LBN – Special Report – Monday, March 20, 2017

FBI Director Comey: Justice Dept. has no information that supports Trump’s tweets alleging he was wiretapped by Obama:

FBI Director James B. Comey on Monday said there is “no information” that supports President Trump’s claims that his predecessor ordered surveillance of Trump Tower during the election campaign.  “I have no information that supports those tweets,’’ said Comey, testifying before the House Intelligence Committee’s first public hearing on Russian interference in the 2016 campaign. “We have looked carefully inside the FBI,’’ and agents found nothing to support those claims, he said.

Poll: Young Americans See Trump as ‘Illegitimate’:

A majority of Americans ages 18 to 30 see Donald Trump’s presidency as illegitimate, according to a new poll. The survey of 1,833 adults was conducted from Feb. 16 through March 6, and it was done by GenForward, in cooperation with the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and the Black Youth Project at the University of Chicago. Fifty-seven percent of those polled said they do not view Trump’s presidency as legitimate, including about three-quarters of young black respondents and large majorities of participants who are Latino and Asian. According to the survey, 53 percent of young white Americans view the 45th president as legitimate, though 55 percent of that same group disapprove of the job he’s doing. A slim 22 percent of young adults said they approve of the job Trump is doing in office, while 62 percent disapprove.

NFL: Tom Brady’s Super Bowl Jersey Found:

The National Football League confirmed Monday that the jersey worn by New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady at thisyear’s Super Bowl has been recovered. Brian McCarthy, a public-relations representative for the league, said the 2017 jersey as well as the one Brady wore during Super Bowl XLIX in 2015 were “found in the possession of a credentialed member of the international media.” The FBI and other law-enforcement agencies were involved in the search and subsequent investigation after the jersey went missing from the locker room following last month’s game in which the Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons, 34-28.


Neil Gorsuch to Face ‘Rigorous’ Confirmation Hearing:

Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s nominee to succeedJustice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court, faces the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday for his confirmation hearings. The 49-year-old is a judge on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, a position he assumed in 2006 after he was nominated by President George W. Bush. Carl Tobis, a legal expert and law professor, said Gorsuch’s hearings will likely be “rigorous” but “respectful.” Democrats are expected to question Gorsuch on his involvement with national-security policies during his term as a lawyer in George W. Bush’s administration and his rulings against the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive-coverage requirements, among other areas.

U.K. to Make Brexit Official on March 29:

Theresa May will formally trigger Britain’s exit from the European Union on March 29. By invoking Article 50, a two-year negotiating period will begin for Britain to resolve all of the trade, migration and payment disputes that come with exiting the union. If no deal is reached by March 2019, Britain will be dumped out of the union with no trade deals between the country and its most significant economic partners. Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, was informed on Monday morning.


Norway Is the Happiest Country on Earth:

The latest World Happiness Report shows that Norway has jumped from No. 4 to No. 1, becoming the happiest country on Earth. Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, and Finland make up the rest of top five. Despite a rise in income in the U.S. over the past 10 years, happiness has declined, leaving Americans in 14th place. “It’s the human things that matter. If the riches make it harder to have frequent and trustworthy relationship betweenpeople, is it worth it?” asked John Helliwell, the lead author of the report. “The material can stand in the way of the human.” The National Academy of Sciences recommended in 2013 that federal surveys and studies in the U.S. be broadened to include more questions about emotional well-being for the sake of implementing policies that help U.S. citizens. Meik Wiking, chief executive officer of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, “What works in the Nordic countries is a sense of community and understanding in the common good.” The very bottom of the happiness list is made up of the Central African Republic, Burundi, Tanzania, Syria, and Rwanda.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER: The number of executive departures from Uber is growing. Jeff Jones, Uber’s president of ride sharing, has left the company after just six months, Uber said on Sunday. In addition, Brian McClendon, vice president of maps and business platform at Uber, also plans to leave at the end of the month. The two men are exiting Uber under very different circumstances. Mr. Jones, who was poached from Target to be Uber’s No. 2 executive, resigned after the ride-sharing company’s chief, Travis Kalanick, said he needed leadership help and began a search for a chief operating officer. Mr. McClendon is departing amicably from Uber and will be an adviser to the company. In a statement, he said he was moving back to Kansas, where he is from, to explore politics. His exit has been in the works for some time, and his last day at Uber is March 28.

‘Beauty and the Beast’ Makes Record Debut:

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast made a whopping $170 million debut in North American theaters this weekend, breaking multiple records set in 2016. It beat last year’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice for the biggest March opening, and Finding Dory for the most successful PG film. The new film, a live-action remake of the animated classic, is this year’s top opening so far. Analysts expect it to rake in $1 billion worldwide by the end of its run. The film received both praise and criticism for its first openly gay character, LeFou, the sidekick of villain Gaston. Authorities in Malaysia demanded that the scene be edited out, and lawmakers in Russia requested an investigation into the film’s compliance with the country’s “gay propaganda” law. But that didn’t seem to put a dent in the film’s ticket sales, with $180 million in overseas sales in its debut weekend.

Goalie who had ex fed to dogs: Get over my ‘one mistake’: 

The Brazilian goalkeeper who ordered the murder of his girlfriend before feeding her to his Rottweilers has incredibly claimed he’s “not a bad guy.” Bruno Fernandes de Souza was let out of jail in February on a legal technicality after spending just six years behind bars for his horrendous crime. The goalie had former model girlfriend Eliza Samudio tortured and beaten before being strangled, chopped into pieces and fed to a pack of ­Rottweilers … following a dispute over child support.But in his first interview since leaving jail and controversially signing with Boa Esporte, Bruno is quoted as saying: “Dude, what happened, happened. “I made a mistake, a serious one, but mistakes happens in life – I’m not a bad guy.”

LBN-NOTICED:   ***Demi Moore eating a burger at Oceana in NYC during lunch with HarperCollins’ Jennifer Barth.   ***Robin Wright having a solo lunch at Madison & Vine in NYC.   ***Pierce Brosnan having lunch at Nello in NYC alone with his iPhone.   ***Designers Tony Ingrao and Randy Kemper at the Kips Bay benefit at Cipriani in NYC.   ***David Blaine having lunch and drinking Blanton’s bourbon with friends at local Tribeca sports bar Warren 77 in NYC. Blaine did some impromptu magic tricks for the crowd and watched college basketball.

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LBN-BOOK NEWS:   ***Tommy Mottola is considering offers to turn his book about his career, “Hitmaker: The Man and His Music,” into a TV show. A source tells us that “several studios are vying to turn the book into a TV series, which would also contain all the original music and hits from his career.” The music executive’s book includes details on his romance and breakup with Mariah Carey and working with stars such as Michael Jackson.

LBN-R.I.P.:   ***David Rockefeller, the banker and philanthropist with the fabled family name who controlled Chase Manhattan bank for more than a decade and wielded vast influence around the world even longer as he spread the gospel of American capitalism, died on Monday morning at his home in Pocantico Hills, N.Y. He was 101. A family spokesman,Fraser P. Seitel, confirmed the death.

LBN-COMMENTARY by John Avlon:  The great ones don’t age. You can pick up almost any Jimmy Breslin column from his prime and it reads clean. The punches land with precision. He’s fearless. Funny as hell. And he can break your heart. You can pick up almost any Jimmy Breslin column from his prime and it reads clean. The punches land with precision. He’s fearless. Funny as hell. And he can break your heart. Line up your Pulitzer Prize winners for commentary, the Oscars of the columnist world, and not all of the other honorees fare as well. Some are stuck in the amber of self-importance or talk in jargon about political fights that fade with time and distance. But Breslin managed cinematic scope whether writing about forgotten men or fallen presidents.

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Joel Whitebook:  Sometimes, whenpsychoanalysts begin treatment with a new patient, they quickly find themselves feeling that they can’t make sense of what is going on. The patient’s statements and behavior simply don’t add up, and the flurry of dissociated statements and actions can quickly begin to produce something like a disorienting fog. Most seasoned clinicians will have learned that they shouldn’t attribute this confusion, which is typically accompanied by a distinct form of anxiety, to their lack of skill. Instead, adept clinicians take the experience itself and the accompanying anxiety as significant data, indicating that they are dealing with, if not psychosis in the strict diagnostic sense, at the very least something in the vicinity of psychotic-like phenomena. Freud distinguished between neurosis and psychosis by arguing that while the former is psychically localized, the latter is relatively global. In neurosis, individuals break with a portion of reality that they find intolerable. As a result, their overall relation to reality remains more or less intact, but becomes impaired in one aspect of their personality. In contrast, because psychotic individuals tend to find reality as a whole too painful to bear, they break with it globally, and construct an alternative, delusional, “magical” reality of their own. This alternate relation to reality, manifesting itself in the initial meetings with the patient, is at the root of the clinician’s confusion.


LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Wrestling fans have delivered a touching response after explicit photos and videos of WWE starPaige (real name Saraya-Jade Bevis) were leaked over the weekend. Naked photos and videos of her engaging in sex acts were put online, and Paige confirmed she was the victim of phone hacking.   ***A former wife of actor Charlie Sheen hastaken a plea deal on charges she wouldn’t stop her car for police. Citing court records, the Deseret News reports that Brooke Mueller pleaded guilty Wednesday to a misdemeanor charge of attempted failure to stop at police command, which was downgraded from a felony.   ***Glen Campbell‘s wife says Alzheimer’s disease has robbed the 80-year-old singer’s ability to play guitar. But Kim Campbell tells The Tennessean that her husband occasionally breaks into a solo air guitar routine, which she says is “kind of fun.” Glen Campbell was diagnosed with the brain-ravaging disease in 2011 and went on a world tour afterward. The singer known for such hits as “Rhinestone Cowboy,” ”Wichita Lineman” and “Southern Nights” was moved to a long-term care facility in 2014.

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