LBN – Special Report – Thursday, July 20th, 2017

*Obama’s Secret Plan to Deploy the Military on Election Day:
The Obama administration ​was poised to send armed federal agents to polling places, deploy the military and launch full-scale counter-propaganda measures in case hackers disrupted the vote on Election Day, according to a report. ​The 15-page playbook, produced in October, outlined the “enhanced measures” the government was prepared to take in the event of a “significant incident,” Time magazine reported Thursday, citing a copy of the document. “​I​n almost all potential cases of malicious cyber activity impacting election infrastructure, state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, to include their law enforcement agencies, will have primary jurisdiction to respond​,” it says. ​
*DHS Sec. Kelly: Test Laptop Bomb ‘Destroyed the Plane’

John Kelly, the Department of Homeland Security secretary, announced on Wednesday evening that officials tested a laptop bomb on a real airplane and that “to say the least, it destroyed the plane.” Kelly was speaking at the Aspen Security Forum, noting that such bombs could be hidden in a variety of small electronic devices, including laptops. “Globally we are raising aviation security as opposed to going after one single threat,” said Kelly.
*Trump Wouldn’t Have Chosen Sessions if He Knew He’d Recuse Himself

In an interview with The New York Times, President Donald Trump said he would not have chosen Jeff Sessions to be attorney general if he knew that Sessions would recuse himself from all matters relating to the federal Russia investigations. “Sessions should have never recused himself and if he was going to recuse himself he should have told me before he took the job and I would have picked somebody else,” Trump said, lamenting that Sessions’ recusal led to the naming of a special counsel to oversee the investigation. He went on to call the decision “extremely unfair,” and said Sessions “gave some bad answers” during his confirmation testimony in January when he said he did not meet with Russians before it was later revealed that he did.
*Baltimore Police Open Probe After Video Purportedly Shows Officer Planting Drugs

Police in Baltimore have opened an investigation after video released by a public defender appeared to show a police officer planting drugs at a crime scene. The minute-long video, released by the Maryland Office of the Public Defender on Wednesday, showed an officer place a plastic bag in a yard while two other officers watched. The officer is then shown returning to the yard to pick up the bag, which contained capsules of heroin. The suspect was arrested after the officer’s find but charges were dropped after the video was released. Officials from the Baltimore Police Department said one officer in the video has been suspended, while two others were placed on administrative duty pending an investigation. The department showed other videos filmed the same day that it said raises the possibility the officer had in fact discovered drugs at the scene but had chosen to recreate the find for the camera.
*LBN-INVESTIGATES: There are more human slaves in the world today than ever before in history.


*LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:   ***Actress Lena Dunham is slated to join the upcoming season of American Horror Story, which will focus on the 2016 presidential election. Ryan Murphy, the show’s creator, announced the news late Wednesday. “Thrilled that my talented friend Lena Dunham is joining the AMERICAN HORROR STORY family,” Murphy wrote on Twitter. Murphy revealed in February that the new season will revolve around the 2016 presidential showdown between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.   ***When HBO announced they had greeenlit a new original series from the Game of Thrones showrunners yesterday, they probably sat back and waited for the applause. Instead, they were met with outrage on social media. David Benioff andD.B. Weiss are the minds behind Confederate, which, as the press release reads, “chronicles the events leading to the Third American Civil War. The series takes place in an alternate timeline, where the southern states have successfully seceded from the Union, giving rise to a nation in which slavery remains legal and has evolved into a modern institution.” Yikes.   ***Olivier Martinez, most recently in Nat Geo’s Mars, has signed with APA, as has All Eyez on Me, producer, L.T. Hutton.   ***Jenna Ortega, young Jane on Jane the Virgin, has been signed with CAA.   **Episodes creators, David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik have signed with E2W Collective for PR.   **Billy Bush has left WME for UTA.   ***Big Sean has signed with 42West.   ***Steven Yeun has signed with UTA, as has Insecure’s Yvonne Orji.   ***Get Out star Daniel Kaluuya has signed with Shelter PR, as has Pitch Perfect’s Anna Camp.   ***Writer Mark Boal has left CAA for WME. ***GLOW’s Kimmy Gatewood and Rebekka Johnson have signed with Gersh.   ***The Knick alum (and Bono’s daughter) Eve Hewson has signed with CAA, as has Aaron Sorkin.  

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***French singer Barbara Weldens died on stage on Wednesday night during a festival performance in the village of Goudron. The 35-year-old suffered a cardiac arrest, and police are investigating the cause of her death, during the show at the Léo Ferré festival. Weldens was an up-and-coming talent, and she released her first studio album, Le Grand H de l’Homme, in February.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: The Vanishing American Adult — SenatorBenjamin Sasse joins Peter Robinson to discuss his book The Vanishing American Adult and the growing crisis in America of prolonged adolescence. Senator Sasse argues that children are growing up, entering adolescence, and becoming stuck in the transitional stage to adulthood as they fail to become financially independent from their parents. —–


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*MY REVIEW: “Most of my smart friends read LBN. Most of my dumb ones don’t!” —– Katie Z. , an LBN reader from Malibu, California.

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*LBN-COMMENTARY by Calvin Trillin: I like holding the paper book in my hand, but I also read books sometimes on an electronic device. I find the electronic device particularly convenient for travel. You can keep it loaded up and be confident that you’re not going to end up on a long plane ride with nothing to read. Before electronic readers, I spent 15 years traveling every three weeks for a series of New Yorker pieces, and I sometimes found myself making a last-minute dash to the newsstand to snatch a novel off the paperback rack. In those days, I used to say that the 175-page mystery, written with a sense of place, was put on earth to lighten the load of the weary traveling man. I can’t say the same for what seems to be the current fashion — the 400-page mystery, which leaves a lot unread at touchdown.

*LBN Commentary by Alan Dershowitz: Special counselRobert Mueller was commissioned to investigate not only crime but the entire Russian “matter.” That is an ominous development that endangers the civil liberties of all Americans. Federal prosecutors generally begin by identifying specific crimes that may have been committed — in this case, violation of federal statutes. But no one has yet identified the specific statute or statutes that constrain Mueller’s investigation of the Russian matter. It is not a violation of any federal law for a campaign to have collaborated with a foreign government to help elect their candidate. Perhaps it should be, but it is not. Even if there were evidence that the Trump campaign collaborated with Russian officials toward this end — and I am not aware of any — that would be a terrible political sin, but not a crime.

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*LBN-COMMENTARY by Vickie Casas (Small business owner):It is about time that our law enforcement and ICE start making illegal aliens accountable for their actions. Flooding Sanctuary Cities with these law enforcement agents is absolutely necessary. When Cities start believing they can pick and choose, which laws they want to abide by, it is inevitable that chaos will follow. Immigration must be monitored and performed in a legal process. We must keep control of our own country. Identifying who is entering our country should be mandatory and making sure when they enter they are capable of taking care of themselves and their families without government subsidies. For an American citizen to immigrate to any other country this is a requirement. Why should we as a country be expected to require less?

*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Stevie Wonder is officially off the market. The Grammy Award winning singer, 67, tied the knot with fiancée Tomeeka Robyn Bracy at the Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles last weekend. The reception was packed with stars. “It was a beautiful wedding,” an insider told the site. “The ceremony was lavish and very romantic. There were celebrity guests, including John Legend. Family is very important to Stevie and all of his kids were involved in the wedding.”