LBN – Special Report – Monday, March 6, 2017


President Donald Trump signed a new executive order Monday banning immigration from six Muslim-majority countries, notably dropping Iraq from January’s previous order. The ban covers Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. “We cannot compromise our nation’s security by allowing visitors entry when their own governments are unable or unwilling to provide the information we need to vet them responsibly,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said at a briefing. The new ban exempts people who hold current visas and drops an indefinite ban on Syrian refugees, reducing it to 120 days. It also makes clear that lawful permanent residents are excluded from ban. The updated ban comes six weeks after Trump’s original executive order was rolled out to chaos and confusion at airports nationwide, and eventually blocked by a federal court.

Comey Asks Justice Dept. to Reject Trump’s Wiretapping Claim: 

The F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, asked the Justice Department this weekend to publicly reject President Trump’s assertion that President Barack Obama ordered the tapping of Mr. Trump’s phones, senior American officials said on Sunday. Mr. Comey has argued that the highly charged claim is false and must be corrected, they said, but the department has not released any such statement. Mr. Comey, who made the request on Saturday after Mr. Trump leveled his allegation onTwitter, has been working to get the Justice Department to knock down the claim because it falsely insinuates that the F.B.I. broke the law, the officials said.A spokesman for the F.B.I. declined to comment. Sarah Isgur Flores, the spokeswoman for the Justice Department, also declined to comment. Mr. Comey’s request is a remarkable rebuke of a sitting president, putting the nation’s top law enforcement official in the position of questioning Mr. Trump’s truthfulness. The confrontation between the two is the most serious consequence of Mr. Trump’s weekend Twitter outburst, and it underscores the dangers of what the president and his aides have unleashed by accusing the former president of a conspiracy to undermine Mr. Trump’s young administration.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: For reasons that are unknown, males dream of males more often than females dream of males. This sexual asymmetry is universal and has emerged from at least 29 different comparisons of male and female dreams – and it holds true for children, adolescents, and adults in all parts of the world.

Supreme Court Scraps Transgender Bathroom Case:

The Supreme Court on Monday opted against deciding on a landmark transgender bathroom-rights case, sending the case back to a lower court. The case, Gloucester County School Board v. Gavin Grimm, centered around whether Grimm, a high-school senior and transgender boy, would be allowed to use the boy’s bathroom at his Virginia school. Last month, the Trump administration revoked the Obama administration’s guidance regarding transgender students’ use of the bathrooms that correspond to the gender with which they identify, rather than with their birth sex. The case will be remanded to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Poll: Two-Thirds of Americans Want Special Prosecutor for Russia Probe:

Most Americans—65 percent—want a special prosecutor to investigate alleged contacts between President Trump’s campaign associates and Russian officials, according to a new CNN/ORC poll. About 32 percent of Americans surveyed said they think Congress is capable of handling an investigation into the Trump team’s Russia ties. Some 55 percent of Americans say they are “concerned” by recent reports of the contacts. The president’s approval rating, however, hasn’t moved much in the wake of those reports. His rating improved by 1 percentage point—to 45 percent from 44 percent—since January.

Report: Russian Hackers ‘Shaking Down’ U.S. Liberals:

Russian computer hackers have allegedly turned their eye toward shaking down U.S. progressive groups, in a wave of attacks that aim to find embarrassing details about members and then use the information to demand hush money, according to a Bloomberg News report. The FBI and private security firms are reportedly investigating a rash of attacks that have resulted in liberal groups facing extortion attempts in the months following the presidential election. The hackers have allegedly sent ransom demands along with samples of sensitive data and emails they uncovered. Some groups have paid the ransoms, which have varied from $30,000 to $150,000, according to the report.

Seoul: North Korea Fires 4 Ballistic Missiles Into Waters Off Japan:

North Korea fired four ballistic missiles into the waters off Japan on Monday, causing panic in Tokyo and in South Korea. Three of the banned missiles reportedly landed in Japan’s exclusive economic zone, an offshore area where Tokyo has rights to explore resources. The launch is the latest in a series in recent months, as North Korea accuses Washington and Seoul of planning to invade during recent military drills. The launch has prompted South Korean authorities to call for the early deployment of the American missile system Thaad, or Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense, a system that China has cautioned against using. The missiles launched Monday flew about 620 miles, though it wasn’t immediately clear what kind of missiles were used. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abesaid the incident shows that North Korea poses “a new kind of threat,” amid widespread fears that the country may soon begin testing intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching U.S. shores. South Korean authorities said they pinpointed the location of the launch as an area in North Pyongan province. The area houses the North’s Seohae Satellite Station, where the country has carried out banned long-range rocket launches recently. South Korean and U.S. troops are conducting military drills on the Korean Peninsula, a move that Pyongyang sees as a hostile threat.

Media expert Levine claims social media ‘increases loneliness’:

Social media sites like Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest are causing more people to feel alone, according media expert and author Michael Levine ( Commenting on a new report, Levine suggests that more than two hours of social media use a day doubled the chances of a person experiencing social isolation. “Social media gives people permission to hide” said Levine. “After a while, hiding becomes normal, routine but over time the payment come due and loneness inevitably sets in,” commented Levine.

WHO READS LBN? Comedian David Letterman

Suburban Notorious BIG Was Killed in Is on Sale for $1.5M:

The vehicle in which Notorious BIG was shot is on the market for $1.5 million. Though the vehicle is clean as a whistle—with 114,000 miles on the odometer—there’s a bullet hole in one of the seat belts from the shooting in which the famous rapper was killed. A door riddled with bullet holes was replaced, but the sellers say it will be returned to the vehicle if it is purchased by a fan. The Chevrolet Suburban was originally bought at public auction in October 1997, and the buyer—who bought the SUV to fit her family of six—wasn’t aware of its history until 2005. Tupac Shakur’s 1996 BMW 750iL, in which the Biggierival was shot dead in 1996, has also come on the market, for the same price.


LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***Jimmy Buffett has announced plans to break ground on a string of retirement communities inspired by his classic “Margaritaville” and its themed chain of restaurants and resorts. For Parrotheads “55 and better” seeking an “active adult community” while wasted away again, the Latitude Margaritaville will open its first branch in Daytona Beach, Florida, with similar communities also in the works. “Inspired by the legendary music and lifestyle of singer, songwriter and best-selling author Jimmy Buffett, your new home in paradise features exciting recreation, unmatched dining and FINtastic nightlife,” the Latitude Margaritaville site says.

LBN-HEALTH WATCH:   ***“Studies have shown that people are still having and enjoying sex in their 60s, 70s and 80s,” Dr.Radosh said. “They consider their sexual relationship to be an extremely important part of their lives. But when one partnerdies, it’s over.” In a study of a representative national sample of 3,005 older American adults, Dr. Stacy Tessler Lindau and co-authors found that 73 percent of those ages 57 to 64, 53 percent of those 65 to 74 and 26 percent of those 75 to 85 were still sexually active. Yet a report published by the United Kingdom’s Department of Health in 2013, the National Service Framework for Older People, “makes no mention of the problems related to sexual issues older people may face,” Dr. Radosh and Ms. Simkin wrote in the journal Reproductive Health Matters. “Researchers have even suggested that some health care professionals might share the prejudice that sex in older people is ‘disgusting’ or ‘simply funny’ and therefore avoid discussing sexuality with their older patients.”

LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***Prince‘s original band the Revolution extended their North American spring reunion tour and hinted at future dates onMonday. The trek begins at a special concert at the late singer’s home, Paisley Park, on April 21st and ends in Seattle, Washington on July 15th. The Purple Rain-era lineup of the Revolution on the tour includes guitaristWendy Melvoin, bassist Brown Mark (Mark Brown), drummerBobby Z (Robert Rivkin) and keyboardists Matt Fink and Lisa Coleman.   ***Adele has finally confirmed she is married to partner Simon Konecki. The superstar told fans in Brisbane her days of heartbreak are over after admitting she’s tied the knot with her long term partner.

LBN-NOTICED:   ***Shannen Doherty made her first public appearance Saturday since completing chemotherapy treatments at the Animal Hope and Wellness Foundations’ Gratitude Gala in Hollywood. Dressed in a black, cap-sleeve dress with matching black tights and booties, Doherty, who was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015, appeared on the red carpet alongside founder Marc Ching.   ***Power diningdestination Harry Cipriani in NYC got an extra dose of glamour on Friday night as Lee Radziwill celebrated her birthday, while holding court in a corner banquette. She was toasted by Carolina and Reinaldo Herrera, Andrew Saffir andDaniel Benedict, Vanity Fair’s Jane Sarkin and Martin O’Connor, Departures’ Richard David Story, and Carole Radziwill.   ***Brett Ratner’s hit town to bring a taste of his LA estate to New York: He’ll introduce the Hilhaven Lodge whiskey, named after his historic home, on Monday at Monkey Bar. On Saturday, Ratner was spotted with James Toback at the Carlyle, and mentioned that after the Oscars he introduced honorary winner Jackie Chan to Mick Jagger at Vanity Fair’s party.

Barbra Streisand claims Trump is making her fat:

Donald Trump is driving Barbra Streisand to eat … a lot.“Donald Trump is making me gain weight,” the legendary singer, 74, recently quipped on Twitter. “I start the day with liquids, but after the morning news, I eat pancakes smothered in maple syrup!” She continued, “Trump just accused Obama of tapping his phones. Seriously crazy times. Time for more pancakes.” In January, “The Way We Were” singer backed Meryl Streep after she slammed the president during her Golden Globes speech. Streisand called the president’s actions “so beneath the dignity of the presidency, let alone any respectful person.”

LBN-SPOTLIGHT: An extraordinarily revealing TV interview  “Without Notes” with Isabella Sinclaire – Episode 3: Creating a Brand

LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Dr. Thomas E. Starzl, a surgeon and researcher who performed the first successful liver transplant on a human patient in the 1960s and later helped advance the breakthrough drugs that made organ transplants markedly more survivable, died on Saturday at his home in Pittsburgh. He was 90. His death was announced by the University of Pittsburgh, with which he had been affiliated since 1981.

LBN COMMENTARY  by Vince Imhoff (criminal attorney):What book has most influenced your life either personally or professionally? “The Painted Bird By Jerzy Kosinski. I read it in college and was stunned by the book.  It centers on an orphaned boy during the German occupation of Poland in the early 1940s.  The boy’s parents are in hiding from the Nazis and the child is staying with an older woman in town.  The woman dies and the boy is orphaned.   The local townsfolk turn the boy over to the Nazis and he escapes their death train.  He learns how to survive in a war torn country as an orphaned boy and is eventually saved from the Germans by the Russians and then the Americans.  His will to go on against such strong odds is an inspiration for all.  The book made me more determined to follow my heart and become a lawyer and help the less fortunate.”


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