LBN – Special Report – Sunday, June 4th, 2017

*Donald Trump: London Incident Proof That ‘Travel Ban’ Is Necessary

President Donald Trump used a trio of incidents in central London to justify his executive order banning travel from six majority-Muslim nations on Saturday, tweeting that “the travel ban as an extra level of safety” is being held up by U.S. appellate courts. Another tweet, sent seven minutes later, vowed that “whatever the United States can do to help out in London and the U. K., we will be there – WE ARE WITH YOU. GOD BLESS!” Before the tweets, the president had retweeted an unconfirmed Drudge Report post alleging that a van had “mow[ed] down 20 people” on London Bridge. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a nationwide injunction against Trump’s travel ban on May 25, saying the executive order “drips with religious intolerance, animus, and discrimination.” On Friday, the Trump administration asked the Supreme Court to reinstate the ban.
*Trump Slams London Mayor Morning After Attack

U.S. President Donald Trump took aim at London’s mayor on Sunday in the wake of a terror attack that left seven dead and 48 wounded the night before. The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, was the first to confirm that this was a terrorist attack, and he offered reassurances to Londoners as the dust settled on Sunday. But Trump took issue with his comments. After first using the attack to promote his own travel ban on Saturday night, Trump continued to politicize the situation in comments on Twitter early Sunday. “We must stop being politically correct and get down to the business of security for our people. If we don’t get smart it will only get worse,” he wrote. “At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is ‘no reason to be alarmed!’” Trump wrote. “Do you notice we are not having a gun debate right now? That’s because they used knives and a truck!” he said. A spokesman for Khan hit back on Sunday, saying the mayor “has more important things to do than respond to Donald Trump’s ill-informed tweet that deliberately takes out of context his remarks urging Londoners not to be alarmed when they saw more police—including armed officers—on the street.” Khan had earlier sought to calm fears among residents, calling for vigilance but saying London is “one of the safest global cities in the world.” “We will never let these cowards win, and we will never be cowed by terrorism,” Khan said. The attack, which came about two weeks after a suicide bombing in Manchester that killed 22 people, saw a truck plow into pedestrians on London Bridge before attackers stabbed bystanders at random in Borough Market. An investigation into the attack was in full swing on Sunday.
*LBN-INVESTIGATES: The population of the United States when Abraham Lincoln became President was 31,443,321.
*Stock Market Will Rise 50 Percent, Esteemed Economist Says: 
It’s not very often that a Nobel Prize-winning economist who is known for his bearish calls turns extremely bullish. Last week, professor Robert Shiller of Yale, who called the housing collapse 10 years ago, proclaimed that stocks could rise another 50 percent in the next few years based upon his latest research. Meaning Dow 30,000! That got the attention of many folks, especially the Wall Street analysts, many of whom don’t understand this market. Shiller accurately saw the housing bubble and predicted that it would end very badly, as it did. He also co-developed the S&P/Case-Shiller index, which is a benchmark to measuring housing prices around major US cities.
*LBN-SEE IT: Muslims took over the street in front of Trump Tower during ‘Iftar’ or ‘breaking their Ramadan fast’.


*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***It’s been a tough week for the retail industry, with more than 1,000 stores closing their doors for good according to media expert and author Michael Levine– . Luxury retailer Michael Korsannounced it would be closing over 100 locations, and electronics giant Radio Shack closed 1,000 locations across America. “The retail industry, which represents $5 trillion in economic impact, has changed significantly over the past several years. More than 100,000 retail workers have lost their jobs since October 2016” noted Levine.  ***United Airlines will end its daily flight service to Venezuela in July, further isolating the crisis-hit South American country from international travel after the exit of many major airlines in recent years. Many airlines have left after a protracted dispute over billions of dollars they say the government owes them. They say President Nicolas Maduro’s administration has failed to reimburse companies in hard currency for ticket sales in local currency, as per strict currency controls in the socialist nation.

*LBN-NOTICED:  ****Gregg Allman was laid to rest Saturday afternoon in Macon, Georgia, where the Allman Brothers Band singer was buried near his brother Duane Allman and band mate Berry Oakley. Former presidentJimmy Carter, Peter Frampton, ex-wife Cher and many of Allman’s bandmates like Jaimoe, Dickey Betts and Derek Trucks were among those that attended the private ceremony at Snow’s Memorial Chapel in Macon. Allman’s children Devon, Layla and Delilah Island, his niece (and Duane’s daughter) Galadrielle, his lifelong friend Chank Middleton and his manager Michael Lehmen delivered eulogies at the service.   ***Brooke Shields at Union Cantina in Southampton.  ***Anne Hathaway grabbing coffee at Chefs Club Counter in NYC.   ***Alicia Keys at Stephen Starr’sMakoto in Bal Harbour, Fla.


*LBN-INVESTIGATES: During the Civil War, generals usually led their solders into battle, a rare occurrence in modern wars. Because of this, generals were 50% more likely to die in combat than privates were.

*LBN-SEE IT: There was never really any doubt that Rebecca Hall, the child of theatre veterans, would act. These days, she is attempting to expand her artistic horizons.


Roundup of the latest scientific news.

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: The Magic of Not Giving a F*** | Sarah Knight —

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Paul Offit: Tony Fauci is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). It’s Fauci’s job to stop plagues before they start. Recently, Fauci was asked which infection scared him the most. The questioner assumed that he would say Ebola or Zika or MERS or SARS—all infections for which no vaccines and no anti-viral medicines are commercially available. But he didn’t. “Pandemic influenza,” he said. Fauci isn’t the only one talking about pandemic flu these days. On April 7, 2017, Sanjay Gupta hosted a program on CNN titled “Unseen Enemy.” Gupta linked his program to an article titled, “The Big One Is Coming, and It’s Going to Be a Flu Pandemic”. On April 21, 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a monograph titled, “Community Mitigation Guidelines to Prevent Pandemic Influenza—United States, 2017,” highlighting non-pharmaceutical interventions to stop the spread of flu like face masks, quarantine, and school closures.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Maureen Dowd: We’ve been conditioned by Hollywood to see the president of the United States step up to the lectern to confidently tell us how he will combat the existential threat to the planet — be it aliens, asteroids, tidal waves, volcanoes, killer sharks, killer robots or a 500-billion-ton comet the size of New York City. So it was quite stunning to see the president of the United States step up to the lectern to declare himself the existential threat to the planet. And with a calming band playing us to our doom, just like on the Titanic. You know you’re in trouble when beclouded Beijing, where birds go to die, replaces you as a leader on climate change.


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