LBN – Special Report – Thursday February 9, 2017

Wintour: Vogue Will Feature Melania Trump:

Vogue magazine will likely put Melania Trump on its cover,Anna Wintour told The Wall Street Journal in an interviewpublished Thursday. The iconic fashion magazine made its first-ever presidential endorsement last year, backing Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton against the eventual winner Donald Trump; and Wintour herself has been an outspoken supporter of Clinton and Barack Obama. Former first lady Michelle Obama appeared on three Vogue covers, and despite the political differences, Melania Trump will likely not be left off. “We have a tradition of always covering whoever is the first lady at Vogue and I can’t imagine that this time would be any different,” Wintour explained. Melania did grace the magazine’s cover once before, in 2005—long before her husband ran for president.

Aretha Franklin Announces Retirement:

Aretha Franklin plans to retire from music later this year, the“Queen of Soul” told Detroit’s NBC affiliate this week. “I must tell you, I am retiring this year,” she said to reporter Evrod Cassimy. Franklin, who turns 75 this year, plans to record a final studio album of original compositions—featuring production help from Stevie Wonder—before taking a big step away from music to spend more time with family. “I feel very, very enriched and satisfied with respect to where my career came from and where it is now,” she explained. “I’ll be pretty much satisfied, but I’m not going to go anywhere and just sit down and do nothing. That wouldn’t be good either.”

Federal Judge Halts Anthem-Cigna Merger:

A federal judge on Wednesday blocked the proposed merger between health-insurance giants Anthem and Cigna. The $54 billion agreement, according to Judge Amy Berman Jackson, would likely have led to price increases due to less competition. Along with a proposed merger between Aetna and Humana that was struck down last month, the Anthem-Cigna deal would have reduced the number of national insurers from five to three. The Justice Department filed a lawsuit last July in an effort to block the merger.

Sessions Confirmed After Tense Senate Fight:

Sen. Jeff Sessions was confirmed as the next attorney general of the United States on Wednesday night, earning a simple majority by around 7:20 p.m. with the vote total at 52 yes to 47 no. The night before, Sen. Elizabeth Warren made headlines for attempting to read on the Senate floor a letter written byCoretta Scott King that was critical of Sessions. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell shut her down and she was subsequently not allowed to speak for the rest of the session. West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin was the only Democrat to vote in favor of confirming Sessions.

Oakley Arrested After Dolan Dispute:

Former New York Knicks basketball player Charles Oakleywas reportedly escorted out of Madison Square Garden after shoving a security guard. “Charles Oakley came to the game tonight and behaved in a highly inappropriate and completely abusive manner,” the Knicks said in a statement. “He has been ejected and is currently being arrested by the New York City Police Department. He was a great Knick and we hope he gets some help.” It appeared as if Oakley’s altercation began due to Knicks owner James Dolan’s presence.

Martin Luther King Jr.’s Niece Alveda King: Warren Played the ‘Race Card’:

Alveda King, Martin Luther King Jr.’s niece, accused Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren of playing the “race card” when she attempted, on the Senate floor, to read a letter written by Coretta Scott King in order to make her case against Sen. Jeff Sessions for attorney general. “It’s almost like a bait and switch, stir up the emotions, in the name of King—and my name is Alveda King—stir up people’s emotions, play the race card, which she was attempting to do,” King, who supported Donald Trump for president, said Wednesday on Fox Business Network. Sessions was confirmed Wednesday to be the next attorney general despite efforts by Democrats to derail the nomination. The full body voted along party lines to silence Warren for violating Senate rules after she attempted to read Coretta Scott King’s letter.

WHO READS LBN? Model Kate Upton:

LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: Every day, the president’s behavior becomes more worrying. One day he demeans a federal judge who challenges him; the next day, without evidence, he accuses the media of hiding illegal voting or acts of terrorism. His lack of respect for institutions and truth pours out so fast, you start to forget how crazy this behavior is for any adult, let alone a president, and just how ugly things will get when we have a real crisis. And crises are baked into this story because of the incoherence of President Trump’s worldview.How so? The world today is more interdependent than ever. The globalization of markets, the spread of cellphones, the accelerations in technology and biology, the new mass movements of migrants and the disruptions in the climate are all intertwined and impacting one another. As a result, we need a president who can connect all of these dots and navigate a path that gets the most out of them and cushions the worst.But Trump is a dot exploiter, not connector. He made a series of reckless, unconnected promises, not much longer than tweets, to get elected, and now he’s just checking off each one, without thinking through the linkages among them or anticipating second-order effects.It is a great way to make America weak — and overstretched — again.

LBN-COMMENTARY By PETER J. HOTEZ: It’s looking as if 2017 could become the year when the anti-vaccination movement gains ascendancy in the United States and we beginto see a reversal of several decades in steady public health gains. The first blow will be measles outbreaks in America. Measles is one of the most contagious and most lethal of all human diseases. A single person infected with the virus can infect more than a dozen unvaccinated people, typically infants too young to have received their first measles shot. Such high levels of transmissibility mean that when the percentage of children in a community who have received the measles vaccine falls below 90 percent to 95 percent, we can start to see major outbreaks, as in the 1950s when four million Americans a year were infected and 450 died. Worldwide, measles still kills around 100,000 children each year.

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LBN COMMENTARY by Mark Baer (attorney):
The following excerpt from the Bible resonates deeply with me: “Let us stop passing judgment on one another…. A person may think their own ways are right, but the Lord weighs the heart…. The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.” When the Editor-in-Chief of Psychology Today welcomed me as an expert, she titled my blog column “Empathy and Relationships: Fostering Genuine Open-Mindedness” and based that on my published work. That’s become my mission and the reason I exist.  Terms people frequently use to describe me include understanding, compassionate, empathetic, and insightful.

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