LBN – Special Report – Sunday


Donald J. Trump’s presidential candidacy has stunned the Republican Party. But if he survives a late revolt by his rivals and other leaders to become the party’s standard-bearer in the general election, the electoral map now coming into view is positively forbidding. In recent head-to-head polls with one Democrat whom Mr. Trump may face in the fall, Hillary Clinton, he trails in every key state, including Florida and Ohio, despite her soaring unpopularity ratings with swing voters. In Democratic-leaning states across the Rust Belt, which Mr. Trump has vowed to return to the Republican column for the first time in nearly 30 years, his deficit is even worse: Mrs. Clinton leads him by double digits in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania.

*Obama: Iran Not Following ‘Spirit’ of Deal

President Obama on Friday criticized Iranian leaders for undermining the “spirit” of last year’s historic nuclear agreement, even as they stick to the “letter” of the pact. In comments following the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, Obama denied speculation that the United States would ease rules preventing dollars from being used in financial transactions with Iran, in order to boost the country’s engagement with the rest of the world. Instead, Obama claimed, that Iran’s troubles even after the lifting of sanctions under the nuclear deal were due to its continued support of Hezbollah, ballistic missile tests and other aggressive behavior.


*Secret Service Catch White House Jumper

Secret Service agents reportedly caught a man who threw his backpack over the White House fence and tried to jump it on Friday. The would-be intruder was arrested without incident after trying to make it over around 11:45 p.m. The name of the intruder has yet to be released. The Secret Service has been criticized in the past for doing an inadequate job at preventing these kinds of incidents.

*WHO READS LBN? TV host Charlie Rose

*Only Half of Olympics Tix Have Been Sold

Only 50 percent of tickets for the 2016 Rio Olympics have been sold so far, organizing committee spokesman Phil Wilkinsontold AFP on Saturday. The poor sales come at a time of concerns over the spreading Zika virus. The Brazilian government may buy poorly selling tickets and distribute them among schools to prevent empty stadiums.

*Bezos Company Launches, Lands Rocket

On Saturday Jeff Bezos‘s company Blue Origin safely launched and landed a rocket and a capsule that will eventually carry paying passengers to space. The launch, which occurred in West Texas, was the third for the New Shepard rocket.

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Judd Apatow with daughters Maude and Iris seeing Mike Birbiglia’s show, “Thank God for Jokes.” in NYC Also spotted: Steve Martin, Frank Oz and Michael Cera.   ***Lloyd Blankfein talking to Donny Deutsch at Myles Chefetz’s Prime 112 in Miami.   ***Kevin Jonas at Delicatessen in Soho in NYC.   ***Forest Whitaker at Ocean Prime in NYC.   ***Gretchen Mol at Bodega Negra.   ***Fox Business’Elizabeth MacDonald at Sojourn in NYC.   ***WABC-TV’sAmy Freeze seeing Irving Fields, 100, do his show at Nino’s Tuscany in NYC.

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*LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:   ***“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” appears to be losing steam as it ends its second weekend in theaters.  The critically loathed superhero topped the box office, picking up $52.4 million. However, that represented a steep 68% fall from its $166 million debut. It suggests that “Batman v Superman” will be a front-loaded blockbuster along the lines of “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” or “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” both of which earned a disproportionate share of their revenues in their initial weekends and suffered similar drop-offs.

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: YouTube Recommends List-April, 2016 – Without Notes TV show — hosted by Michael LevineMark Rydell — Part 3 :

*LBN-R.I.P.:    ***Leandro Barbieri, a jazz saxophonist who was a pioneer in Latin jazz and who won a Grammy Award for his music in the film “Last Tango in Paris,” died on Saturday. He was 83. His death was confirmed by Jordy Freed, the vice president of marketing and communications for the Blue Note Entertainment Group. Mr. Barbieri’s wife, Laura, said he died of pneumonia at a New York hospital, The Associated Press reported.

*DID YOU KNOW? Did you know that LBN is read daily in —– Italy, France, Greece, Russia, England, India, Korea, Germany, Israel, Australia, South Africa, Sweden, China, Brazil, India among others.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Frank Bruni: Our infrastructure is inexcusable, much of our public education is miserable and one of our leading presidential candidates is a know-nothing, say-anything egomaniac who yanks harder every day at the tattered fabric of civil discourse and fundamental decency in this country. But let’s by all means worry about the gays! Let’s make sure they know their place. Keep them in check and all else falls into line, or at least America notches one victory amid so many defeats. That must be the thinking behind Republican efforts to push through so-called religious liberty laws and other legislation — most egregiously in North Carolina — that excuse and legitimize anti-gay discrimination. They’re cynical distractions. Politically opportunistic sideshows.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Paul D’Angelo (Comedian, author): I’ll never forget the first time I had sex. It was late at night and my girlfriend and I were in the front seat of my father’s car, way in the back of an empty parking lot. I had absolutely no idea what I was supposed to be doing, but I seemed to be doing it pretty well…at least I thought. I was so into it that I didn’t see the police cruiser pull up right next to us. Suddenly, the interior of my car was illuminated by the bright spotlight mounted on the police cruiser as the cop announced over the loudspeaker “OK, LETS MOVE IT IN THERE!” My girlfriend stuck her head out the window and yelled out, “Thanks officer. Maybe he’ll listen to you!

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Maureen Dowd:  You could hear how hard it was for Donald Trump to say the words. “Yeah, it was a mistake,” he said, sounding a bit chastened. “If I had to do it again, I wouldn’t have sent it.” I was telling him he lost my sister’s vote when he retweeted a seriously unflattering photo of the pretty Heidi Cruz next to a glam shot of his wife, Melania. He repeated his contention that he didn’t view the Heidi shot “necessarily as negative.” But I stopped him, saying it was clearly meant to be nasty.


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Kevin Federline — who enjoyed some brief fame as the husband of Britney Spears — has a new gig as resident DJ at Sin City’s Crazy Horse III strip club. That’s only 2.8 miles away from Planet Hollywood, where his former wife (and mom to his two sons) is headlining at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino! But Federline said there won’t be any drama — because the formerly feuding couple gets along now! “We talk, but I’d say 98 percent of it is about what’s going on with our children, making sure everybody is okay,” he said. And on the subject of strip clubs, Kev was asked how many naked women he’s seen in person. “Man,” he answered, “I don’t think I can count that high … I would say hundreds of thousands!”   ***Acting legend Sally Field really knows how to let a guy down easy. When talk titan Johnny Carson hounded her for a date, she gave him the ultimate “It’s not you, it’s me” line. “I was never a person who knew how to say no to people,” said Sally, 69. “Ultimately, the only way I could get out of many things was to tell people I had lost my mind.” And that’s what she told Johnny! “I told him I was having a breakdown and being sent away! “I just said, ‘I’m so sorry. I have to go away. They’re putting me in a home.’”

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