LBN – Special Report – Monday, June 12th, 2017

*Bill Cosby Trial Shocker: Defense Rests After Just 6 Minutes:

Bill Cosby’s attorneys raced through a startlingly brief, six-minute defense Monday, bringing to a close testimony in one of the most high-profile criminal cases in recent American history. Cosby and his wife, Camille — who made her first appearance at the courthouse Monday — watched as defense attorneyBrian McMonagle called a single police witness to confirm the existence of a police report. That detective had led the investigation into allegations brought by Andrea Constand that Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her 13 years ago at his suburban Philadelphia estate. The brevity of the defense case contrasted with the presentation by prosecutors, who called 12 witnesses over five days of often-emotional testimony. At the end of last week, a spokesman for Cosby hinted that the 79-year-old entertainer might testify. Legal experts and courtroom observers generally dismissed that suggestion as a bluff, perhaps designed to throw the prosecutors off-balance at a time when they had momentum.
*U.S. Cyberweapons, Used Against Iran and North Korea, Are a Disappointment Against ISIS: 
America’s fast-growing ranks of secret cyberwarriors have in recent years blown up nuclear centrifuges in Iran and turned to computer code and electronic warfare to sabotage North Korea’s missile launches, with mixed results. But since they began training their arsenal of cyberweapons on a more elusive target, internet use by the Islamic State, the results have been a consistent disappointment, American officials say. The effectiveness of the nation’s arsenal of cyberweapons hit its limits, they have discovered, against an enemy that exploits the internet largely to recruit, spread propaganda and use encrypted communications, all of which can be quickly reconstituted after American “mission teams” freeze their computers or manipulate their data. It has been more than a year since the Pentagon announced that it was opening a new line of combat against the Islamic State, directing Cyber Command, then six years old, to mount computer-network attacks. The mission was clear: Disrupt the ability of the Islamic State to spread its message, attract new adherents, pay fighters and circulate orders from commanders. But in the aftermath of the recent attacks in Britain and Iran claimed by the Islamic State, it has become clear that recruitment efforts and communications hubs reappear almost as quickly as they are torn down. This is prompting officials to rethink how cyberwarfare techniques, first designed for fixed targets like nuclear facilities, must be refashioned to fight terrorist groups that are becoming more adept at turning the web into a weapon.

*GE CEO Jeff Immelt Stepping Down

Jeff Immelt confirmed Monday morning that he will step down as CEO of General Electric, effective Aug. 1. The conglomerate announced that John Flannery, president and CEO of GE Healthcare, will take over for Immelt, who will remain on as chairman until he retires at the end of the year. The multinational is billing the transition as part of a longer-term succession plan for the 61-year-old Immelt, who took over as CEO in 2001 after Jack Welch retired.

*Thanks to Pornhub, We Know Way Too Much About How People Watch Porn:

The planet’s most popular porn site, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, has an astounding 75 million visitors from around the world every day. But while we’ve been watching Pornhub, the sex-streaming behemoth has been watching us back — amassing so much data on its users’ ever-expanding sexual fantasies that it is now what New York magazine calls in its latest issue “the Kinsey Report of our time.” Thanks to Pornhub’s careful accounting of its whopping 10-million-video catalog, we now know, for example, that millennials are very into “cosplay” smut — or canoodling in costume. We also know that women in Brazil and the Philippines are big fans of the site. And that the average time users spend browsing the site’s “Redheads” category is six minutes and 37 seconds. (As opposed to the average 11 minutes and 13 seconds users spend browsing “Old/Young.”)

*Report: Trump Tells Priebus to Fix White House by July 4

President Donald Trump has reportedly given his Chief of StaffReince Priebus an ultimatum in a bid to drastically transform his administration: Clean up the White House by July 4 or face dismissal. Politico on Sunday cited two administration officials and three outside advisers familiar with the matter, all of whom described a crisis playing out behind the scenes as the Russia investigation brings more scrutiny to the White House. The trouble began when Trump returned last month from his first foreign trip and scolded Priebus in front of his former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and deputy campaign managerDavid Bossie for allowing dysfunction in the White House, according to the report. At that time, Trump was said to be considering enlisting Bossie as his deputy chief of staff and Lewandowski as a senior adviser, but he decided to give Priebus more time to turn things around. “I’m giving you until July 4,” one of the sources cited by Politico recalled the president saying. “I don’t want them to come into this mess. If I’m going to clean house, they will come in as fresh blood.” The report cited a White House official and another outside adviser as saying Trump has openly proposed finding a new chief of staff, even holding a brainstorming session about a potential successor after the ouster of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn in February. White House press secretary Sean Spicerdenied the July 4 deadline in a statement Sunday, however. “Whoever is saying that is either a liar or out of the loop,” he said.

*Tiger is Heading Back to Rehab: 

Tiger Woods — faced with possibly losing joint custody of his two young kids after his DUI bust — is going back into rehab, a new report says. The addled golf great recently reserved the entire male inpatient unit of the Jupiter Medical Center near his Florida home for his stint for an addiction to prescription pills, according to sources. “Tiger visited the hospital with his children on June 2, then went alone two days later to complete paperwork and his assessment,” a source told the gossip site. The tee ace, 41, was arrested in Jupiter on May 29 after being found dozing behind the wheel of his banged-up Mercedes Benz. He later admitted to cops that he had taken Xanax earlier in the night and also was on Vicodin.

*‘The Mummy’ No Match for ‘Wonder Woman’ at Box Office

Wonder Woman retained its top spot in theaters this weekend, easily beating Tom Cruise’s The Mummy with an estimated $57.2 million in domestic sales in its second weekend. The Mummy, in its opening weekend, brought in $32.2 million in North American theaters. The superhero film starring Gal Gadot has raked in a grand total of about $435 million over the 10 days it’s been in theaters, with $205 million domestically and more than $230 million internationally. The film has yet to open in Germany, Spain, and Japan later this summer. Universal’s The Mummy, which is meant to start a franchise reviving other famous monsters like FrankensteinDracula, and The Invisible Man, made up for its less-than-impressive domestic debut with sizable ticket sales overseas. The film brought in $141.8 million in 63 foreign territories in its opening weekend.

*LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:   ***Roughly 19.5 million Americans tuned in live to watch former FBI director James Comeydescribe the president as a liar and more. That’s about the same number who watched Game 2 of the NBA finals, but doesn’t include the audience for PBS, C-Span or Fox broadcasting affiliates that carried the hearing live according to media expert and author Michael Levine(

*LBN-VIDEO LINKJimmy Fallon and Paul McCartneySwitch Accents (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon) ——

*LBN-BOOK NEWS:   ***Publicist Denise Trigo Fleming — who’s Look Los Angeles firm and showroom works with brands such as Oscar de la Renta, Chloé, Vince, Monique Lhuillierand Alexander McQueen — is shopping a new memoir called “Dealing,” about her time as a 16-year-old drug dealer in LA. Fleming — now a successful exec and mother of two who’s married to Atlas Artists president Dave Fleming — will reveal how she ended up as a cellmate in prison with Heidi Fleiss and had partied on the outside with rockers such asBilly Idol and Robert Plant.

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: Your Brain and Business —-

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Tony Robbins: What you get won’t make you happy. Who you become will either make you very happy or very sad.


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