LBN – Special Report – Saturday, June 17th, 2017

*Doctor: Scalise Nearly Died After Shooting
Rep. Steve Scalise remains in critical condition and is currently in the Intensive Care Unit after being shot in the hip Wednesday morning, doctors said Friday. “When he arrived, he was in critical condition with an imminent risk of death,” Dr. Jack Sava, director of trauma at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, said at a press conference. “He will certainly be in the hospital for a considerable period of time, presumably weeks.” Scalise was in shock by the time he arrived at the hospital. Doctors stopped internal bleeding, but he remains in critical condition. Matt Mika, a lobbyist shot in the chest, is “starting to show his feistiness again,” said Rep. Tim Wahlberg, his former boss.

*NICE TRY – Israeli Police, Palestinian Militants Refute ISIS Attack Claim

A claim by the so-called Islamic State that its members carried out an attack on Israeli police in Jerusalem on Friday was quickly shot down by both Israeli authorities and Palestinian militants on Saturday. A spokesperson for the Israeli police said there was nothing to tie ISIS to the attack that left one policewoman dead and another officer injured on Friday night. “It was a local cell. At this stage no indication has been found it was directed by terrorist organizations nor has any connection to any organization been found,” police spokeswoman Luba Simri said Saturday. The group had claimed responsibility for the attack—which would’ve been the first on Israeli territory—through its Amaq news agency. But Palestinian militants have also cast doubt on that claim, with Izzat El-Reshiq, a senior official from Hamas, attributing the attack to Hamas members on Twitter.
*Leonardo DiCaprio to Surrender Picasso, Basquiat Works to U.S. Government

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio has reportedly volunteered to hand over to authorities a $3.2 million Pablo Picasso painting and $9 million collage by Jean-Michel Basquiat at the center of an embezzlement investigation. A spokesman for DiCaprio was cited by Artnet News on Friday saying the actor had initiated the move by reaching out to the Justice Department last summer, when news first broke of an embezzlement scandal surrounding a Malaysian fund tied to the film production company behind The Wolf of Wall Street. Production company Red Granite is suspected of receiving illicit funds funneled out of the 1Malaysia Development Berhad fund, or 1MDB, founded by Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak. The U.S. Department of Justice is seeking to forfeit $540 million in assets it says was illegally obtained using the embezzled funds. The list includes a Picasso painting and Basquiat collage, which were reportedly given to DiCaprio as a gift.


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*LBN-INVESTIGATES: The Trump International Hotel in Washington and the Mar-a-Lago private resort in Florida have been among President Trump’s favorite spots to visit in the months since he became president. And both were among the most lucrative properties in his portfolio during what otherwise was a mixed year for the Trump family businesses, according to a financial disclosure report released Friday. The 98-page report is the first official look at how Mr. Trump’s private finances fared during his campaign and the early months of presidency, even as he has stepped away from the day-to-day management duties of his company. They show Mr. Trump and his related business entities reported revenue of at least $597 million, down about 3 percent from the $615 million in the period a year before. Mr. Trump reported assets valued at a minimum of $1.4 billion, down slightly from $1.5 billion in 2016.

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*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Helmut Kohl, a towering postwar figure who reunified Germany after 45 years of Cold War antagonism, propelled a deeply held vision of Europe’s integration and earned plaudits from Moscow and Washington for his deft handling of the fall of the Berlin Wall, died on Friday at his home in Ludwigshafen, Germany, the Rhine port city where he was born. He was 87. “We mourn,” his party, the Christian Democratic Union, said on Twitter in announcing his death.   ***John G. Avildsen, who as the director of “Rocky” and “The Karate Kid” created pop culture touchstones by telling stories of down-and-out characters finding triumph, died on Friday in Los Angeles. He was 81. Anthony Avildsen, Mr. Avildsen’s son, said the cause of death was pancreatic cancer, according to The Associated Press.
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*LBN-COMMENTARY by Bret Stephens: In the matter of immigration, mark this conservative columnist down as strongly pro-deportation. The United States has too many people who don’t work hard, don’t believe in God, don’t contribute much to society and don’t appreciate the greatness of the American system. They need to return whence they came. I speak of Americans whose families have been in this country for a few generations. Complacent, entitled and often shockingly ignorant on basic points of American law and history, they are the stagnant pool in which our national prospects risk drowning. On point after point, America’s nonimmigrants are failing our country. Crime? A study by the Cato Institute notes that non-immigrants are incarcerated at nearly twice the rate of illegal immigrants, and at more than three times the rate of legal ones. Educational achievement? Just 17 percent of the finalists in the 2016 Intel Science Talent Search — often called the “Junior Nobel Prize” — were the children of United States-born parents. At the Rochester Institute of Technology, just 9.5 percent of graduate students in electrical engineering were non-immigrants.


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Carrie Fisher died from sleep apnea and a combination of other factors, but investigators have not been able to pinpoint an exact cause, coroner’s officials said Friday. Among the factors that contributed to Ms. Fisher’s death was a buildup of fatty tissue in the walls of her arteries, the Los Angeles County coroner’s office said in a news release late Friday. The release states that the actor showed signs of having taken multiple drugs, but investigators could not determine whether they contributed to her death in December. The agency did not immediately respond to a request for additional details about whether a full autopsy report and toxicology results were available.