LBN – Special Report – Saturday, March 25, 2017

In Major Defeat for Trump, Push to Repeal Health Law Fails:

House Republican leaders, facing a revolt among conservatives and moderates in their ranks, pulled legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act from consideration on the House floor Friday in a major defeat for President Trump on the first legislative showdown of his presidency. “We’re going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future,” the House speaker, Paul D. Ryan, conceded. The failure of the Republicans’ three-month blitz to repeal President Barack Obama’s signature domestic achievement exposed deep divisions in the Republican Party that the election of a Republican president could not mask. It cast a long shadow over the ambitious agenda that Mr. Trump and Republican leaders had promised to enact once their party assumed power at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue. And it was the biggest defeat of Mr. Trump’s young presidency, which has suffered many. His travel ban has been blocked by the courts. Allegations of questionable ties to the Russian government forced out his national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn. Tensions with key allies such as Germany, Britain and Australia are high, and Mr. Trump’s approval ratings are at historic lows.

The London Attacker: Quiet and Friendly, but With a Hostile Side:

He described himself as “friendly and approachable.” He had a degree in economics, and said he was a good listener. Adrian Russell Ajao, the man who drove a car into pedestrians in the shadow of Big Ben and then killed a police officer with a knife in Britain’s worst act of terrorism since 2005, and who called himself Khalid Masood after converting to Islam in his late 30s, was a 52-year-old husband and father. Prone to violent outbursts as a younger man, he had led a quiet life in recent years, usually attracting notice from the neighbors only when he washed his car in the driveway or mowed his lawn. Most afternoons he would pick up his two youngest children from primary school in a quiet suburban part of Birmingham, in the West Midlands of England. Occasionally, though, a darker side broke through. “When he spoke about religion,” said a neighbor who did not want to be identified for fear of reprisals, “he suddenly was a different man,” describing in those moments a fierce and uncompromising anger about the treatment of Muslims.

Trump Blames Democrats for Trumpcare Implosion:

President Trump on Friday afternoon pivoted to blaming the Democrats for the implosion of the American Health Care Act, the Republican bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. “We had no Democrat support; we had no votes from the Democrats,” he said during a press availability following the decision to pull the effort. “They weren’t going to give us a single vote so it’s a very difficult thing to do.” The president also downplayed suggestions that his first major legislative effort ended in failure, telling reporters that he never once claimed during the campaign that he would repeal and replace Obamacare during his first 100 days. He continued: “And, again, I think what will happen is Obamacare, unfortunately, will explode. It’s going to have a bad year.” New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman wrote on Twitter, before the presser, that “Trump tells me in interview this is now the Democrats’ fault, and that he anticipates that when Obama[care] ‘explodes’ they will be ready to deal.” She added: “Trump told me he is happy having this in the rear view mirror. ‘It’s enough already,’ he said of the negotiations.”

Treasury Sec. Steven Mnuchin: Trump Has ‘Perfect Genes’:

Steven Mnuchin on Friday claimed President Donald Trumphas “perfect genes.” During a sit-down interview with Axios co-founder Mike Allen, the treasury secretary marveled at how his boss has “more stamina than anyone I’ve ever met… it’s unbelievable… he’s constantly doing things.” Referencing Trump’s known affinity for fast food, Allen asked how that’s possible given his poor eating habits. Mnuchin replied: “He’s got perfect genes.” Asked to elaborate, Mnuchin said, “He’s got perfect genes. He’s got incredible energy, okay? And he’s unbelievably healthy.” The audience nervously laughed after a brief pause on both replies.

McCain: I’ve Yet to Meet President Trump Since He Took Office:

Republican Senator John McCain revealed he hasn’t met thePresident Donald Trump in person since he took office, and he urged Trump to reach out to his opponents—Democratic and otherwise—ala Ronald Reagan if he wants to repeal Obamacare. “Do some outreach. Get to know some of these Democratic leaders,” he said. “You can find common ground.” McCain said he’d met Trump “some years ago” when he was a businessman, but had not met him since. McCain said he did speak “almost daily” to National Security Adviser Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, however. “He doesn’t seem to be that upset that he’s not talking to him,” said German Marshall Fund’s Derek Chollet, a former Obama Pentagon official. “He’s trying to run U.S. defense policy through Mattis and effectively ignore Trump.” The White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Ex-Penn State President Guilty in Sandusky Case:

Former Penn State President Graham Spanier was found guilty Friday on charges of child endangerment, stemming from how he handled complaints about former assistant football coach and convicted pedophile Jerry Sandusky. After 13 hours of jury deliberations, though, Spanier was acquitted on a charge of conspiracy and another of child endangerment. Spanier could face up to five years behind bars, and could be forced to pay a $10,000 fine. Spanier will reportedly appeal the decision. Penn State paid settlements four years ago of nearly $60 million to more than two dozen victims of Sandusky’s abuse.


Dogs detect breast cancer from bandage: 

Dogs can sniff out cancer from a piece of cloth which had touched the breast of a woman with a tumor, researchers said Friday, announcing the results of an unusual, but promising, diagnostic trial. With just six months of training, a pair of German Shepherds became 100-percent accurate in their new role as breast cancer spotters, the team said. The technique is simple, non-invasive and cheap, and may revolutionize cancer detection in countries where mammograms are hard to come by. “In these countries, there are oncologists, there are surgeons, but in rural areas often there is limited access to diagnostics,” Isabelle Fromantin, who leads project Kdog, told journalists in Paris.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: When the Southern states seceded in 1860 and 1861, they did not leave in order of their geographic location, economic standing political qualities, or level of industrialization. They left in almost the exact order of their percentage of slaves.


LBN-NOTICED: ****Chelsea Clinton was spotted perusing art at a buzzy new show by Olafur Eliasson on Thursday. Also at the opening of “The Listening Dimension” at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery in NYC were Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaardand Proenza Schouler CEO Judd Crane.

LBN-VIDEO LINK: Song written by Janis Ian and Sarah Partridge for the album, “BRIGHT LIGHTS AND PROMISES. REDEFINING JANIS IAN”. To be released April 21st 2017 by Origin Records.


Naked people slaughter a sheep at Auschwitz death camp:

Eleven men and women in their twenties on Friday slaughtered a sheep and took their clothes off at the former Nazi German death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, according to police and the museum at the site in southern Poland. The individuals aged 20 to 27, whose identities and motives are unknown, then chained themselves together in front of the camp’s infamous “Arbeit macht frei” (“Work makes you free”) gate, the museum said in a statement.

LBN-SPOTLIGHT: “Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.” —–

LBN-VIDEO LINK: Shields and Brooks on Obamacare repeal failure, Gorsuch grilling —-

LBN-R.I.P.:  ***Cardinal William H. Keeler, who as archbishop of Baltimore strove to improve relations between the Roman Catholic Church and American Jews, and who championed victims of sexual abuse by priests, died on Thursday in Catonsville, Md. He was 86. No cause was specified, but he was injured in a car accident in 2006 and had undergone brain surgery since then, an archdiocesan spokesman said.

LBN-VIDEO LINKSee Bill Maher Tease Paul Ryan, GOP Over Trumpcare Failure

LBN-COMMENTARY by SALENA ZITO: While pundits breathlessly reported this week that President Trump’s Gallup approval rating has plummeted to a historic low (dipping to 37 points), not all approval ratings are created equal. Because in American politics, geography is everything. Live in an urban, minority or college setting, and Donald J. Trump is underwater in the polls in a big way; he gets a frosty 29 percent approval rating in the cities, 35 percent approval in the urban suburbs, in the latest NBC/Wall Street Journal survey. But, live in the second ring of suburbs outside the cities, or the exurbs or the third and fourth rings that comprise rural America, and the president gets a 53 percent to 59 percent job approval rating in the same poll.

LBN-COMMENTARY by FRANK BRUNI: For seven years — seven years — Republicans thundered about the evils of Obamacare, yearned for the day when they could bury it and vowed to do precisely that once the ball was in their hands. Last week proved that this had all been an emotional and theatrical exercise, not a substantive one. The ball was in their hands, and they had no coherent playbook. No real play. They scurried around the Capitol with their chests deflated and their tails between their legs. For the entirety of his campaign,Donald Trump crowed about his peerless ability to make deals, one of which, he assured us, was going to be a replacement for Obamacare that would cut costs without leaving any Americans in the lurch. Last week proved that there was no such swap, that he hadn’t done an iota of work to devise one and that he was spectacularly unprepared to shepherd such legislation through Congress. As his promise lay in tatters at his feet, he gave a delusional interview to Time magazine about what an infallible soothsayer he is, then tried to shift the blame to Democrats.


LBN-OVERHEARD: *****Congratulations to newlyweds Amanda Seyfried and Thomas Sadoski…they’re new parents now, too. A rep for the actress confirms the couple welcomed their first child together. The Mamma Mia star gave birth to a baby girl.   ****Cher has dropped out of Lifetime’s television movie “Flint” about the water contamination crisis. The iconic actress and musician was scheduled to begin shooting the film next month, but is now unable to participate, due to a family matter. Cher cited a “serious family issue” as the reason for her departure from the project, though she did not offer details. ***Gwyneth Paltrow is a backdoor connoisseur. In honor of her website Goop’s second annual Sex Issue, the actress, 44, posted a Q&A about anal sex with research psychoanalyst and author Paul Joannides, Psy.D., to answer all of her readers’ most pressing questions.

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