LBN – Special Report – Monday April 10, 2017

Neil Gorsuch Sworn In as Supreme Court Justice

Neil M. Gorsuch was sworn in Monday as the newest Supreme Court justice, taking the constitutional oath administered by Chief Justice John Roberts before heading to the White House for a ceremonial swearing-in at the White House. The other eight justices were in attendance, in addition to the widow and son of Justice Antonin Scalia, who passed away last year. The second oath will be administered by Justice Anthony Kennedy in the White House Rose Garden. President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence will be in attendance. Gorsuch, 49, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate last week, 54-45. Three red-state Democrats voted for Gorsuch, but others called the seat “stolen” because the Republican-controlled Senate did not allow President Barack Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland, to have a hearing last year.

Trump Officials Tell Russia to Stop Supporting Assad

Trump Cabinet members are cautioning Russia to reconsider its relationship with President Bashar al-Assad in the wake of Syrian chemical attacks that killed more than 80 people last week, most of them civilians. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said Sunday on Fox News: “I think what we should do is ask Russia: How could it be, if you have advisers at that airfield, that you didn’t know that the Syrian air force was preparing and executing a mass-murder attack with chemical weapons?” On ABC, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said “I hope Russia is thinking carefully about its continued alliance with Bashar al-Assad, because every time one of these horrific attacks occurs, it draws Russia closer into some level of responsibility.” Tillerson is set to visit Moscow this week. He was in Italy on Mondayfor a G7 meeting, and participated in a wreath-laying ceremony at a memorial to 560 villagers who were murdered by Nazis in 1944. “We re-dedicate ourselves to holding to account any and all who commit crimes against the innocents anywhere in the world,” said Tillerson. “This place will serve as an inspiration to us all.”

Wells Fargo Board Halts Pay for Two Former Executives

Wells Fargo’s board of directors has pulled back payments to two former executives blamed for the company’s sales abuses that resulted in $185 million in fines against the banking giant. According to an internal report, an independent investigation determined former Chief Executive John Stumpf and former retail bank chief Carrie Tolstedt allegedly misled Wells Fargo’s oversight committee and led it to rescind $75 million in pay last year. The board found that both Stumpf and Tolstedt did not sufficiently counter the problem of thousands employees opening millions of fraudulent accounts to meet sales targets. “Stumpf was by nature an optimistic executive who refused to believe that the sales model was seriously impaired. He was too late and too slow to call for inspection of or critical challenge to the basic business model,” the report states.

Amazon’s Third-Party Sellers Were Hacked

Hackers have reportedly begun targeting the ever-expanding universe of third-party sellers on Amazon—they’ve been stealing passwords and email credentials, then selling them on the “dark web.” The Wall Street Journal reports attackers have, in recent weeks, posted nonexistent merchandise for sale at steep discounts on the accounts of active sellers, then changing bank-deposit information and pocketed the cash. “Hacking Amazon is becoming… increasingly a big deal,” saidJuozas Kaziukėnas, chief executive of Marketplace Pulse. “The value to be gained is bigger as Amazon grows.” An Amazon spokesman said the company “is constantly innovating on behalf of customers and sellers to ensure their information is secure and that they can buy and sell with confidence.”

VANISHED – Braves Hero Otis Nixon Missing in Georgia

Atlanta Braves hero Otis Nixon has gone missing in Woodstock, Georgia, and police have asked for the public’s help in locating him. The 58-year-old retired outfielder, who was on the 1992 World Series-winning team, has struggled with drug addiction for many years. He hasn’t been seen since he left his home Saturday morning, when he was due to play a round of golf but never made it to his tee time, police said. Nixon was in the major leagues for 17 years, but he left the game in 1999 after his drug use and brushes with the law infringed on his career.

LBN-NOTICED:   ***Jaden Smith can’t keep his hands to himself. On Saturday, the actor was spotted on Miami Beach with a new young woman name Odessa Adlon. The pair appeared to be focused on each other, sharing kisses and long gazes as they snuggled on a single beach chair.   ***Voice-over queen Randy Thomas at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn over the weekend where she was the voice of the “Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame” awards.   ***Drake eating at Asian bistro Tao in LA.   ***Former “Law & Order” stars Chris Noth and Benjamin Bratt running into each other at One&Only Ocean Club’s Dune restaurant in the Bahamas.   ***Grace Coddington, Raf Simons and Jason Wu at Document Journal’s Gramercy Park Hotel bash.   **Tony Danza, Contessa Francesca Braschi and Karen King at A Chance in Life Gala at the Pierre in NYC.   ***Robin Byrd at Serendipity 3 in NYC.   ***Travis Tritt at Frank’s Steaks in Jericho, LI.   ***Brad Pitt is back in the game, it seems. The soon-to-be-divorced superstar was doing some “serious flirting” with Sienna Miller — who stars in a new movie from his Plan B production company — during a private dinner for the film. Spies say that the pair were at a restaurant near the ArcLight movie theater in LA, where the premiere for the movie, “The Lost City of Z,” was held earlier the same night, along with a group of friends.

Loans ‘Designed to Fail’: States Say Navient Preyed on Students: 

Ashley Hardin dreamed of being a professional photographer — glamorous shoots, perhaps some exotic travel. So in 2006, she enrolled in the Brooks Institute of Photography and borrowed more than $150,000 to pay for what the school described as a pathway into an industry clamoring for its graduates. “Brooks was advertised as the most prestigious photography school on the West Coast,” Ms. Hardin said. “I wanted to learn from the best of the best.” Ms. Hardin did not realize that she had taken out high-risk private loans in pursuit of a low-paying career. But her lender, SLM Corporation, better known as Sallie Mae, knew all of that, government lawyers say — and made the loans anyway. In recent months, the student loan giant Navient, which was spun off from Sallie Mae in 2014 and retained nearly all of the company’s loan portfolio, has come under fire for aggressive and sloppy loan collection practices, which led to a set of government lawsuits filed in January. But those accusations have overshadowed broader claims, detailed in two state lawsuits filed by the attorneys general in Illinois and Washington, that Sallie Mae engaged in predatory lending, extending billions of dollars in private loans to students like Ms. Hardin that never should have been made in the first place.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: Cigarette butts and filters take 12 years to biodegrade. An aluminum can takes between 200 to 500 years to biodegrade. Plastic diapers and sanitary pads take between 500-800 years. Styrofoam takes more than 5,000 years. And it would take a glass bottle 1 million years to biodegrade.


In recent years, internships have gone from nice-to-have-on-a-résumé to absolutely critical. Employers today go on to hire about 50 percent of their interns as full-time workers, according to the Collegiate Employment Research Institute at Michigan State University. And the share is growing every year in industries like construction, consulting, accounting and scientific services. This new emphasis has upended the traditional recruiting calendar on campuses nationwide. With more companies drawing from their intern pools, recruiters have shifted their attention from hiring soon-to-graduate seniors to scoping out juniors, even as early as the fall term, for summer internships. Postings for internships now make up a significant proportion of the overall entry-level job openings in engineering, graphic design, communications, marketing and information technology, according to Burning Glass Technologies, a data analytics company that studies the job market. “There was a time when 50 employers came to recruit for interns,” said Patricia Rose, director of career services at the University of Pennsylvania. “Now we have 180. They want to wrap up talent before anyone else.” No one wants to be the first full-time employer of new college graduates anymore. Internships are “a really smart way to recruit,” said Adam Ward, head of recruiting at Pinterest, where about one-third of interns are hired in permanent jobs. “It’s all about trying before you buy.”

DID YOU KNOW? Did you know that LBN is read daily by six (6) U.S. Senators?

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:  ***In the latest move by a major automaker to enhance its American manufacturing operations, Toyota said on Monday that it would invest more than $1.3 billion to upgrade its assembly plant in Kentucky. The announcement follows a push by President Trump for auto companies to expand in the United States, and it follows similar actions by General Motors, Ford Motor and Fiat Chrysler.   ***Tesla has quietly zoomed past another automotive milestone. Just a week after the company surpassed Ford Motor in market value, its shares soared past $313 on Monday, making Tesla worth $51 billion, slightly more than General Motors. Tesla’s shares later fell back slightly. Ford has been operating for more than 100 years, and in the first quarter of 2017, it sold hundreds of thousands more vehicles than Tesla, an electric car upstart, did in all of 2016. But investors are betting that Tesla, whose chief executive is Elon Musk, has room to grow as the world’s appetite for electric vehicles expands.


LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***Epic Records has recommitted to Mariah Carey, announcing Monday a new joint partnership between the singer’s Butterfly MC Records and the Sony Music Entertainment label as well as a long-awaited studio album due out “later this year.” Terms of the partnership were not disclosed. The deal seemingly puts to rest rumors that Carey’s recording contract was in jeopardy. The five-time Grammy winner was signed by Epic Records chairman-CEO LA Reid in 2016, with whom she worked on 2005’s multi-platinum-selling album “The Emancipation of Mimi” (recorded and released while Reid was running Universal Music label Island Def Jam).

LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:   ***British Vogue has surprised the fashion world by appointing a man, Edward Enninful, as its new editor. The Ghanaian-born former model and stylist – who is currently creative and fashion director of W magazine – will take over from Alexandra Shulman in August, Vogue confirmed on Monday.

LBN-VIDEO LINK: “Without Notes” – Episode 1  —- A revealing interview with M. Zuhdi Jasser M.D., one of America’s most prominent commentators. Born of Syrian refuge parents, Jasser discusses what it truly means to be an American. A fascinating discussion with a unique and brilliant voice.

US Wind Map
“An invisible, ancient source of energy surrounds us – energy that powered the first explorations of the world, and that may be a key to the future. This map shows you the delicate tracery of wind flowing over the US.”


F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby Is Published (1925)
Considered to be Fitzgerald’s masterpiece, The Great Gatsby is a devastating critique of the American Dream and materialism at the height of the Roaring Twenties. It is the story of a bootlegger, Jay Gatsby, whose obsessive dream of wealth and lost love is destroyed by a corrupt reality. Today used as required reading in many high schools, the book has been cited as the paragon of the Great American Novel.

LBN-SPOTLIGHT: The Power of “No’ –


LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Congrats to Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk. The two have welcomed their first child. “They are both extremely thrilled and feel so blessed,” an insider shared. A source told People magazine, who was first to report the news, Shayk gave birth two weeks ago. No other details were made available.   ***Gwyneth Paltrow’s infamous new-age lifestyle site Goop has delivered the goods once more, offering subscribers some rather unusual advice on how to combat depression. A new post on the Paltrow-helmed website introduces readers to the concept of “earthing” — that’s going barefoot, in layman’s terms. Walking around barefoot outside isn’t a sure-fire way to step on something sharp — it’s actually an incredibly powerful healer for mental and physical woes, including depression.   ***Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay has revealed he won’t leave his massive fortune to his children — as he fears it could “ruin them.” The TV star, who has Matilda, 15, Jack and Holly, 17, and Megan, 18, with wife Tana, 42, joins a number of mega-rich dads including Bill Gates and Simon Cowell who have chosen not to leave their wealth to their offspring. Speaking to the Telegraph, Gordon, who according to reports has an estimated net worth of around £113 million (roughly $140 million), said his children will have to make their own way in life.

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