LBN – Special Report – Thursday

*9/11 Panelist: Saudis Helped Hijackers

A former member of the 9/11 Commission says there was “clear evidence” Saudi Arabia’s government officials helped provide a support network for the hijackers leading up to the attack, The Guardian reports. John H. Lehman also argued that the White House should make public the full, long-classified report on the link. “There was an awful lot of participation by Saudi individuals in supporting the hijackers, and some of those people worked in the Saudi government,” said Lehman, a New York investment banker. The 9/11 commissioners in 2004 issued a report that was seen at the time as absolving the kingdom from involvement. Fifteen of the 19 hijackers lived in Saudi Arabia. Lehman said on Wednesday: “Our report should never have been read as an exoneration of Saudi Arabia.” Others have argued that the full 28 pages should not be released for fear that it would implicate innocent people due to “raw, unvetted” information.


*Gingrich Not Opposed to Becoming Trump’s VP

Newt Gingrich has said he would consider becoming Republican candidate Donald Trump’s vice-presidential running mate, fueling speculation that has been rampant throughout much of the race so far. Saying in an interview with Fox News that he “would certainly talk about it” if offered the chance, Gingrich also coyly noted that Trump has plenty of other options as far as the VP spot is concerned. The former speaker of the House of Representatives suggested Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Ohio Gov. John Kasich as other strong candidates for the position.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Drivers are far more likely to be alcohol impaired during the night than during the day. In 2007, 36% of drivers involved in nighttime fatal crashes were legally drunk versus just 9% during daytime collisions.

*F.B.I. Director Says ‘Viral Video Effect’ Blunts Police Work 

The director of the F.B.I. reignited the factious debate over a so-called “Ferguson effect” on Wednesday, saying that he believed less aggressive policing was driving an alarming spike in murders in many cities. James Comey, the director, said that while he could offer no statistical proof, he believed after speaking with a number of police officials that a “viral video effect” — with officers wary of confronting suspects for fear of ending up on a video — “could well be at the heart” of a spike in violent crime in some cities. “There’s a perception that police are less likely to do the marginal additional policing that suppresses crime — the getting out of your car at 2 in the morning and saying to a group of guys, ‘Hey, what are you doing here?’” he told reporters.

*Mitt Romney Hints at Mob Ties in Trump’s Taxes

Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney clearly has no interest in backing presumptive 2016 nominee Donald Trump. Continuing on his warpath to get Trump to release his tax returns—despite the candidate’s claim that he’s under an IRS audit—Romney wrote Wednesday on Facebook: “It is disqualifying for a modern-day presidential nominee to refuse to release tax returns to the voters, especially one who has not been subject to public scrutiny in either military or public service. Tax returns provide the public with its sole confirmation of the veracity of a candidate’s representations regarding charities, priorities, wealth, tax conformance, and conflicts of interest.” And then with a unspoken wink-and-nod, Romney again hinted at a “bombshell” in the taxes: “While not a likely circumstance,” he said, disclosing the taxes would prove Trump has no “hidden inappropriate associations with… criminal organizations, or other unsavory groups.” The former Massachusetts governor also hit Trump for claiming an audit prevents him from disclosing: “There is nothing that prevents releasing tax returns that are being audited… There is only one logical explanation for Mr. Trump’s refusal to release his returns: There is a bombshell in them.”

*WHO READS LBN? Acclaimed Pianist Alan Ascher

*LBN-DID YOU KNOW? Did you know that in addition to being read in all 50 of the United States, LBN is read daily in 26 foreign countries from China to India, from Brazil to Russia, from Australia to Canada, from Germany to Japan, from Israel to England, from France to Korea, from Mexico to Sweden.

*Anti-Virus Pioneer John McAfee: Your Phone May Be Snooping On You

Computer security pioneer John McAfee pulls out his cell phone to stare at a notification on the screen. “It says something changed in my account, please press next,” McAfee says. “I have the best (security) habits in the world and I cannot keep my phone secure.” McAfee, whose name became synonymous with antivirus protection, says he’s no longer as worried about computer security. Now, he says, the danger comes from the camera and microphones we carry everywhere in our pockets, attached to our smartphones. It’s a “trivial” matter, he says, for a hacker to remotely and secretly turn on a phone’s sensors.

*Biden Wanted Warren As His VP 

Joe Biden took months to decide he wouldn’t run for president — but he was sold on Elizabeth Warren as his running mate from the start, people familiar with the situation said. And he still thinks the Massachusetts firebrand would be Hillary Clinton’s best choice to replace him as the nation’s No. 2 in January 2017.

*LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:   ***Actor, producer and director Keanu Reeves has signed with WME in all areas. Reeves started his career headlining box office hits, but has also taken to auteur-driven projects in recent years like Nicolas Winding Refn’s upcoming “Neon Demon,” while still starring in commercial successes like “John Wick.”   ***Media expert and author Michael Levine will give a “Secrets of Success” speech at UCLA on Saturday, May 21st in the afternoon at the music industry class of Professor John Hartmann.

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***“The Nice Guys” co-stars Russell Croweand Ryan Gosling at Public Kitchen & Bar at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel enjoying a rather unmanly kale salad, followed by beefier dishes: New York strip steak and meatballs.   ***LuAnn de Lesseps at Bagatelle New York celebrating the renewal of Celebrity Page’s nationally syndicated television program.   ***Andy Buckley filming an upcoming project in the East Village in NYC.   ***Kaley Cuoco at John McDonald’s Sessanta in NYC with boyfriend Karl Cook.   ***Spike Lee at Da Silvano on Saturday in NYC .   ***Adam Levine and his expectant wife, Behati Prinsloo, having dinner at the Sunset Tower Hotel’s Tower Bar in LA while Kelly Lynch dined nearby with her husband, Mitch Glazer.

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Michael Ratner, a fearless civil liberties lawyer who successfully challenged the United States government’s detention of terrorism suspects at Guantánamo Bay without judicial review, died on Wednesday in Manhattan. He was 72. The cause was complications of cancer, said his brother, Bruce, a developer and an owner of the Brooklyn Nets.   ***James D. Travis, the advertising executive who assembled the team behind the highly successful “Morning in America” television commercial that helped propel President Ronald Reagan to a landslide victory in his 1984 re-election campaign, died on Sunday at his home in Chester, Conn. He was 83. The cause was complications of heart disease, his wife, Marty, said.   ***Mark Lane, famed Civil Rights attorney and author of the best-selling book, “Rush to Judgment,” which detailed the facts of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, died late last night at his home in Charlottesville, Virginia, at the age of 89. Lane, who was with his wife, Trish, at the time, suffered a heart attack and collapsed in her arms. He is survived by his wife and his three daughters, Anne Marie, Christina and Vita.


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