LBN – Special Report – Sunday


The U.S. on Saturday transferred nine Yemeni prisoners from Guantanamo Bay to Saudi Arabia. The move was long in the making; the U.S. government began trying to persuade the Saudis to take the prisoners during the Bush administration. This brings the number of detainees at Guantanamo Bay to 80. The Obama administration has expressed the desire to close the wartime prison.

U.S. Plans to Step Up Military Campaign Against ISIS:

The Obama administration is preparing to broaden its military campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria by increasing the number of Special Operations forces who advise Syrian rebels, and it is also considering the addition of Army attack helicopters to the fight against militants in Iraq. The goal would be to accelerate what United States officials said on Saturday was momentum behind Iraqi security forces and American-backed rebels in Syria fighting the terrorist organization. Inside Syria, the administration is prepared to add dozens of Special Operations forces to the 50 who now advise and assist Syrian rebels fighting the Islamic State, say three Defense Department and military officials. The additional trainers, who could total as many as 200, would be able to expand their instruction to Syrian Arab fighters, who are likely to play a pivotal role in capturing Raqqa, the Islamic State’s de facto capital in Syria, the officials said.

Number of Children Illegally Crossing Border Up 1,200 Percent Between
2011 and 2014: 

The number of children apprehended on the U.S. border attempting to immigrate illegally has surged more than 1,200 percent since 2011 and the number of these children crossing the border during 2016 could be another record, according to a newly released government report. The number of unaccompanied alien children (UACs) illegally crossing the U.S. border “has increased sharply” since 2011, with a surge of more than 1,200 percent just between 2011 and 2014, according to the Congressional Research Service. The agency also disclosed that the flow has increasing significantly in the first five months of fiscal 2016.

WHO READS LBN? Music attorney John Branca:

Woman to Likely Be Featured on $20 Bill

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is expected to announce that Alexander Hamilton‘s face will remain on the $10 bill and that a woman will replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. Previously, he had said that he was considering a redesign of the $10 to include the image of a woman. There was an uproar, fueled in part by fandom of the musical “Hamilton,” leading Lew to change his mind. A mural depiction of the women’s suffrage movement will be on the back of the bill.

Axl Rose Joins AC/DC

Axl Rose, the frontman for Guns N’ Roses, is joining AC/DC to replace their lead singer Brian Johnson for the remainder of the group’s tour. The Rock or Bust tour was initially suspended after Johnson learned he was at risk of going deaf. Rose is now accompanying them on European and North American tour dates before returning to his own band. “As much as we want this tour to end as it started, we understand, respect and support Brian’s decision to stop touring and save his hearing,” a statement from the band read.

AWKARD – Clooney: My Hillary Fundraiser Is ‘Obscene’:

During an interview with Chuck Todd set to air on Meet The Press this Sunday morning, actor George Clooney admitted that the $353,000 per couple required to attend a fundraiser he hosted Friday night for Hillary Clinton was “an obscene amount of money.” Responding to the criticism he has received from Bernie Sanders, Clooney added, “When they talk about, it is absolutely right. It’s ridiculous that we should have this kind of money in politics. I agree completely.”

Poll: Vast majority of Americans don’t trust the news media; 84% say LBN is “Independent”:
Trust in the news media is being eroded by perceptions of inaccuracy and bias, fueled in part by Americans’ skepticism about what they read on social media. Just 6 percent of people say they have a lot of confidence in the media, putting the news industry about equal to Congress and well below the public’s view of other institutions. In this presidential campaign year, Democrats were more likely to trust the news media than Republicans or independents. 84% of LBN readers in all 50 of the United States and 26 foreign countries said they feel LBN is “independent” and not biased.

LBN-NOTICED:   ***Woody Allen with Jeff ­Bewkes, Carl Icahn, Diane von Furstenberg, Barry Diller, Barbara Walters and Joe Farrell at Andrew Stein’s regular dinner at Caravaggio in NYC.   ***Nina Dobrev at restaurant Mamo in Soho in NYC.   ***Aviva Drescher at restaurant Amigos.   ***Ne-yo at Four Cuts Steakhouse in NYC.   ***Nick and Kevin Jonas at Vandal in NYC.   ***Jennifer Hudson at “Broadway Sings Whitney Houston” at the Highline Ballroom . . .
Jay Pharoah being honored at Opportunity Network’s Night of Opportunity gala.    ***Plastic surgeon Dr. Jon Perlman having dinner last night at P.F. Chang’s in Santa Monica.

LBN-INVESTIGATES: For more than two decades, researchers of different stripes have examined humanity’s less-than-truthful underbelly. This is what they have found: We all stretch the truth. We learned to deceive as toddlers. We rationalize our fabrications that benefit us. We tell little white lies daily that make others feel good. Now magnify that. Politicians distort the truth more often, use more self-justifications and deceive in larger ways, and with more consequences, experts in psychology and political science say. Children learn to lie at an average of about 3 years old, often when they realize that other people don’t know what they are thinking, said Kang Lee, a professor at the University of Toronto. He has done extensive research on children and lying. Lee set up an experiment in a video-monitored room and would tell children there’s a toy they can have that’s behind them, but they can only get it if they don’t peek. Then the adult is called out of the room, returns a minute later and asks if they peeked. At age 2, only 30 percent lie, Lee said. At age 3, half do. By 5 or 6, 90 percent of the kids lie and Lee said he worries about the 10 percent who don’t. This is universal, Lee said. A little later, “we explicitly teach our kids to tell white lies,” with parental coaching about things like saying how much they love gifts from grandma, and it’s a lesson most of them only get around age 6 or older, Lee said.


LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***Monkees singer Micky Dolenz has a new album coming out at the end of May that boasts a list of impressive names, including Oasis’ Noel Gallagher, in what he describes as an “Old World meets the New World kind of thing.” He told us, “We found these old unfinished tracks from the ’60s with people playing on them, like Harry Nilsson and Carole King and Neil Diamond . . . that were never finished because there was no more need. [‘The Monkees’] went off the air.” Along with Gallagher, Dolenz has a list of current rockers contributing to his album including Weezer’s Rivers Cuomoand Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard.

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LBN-READER POLL QUESTION?: Leslie Van Houten was the youngest of the women who helped commit murders in Los Angeles at the direction of Charles Manson in August 1969. She has been in prison for 46 years — the original death sentences for Manson followers were vacated when California’s capital punishment law was ruled unconstitutional — and for the first time, a two-member parole panel has declared her “suitable for parole.” If it were solely your decision, would your release her?
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LBN-COMMENTARY by Maureen Dowd: It’s hard not to feel sorry for Hillary Clinton. She is hearing ghostly footsteps. She’s having her inevitability challenged a second time by a moralizing senator with few accomplishments who chides her on her bad judgment on Iraq and special-interest money, breezily rakes in millions in small donations online, draws tens of thousands to rock-star rallies and gets more votes from young women. But at least last time, it was a dazzling newcomer who also offered the chance to break a barrier. This time, Hillary is trying to fend off a choleric 74-year-old democratic socialist. Some close to the campaign say that those ghostly footsteps have made Hillary restive. The déjà vu has exasperated Bill Clinton, who griped to an audience in New York on Friday that young supporters of Bernie Sanders get excited because it sounds good to say, “Just shoot every third person on Wall Street and everything will be fine.”


LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Oprah Winfrey’s best friend Gayle King has reignited her romance with Senator Cory Booker — and now they’re talking marriage! “Gayle realizes that, after keeping Stedman Graham around for 30 years, Oprah is always going to have him by her side. Gayle wants a partner, too,” an insider said — adding Gayle doesn’t want to “die alone.”

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