LBN- Special Report – Thursday, January 12, 2017

Police Reveal Fears In National Survey: 

The Pew Research Center released results from the National Police Research Platform survey of 8,000 police officers and sheriff’s deputies. They were offered questions about attitudes and experiences of their work environment. “Do we feel we’re targeted right now? Yes,” said a 12-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department after a question about police safety. The question was posed after the release of the national survey. In one segment of questioning, 93 percent of polled officers surveyed said they were more concerned about their safety today than in the past.

CVS Unveils Cheaper Generic EpiPen:

CVS has announced it will begin to sell a generic version of theEpiPen for a third of the price of the version sold by Mylan. The generic version, made by Impax Laboratories, will cost $109.99, while Mylan’s EpiPen is sold for $300.00. On Wednesday, President-elect Donald Trump said drug companies were “getting away with murder” for hiking drug prices. Helena Foulkes, the president of CVS Pharmacy, said it decided to take action after customers complained to the company’s pharmacists about the increasing prices. In August, Mylan said it would launch a generic version of the EpiPen that would cost $300.00—half the cost of the original product. The drug’s cost had increased by more than 400 percent over the past ten years.

Rudy Giuliani to Advise Trump on Cybersecurity:

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani will advise President-elect Donald Trump on cybersecurity issues from his position in the private sector, the transition team announced Thursday. Trump will also occasionally meet with corporate executives whose companies have been affected by issues such as “hacking, intrusions, disruptions, manipulations, theft of data and identities, and securing information technology infrastructure.” In the press release, the president-elect’s team called hacking a “major threat to our national security.” Giuliani serves as an executive at Greenberg Traurig and Giuliani Partners, and was considered to be a leading candidate for secretary of State before he withdrew from consideration.

Obamacare Repeal One Step Closer:

Congressional Republicans are one step closer to repealing major sections of the Affordable Care Act, after the Senate voted early Thursday morning to approve a budget resolution. The House will likely take up the measure Friday. The Senate voted 51 to 48 on the legislation, despite an hours-long show of resistance from Senate Democrats. In the end, it passed without the support of a single Democrat. Notably, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) voted against the measure because he does not believe fellow Republicans have a sensible plan to replace the ACA after it is gutted.

Deportations Drop 73% Under Obama, Hit 43-Year Annual Low: 

Deportations of illegal aliens living inside the United States have tanked 73 percent since 2009, when President Obamafirst took office, according to a new report from the Center for Immigration Studies. CIS analyzed the most recent annual report released by the Department of Homeland Security, which states that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement removed only 65,332 illegal aliens from the interior of the U.S. in FY2016 (roughly .5 percent of the estimated 12 million currently known to be living here unlawfully). The immigration analysis group noted that those 65,000 or so deportations reflect a 73 percent drop in interior removals since 2009, when roughly 240,000 illegal aliens were deported from inside the U.S.

Afghan Taliban Releases Video of U.S., Australian Captives:

The Afghan Taliban has released a video purporting to show an American and an Australian who were kidnapped from Kabul in August. The 13-minute video, said to have been made on Jan. 1, appears to be the first proof of life for the two captives—identified as U.S. citizen Kevin King and Australian citizenTimothy Weekes. Weekes is shown in the video addressing President-elect Donald Trump with a plea that prisoners held at the Bagram military airfield be released, as well as some prisoners at the Pol-e Charkhi prison. “If they are not exchanged for us, then we will be killed,” Weekes says in the video, which was distributed to media outlets Wednesday by the Taliban. He also breaks down and offers a message for his mother, telling her, “I know you are sick in hospital. I know I may never see you again…. If we stay here for much longer, we will be killed. I don’t want to die here.” Both men appear emotionally distraught throughout the video, repeatedly begging to be released. The two men were abducted by gunmen dressed as police at the American University in Kabul on Aug. 7. U.S. officials said a rescue operation was carried out to save the pair in September, but the captives weren’t found at the raided location.

PACK YOUR BAGS — Chargers Owner to Move Team to Los Angeles:

Dean Spanos, who owns the San Diego Chargers, has informed the National Football League that he plans to move the team to Los Angeles, according to a report in USA Today. Spanos allegedly told NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and other fellow owners the news Wednesday. It would mean starting over in a new market, sharing a new stadium with the Los Angeles Rams, and abandoning the team’s home of 56 years. Spanos was said to have not informed the team’s staff about his decision. The team applied to relocate to Los Angeles in January 2016, in what was supposed to be a joint plan with the Oakland Raiders. That plan was ultimately rejected.

LBN-SEE IT:…Peter Thiel, a staunch supporter of the president-elect, at his condo on Union Square in Manhattan. Donald Trump has “a phenomenal understanding of people,” Mr. Thiel says.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***Federal prosecutors announced criminal charges on Wednesday against six Volkswagen executives for their roles in the company’s emissions-cheating scandal, a sharp turn by a departing administration that is trying to remake its image of being soft on corporate crime. The six executives include a former head of development of the Volkswagen brand and the head of engine development. One of those charged on Wednesday, Oliver Schmidt, was arrested in Florida last week; the other five are believed to be in Germany.   ***JPMorgan Chase inappropriately retaliated against a former employee who raised questions about the bank’s sales tactics and investment products, the Labor Department found. The bank was ordered to pay back wages and damages to Johnny Burris, a former broker at one of its Arizona branches. A letter released on Tuesday by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, a division of the department, said that JPMorgan had violated provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley law designed to protect whistle-blowers.

Religion Plummeted in America During Obama Era: 

In a new study of President Obama’s legacy, the Pew Research Center found that religious affiliation and practice dropped off dramatically during his two terms in the White House. “When it comes to the nation’s religious identity, the biggest trend during Obama’s presidency is the rise of those who claim no religion at all,” Pew notes in a report released this week titled “How America Changed During Barack Obama’s Presidency.” When Barack Obama took office, those who identified as atheists or agnostics along with those who said their religion was “nothing in particular” totaled only 16 percent of the U.S. adult population. On leaving office 8 years later, the non-religious in America now make up nearly a quarter of the population.

LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:   ***One of TMZ’s most senior staffers has left the celebrity news organization. Mike Walters — who served as the Web site’s news director and the executive producer of its online show “TMZ Live,” as well as being a fixture on the “TMZ on TV” show — has made his exit after 13 years with the company.


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LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:   ***Alec Baldwin may be taking his Donald Trump act on the road. Baldwin tells ABC News that he is “in discussions” with other venues for his impression of the president-elect besides NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.” The 58-year-old actor has played Trump on SNL since last year. He says he will continue to play Trump on the late-night comedy show while also looking for other opportunities to spoof the incoming Republican president.

LBN-SPOTLIGHT: Meet The World’s Most Famous Dominatrix — on TV’s revealing interview show – “Without Notes” —–

LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Christopher Byron, a veteran financial writer who skewered Wall Street shenanigans and chronicled the ups and downs of business figures like Martha Stewart in best-selling books, died on Saturday in Bridgeport, Conn. He was 72. His death, at Bridgeport Hospital after a long illness, was announced by his daughter Katy Byron.

LBN SPOTLIGHT: What’s Your Leadership Strategy? Richard Branson practices it at Virgin Group. Paul Polman implements it at Unilever. Mark Benioff pioneered it early-on at The world’s top CEOs are all doing well by doing good. Are you?

LBN-COMMENTARY by John Densmore (Drummer for The Doors): First of all, Turtle Island is the name of this continent we live on… that’s right, not “America … as in North America,” but the name given by the first peoples of this land. According to the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gary Snyder, the United States, Canada and Mexico are passing political entities, having their legitimacies to be sure. But according to Mr. Snyder, they will lose their mandate if they continue to abuse the land. As he writes in 2009’s The Practice of the Wild, “The State is destroyed, but the mountains and rivers remain.” Now there’s an overview. Obviously the corporation and the politicians at Standing Rock in North Dakota don’t have as large a vision as Mr. Snyder. I wish they could see at least a couple of generations down the road, let alone seven, as the Native cultures encourage.


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