LBN – Special Report – Monday March 13, 2017

Conway: Magic Microwaves May Have Spied on Trump:

Kellyanne Conway, a senior counselor to President Donald Trump, doubled down Sunday night on claims that President Obama had wiretapped and spied on Trump in the run-up to the 2016 election. As usual, Conway’s comments, which were made in an interview at her home in Alpine, New Jersey, were not supported by any evidence. She claimed that Obama may have used “microwaves that turn into cameras,” adding: “We know this is a fact of modern life.” Conway said that “there are many ways to surveil each other,” including through “phones and television sets.” Trump has said, also without evidence, that he believes the Obama administration was spying on him.

Trump to Host Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago:

Despite repeatedly antagonizing China during his presidential campaign, President Trump now plans to host Chinese President Xi Jinping at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida this spring. The meeting will reportedly cover economic and security issues. Trump has not, according to an Axios report Monday morning, planned any golf excursions for the visit, which is tentatively scheduled for April 6 and 7. The visit could help ease fears of those in the U.S. and elsewhere who have become anxious that Trump isn’t committed to a positive relationship between the two global superpowers.

Report: 18 Inches of Snow to Hit New York:

Meteorologists have issued warnings to New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts in advance of a winter storm that could carry as much as 18 to 24 inches of snow in some places, along with wind gusts as high as 50 mph. A blizzard watch was issued for New York City from Monday night through Tuesday evening. “We’re preparing for a significant storm on Tuesday, and New Yorkers should also prepare for snow and dangerous road conditions,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. He asked that residents help keep roads clear by avoiding unnecessary travel. The heaviest snowfall, forecasters say, is expected Tuesday morning, with a potential rate of 2 to 4 inches per hour. Meteorologist Eric Holthaus said the forecast comes within an inch of the biggest March snowstorm in New York history, which dumped 21 inches of snow in Central Park.

Officials: Hoverboard-Sparked Fire Kills Toddler:

Federal investigators say a Pennsylvania 3-year-old is the first known U.S. fatality directly caused by an exploding hoverboard.Ashanti Hughes died in the Harrisburg blaze and two other children were critically injured when the recharging device reportedly sparked a house fire Friday night. “They heard some sizzling and crackling in the hoverboard, and shortly thereafter, it exploded in flames,” Fire Chief Brian Enterline said. He said the fire was officially ruled accidental but attributed to the hoverboard, which was recharging and plugged in at the time of the fire. Scott Wolfson, a spokesman for the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission, said the agency is investigating. Hoverboards were ordered off the U.S. market in 2015 after numerous reports of lithium battery packs overheating and catching fire.


‘Kong’ Takes Over at the Box Office:

In its debut weekend, Kong: Skull Island took in about $61 million in domestic theaters, largely surpassing expectations and beating out Logan, which premiered a week earlier. Kong stars Brie Larson, Tom Hiddleston, and Samuel L. JacksonJeff Goldstein, Warner Bros. head of domestic distribution, said, “The world of mouth is really kicking in,” adding that the weekend earnings “far exceeded everyone’s expectations.” Logan added $37.9 million in domestic earnings.Jordan Peele’s social commentary and horror film Get Out, in third place, earned $21.1 million in its third weekend and has now taken in a total of $111 million.

Kim K. recalls feeling there was ‘no way out’ during Paris heist:

Kim Kardashian sobbed as she relived the horrifying moment she was robbed at gunpoint at a Paris hotel last October. “They ask for money. I said I don’t have any money,” the reality-TV star said in a new teaser for next Sunday’s “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” episode. “They dragged me out on to the hallway on top of the stairs. That’s when I saw the gun clear, like clear as day. I was kind of looking at the gun, looking down back at the stairs.” In the clip, Kardashian breaks down as she tells sisters Khloé and Kourtney she nearly made a run for it in what could’ve been a life-or-death decision to save her life.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***China struck $225 billion in deals to acquire companies abroad last year, a record-breaking number that signaled to the world that Chinese business leaders were hot to haggle. Now, China — with a worried eye on the money leaving its borders — is telling some of its companies to cool it down. On Saturday, in the strongest public signal yet that Beijing is changing course, China’s commerce minister castigated what he called “blind and irrational investment.” At a news briefing during the annual meeting of China’s congress, the minister, Zhong Shan, said officials planned to intensify supervision of what he called a small number of companies.

Australia Considers Banning Unvaccinated Kids From Childcare Centers:

The Australian government is considering legislation that would ban unvaccinated children from preschools and childcare centers, with the prime minister warning that unvaccinated kids put others at risk. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has called for nationwide legislation to keep unvaccinated children out of centers where other children could be infected. Citing a recent case in which a one-month-old baby died of whooping cough—a disease for which there is a vaccination—Turnbull said vaccinations should be taken more seriously. “This is not a theoretical exercise—this is life and death,” Turnbull said. “If a parent says, ‘I’m not going to vaccinate my child,’ they are not simply putting their child at risk, they are putting everybody else’s children at risk, too,” he warned. Three states—Queensland, Victoria, and New South Wales—already require children to be vaccinated to attend childcare centers. But a recent poll showed that about 5 percent of children still are not vaccinated, a figure that many believe is too high.

LBN-NOTICED:   ***Voice-over superstar Randy Thomas(voice of the Super Bowl, Academy Awards, Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame, etc.) making a midnight guest appearance on the Frazer Smith KLOS radio show in Culver City accompanied by daughter Rachel.    ***Legendary retirement financial advisor and author Doc Gallagher having dinner last night with Social Media expert Brooke Taylor at a quiet Morton’s restaurant in Burbank.   ***Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively having a rare date night seeing Jake Gyllenhaal in “Sunday in the Park With George” in NYC.    ***Uma Thurman at dinner at the Leopard at des Artistes in NYC with a friend.   ***Magic Johnson at Mamo in Soho in NYC.   ***“Too Close to Home” star Danielle Savre at Angelo David Salon.   ***Kiera Chaplin training for the Moroccan women’s road rally Rallye Aïcha des Gazelle.   ***Harry Connick Jr. shooting a bit for his talk show at Alidoro sandwich shop in NYC with customers.   ***Martin Short boggled the minds of organizers when he showed up out of the blue for a rehearsal for Douglas Elliman’s awards show, the Ellies, at Radio City Music Hall in NYC.“He magically appeared onstage, walked up to a mike and said, ‘Hello out there,’ ” says a spy. “Then he said, ‘I guess I should get off the stage now,’ as he walked out with an entourage of two.”We’re told onlookers thought he might be part of the actual show, which included a number by the Rockettes and speeches by Douglas Elliman Chairman Howard M. Lorber and CEO Dottie Herman, but he never returned. “Completely mysterious,” says the spy.

LBN-SPOTLIGHT: Randy Thomas is the first person, male or female, to announce the Academy Awards®, Tony Awards, and Emmy Awards all in a row! – RANDY THOMAS | Randy Thomas – Professional Voice Over Talent —-

LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Jay Lynch, an artist, writer and satirist who was a central figure in the underground comics revolution of the 1960s and ’70s, died on March 5 at his home in Candor, N.Y. He was 72. His cousin Valerie Snowden said the cause was lung cancer.   ***Lloyd H. Conover, a chemist whose breakthrough invention of one of the most effective and widely prescribed antibiotics, tetracycline, led to a whole new approach to developing such drugs, died on Saturday in St. Petersburg, Fla. He was 93. His death was confirmed by his son Craig.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Paul Krugman: The U.S. economy added 10.3 million jobs during President Obama’s second term, or 214,000 a month. This brought the official unemployment rate below 5 percent, and a number of indicators suggested that by late last year we were fairly close to full employment. But Donald Trump insisted that the good news on jobs was “phony,” that America was actually suffering from mass unemployment. Then came the first employment report of the Trump administration, which at 235,000 jobs added looked very much like a continuation of the previous trend. And the administration claimed credit: Job numbers, Mr. Trump’s press secretary declared, “may have been phony in the past, but it’s very real now.” Reporters laughed — and should be ashamed of themselves for doing so. For it really wasn’t a joke. America is now governed by a president and party that fundamentally don’t accept the idea that there are objective facts. Instead, they want everyone to accept that reality is whatever they say it is.

LBN-SPOTLIGHT: “When eagles are silent, parrots begin to chatter.” – Winston S. Churchill —–

LBN-COMMENTARY by Michael Levine (Media expert and author – : Exceptionally attractive women are at a disadvantage when seeking a job associated with particularly masculine qualities. For example, if a more attractive woman and a less attractive woman compete for a job as a tow truck driver or operating a switchboard, the more attractive woman rarely wins the job. Researchers suggest that a highly attractive woman is perceived as less capable of meeting the job’s requirement for masculine qualities than an unattractive woman.

LBN SPOTLIGHT: Newly released and available on Amazon in both e-book and paperback formats is a non-fiction study of the Nixon era, Tiananmen West: Why Nixon Ordered the Kent State Massacre. Author, Jenny Deason Copeland, emphasizes Nixon’s own confession in his autobiography RN. The book took over three decades of research using FOIA procedures. The work ends with a call to action in hopes that Nixon would be the final marginally sane president the U.S. would suffer. The book uncovers the possible motive behind the massacre. The FOIA results are available free at


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