LBN – Special Report – Saturday April 8, 2017

Trump Presented with Assassination as Solution to North Korea Nuke Threats:

The National Security Council has told President Trump his options for dealing with North Korea’s nuclear threats include assassinating its dictator, Kim Jong-un, and placing US nukes in South Korea, according to a new report. NBC, citing high ranking US military and intelligence officials, said the two scenarios were developed before Trump’s meetings this week with Chinese President Xi Jinping. US officials are hoping the Chinese leaders will convince their ally — through sanctions or diplomacy — to back off. If the rogue state continues on its present path, the Council’s much stronger options could be put into effect.

HUH? – Report: Syrian Planes Taking Off from Bombed Base

Syrian government planes are taking off from the air base that the U.S. bombed less than 24 hours ago, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The fighters reportedly flew missions in the Homs area of Syria. U.S. tomahawk missiles that were fired from nearby destroyers were believed to have created impact craters along the runway, hampering the Syrian military’s ability to use that base for combat purposes. The deployment was authorized Thursday byPresident Donald Trump following Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s sarin gas attack on civilians earlier this week.

Syria Strike Puts U.S. Relationship With Russia at Risk:

The American military strike against Syria threatened Russian-American relations on Friday as the Kremlin denounced President Trump’s use of force and the Russian military announced that it was suspending an agreement to share information about air operations over the country, devised to avoid accidental conflict. Mr. Trump, who has made repairing strained ties with Moscow a central ambition of his presidency, even amid criticism of Russian meddling in last year’s American election, found that goal at risk as the countries traded harsh words in a diplomatic confrontation reminiscent of past dark moments between the two powers. President Vladimir V. Putin’s office called the Tomahawk cruise missile strike on Syria a violation of international law and a “significant blow” to the Russian-American relationship, while Prime Minister Dmitri A. Medvedev said it had “completely ruined” it. Trump administration officials suggested Russia bore some responsibility for the chemical weapons attack on Syrian civilians that precipitated the American response.

Swedish Prosecutors ID Attack Suspect as Native of Uzbekistan

Swedish prosecutors on Saturday confirmed media reports that they have a 39-year-old man from Uzbekistan in custody for Friday’s truck attack that left four dead. Anders Thornberg, head of the Swedish Security Service, said the man was known to police. Saying that “the suspect didn’t appear in our recent files but he earlier has been in our files,” Thornberg didn’t elaborate on why the man was on authorities’ radar. Dan Eliason, the head of Sweden’s National Police, said earlier that the suspect in custody is believed to have been the driver in the attack, which saw a beer truck hijacked and driven into a crowd in Stockholm on Friday. In addition to the four killed, another 15 were injured. Eliason also said police found an object that “could be a bomb or an incendiary object” in the truck. Earlier, a police spokesperson said police had not yet excluded the possibility that the man had accomplices. The hijacked beer truck plowed into a crowded area of the city and ultimately rammed into a department store on Friday, with the driver escaping in the ensuing frenzy. No group has come forward to claim responsibility for what authorities say was a terrorist attack. The attack was reminiscent of similar attacks using hijacked vehicles in Nice, Berlin and London, all of which were claimed by the Islamic State.

Up to 30 Jewish Graves Vandalized in Pennsylvania

Authorities in Springfield, Pennsylvania are investigating an attack on a Jewish cemetery that saw about 30 graves vandalized. A woman visiting the Mt. Sharon Cemetery made the discovery on Friday, though it’s not clear when the vandalism occurred, NBC 10 reported. Springfield Township police said they are investigating the incident, though they have not released information on any suspects. Photographs taken at the scene show headstones broken in half or pushed over, the second such attack on a Jewish cemetery in the Philadelphia area in recent months. An attack on a Philadelphia graveyard in late February garnered national attention, with Vice President Mike Pence turning up to assist in clean-up efforts and condemn anti-Semitic attacks. Police have asked anyone with information on the vandalism to come forward.

Trump Fires Warning Shot in Battle Between Bannon and Kushner: 

As he grappled on Thursday with his first major decision involving military action, a fed-up and frustrated President Trump turned to his two top aides and told them he had had enough of their incessant knife-fights in the media. “Work this out,” Mr. Trump said, according to two people briefed on the exchange. The admonition was aimed at Stephen K. Bannon, the tempestuous chief strategist, and Reince Priebus, the mild-mannered chief of staff, over a series of dust-ups withJared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, and the top economic adviser, Gary D. Cohn. But they may not be able to. The president is said to be aware that a meaningful reconciliation will take work to achieve between Mr. Bannon, who sees himself as the keeper of Mr. Trump’s campaign promises, and the competing ideologies of Mr. Kushner and Mr. Cohn, a longtime Wall Street executive and a Democrat. And he is considering a shake-up of his senior staff, according to four people with direct knowledge of the process.

Oklahoma’s Westbrook Makes NBA History With Triple-Double Average

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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook has become the second NBA player in history to achieve a triple-double average for a season, though he fell just shy of breaking a 55-year-old record for most in a season. Westbrook joins Oscar Robertson, the only other NBA player to average a triple-double in a season. But he was modest about the achievement. “You could never say in a million years that I would think that was even possible,” Westbrook said late Friday. Westbrook had a rough night Friday in a game against the Phoenix Suns, falling just two assists shy of hitting his 42nd triple-double mark and breaking Robertson’s 55-year-old, single-season record for triple-doubles. The Oklahoma City Thunders lost 120-99 to the Phoenix Suns, prompting Westbrook to say after the game that he felt like he let his teammates down. Despite the loss, Westbrook still has three chances to get his 42nd triple-double, with two upcoming games against Denver and one against Minnesota.


LET IT RAIN — California Drought Is Officially Over

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday issued an executive order declaring the state’s four-year drought officially over. “This drought emergency is over, but the next drought could be around the corner,” he said in a statement, adding that “conservation must remain a way of life.” Four counties in San Joaquin Valley still have emergency drought measures in place due to dried-up wells, and Brown said the state will continue to crack down on wasteful water practices. The drought, officially declared in January 2014, prompted the state to put a series of measures in place to prevent wasteful practices, with a 25% cut in urban water use and a ban on hosing down driveways or watering yards during or immediately after rain. Five state agencies have also drafted a long-term conservation plan to prevent any wasteful practices in the future, and local municipalities will still have to report their monthly water usage.

OOPS — NRA Employee Accidentally Shoots Himself at HQ

A National Rifle Association employee accidentally shot himself at the influential gun rights group’s national headquarters in Virginia, police said Friday. The employee, a 46-year-old man who was not identified, was reportedly holstering the weapon when it accidentally went off. He suffered a minor lower-body injury and was transported to a local hospital. The incident occurred at the organization’s National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, Virginia. The NRA has not commented.

‘Jersey Shore’ Star Michael ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino Indicted for Tax Fraud

Former reality-TV star Michael “The Situation” Sorrentinoand his brother Marc were indicted Friday on additional tax-related charges including tax evasion, structuring, and falsifying records. The pair were previously indicted in 2014 on tax offenses, but the superseding indictment returned today in New Jersey federal court added the new charges. The indictment alleges that the two businesses the brothers set up to take advantage of his minor celebrity status conspired to defraud the U.S. government by not paying all federal income tax owed; filed false tax returns with underreported figures and fraudulent deductions; and allegedly commingled funds from their personal and business bank accounts to pay for luxury personal items.

WHO READS LBN? Father and son, Carl and Rob Reiner

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***In contrast to the dire pronouncements from President Trump and other Republicans, the demise of the individual insurance market seems greatly exaggerated, according to a new financial analysis released Friday. The analysis, by Standard & Poor’s, looked at the performance of many Blue Cross plans in nearly three dozen states since President Barack Obama’s health care law took effect three years ago. It shows the insurers significantly reduced their losses last year, are likely to break even this year and that most could profit — albeit some in the single-digits — in 2018. The insurers cover more than five million people in the individual market.
LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:   ***Conservative firebrand Tomi Lahren is suing Glenn Beck and TheBlaze for wrongful termination. Lahren’s lawsuit claims her show on the right-leaning network was canceled after she came out as pro-choice during an appearance on The View. The lawsuit alleges that TheBlaze kept paying Lahren even while she was suspended, “presumably hoping they could find an  exit strategy to sanitize their unlawful conduct.” The suit says The Blaze’s response to Lahren’s pro-choice comments was meant to “inflate Beck’s profile, from what has become a mediocre following, all at [Lahren’s] expense.” She claims she was ordered to not use social media, and that Blaze employees put yellow caution tape on her dressing room door in the shape of an “X.” Lahren’s contract was reportedly in place through Sept. 30.

Emma Stone Turns Down Teen’s Prom Proposal:

A Phoenix teen asked Emma Stone to be his prom date in a video that went viral will need to find someone else to take accompany him. Arcadia High School student Jacob Staudenmaier filmed his so-called “prom-posal” in the style of the opening song from “La La Land,” which features a dance number in a traffic-filled Los Angeles highway. While Stone did respond to Staudenmaier, it was not the answer he was hoping to get. The teenager read Stone’s response on “Good Morning America” Friday. “Jacob, thanks for making the greatest proposal I have ever received. I can’t tell you what an honor that was and how much I smiled through that entire beautifully orchestrated video. I’m in London working, but I hope you have the best time at prom, and I’m grateful you thought of me,” the Oscar-winning actress wrote. “Thank you. P.S. I do see Gosling around the eyes. Love, Emma.
LBN-R.I.P.:    ***Glenn O’Brien, an influential writer and editor who was a social fixture in the downtown Manhattan art, music and fashion world for a half-century, died of pneumonia on Friday in Manhattan. He was 70. His wife, Gina Nanni, confirmed his death, at NYU Langone Medical Center. He had been treated for an undisclosed illness for several years and contracted pneumonia a week ago.

LBN-COMMENTARY by Clive Irving: Apart from proctologists, the only people to put a price on your butt are the airlines. Unlike proctologists, they are always looking for new ways to cause pain. Here’s their latest idea, about to be rolled out in April by the three major U.S. carriers, United, American, and Delta: Sell the worst seats in the airplane at what looks like a discount and increase the price of the others. This travel season marks the introduction of a new class, “basic economy.” When airlines announce something new it always pays to look at the language more carefully. In this case each of the airlines has its own euphemism for their latest innovation: for United it’s the “lower fare option”; for Delta simply “lower cost”; for American “a new set of attributes”—this last one is really weird. I’ve always assumed that “attributes” implies positive qualities (although in medicine it’s called “a condition of the bodily humors”).

LBN-COMMENTARY by Charles Krauthammer: For euphemism, dissimulation and outright hypocrisy, there is nothing quite as entertaining as the periodic Senate dust-ups over Supreme Court appointments and the filibuster. The arguments for and against the filibuster are so well-known to both parties as to be practically memorized. Both nonetheless argue their case with great shows of passion and conviction. Then shamelessly switch sides — and scripts — depending on the ideology of the nominee. Everyone appeals to high principle, when everyone knows these fights are about raw power. When Democrat Harry Reid had the majority in the Senate and Barack Obama in the White House, he abolished the filibuster in 2013 for sub-Supreme Court judicial appointments in order to pack three liberal judges onto the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. Bad karma, bad precedent, he was warned. Republicans would one day be in charge. That day is here and Republicans have just stopped a Democratic filibuster of Neil Gorsuch by extending the Reid Rule to the Supreme Court.

“Without Notes” with M. Zuhdi Jasser M.D. – Episode 1: The Early Years —– TV’s revealing interview show-

LBN-COMMENTARY by Sean Penn: Steve Bannon was then, as he is now, simply another bitter Hollywood wannabe who went rogue by way of toxic narcissistic iconoclasm. But, deep in his heart, he’s just a conniving hateful bloated punk who despises mankind. And then there are also the bad things about him.

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LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Former Spice Girl Mel B and her husband, Stephen Belafonte, had intense fights and a wild sex life, sources say. Friends were shocked when Mel filed a restraining order alleging that Belafonte beat and abused her and forced her into threesomes with “random women.” One friend told us, “Forced into threesomes for nine years? She was totally participating on her own free will. She’s very sexual herself and likes girls. He’s supersexual and will bang anything.”

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