LBN – Special Report – Thursday – April 20, 2017

MILLENNIAL  MADNESS! More Americans 18-to-34 Now Live With Parents Than With Spouse:

Four decades ago, in the mid-1970s, young American adults–in the 18-to-34 age bracket–were far more likely to be married and living with a spouse than living in their parents’ home. But that is no longer the case, according to a new study by the U.S. Census Bureau. “There are now more young people living with their parents than in any other arrangement,” says the Census Bureau study. What is more,” says the study, “almost 9 in 10 young people who were living in their parents’ home a year ago are still living there today, making it the most stable living arrangement.” The Number 1 living arrangement today for Americans in the 18-to-34 age bracket, according to the Census Bureau, is to reside without a spouse in their parents’ home

N. Korea Warns of ‘Super-Mighty’ Strike on U.S.

State media in North Korea on Thursday warned the U.S. of a “super-mighty pre-emptive strike” following remarks from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, in which he said the U.S. was looking for ways to increase pressure on Pyongyang over its nuclear program. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has repeatedly threatened the U.S.—and hit back at admonitions from China and the UN Security Council over its missile tests. “In the case of our super-mighty preemptive strike being launched, it will completely and immediately wipe out not only U.S. imperialists’ invasion forces in South Korea and its surrounding areas but the U.S. mainland and reduce them to ashes,” said the Rodong Sinmun, a newspaper run by the North Korean Workers’ Party. Tillerson said Wednesday, “We’re reviewing all the status of North Korea, both in terms of state sponsorship of terrorism as well as the other ways in which we can bring pressure on the regime in Pyongyang to re-engage with us, but re-engage with us on a different footing than past talks have been held.”

Study: Trump has Eliminated $86B in Regs:

President Trump has saved taxpayers more than $86 billion in regulatory costs during his first three months in the White House, according to a new study by conservative group the American Action Forum (AAF) that points to several Obama-era regulations that Trump has either rolled back on his own or with the help of Republican lawmakers using the Congressional Review Act (CRA). This includes the Education Department’s school accountability standards, the Environmental Protection Agency’s waters of the United States rule and the so-called “blacklisting” rule for government contractors.

Report: Fox Payout to O’Reilly Will Be ‘Tens of Millions’

Bill O’Reilly’s payout as he leaves Fox News will be in the tens of millions of dollars, CNN’s Brian Stelter reports. O’Reilly was let go Wednesday amid mounting pressure on the cable news channel over sexual-harassment allegations against the talk-show host. While 21st Century Fox and O’Reilly are unable to comment on a payout, two sources told CNN that O’Reilly recently signed a new contract—reportedly worth $25 million per year—and will therefore receive a payout. O’Reilly reportedly will not be paid the full amount of his contract, which is said to extend through the 2020 presidential election.
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Tillerson Slams Iran for ‘Alarming Provocations’

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday lashed out at Iran for what he described as “alarming ongoing provocations” aimed at destabilizing the Middle East. Tillerson said a review of U.S. policy on Iran announced Tuesday will examine not only its compliance with the 2015 nuclear agreement—which the White House has said it is adhering to—but also its behavior with other countries in the Middle East. “A comprehensive Iran policy requires we address all of the threats posed by Iran and it is clear there are many,” Tillerson said. According to the secretary of State, the nuclear agreement focuses too narrowly and fails to take other aspects of ties with Tehran into account. “That is why we have to look at Iran in a very comprehensive way in terms of the threat it poses in all areas of the region and the world,” he said. He went on to criticize the nuclear agreement, negotiated by former President Barack Obama, saying it “represents the same failed approach of the past that brought us to the current imminent threat we face from North Korea.” Tillerson’s comments echo those of President Trump, who repeatedly railed against the nuclear agreement during his campaign and hinted that he’d do away with it. In May, Trump is expected to decide whether or not to extend sanctions waivers for Tehran that were introduced underObama.
LBN-INVESTIGATES: Americans are more stressed than ever — and for most of them, their bank accounts are to blame. The majority of Americans (65%) are losing sleep over money issues, according to a new study from CreditCards.com — up from 56% in 2007. The most common stressor is health care or insurance bills at 38%, followed by saving for retirement at 37%. “What people worry about most changed quite a bit in the past year,” Matt Schulz, senior industry analyst at CreditCards.com said. “Health care has been such a hot button issue for so long, and whether it’s around the election or just about the cost of maintaining your own health care, we’ve seen a big jump in worrying about that.” (Health care was a factor for just 29% of respondents in 2016.)
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Watchdog: ‘Incontrovertible’ Proof Sarin Used in Syria

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons says it has found “incontrovertible” evidence that the chemical attack in Syria this month included sarin nerve gas. Eighty-nine people, mostly civilians and many of them children, were killed in the April 4 attack on the town of Khan Sheikhoun; PresidentTrump responded by firing missiles at the airfield from which the attack was launched. The OPCW, the international arbiter of the 1997 Chemical Weapons Convention, took biomedical samples from 10 victims and says it determined that they were exposed to sarin “or a sarin-like substance.”  “While further details of the laboratory analyses will follow, the analytical results already obtained are incontrovertible,” said  Ahmet Uzumcu, the organization’s director general, said in a statement. He added that samples were taken during autopsies and from other victims while they underwent medical treatment. Scientists in the U.K. have said they also found evidence of sarin gas from samples taken at the site.

Support for Pot Legalization at All-Time High

Americans’ support for the legalization of marijuana has reached an all-time high, according to a CBS News poll released Thursday. Of those surveyed, 61 percent said they now believe the use of the drug should be allowed, which is up 5 percentage points from a year ago and is now the highest approval for weed ever recorded in the four decades CBS News has been asking the question. A full 88 percent of Americans told the pollsters they approve of the use of medical marijuana, and 71 percent oppose any effort from the federal government to halt its sales. According to the survey results, about 65 percent of those who responded believe the use of marijuana is less dangerous than other drugs. Only 23 percent of respondents said they believe legalizing marijuana would lead to an increase in violent crimes. Elsewhere Thursday, the day known as the marijuana “holiday” 4/20, a pro-cannabis activist group plans to set up near Capitol Hill and pass out at least 1,000 free joints to members of Congress, the press, and congressional staffers who are at least 21 years old, according to the New York Daily News.
LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:   ***Tucker Carlson, a conservative provocateur who joined Fox News’s prime-time ranks only three months ago, has been tapped to replace Mr. O’Reilly at 8 p.m. Eastern, beginning on Monday, the network said. Mr. Carlson has become, seemingly overnight, one of the network’s most vital players, a remarkable turnaround for a pundit whose bow-tied heyday had seemed behind him.
LBN-INVESTIGATES: In 2010, Texas tied with Mississippi for the highest percentage of U.S. workers in minimum-wage jobs. This year (2011), it has the 4th highest poverty rate of any state and it ranks 1st for adults without diplomas. It also leads the U.S. in children without health insurance, and 26% of all Texans have no health insurance.

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Berkeley Cancels Ann Coulter Speech Over Safety Fears:

The University of California, Berkeley, on Wednesday canceled a scheduled speech by the conservative author Ann Coulter, in the latest blow to the institution’s legacy and reputation as a promoter and bastion of free speech. University administrators said in a statement that they could not let Ms. Coulter speak because of active security threats. In a letter to the Berkeley College Republicans, which was sponsoring the speech, two vice chancellors said the university had been “unable to find a safe and suitable venue for your planned April 27 event featuring Ann Coulter.”
LBN-NOTICED:   ***Jamie Lee Curtis visiting her “A Fish Called Wanda” co-star Kevin Kline backstage after “Present Laughter” in NYC.   ***Drew Barrymore talking to restaurateurSammy Musovic at the Gansevoort Hotel in NYC about her wine line.   **Fox News’ Kimberly Guilfoyle, Sean Hannity, Cheryl Casone and Bill Hemmer at Four Cuts Steakhouse in NYC for a party celebrating Ainsley Earhardt’s 25A Magazine cover.   ***Jordan Fisher, a star of “Hamilton,” visiting Hamilton Grange National Memorial for National Park Week.
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LBN-BOOK NEWS:   ***If you thought Kris Jenner would happily add Caitlyn’s memoir to her library, think again. None of it makes sense,” Kris, 61, fumed to daughters Khloé and Kim Kardashian in a preview for Sunday’s “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.” “I read it and basically the only nice thing she had to say was that I was great socially at a party one time …. Everything she says is all made up. Why does everything have to be that Kris is such a bitch and an a–hole?”

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LBN-COMMENTARY by Kate Briquelet: Somewhere in YouTube land, Kathryn VanEaton is getting baked and holding a purple bong with a Hello Kitty bowl, and it’s packed with Colorado snow. “What’s up, everyone,” chirps the 34-year-old mother of four, after the show’s sleek titles dissolve in what feels more like a makeup tutorial. But this is a different kind of how-to video, and VanEaton is a new strain of mommy blogger. “I am the Stoner Mom, and this is the Stoner Mom show,” VanEaton greets her viewers. “For today’s show, we are just going to do a solo stoner session together. Me and you. Because that’s all I have planned.” The stay-at-home mom notes that not all things Mary Jane are PG. “If for any reason you have a Hello Kitty bowl laying around and you have daughters, there will be a ‘What’s that?’” she advises.

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LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Charlotte Rae is best known for playing beloved housemother Edna Garrett on the 1980s hit sitcom “The Facts of Life,” but things were no laughing matter off-screen before her years on set. The 90-year-old actress recently unveiled a memoir, “The Facts of My Life,” and she got candid about her battle with alcoholism. “Alcohol became my drug of choice so I could get sleep at night,” Rae told Fox News. “It was difficult. I was doing ‘Sesame Street’ [1971-1972] as Molly the Mail Lady and I had to get to sleep so I could get up for the kids and do the TV show Monday-Friday.”

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