Before then, it was often referred to as “Dry Drunkenness.”

*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***Hell hath no fury like Adelescorned. The 28-year-old singer blasted legendary music producer Tony Visconti after he suggested her voice had been digitally enhanced. “Some d–khead … tried to say that my voice wasn’t me on record,” Adele told the audience during a concert in Paris last Thursday. “Dude, suck my d–k.”

*UNIQUELY, LBN: Charlene and Fredrick, two LBN reader from New Orleans, Louisiana.

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Gigi and Bella Hadid dining at Nobu in NYC.   ***Christie Brinkley and Lionel Richie at separate tables at Harry Cipriani in NYC while Howard Lorber dined with top Broadway producer Terry Allen Kramer and George Hamilton.   ***Anthony Weiner striding “purposefully” through Union Square in NYC wearing shorts and headphones.  ***Adrien Brody and Domingo Zapata hanging out at Lower East Side lounge Jia in NYC.   ***Supermodel and designerCoco Rocha at the Angelo David Salon in NYC.   ***L.A. movers and shakers having brunch at the Beverly Hills Hotel yesterday hosted by Chris Ruddy, founder of Newsmax including columnist Ben Stein, media expert and authorMichael Levine, film producer Mark Joseph, singer Robert Davi.

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: Are You A Rolling Stone?

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***George V. Voinovich, a former two-term United States senator and two-term governor of Ohio who preached frugality in his personal and public life and occasionally bucked the Republican establishment, died on Sunday at his home in Cleveland. He was 79. His death was confirmed by his wife, Janet, who did not give a cause.


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***On Monday, Gordon Ramsayannounced on Facebook that his wife Tana Ramsay suffered a miscarriage. “Hi guys, Tana and I want to thank you so much for your support over the past couple weeks. We had a devastating weekend as Tana sadly miscarried our son at five months,” he stated on his page. Pink and Carey Hart have sliced a cool million dollars off the price of their gorgeous Malibu estate, which is now listed at $13 million, TMZ says. It went on the market last summer for $14 million but had no takers. The enormous 7,450-square-foot beach house has the requisite ocean views, six bedrooms, and six bathrooms.

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