LBN – Special Report – Monday, March 27, 2017

Oscars Board to Discuss New Envelope Protocols:

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ board of governors is meeting this week to discuss potential changes to the envelope system through which winners are announced at the Oscars each year. The possible shakeup comes after bungling at this year’s awards caused a mistaken winner to be announced. Warren Beatty was handed the wrong envelope backstage, which led him to mistakenly say La La Land won Best Picture, when the winner was actually Moonlight. The Academy is expected to keep accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers in charge of the envelope system, despite company officials being blamed for the mixup.

 Dealt a Defeat, Republicans Set Their Sights on Major Tax Cuts: 

Picking themselves up after the bruising collapse of their health care plan, President Trump and Republicans in Congress will start this week on a legislative obstacle course that will be even more arduous: the first overhaul of the tax code in three decades. Mr. Trump’s inability to make good on his promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act has made the already daunting challenge of tax reform even more difficult. Not only has Mr. Trump’s aura of political invincibility been shattered, but without killing the Affordable Care Act, Republicans will be unable to rewrite the tax code in the sweeping fashion that the president has called for. The grand plans of lower rates, fewer loopholes and a tax on imports may have to be scaled back to a big corporate tax cut and possibly an individual tax cut. A lot of people think Mr. Trump might go for this to get an easy win.

YIKES! – Just 2 Hours Of Social Media Doubles Risk Of Social Isolation Feelings In Young Adults: 

Young adults who use social media for at least two hours a day double their risk of feeling socially isolated, a new study finds. The findings led lead author Brian A. Primack, M.D., Ph.D., director of Pitt’s Center for Research on Media, Technology and Health, to sound the alarm on the effect of too much social media in young people. “This is an important issue to study because mental health problems and social isolation are at epidemic levels among young adults,” he says in a university news release.


Kushner to Lead ‘American Innovation’ White House Office:

President Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is reportedly being lined up to lead his own White House office meant to reform the federal government via business solutions typically used in the private sector. Kushner, whose wife, Ivanka, recently obtained her own White House office, is said to be leading the new White House Office of American Innovation. “The government should be run like a great American company,” Kushner said. The bureau will allegedly come up with ideas to help the government become more lean and effective. “All Americans, regardless of their political views, can recognize that government stagnation has hindered our ability to properly function, often creating widespread congestion and leading to cost overruns and delays,” Trump said in a statement to The Washington Post. “I promised the American people I would produce results, and apply my ‘ahead of schedule, under budget’ mentality to the government.”

Russian Opposition Leader Alexei Navalny Fined for Protests:

A defiant Alexei Navalny was sentenced Monday to 15 days in jail for resisting arrest and fined 20,000 rubles (about $350) for organizing Russia’s nationwide anti-government protests over the weekend. With a selfie posted to Twitter from a Moscow court, the Russian opposition leader sent a tweet reading, “The time will come when we will put them on trial.” In the courtroom, he called on Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev to appear and explain why the protests took place—his activist group has accused Medvedev of corruption and illegally amassing vast real-estate holdings. Navalny has previously declared that he intends to run for president against Vladimir Putin next year. The Kremlin on Monday accused demonstrators of “provoking violence” and organizers of “consciously misleading people” with protests that included tens of thousands of people across Russia. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters Monday that while Putin respects the right to peacefully assemble, his government regarded Sunday’s protests as unlawful. More than 1,000 people were detained, according to The Guardian. In a statement late Sunday, the U.S. State Department said it condemned the detention of the hundreds of peaceful protesters.


PERSISTENT – White House Fence Jumper Strikes Again—at Treasury:

The Secret Service said a woman arrested last week after getting caught by her shoelaces while trying to jump the White House fence has been arrested again for trying to scale another Washington perimeter. This marks the woman’s third arrest, Secret Service spokesman Shawn Holtzclaw said. She was first arrested March 21, after the White House incident, and then again days later after violating an order to stay away from the area. She was picked up again at about 2:15 a.m. Sunday after setting off an alarm while scaling a fence at the Treasury Building, next to the White House, officials said. She was carrying only a backpack and a sleeping bag when she was arrested, Holtzclaw said. She now faces a second charge of unlawful entry, in addition to contempt of court for ignoring an order to stay away from the area. The Secret Service did not identify the woman, but the Associated Press, citing court documents, named her as 38-year-old Marci Anderson Wahl.

WHO READS LBN? Film director Oliver Assayas:

LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:   ***Former White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest has joined NBC News as a political analyst, the network announced Monday. Earnest, who most recently served as former President Barack Obama’s spokesman, made his first appearances Monday morning on Today and Morning Joe. Earnest worked for Obama for 10 years, having started as the then-candidate’s Iowa communications director during the 2008 presidential campaign.

LBN-SPOTLIGHT: “Without Notes”, TV’s revealing interview show ——

LBN-HEALTH WATCH:   ***Researchers are finding that thoughts like these, the hallmarks of people sometimes called “cockeyed optimists,” can do far more than raise one’s spirits. They may actually improve health and extend life. There is no longer any doubt that what happens in the brain influences what happens in the body. When facing a health crisis, actively cultivating positive emotions can boost the immune system and counter depression. Studies have shown an indisputable link between having a positive outlook and health benefits like lower blood pressure, less heart disease, better weight control and healthier blood sugar levels.

LBN-BOOK NEWS:   ***A new book reveals the strange and complicated relationship Amy Winehouse had with the paparazzi. In “Amy: A Life Through the Lens,” two photographer brothers say that the army of snappers who followed the tragic singer — who died in 2011 — would lend her money, act as “an extra layer of security,” helped her handlers track her down when she went missing, and even took pictures for Winehouse just so that she could check her outfit. ButDarren and Elliott Bloom could also snap at the paparazzi who covered her short and tumultuous career. The brothers even write that Winehouse’s father, Mitch, “hired” them as her “official paparazzi,” offering them access to her in return for deleting unflattering photos of her and helping “get Amy out of certain situations without the press hounding her.”

LBN-SPOTLIGHT: “Leadership is communicating others’ worth and potential so clearly that they are inspired to see it in themselves.” ——

LBN-COMMENTARY by Tony Robbins: Most people don’t get in the game—maybe a little through their 401(k), but they don’tknow what they’re doing unfortunately—and the returns show that. So why don’t they get into the market? There are tons of millennials who have been saying, “The market’s overvalued and it’s gonna crash” for eight years, and they’ve missed out on a 250 percent increase. Or people said, “Trump’s in, it’s going to crash,” and the market’s up since Trump took office. Like Warren Buffett said to me, “Tony, betting against America for two centuries is the dumbest bet you could make,” because we keep becoming more productive, we have population growth that keeps us going, we’ve got inflation, and those things have caused us, in the long-term, to continue to go up. But there hasn’t been one bear market that wasn’t followed instantly by a bull market in the next year. Remember 2008? It went up 69 percent from March 9th to 12 months later. I’m here to show people that it’s more dangerous to not be in the market.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Laurie Yehia: Why devote valuable LBN space to judging someone for trying to work on saving her marriage to a sick guy? Who are we to think we know better about when and how to engage compassion, strength, love, and vision? We should not assume that Huma Abedin is acting out of weakness. A sex addict, like an alcoholic, may or may not be able to overcome–but would you judge someone for not giving up on their alcoholic spouse? I would rather see you publish news of import than catty judgments about private lives of public figures.


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